Australian-based soft-drink group Coca-Cola Amatil has requested a halt to trading in its shares. The company said it was considering a share price-sensitive transaction.

The Australian Financial Review had earlier reported that CCA was readying a A$480m (US$364m) bid for the tinned fruit company SPC Ardmona Ltd.

The Review said CCA's deal was for A$2.05 a share.

The deal would expand CCA's interests into the healthy food area and allow it to offer a range of sliced fruit in tubs through its distribution network.