Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words
This week Whole Foods outlined its ambitions for some 1,000 stores in the US, while ConAgra kept its sights firmly on acquiring Ralcorp. just-food spoke to Tyrrells new international marketing manager about the company's "entertaining" crisp and Asda remained nonchalant following the departure of its COO. Here is the best of what was said this week.
"How many stores can we do? The answer is 1,000 in the US and that's not just talk. We have set down an idea on where we think potential for the company is. We feel pretty good about that number" - Whole Foods' co-CEO Walter Robb outlines his ambitions for the upmarket grocer.
"As we have said before we continue to believe this company [Ralcorp] would be a good strategic and financial fit for ConAgra Foods. We believe private-label has a strong future, one where we can leverage our core capabilities to generate good growth" - ConAgra CEO Gary Rodkin holds out hope that the group will be able to acquire Ralcorp.
"It will use the new positioning from the relaunch of the brand as an entertaining crisp" - Tyrrells international marketing manager Anne-Laure Follie how she plans to position the brand internationally.
"Sometimes it just doesn't work out" - An Asda spokesperson on why the company's chief operating officer Simon King left the company.
"You would not be talking about a mainstream solution for the soy commodity; you would be talking about a niche" - Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) spokesperson Ben Zeehandelaar on why GM Soy was included in the certification.
"The evidence in this case suggests that post-merger the parties would have a near monopoly in the provision of canned pies. We are concerned that consumers will be left with extremely limited choices in relation to this product, as well as unwelcome price rises" - OFT chief economist Amelia Fletcher on why Princes and Premier Foods plc will have to dispose of the Fray Bentos brand as part of plans to sell Premier Foods' canned business to Princes.
"We are having conversations with many people and hope to progress a few to the next stage in the next couple of months" - Fonterra Europe's general manager, Koert Liekelema, confirms that the dairy group is in talks over a joint venture in cheese and whey production.
"Although the Commission's proposed rescue package of EUR210m is a good start, it will not be nearly enough to compensate producers for their huge losses. If other products have been affected and producers can prove this, they should also be compensated" - Copa-Cogeca secretary-general Pekka Pesonen on MEP suggestions that compensation for farmers hit by the E. coli crisis should be higher.
"It's our understanding that out of a total of 150 documents seized during the raids, 22 refer to the opening of discussions between Carrefour and CBD - which would constitute a breach or non-respect of Casino's own agreement with CBD" - A Casino spokesperson confirms that Carrefour's HQ was raided in search of documentation to establish that it is talks with the Diniz Group Brazilian chain CBD.
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