RALSTON PURINA CUTS PET FOODS SALES JOBS

ST. LOUIS -- Six months into what at least one observer called a "revolutionary" revamp of its pet foods field sales force, Ralston Purina said it would reduce that force by 125 individuals.The reduction was announced on April 8, just 10 days after the company completed the spinoff of its cereal, baby food, coupon processing and ski resort businesses as a separate company, Ralcorp Holdings."This was

ST. LOUIS -- Six months into what at least one observer called a "revolutionary" revamp of its pet foods field sales force, Ralston Purina said it would reduce that force by 125 individuals.

The reduction was announced on April 8, just 10 days after the company completed the spinoff of its cereal, baby food, coupon processing and ski resort businesses as a separate company, Ralcorp Holdings.

"This was a difficult decision made necessary by the changing retail environment," Elm

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