The path is clear for Kraft Foods to take over Cadbury after chocolate giant Ferrero joined Hershey in ruling itself out of the running.

In a short statement released this morning, Ferrero said: “Further to its announcement of 18 November 2009 [indicating an interest in making a bid], Ferrero International confirms that it does not intend to make an offer for Cadbury.”

The news comes after a similar statement from Hershey on Friday confirmed it would not be making a bid.

Cadbury last week accepted Kraft’s improved bid of 840p a share, plus an additional 10p a share dividend, drawing a line under a months-long war of words between the Dairy Milk maker and its US suitor.

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