Unilever chief executive Paul Polman

Unilever chief executive Paul Polman

A furore erupted in the UK earlier this week after meat from the offspring of a cloned cow entering the food chain. The news put the Food Standards Agency firmly in the spotlight, with the agency insisting the meat was safe but stating selling it was illegal - a stance the EU described to us as "slightly strict". Meanwhile, Kellogg announced plans to cut the amount of sugar in its Coco Pops cereals in the UK and just-food interviewed Kellogg UK boss Greg Peterson.


"The health and welfare of a significant proportion of clones, mainly within the juvenile period for bovines and perinatal period for pigs, have been found to be adversely affected, often severely and with a fatal outcome” – according to the European Food Safety Authority's 2008 scientific opinion on animal cloning, the health and welfare of cloned animals is open to question

“As the major players return to the field both the game itself and the conditions favour our TreeHouse team” - Sam Reed, chairman and CEO of TreeHouse Foods eyes M&A opportunities

"The biggest catalyst for change will be in the bread category, because of wheat. We do see wheat prices rising significantly, and inevitably you will see an increase in pricing from us” – Premier Foods CEO Robert Schofield brushes off concerns over declining volumes from its non-branded breads division

"Our focus is stability and we are not going to produce for the sake of producing, we will produce what the market needs. This [launch] will make a huge difference. I pray that this will be the case” – Fresh Del Monte Produce chairman and CEO Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh said the company is continuing to be challenged by the weakness of the global economy

"In the US, these are successful and well-regarded brands; our business continues to grow and we required additional office space” - a spokesperson for Nestle Prepared Foods outlined a US$3.8m expansion project in Ohio

It's relatively to easy to make a food that's low in salt, low in sugar and high in fibre. Making it taste good: there's the art" - Kellogg managing director Greg Peterson talks about the reduction of sugar in its Coco Pops cereal

"It's a branding issue. We have many different brands, which do not make it easy for consumers to find our products in chiller cabinets in supermarkets," a spokesperson for Emmi said the repositioning of its brand portfolio should make it easier for Swiss shoppers to see Emmi's products in retail stores

"It makes sense in the sense that they're in-country acquisitions. But it depends on price always, and so there have been occasions where we have bought those [stores], like the Homever businesses [the South Korean chain bought from Carrefour in 2008] and occasions when we haven't, like the Giant business in Poland" - Tesco chief executive Sir Terry Leahy told the Financial Times that Carrefour outlets could be brought into the UK firm's local operations

"Combining the two business operations, especially given the historical relationship between the two cooperatives, will benefit all parties involved," Northwest Dairy Association’s president and CEO John Underwood talks about its merge with Montana dairy co-operative Country Classic Dairies

"Where we innovate, we grow in Europe. We grow our deodorant business, we grow our body wash business, we grow our tea business, we grow our ice cream business shares. The market has been soft because of the climate ... but we grow these businesses because we innovate”Unilever chief executive Paul Polman believes developing markets will drive the group's expansion