The company plans to surpass 500 store openings in 2008.Net earnings for the quarter ended May 31 were up 19.6 percent to 1 million or 56 cents per share (diluted), from 9 million or 46 cents per share (diluted) in the same quarter a year ago.
Just like that."Postum has become a regular part of my daily routine, I drink it daily," he wrote on kraftfoods.com, an online consumer forum.
For the world's most innovative chef, it all started with gazpacho. For centuries, gazpacho was subsistence food, a dish that peasants could make from leftover stale bread, a few drops of olive oil, and a tomato or two plucked from a scraggly garden. A 2007 survey showed that 74 percent of Spaniards regularly eat gazpacho as a first course in summer.
Ferran Adrià's restaurant, el Bulli, located in Catalonia, the northeastern region of Spain, is frequently ranked as the best in the world. Dinner there this summer includes "olives" made from an intensely flavored juice "spherified" with hydrocolloids, sea anemone dotted with rabbit brains, and a complicated dessert called "Autumn," that uses liquid nitrogen, freeze drying, and other gee-whiz techniques to turn chocolate into a gorgeous fall landscape. But as Chef Adrià tells it, his earliest creative impulses were inspired not by exotic ingredients or scientific technologies. But for all its omnipresence, no two gazpachos are alike.
This year's nine-month earnings also benefited from the lower LIFO rate, while both this year's and last year's nine-month earnings include the previously mentioned tax benefits.
"The growth opportunity we have ahead of us is exciting," said CEO Jeffrey A. "With the first of 78 million baby boomers turning 65 in 2011, the demand for pharmacy services will get bigger and bigger.