The purchase makes Cadbury Schweppes the global leader in confectionary items and the No. 2 in chewing gum. Nestle and Kraft also eyed Adams.
The supermarket chain plans to open Super Saver Stores in New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Florida and Chicago, Albertsons president and chief operating officer Peter Lynch said.
Several snack companies have shifted their marketing and focus toward more fruit-based and healthier snack options. The U.K.'s Stream Foods focuses on fruit snacks for children.
Procter & Gamble has chosen ACNielsen as its market share data for sales provider. The new partnership will help P&G craft a "comprehensive solution" to better reflect its U.S. sales, a company spokeswoman said.
The rate cut was due to Delhaize America's challenges in incorporating Hannaford, which it acquired in 2000. Intense competition from other food retailers has hampered the company's sales.