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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

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Bacardi to buy out Patron tequila in $5.1 billion deal

Bacardi has agreed to buy out Patron Spirits International in a deal valuing the top high-end tequila maker at $5.1 billion(3.66 billion pounds), highlighting the appetite big drinks groups have for the Mexican spirit.

17 Jan 2018

Health-conscious Nestle sells U.S. candy to Ferrero for $2.8 billion

LONDON/MILAN Swiss food group Nestle has agreed to sell its U.S. confectionery business to Italy's Ferrero for $2.8 billion (£2 billion), it said on Tuesday, marking CEO Mark Schneider's first big sale and a small step on its path towards healthier products. | Video

16 Jan 2018

Nestle sells U.S. candy to Ferrero amid health push

LONDON/MILAN, Jan 16 Swiss food group Nestle agreed to sell its U.S. confectionery business to Italy's Ferrero for $2.8 billion, it said on Tuesday, the first major sale from CEO Mark Schneider and a small step on its path towards healthier products.

16 Jan 2018

Premier Foods third-quarter sales rise as brands improve

LONDON Premier Foods , owner of Mr Kipling cakes and Oxo stock cubes, reported higher third-quarter sales on Tuesday, helped by further improvement in its brands, sending its shares up more than 3 percent.

10 Dec 2017

Global brewers line up bids for Vietnam's Sabeco sale: sources

SINGAPORE/LONDON Brewing groups including Thai Beverage , Anheuser-Busch InBev and Kirin Holdings are gearing up to bid for a stake in Vietnam's largest brewer, Sabeco , people familiar with the matter said, with the $5 billion sale process by the government opening this week.

07 Dec 2017

Whitbread jumps after hedge fund Sachem Head declares stake

LONDON Whitbread shares jumped more than 7 percent on Wednesday after U.S.-based hedge fund Sachem Head Capital Management declared a 3.4 percent stake in the British hotel and coffee chain operator.

05 Dec 2017

Buyout firm Platinum seeks parts of Unilever spreads business: sources

LONDON Investment firm Platinum Equity is preparing a binding bid for part of Unilever's margarine and spreads business, sources familiar with the matter said, ahead of next week's deadline for final offers.

05 Dec 2017

Nestle to buy vitamin maker Atrium Innovations for $2.3 billion

LONDON Nestle is buying Canadian vitamin maker Atrium Innovations for $2.3 billion (£1.7 billion), expanding its presence in consumer healthcare as it seeks to offset weakness in packaged foods.

30 Nov 2017

Unilever CEO defends balance between growth, margin

Unilever Chief Executive Paul Polman on Thursday defended his balancing of growth and margin, weighing in passionately after a weak third quarter on a debate sparked by this year's unwanted approach from Kraft-Heinz .

30 Nov 2017

Unilever touts new products, structure to fight rivals

LONDON Anglo-Dutch consumer goods maker Unilever told investors on Wednesday that it expects new products and a leaner organisation to help win an intensifying battle to sell packaged goods around the world.

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