Bright Food, the Chinese food group, has bought  75% of Australia’s Manassen Foods in a major deal, a “step change” according to Roy Manassen, whose father set up the business. Elsewhere, Walkers Crisps stood by Gary Lineker in the face of reports the former striker’s role in the company’s advertising was set to diminish, stating: “There is no change whatsoever to Gary Lineker’s role or relationship with Walkers Crisps.” Here’s the best of what was said on just-food this week.

“This transaction represents a step change for Manassen Foods as it brings value and real upside for us into China and the Asian region.” – Roy Manassen, of Manassen Foods, speaking after Bright Food, the Chinese food group, sealed a deal to buy 75% of the Australian food manufacturer and importer.

“Israel is currently in the throes of a public protest over the issue of the high cost of living.” – Ofra Strauss, chairperson of Israel-based food and beverage maker Strauss, acknowledged public anger at the high cost of food and other living expenses in Israel.

“We feel that this ruling is ridiculous. We’re just comparing two peas in a pod, the frozen one just happens to be better for you than the other” – Martin Glenn, CEO of Birds Eye parent company Iglo Group, maintains his position after a recent ruling by the ASA.

“We want to give shoppers a no-hassle experience; we understand they don’t want to spend time constantly checking prices or logging onto a computer to print out a coupon at home” -Mike Coupe, Sainsbury’s Group commercial director, subtly disparages Asda’s price comparison website.

“We believe Sara Lee made claims in its advertising that the company knew would mislead consumers. We look forward to the court’s decision” – A spokesperson for Kraft responds to Sara Lee’s allegation that Kraft falsely claimed that its Oscar Mayer Jumbo Beef Franks have a superior taste to Sara Lee’s Ball Park branded hotdogs with a counter-claim of its own.

“There is no change whatsoever to Gary Lineker’s role or relationship with Walkers Crisps.” – Walkers parent company PepsiCo insisted that former footballer Gary Lineker will remain central to Walkers latest ad campaign.

“Burton’s Foods remains committed to working collaboratively with union representatives to find a negotiated settlement” – A spokesperson for Burton’s Foods after workers rejected a pay offer from the UK biscuit maker.

“We are extremely disappointed by Ralcorp’s summary rejection of our strong proposal and its repeated refusals to explore this opportunity for its shareholders” – ConAgra CEO Gary Rodkin after Ralcorp’s rapid dismissal of its latest takeover offer.