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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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Greencore reported underlying sales growth in UK and USGreencore claims "strong" H1 sales, profit growth 23 May 2017

Ireland-based convenience food group Greencore today (23 May) touted "strong" growth in sales and profits during the first half of its financial year.

Cranswick books higher FY sales, earnings 23 May 2017

Cranswick today (23 May) reported improved annual revenue and profits, with sales growth coming from the UK meat supplier's recent acquisitions and from its underlying business.

Mengniu has interest in both companiesBurra Foods to supply Yashili with formula 22 May 2017

Chinese infant formula group Yashili International Holdings is to source base powder from Australian dairy ingredients firm Burra Foods.

Pioneer reports drop in H1 profitsPioneer Food Group confirms tumble in H1 earnings 22 May 2017

Pioneer Food Group has confirmed its profits slumped during the first half of its financial year, with the South Africa-based business citing pressure from maize costs.

Puputti wants to become new Raisio CEORaisio interim CEO Jarmo Puputti eyes growth and the top job - interview 16 May 2017

Finland-based Raisio – the company behind brands including Elovena cereal and the cholesterol-targeted Benecol – has had an eventful year, including the departure of long-time chief executive Matti Rihko. Four months on from Rihko’s resignation, Raisio has yet to appoint a replacement. One of Rihko’s colleagues, Jarmo Puputti, was handed the job on an interim basis and he is attempting to get sales and profits growing again after a year of declines. Puputti speaks to Dean Best about Raisio’s performance in the early months of 2017, his plans for growth and his bid to take the top job permanently.

Batchelors among brands to see market share rise, Premier saidPremier Foods to up focus on costs, cash after "challenging" year 16 May 2017

Premier Foods today (16 May) indicated it would up its focus on controlling costs and generating cash after the UK group reported its annual results in a "challenging year" for the industry - and one in which its revenue and operating profit rose but its underlying sales and net earnings fell.

Orkla makes SR Food latest acquisitionOrkla buys Danish distributor SR Food 16 May 2017

Nordic food group Orkla has made another acquisition, attempting to boost its business in organic and vegetarian foods by buying Danish sales and distribution firm SR Food.

JBS swings to Q1 profit but sales slide 16 May 2017

JBS, the Brazil-based meat giant, has booked a first-quarter profit of BRL422m (US$136.5m) - compared to a loss of over BRL2.7bn a year earlier - but the company saw its sales decline.

Arla to become sole own-label milk supplier to UK grocer MorrisonsArla swallows Morrisons own-label milk contract 15 May 2017

Arla Foods has secured a deal to be the exclusive supplier of private-label liquid milk to Morrisons, the UK's fourth-largest grocer.

Lassonde said own-label sales rose during quarterLassonde Industries profits up but branded sales fall 15 May 2017

Canada-based food and drinks Lassonde Industries has reported rising first-quarter profits despite a decline in sales from its brands putting pressure on its top line.

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