Ramsden International CEO Sean Ramsden says price competitiveness can make the Middle East a tough market to trade in

Ramsden International CEO Sean Ramsden says price competitiveness can make the Middle East a tough market to trade in

This week the debate on whether the method of slaughter should be slapped on meat hit headlines in the UK. Elsewhere, Danish Crown's UK meat arm Tulip, Associated British Foods' Allied Bakeries and Murray Goulburn both announced investments into processing facilities. And Mondelez International said it would be zeroing in on its snacking business, with a move to merge its coffee arm with sector specialist DE Master Blenders 1753.

"As the overwhelming majority of meat sold in UK supermarkets is own brand and from animals that have been stunned prior to slaughter we do not see the requirement to separately label meat based on the method of slaughter" - Andrew Opie, director of food and sustainability for the British Retail Consortium comments on the debate surrounding whether method-of-slaughter should be added to meat labels.

"We are building a better connection with key markets to become the first choice in dairy foods and investing in the future of the Australian dairy industry with the aim of returning it to profitability and growth, ensuring our relevance in the global market" - MD of Murray Goulburn Gary Helou on the firm's latest investment into Asia and Australia.

"The strategic and cost-reduction actions we announced today underscore our determination to become a leaner, more focused and more nimble global snacking powerhouse," - Irene Rosenfeld, chairman and CEO of Mondelez International, says the firm is zeroing in on its snacks business.

"Investment and innovation has long been a real focus for Allied Bakeries as we look to the long term" - John Jackson, regional general manager for Allied Bakeries, on the firm's GBP25m investment of the West Bromwich factory.

"This acquisition supports Weston Foods' commitment to continue to grow and offer best-in-class, innovative and quality bakery products to the North American market" - Kevin McDonough, president of Weston Foods' frozen division, discusses the acquisition of Rubschlager.

"It is always good news when you are able to create additional jobs and the opening of this new facility in Wednesbury really serves to underline Tulip's commitment to investing in growth areas" Chris Thomas, CEO of Danish Crown's UK arm Tulip, reveals a GBP2.3m investment into opening a new production facility.

"Quite often that's one side of the market we are not so good at because they don't care about the value added things that we as a business are very strong at" - Sean Ramsden, CEO of UK exporter Ramsden International, says price competitiveness can make shipping to the Middle East a challenge.

"Vietnam has seen its economy slow in recent years, with growth at around 5% in 2012 and 2013. However, there is optimism for faster growth this year, with domestic consumption showing signs of recovery" - just-food's Dean Best is in Vietnam exploring the country's dairy sector.

"In the past six years, the world's largest food manufacturer has injected US$400m into its Nigerian business and has plans to spend $70m this year. It has set out plans to triple its annual sales in the African country to US$2.2bn over the next decade" - Nestle has set out plans to boost its presence across Nigeria.

"Increasing protein prices have indicated continued strong demand for protein often as the expense of carbohydrates" - Consumer demand for protein sees Tyson Foods' earnings soar.