ConocoPhillips may sell Trainer, Linden refineries

Sunoco's not the only oil company shedding refineries. ConocoPhillips has previously stated that it would sell some of its refineries.

Now Simmons & Co., an investment bank that focuses on the energy business, says the company's refineries in Linden, N.J., and Trainer, Pa. may be put up for sale. (Trainer hugs Marcus Hook, where Sunoco has a refinery, in Delaware County.) A ConocoPhillips spokesman tells Reuters that the company has not specified what its plans are.

Campbell Soup said executives of its Pepperidge Farm unit will gather with Connecticut state officials to celebrate the start of construction of a 34,000-square-foot "innovation center" in Norwalk, Conn., Sept. 12. Camden-based Campbell intends to ladle $30M into the project, which also involves the renovation of Pepperidge Farms' headquarters.

Finally, Central European Distribution, a Mount Laurel-based vodka producer, has adopted a shareholder rights plan, also known as a "poison pill." The move comes just days after it was disclosed that an investor named Mark Kaufman had acquired a 9.6 percent stake in the company. A defensive measure, poison pills don't prevent hostile takeovers, but they do bolster a board's ability to negotiate with a bidder making an unsolicited play for the company. (Here's a link to a BusinessWeek take on poison pills.)