Wealthy businessman Eduardo M. Cojuangco Jr. was elected to the helm of Pure Foods Corp yesterday, at a special meeting following San Miguel Corp's (SMS) P6.58bn purchase of the Ayala Group's 93.98% stake in the Philippine food company.

Already chairman of SMC, Cojuangco can now be confirmed as the successor to Pure Food's Jaime Zobel de Ayala.

Enrique A. Gomez Jr., currently president of La Tondena Distillers, was also voted in to be the president of both SMC and the newly acquired food company.