Ellas Kitchen founder Paul Lindley will lead Hain Celestials infant nutrition business

Ella's Kitchen founder Paul Lindley will lead Hain Celestial's infant nutrition business

Two UK-based firms were the subject of takeovers this week: R&R Ice Cream, Europe's largest own-label ice cream firm, changed hands after PAI Partners struck a deal to buy the business; and Hain Celestial snapped up UK organic baby food brand Ella's Kitchen.

"We are very excited to be partnering with PAI and working together on our next phase of development as we continue with our growth strategy across our brands" -James Lambert, CEO and executive chairman of R&R Ice Cream, after the UK-based group was sold to private-equity firm PAI Partners.

"Today is truly exciting and ground breaking. I started Ella's Kitchen just seven years ago, alone in my daughter Ella's playroom. Now our Ella's Kitchen adventure continues as our total consumer focus, deep passion, clear vision and exceptionally talented team become part of a leading global natural and organic food and personal care business" - Paul Lindley, founder of UK organic baby food firm Ella's Kitchen, on the sale of the company to US group Hain Celestial.

"We've seen how fragile supply chains can become in the last few months and this was pretty important to us" - in an interview with just-foodAdam Couch, CEO of UK pork supplier Cranswick, explains the company's decision to buy pig rearer East Anglian Pigs.

"Multinationals tend to approach the IFC because it lends on terms that are better than market terms, which ends up being a subsidy to multinational businesses in the name of development" - Peter Chowla of The Bretton Woods Project, which monitors the World Bank and the IMF, is a critic of The International Finance Corporation, which is expanding in agri-food, providing funds to multinationals.

"In the last three years, the international reach of [our] business has grown significantly... we export across the world from Australia to Belarus and have expanded into Eastern Europe and Spain" - Emma Herring, UK retail brand manager of gluten-free firm Dr Schar, indicates the international interest in the category.

"For some time, we expected a volatile first half to 2013, but this certainly has been more severe than anticipated" - Maple Leaf Foods president and CEO Michael McCain reflects on the Canadian company posting higher losses in the first quarter, amid problems within its protein business.

"We are still a considerable distance from making an acceptable return, and this cannot be delivered by a focus on costs alone" - Stuart Irvine, CEO of Australian food and drinks group Lion, admits the company's dairy and soft drinks business is still suffering.

"We got away from it and they jumped ahead of us but now we've got to figure out how to start growing the company again" - Supervalu Inc CEO Sam Duncan on Aldi's expansion in the US and his company's plans for its Save-a-Lot banner.

"General Mills' US yoghurt business is currently struggling under pressure from more successful Greek yogurt brands. [It] is also familiar with soy beverages given its historical experience with 8th Continent soy milk" - Sanford Bernstein analyst Alexia Howard puts forward General Mills as a possible buyer for WhiteWave Foods, which is set to be spun off by US dairy giant Dean Foods.