just-food authors and correspondents
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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Dean Best's views on the industry's hot issues.
Articles by Dean Best
China has decided to remove its ban on imports of beef from the US, which has been in place over concern about BSE since 2003.
There is hope the embattled UK turkey processor can be revitalised under the stewardship of Ranjit Singh Boparan, the UK businessman with extensive interests in poultry. However, there are questions about what will happen to the pensions of Bernard Matthews' staff, while the company's commercial performance is in need of improvement.
Performance Food Group, the US-based foodservice supplier, has appointed former Compass Group veteran Tom Ondrof as its new CFO.
PepsiCo is taking its Quaker Oats porridge brand in the UK into the gluten-free category in a bid to tap into rising demand in the country for free-from food.
Ranjit Singh Boparan, the UK tycoon behind the 2 Sisters Food Group, this week added to his assets with the acquisition of embattled turkey processor Bernard Matthews. Elsewhere on our M&A pages, US group B&G Foods bought a clutch of local assets from Associated British Foods. Elsewhere in the US, Chobani revealed the first group of start-ups that will be assisted in the yogurt company's "food incubator". Meanwhile, we spoke to the president of Mondelez International's business about in China about the company's launch of European chocolate brand Milka.
The week's top stories included the acquisition of UK turkey processor Bernard Matthews by food tycoon Ranjit Boparan, B&G Foods' purchase of a clutch of US brands from Associated British Foods and New Zealand giving the green light to China's Bright Food investing in meat processor Silver Fern Farms. Elsewhere, over 100 US manufacturing and retail bodies wrote to the Obama administration to warn of the impact of the bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping.
China is central to Mondelez International's growth strategy but it has not always been an easy ride for the snacks giant since its formation in October 2012. However, the US company is confident about its prospects in the country and signalled its optimism with the launch of European chocolate brand Milka in August. Dean Best spoke to Stephen Maher, the president of Mondelez's business in China, to find out more.
General Mills has added to its under-pressure soup range in the US with the launch of Good Natured, which the company says will help boost vegetable consumption among shoppers.
Country Bird Holdings' bid to buy fellow South African poultry group Sovereign Food Investments has taken a fresh twist, with the takeover target claiming its suitor's move to change a key condition of its bid is illegal.
A number of the largest poultry processors in the US, including Tyson Foods, Sanderson Farms and Pilgrim's Pride, have been named in a lawsuit alleging companies fixed prices.
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