(Reuters) - Oreo cookie maker Mondelez International Inc (MDLZ.O) is in talks to buy the license to make Cadbury biscuits from UK-based biscuit maker Burton’s Biscuits Co, Sky News reported.
U.S.-based Mondelez has offered to pay about 200 million pounds for the license, the news website reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter. (bit.ly/29LJ666)
The talks are at an early stage and may not result in a deal, the people said.
Burton’s, owned by Canada’s Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, makes biscuits such as Cadbury Fingers under license from Cadbury UK.
The report comes weeks after Mondelez made a bid for Hershey Co (HSY.N), which makes Kisses chocolates, for $23 billion (£17.4 billion). Hershey rejected the offer.
Mondelez already owns chocolate maker Cadbury Ltd, which it bought for about $19 billion in 2010.
Mondelez was not immediately available for comment.
A Burton’s spokeswoman said the company did not comment on speculation.
Reporting by Gayathree Ganesan and Subrat Patnaik in Bengaluru; Editing by Kirti Pandey