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Dean Best

Dean BestBiography

With 13 years reporting on FMCG, Dean began at Wine & Spirit International in 2003 before joining just-drinks.com as news editor in 2005.

In April 2007, Dean crossed from drinks to food and became editor of just-food.com.

He has featured in national and international print titles from the BBC to Time magazine and on international broadcast outlets like the BBC and France 24.

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Bonduelle swoops for US produce group Ready Pac FoodsBonduelle to buy US produce group Ready Pac Foods 23 February 2017

Bonduelle, the France-based produce supplier, has struck a deal to acquire US peer Ready Pac Foods from private-equity firm H.I.G. Capital.

Hormel reported pressure from turkey pricesHormel cuts FY earnings forecast on challenges in turkey 23 February 2017

US group Hormel Foods today (23 February) lowered its forecast for its annual earnings per share due to the outlook for its turkey business.

Boparan revealed approach for Fox's last month'City institutions behind approach for Fox's Biscuits' 23 February 2017

The takeover interest lodged in the UK's Fox's Biscuits reportedly came from a group of bondholders, not a rival company.

Knight: Arla expects price hikes to drive revenue growth in 2017 23 February 2017

Arla Foods, the European dairy group, has said it expects its annual sales to grow by around EUR1bn in 2017 but driven in the main by price increases.

Christophe Bonduelle said company had Food market quotes of the week - Bonduelle, Maple Leaf, Tyson 23 February 2017

There were two major acquisitions announced in the US this week, with France's Bonduelle moving to buy produce supplier Ready Pac Foods and Canada-based meat processor snapping up meat-free player Lightlife Foods. Staying in the US, companies including Tyson Foods, General Mills and Mondelez International gave an update on their strategies for growth at the Consumer Analyst Group of New York investment conference in Florida. Elsewhere, Ireland's Glanbia announced plans to spin-off its domestic dairy business.

Hellmann's owner said it needed Food market news of the week - Unilever, Ready Pac Foods, Lightlife 23 February 2017

Hours before the start of the working week came the biggest story - Kraft Heinz withdrawing its proposed takeover bid for Unilever, just two days after publicly confirming its interest. By Wednesday, Unilever had announced a review of its business to see how it can improve shareholder value. In a busy week of M&A, France's Bonduelle struck a notable deal for US produce peer Ready Pac Foods, Maple Leaf Foods became the latest meat company to invest in meat-free by buying Lightlife Foods and Ireland's Glanbia set out a plan to spin-off its domestic dairy business into a joint venture. Click on the headlines for the full stories.

Sanderson Farms boosted by sales of dark meat Sanderson Farms profits take flight on dark meat 23 February 2017

Sanderson Farms, the US poultry processor, has reported higher first-quarter earnings amid a rise in sales driven by better prices for dark meat.

Pinnacle felt sales boost from acquisition of Glutino owner Boulder BrandsPinnacle Foods lifts 2017 earnings target 23 February 2017

US group Pinnacle Foods today (23 February) upped its forecast for its 2017 adjusted earnings, with CEO Mark Clouse touting the "strong underlying momentum in the business".

Maple Leaf outlines new governance agreementMaple Leaf Foods lifts threshold on CEO stake 23 February 2017

Michael McCain, the president and CEO of Maple Leaf Foods, has seen the limit placed on the stake he can hold in the Canada-based group lifted under a new governance agreement.

Delfi's underlying sales rose year-on-yearDelfi "optimistic" of continued growth in 2017 23 February 2017

Singapore-based confectioner Delfi today (23 February) reported higher annual profits, with its CEO John Chuang expressing optimism about the company seeing further growth this year.

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