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Dean Best

Dean BestBiography

With 12 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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Articles by Dean Best

Arla targeting "milk deficit" markets of Mexico and Brazil, Hansen saysBriefing: Latin America and dairy - Why Arla is upbeat about Latin American prospects 22 May 2015

Arla Foods has invested significantly in overseas expansion, including in emerging markets, to look for avenues for future growth. The European dairy co-op's moves in developing markets have largely centred on Russia, China and Africa but it is also stepping up its activity in Latin America. Dean Best spoke to Arla executive vice president to find out more.

Muller makes branded butter move in UKMuller launches branded butter in UK 22 May 2015

German dairy giant Muller has launched a branded range of butter in the UK, targeting the country's convenience retail and foodservice sectors.

Weetabix gets new private-equity investor 22 May 2015

Baring Private Equity Asia has struck a deal to buy 40% of UK-based cereal group Weetabix.

Food industry results in brief - Tiger Brands, Total Produce, Cranswick 22 May 2015

South Africa's Tiger Brands grabbed the headlines this week with news of the over-stating of sales at its Kenyan arm inflating local profits last year. Elsewhere, Ireland's Total Produce lifted its earnings forecast and said it was on the look-out for more M&A. UK meat group Cranswick reported mixed annual results.

A US SunOpta facility became first plant in country to receive USDA GMO-free verification.Food industry news of the week - GMOs, Arla, Mondelez 22 May 2015

The US Department of Agriculture's development of GMO certification scheme emerged this week, adding to the debate over the labelling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients. Elsewhere in the US, Mondelez International revealed jobs will go at a biscuit plant in Chicago. Meanwhile, dairy giant Arla Foods announced a deal in Egypt with local processor Juhayna Food Industries.

Tiger said sales had been over-stated in KenyaTiger Brands Kenya profits "manipulated" 21 May 2015

South Africa-based FMCG group Tiger Brands has revealed its business in Kenya saw "manipulation" of its profits in its last financial year.

Brazil said sales to China could be worth over US$500mChina ends Brazil beef ban 20 May 2015

China has lifted an embargo on beef imports from Brazil three years after a cow in the country tested positive for mad-cow disease.

Mars said new snacks "at centre of huge trend" in USMars launches "healthy" snacks Goodnessknows 20 May 2015

Mars Inc has launched a line of pre-portioned snacks in the US in a bid to tap into demand for healthier products.

A slide in demand has led ConAgra to close siteConAgra to close biscuit plant in US 20 May 2015

ConAgra Foods is to shut a biscuit factory in the US state of Wisconsin amid falling demand.

Merger would create business with annual sales of EUR2.4bn (US$2.67bn)Spanish produce firms Coexphal, Ecohal in merger talks 20 May 2015

Spanish fruit and vegetable producer bodies Coexphal and Ecohal are in talks to merge, a move they say will create one of the largest produce organisations in Europe.

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