Kellogg  CEO John Bryant

Kellogg CEO John Bryant

This week, Kellogg pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 65% by 2020. Elsewhere, German dairy Muller announced it was exiting its US yoghurt joint venture with PepsiCo, Muller Quaker Dairy. Canada announced it is working on duties on a range of imported US-made food products after the WTO ruled it could claim compensation for illegal US country-of-origin labels and Coca-Cola revealed plans to enter Brazil's dairy sector. Here is the week in quotes.

"We recognise the interconnected and inter-reliant nature of our business with suppliers, farmers, customers, consumers and governments. These types of commitments require cooperation across the full supply chain. That is the only way we can truly be successful" - Kellogg CEO John Bryant on the company's announcement it is to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 65% by 2020.

"The facility in Batavia is state-of-the-art and feedback from customers was very positive but unfortunately the US business did not develop in line with our expectations due to extremely challenging market conditions. Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller continues to make very strong progress internationally. We will continue to grow our business by investing for the long term in our existing operations and acquisitions, including Dairy Crest's dairy operations in the UK" - Muller CEO Ronald Kers comments after the company announces it is exiting its US yoghurt joint venture with PepsiCo, Muller Quaker Dairy.

"I am keenly aware that chicken and fowl could be at the top of the list for retaliation by Canada and Mexico, and that this labeling law continues to leave the door open for retaliatory action by other countries, too. NCC supports legislative action that will bring U.S. laws and regulations pertaining to meat and poultry into full compliance with our international trade obligations. NCC urges Congress to repeal the labeling provision for chicken, beef and pork now" -  National Chicken Council president Mike Brown urges Washington to repeal labelling laws that have been declare in breach of world trading laws by the World Trade Organization.

"The categories offered by Hamé are well-known to Orkla and will complement and strengthen our existing categories. With this transaction Orkla becomes one of the leading FMCG players in attractive markets in central Europe" - Orkla president and CEO Peter Ruzicka comments on plans to acquire Czech Republic-based branded consumer goods company Hamé.

"The ACCC alleges that Woolworths' conduct in requesting the 'mind the gap' payments was unconscionable in all the circumstances. A common concern raised by suppliers relates to arbitrary claims for payments outside of trading terms by major supermarket retailers. It is difficult for suppliers to plan and budget for the operation of their businesses if they are subject to such ad hoc requests" - ACCC chairman Rod Sims comments as the Australian competition watchdog initiates court proceedings against Woolworths after it purportedly requested payments totaling around A$60.2m (US$43.6m) from various suppliers.

"We have always been confident of the quality of our product and had agreed to the testing of the 13 samples at government accredited referral laboratory CFTRI, Mysore at the instance of NCDRC, even though extensive testing of samples at the accredited laboratories have found the product safe" - a  spokesperson for Nestle on news yet more tests will be carried out on its Maggi noodles product in India.

"The potential expansion into the fresh dairy products market is part of the strategy to offer more beverage choices in the market" - Coca-Cola reveals it is in talks with Brazilian dairy player Laticínios Verde Campo in a move that would see the soft drinks giant enter the country's dairy sector.

"The companies have decided to retract their registration since the complexity of the markets for dairy products demands a more extensive portrayal of market conditions. The parties concerned therefore believe that retracting and then resubmitting the merger is the most efficient and quickest option for achieving the desired approval" - European dairy co-operatives DMK and DOC Kaas issue a joint statement saying they have put their planned merger on hold.

"By taking over Daloon we can position ourselves even more strongly as a partner in the snack market with the highest quality, offering both branded and private-label products. Daloon's international network also gives us the opportunity to continue developing the European market with our entire range" - Izico CEO Kamiel Steendijk comments on the proposed takeover of Danish ethnic food maker Daloon.

"The main advantages of having this piece of legislation in place are a more predictable outcome of novel food applications and a more streamlined approach thanks to the agreed central authorisation process. We will continue to work with the authorities to develop guidance for the correct interpretation of the legislation" - Barbara Gallani, chief scientist and policy and sustainability director at UK-based industry association Food & Drink Federation, says new regulation surrounding the novel foods policy is an important move for new product development.