29 November 2013

Merger Talk Is 'Premature'

The Tripe Marketing Board has denied rumours that a merger with British Spleen could be on the cards by Christmas and has dismissed reports in the industry's trade journal, Offal Monthly as "premature speculation".

Sir Norman Wrassle
Speaking at a meeting of the Westhaughton Women's Institute this lunchtime, TMB chairman Sir Norman Wrassle said: "At this stage in discussions, speculation about a merger is premature and I would much prefer that to happen next week. It's true that a merger would offer both organisations significant cost savings, which could be passed on to the end user in the form of lower prices.  But it is far too early to be talking in terms of a full-scale merger when we haven't even decided who the chairman of the new organisation might be."

British Spleen has been in crisis talks with a number of offal marketing agencies after the Lancashire Evening Sentinel revealed that its president, Mr Reg Halliwell had submitted expense claims for over-the-counter cough remedies amounting to almost £15.

Responding to a question from the audience, Sir Norman said: "Whatever the outcome of the discussions may be, I want to assure tripe consumers that our 2014 Diary will continue to be on sale right through the run up to Christmas.  There's never been a better time to buy it and it has a Best Before date of 31 December 2014."

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