Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

By Dean Best | 16 December 2013

Prof. Elliott issues series of recommendations to improve UK food sector, including establishment of "food crime unit"

Prof. Elliott issues series of recommendations to improve UK food sector, including establishment of "food crime unit"

The first impact of Kellogg's "efficiency and effectiveness programme" emerged this week with news the US food group will close plants in Australia and Canada. Elsewhere, initial findings from a Government-backed report into the UK food supply chain were announced and the EU's food watchdog announced rules on aspartame were "safe".

"We have a compelling business need to better align our assets with marketplace trends and customer requirements" - Kellogg president and CEO John Bryant after the US food group announced plans to close plants in Australia and Canada - and expand in a site in Thailand.

"The UK food industry is currently too vulnerable to criminals wishing to perpetrate fraud. We need a culture within businesses involved in supplying food that focusses on depriving those who seek to deceive consumers" - Professor Chris Elliott of Queen's University Belfast warns more work needs to be done in the UK to tackle "food crime".

"These are now grown-up countries with large sophisticated economies that need to develop free trade. That means that if they want to sell stuff to us, they have got to take stuff from us in the other direction. It is completely unacceptable to have perishable products like food held up at the docks" - UK Food Secretary Owen Paterson hits out after it emerges Indian customs officials are holding containers of food exported to the country at its docks.

"It's a step forward in strengthening consumer confidence in the scientific underpinning of the EU food safety system and the regulation of food additives" - the chair of the European Food Safety Authority's Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources Added to Foods (ANS Panel), Dr Alicja Mortensen, on the watchdog's decision that the level of aspartame allowed in food and drink is safe.

"With Horizon Organic and Earthbound Farm, WhiteWave will now provide the two most popular gateways for consumers to enter into the organic category – produce and dairy" - WhiteWave Foods chairman and CEO Gregg Engles after the US group announced a deal to buy US organic produce firm Earthbound Farm.

"Through strong capital discipline, we will continue to invest in new stores and e-commerce growth, as well as productivity improvements that drive profitable growth and returns" - David Cheesewright outlines Wal-Mart's international priorities after it was announced he will head the retail giant's operations outside the US.

"Active nutrition and private label are exciting categories with organic growth and consolidation opportunities" - Post Holdings chairman and CEO Bill Stiritz explains why the reasons for the US company's latest acquisitions.

"In terms of recent comments regarding intellectual property and our exclusive brands, the reality is that consumers know the high quality and low cost of our everyday range of products. There is no possibility of confusion at Aldi" - the discounter responds to suggestions in Australia from Woolworths Ltd, the country's largest grocer, that its own-label lines have too similar packaging to branded products.

"Until now, consumers looking for a 100-calorie Greek Yogurt with natural ingredients haven't had an option" - Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya on the company's launch of Simply 100 in the US.

"While many companies are turning to preservatives to prevent their seven-day bread from turning stale, here at DS-Gluten Free we've developed cutting-edge packaging to avoid adding unnecessary chemicals to our products" - Bob Trice, MD of Dr Schar's UK operations, outlines why the company's gluten-free bread lines will be different from some of its competitors.

Sectors: Baby food, Bakery, Canned food, Cereal, Chilled foods, Commodities & ingredients, Condiments, dressings & sauces, Confectionery, Dairy, Dried foods, Emerging markets, Food safety, Fresh produce, Frozen, Ice cream, Meat & poultry, Mergers & acquisitions, Natural & organic, NPD & innovation, Private label, Retail, Seafood, Snacks, World foods

Companies: Kellogg, Aldi, Woolworths Ltd, Dr Schar, Chobani, Post Holdings, WhiteWave Foods

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Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

This week Cerebos Greggs announced the closure of its East Tamaki plant putting 125 jobs at risk. Job cuts were announced at Asda too as the company plans a restructure to cut costs. Ads and marketing campaigns were the centre of attention this week with Aldi getting its wrists slapped over the Swap and Save campaign and Sainsbury winning an appeal for a judicial review of Tesco's price promise. Here is the week in quotes

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