Thorntons published its earnings results this week

Thorntons published its earnings results this week

This week, Thorntons' CEO Jonathan Hart sounded a cautious note on the economic landscape as the firm recorded a fall in full-year profits. Elsewhere, PepsiCo president John Compton announced his departure from the snack giant as he looks make a move back to Tennessee, and Dole admitted it is in talks to sell two units to Itochu Corp.

"It's difficult to believe one can significantly fight against it" - Thorntons CEO Jonathan Hart says the firm is still seeing a "significant" amount of promotions in its commercial division.

"Earlier in 2012 he was being positioned to be one of the front runners to potentially be CEO of PepsiCo whenever Indra would decide to step down" - Morningstar analyst Thomas Mullarkey on PepsiCo president John Compton's decision to step down.

"With consumer incomes remaining under pressure, this appears to have driven both falling volumes and down trading to less expensive meat cuts such as mince and burgers at the expense of joints/steaks etc" - Panmure Gordon analyst Graham Jones estimates average meat prices increased by 8% for Hilton in H1.

"I think I feel like you answered the question for us by saying we've operated quite well when Walmart has been a significant factor in our markets" - Kroger CEO David Dillon answers a question on whether the company would change its strategy should Wal-Mart roll out more smaller outlets.

"As a family business this is a very difficult announcement to make but we must always act as a responsible business and be prepared to take tough decisions" - Warburtons CEO Jonathan Warburton on the closure of its Blackpool facility.

"Dole continues in discussions with several other parties regarding these assets and others" - Dole Food Co admits it is in talks to sell two units, including its packaged food arm, to Japanese conglomerate Itochu Corp.

"The positive impact of these, along with increased efficiency and the benefits of growth, are seen in this profit performance which in turn provides a platform for further increases in investment in the second half" - John Lewis says "strategic investments" in the last few years contributed to Waitrose H1 growth.

"There are several benefits to the new innovation centre, including that we will be able to conduct initial research and test product concepts more quickly and conveniently than in the past" - A Campbell Soup spokesperson says its new Pepperidge Farm facility will make product testing easier.

"I have deep and personal ties to Tennessee, and my family's plan all along has been to return to Tennessee at some point" - PepsiCo president John Compton on his decision to leave the company.

"I am excited about our business prospects in Middle East and Africa in general, and in Morocco in particular" - president of Kraft Foods Middle East & Africa, Lawrence MacDougall on the firm's deal to acquire the remaining 50% stake of Biscuiterie Industrielle du Moghreb.