Seattle / WA. (sc) This fall season, Starbucks Corporation is collaborating with renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson to give customers a taste of its new campaign, «Coffee is Culinary».
Kansas City / MO. (ibc) Interstate Bakeries Corporation (IBC) will exit the bread market in Southern California, close four bakeries, eliminate about 325 routes, close 17 distribution centres and 19 outlet stores by October 29. The closings and consolidations are expected to affect approximately 1.300 employees.
Macquarie Park / AU. (gfl) Goodman Fielder Limited announces a 23 percent increase in full year profit that was boosted by acquisitions, and says it is well positioned for profit growth in the year ahead. The company reported a 45,7 million AUD increase in profit on a pro-forma basis to 243,2 million AUD for the year ending June 2007.
Beijing / CN. (gov) China would strengthen exchanges and cooperation with other countries to cope with the issue of food safety «in a responsible way», Premier Wen Jiabao said in Beijing. China´s food quality was called into question both locally and globally, so the government has taken since the end of July some measures as follows:
Kuala Lumpur / MY. (btm) Secret Recipe Cakes and Cafe Sdn Bhd (Secret Recipe), an award-winning cafe chain based in Kuala Lumpur, operates 130 cafes across Malaysia and Southeast Asia. Sixty percent of its approximately 100 local outlets are franchise outlets.
Thomasville / GA. (ff) Flowers Foods Inc. announces that senior vice president and chief financial officer Jim M. Woodward will retire as an officer of the company effective September 15. Woodward will continue to serve in an advisory capacity for financial and related matters.
St. Petersburg / RU. (rian) Russia´s agriculture minister Alexej Gordejew pleads for the idea to set up an international organization to coordinate grain markets. The minister said in St. Petersburg, that countries like Ukraine and Kazakhstan have agreed with this proposal.
Beijing / CN. (gov) The Chinese government started a four-month nationwide campaign to improve the quality of goods and food safety. During her speech at a conference on quality and safety issues last week, Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi described the campaign as a «special battle» to ensure the people´s health and interests and maintain a good image of Chinese products.
Winston-Salem / NC. (kk) Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. announces that it is reorganizing its Franchise and Company Stores Operations. The changes will primarily affect the Krispy Kreme Support Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Harare / ZW. (zd) Millions of families facing starvation in Zimbabwe since President Robert Mugabe embarked on controversial populist political price wars have now turned to small grains such as millet, rapoko and sorghum meal for survival.