Blog: Hungry for votes?
Dean Best | 9 April 2010
Election fever has got the UK in its sweaty grip and, in the early days of campaigning, the leaders of the governing Labour Party and the main Opposition party the Conservatives have got out the soapbox at two of the UK's best-known food and drink companies.
First, Prime Minister Gordon Brown visited the London HQ of smoothie maker Innocent Drinks, a company that carries a quote from 1980s boxer Barry McGuigan "Tough times don't last but tough people do" on its walls. Perhaps Gordon should have drafted in the Ulsterman as speech-writer.
Next up, Conservative leader David Cameron headed north to the Bolton HQ of bakery business Warburtons.
Cameron, leading by varying degrees in the polls (depending on the pollster), kicked off his speech with a bread joke, according to The Times.
As The Times reported: "Mr Cameron bravely began with a bread joke, which flatly declined to rise to the occasion. Standing in front of a vast wall of freshly baked medium sliced white, he announced: 'I’m going to start with an admission. I’m a bit of traitor. Here I am at a bakery. The thing is the other day I went out and bought my own breadmaker.' There was an audible hiss."
Perhaps Cameron had drafted in Ulster comic Frank Carson to write his gags.
And there's more? With another 27 days of campaigning, there surely will be.
Danone completed its US$12.5bn acquisition of WhiteWave Foods this week. The move will roughly double Danone's presence in North America, where WhiteWave is a top four dairy player. ...
Premier Foods plc revealed today (28 March) it has secured a deal with its pension scheme trustees that will see the UK food maker reduce its pension burden....
Hain Celestial, under the scrutiny of the investment community in recent months and facing some challenges in its domestic market, has announced another shuffling of its management pack....
FrieslandCampina, which today served up higher profits but lower sales for 2016, is ready to offload the last non-dairy business owned by the Dutch cooperative giant....
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