“As we position Campbell for profitable growth, we must continue to optimise our US plant network and diversify our manufacturing capabilities” – Mark Alexander, president of Campbell Soup Co.’s North American operations, explains why the firm has decided to close two US plants.

“This joint venture positions our China business for growth and fundamentally changes our game in China” – Kellogg president and CEO John Bryant after the US cereal giant announced a new partnership in China with Singapore agribusiness Wilmar International.

“Now we’re working hard to give better value to customers, bringing in private label, the status quo is changing” – Coles MD Ian McLeod insists the Australian retailer’s suppliers must adapt to its recent efforts to improve its business.

“The company was unable to demonstrate through its documentation that it was consistently and effectively implementing its agreed upon control programme” – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency explains why it has removed suspended the licence of XL Foods, the meat firm at the centre of an e. coli outbreak.

“Each product category presents unique challenges and requires a different solution” – Vicky Evans Stencel, Kraft Foods’ health and wellness director, says companies need to look at a number of ways to lower salt in their products.

“Without a sustainable dairy farming sector we wouldn’t have a business, so it really isn’t in our interest to cause our farmers difficulty” – Dairy Crest corporate responsibility and communications manager John O’Maoileoin says the UK dairy processor realises the importance of its relationships with its suppliers.

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“It is a credit to our manufacturers that despite difficulties experienced in many key EU markets, they have continued to drive forward sales by making in-roads into new markets” – Steve Barnes, commerical services manager at the UK’s Food and Drink Federation, after the industry group announced the country’s food and soft drink exports for the first of 2012.

“It gives us the opportunity to serve the needs of 330m new consumers” – Vivartia CEO Yannis Artinos explains why the Greek dairy giant has set up a venture in the Middle East.

“Acquisitions, new product innovation, brand marketing programs and expanded distribution are helping to drive sales growth in each geographic region” – McCormick & Co. chairman, president and CEO Alan Wilson on why the US spice firm has thrived this year.

“Satisfaction must be tempered with concern at events beyond our power to influence” – Finsbury Food Group chairman Martin Lightbody warns on continuing pressure on input costs and consumer confidence after the UK cake group reported an increase in annual profits.