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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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Italy to proceed with origin labels for dairy productsEU approves Italy plan for dairy origin labels 21 October 2016

The EU has given the green light to Italy's plans for origin labels for milk and dairy products sold in Italy.

Tyson Foods invests in company looking to disrupt meat sectorWhy Tyson Foods' investment in Beyond Meat is shrewd 21 October 2016

Tyson Foods, one of the world's largest meat processors, is investing in fledgling US meat-free business Beyond Meat - and the deal looks an astute one.

Some Foods co-founders Martine and Ronnie BanksAustralia's Some Foods on rise of low-FODMAP market and plans for growth - the bitesize interview 21 October 2016

Australia is seen as one of the markets where low-FODMAP foods have gained the most traction. Dean Best speaks to Martine and Ronnie Banks, the founders of local business Some Foods about why they set up the company, the prospects for low-FODMAP foods in Australia and their ambitions overseas.

Food market quotes of the week - FDF on Brexit, Bel buys into MOM Brands, Danone gets US criticism over GMOs 21 October 2016

This week, Bel struck a deal to buy a majority stake in fellow French group MOM Brands. Another French food major, Danone, faced criticism in the US over its plans for GMO ingredients. US snack maker Utz Quality Foods accepted the backing of investment firm Metropoulos & Co. Nestle's third-quarter sales disappointed some in the investment community and we spoke to the director general of UK trade body the Food and Drink Federation about the impact Brexit could have on the sector.

UK government push is to target 18 marketsFood market news of the week - UK action plan on exports, Bel strikes MOM Brands deal, BRF to invest in COFCO pork arm 21 October 2016

This week, the UK government announced how it hopes to support the country's food exporters, French cheese giant Bel said a deal had been struck to buy a majority stake in dessert and snack maker MOM Brands and Brazilian meat group BRF said it plans to invest in the soon-to-be-listed pork arm of state-backed, Chinese agri-food operator COFCO.

Sigma reports pressure on sales and earnings amid forex changesSigma Alimentos books lower 9M sales, earnings 20 October 2016

Sigma Alimentos, the Mexico-based food maker, has reported declining sales and earnings for the first nine months of the year, hit by foreign exchange and lower sales volumes.

Apetit forecast fall in FY operational EBITApetit issues warning on profits 20 October 2016

Apetit, the Finnish food group, has said its operational EBIT will fall in 2016 hit by pressure on volumes to the foodservice sector and pressure on profits within its grain business.

BRF to invest in COFCO Meat upon Hong Kong listing 19 October 2016

BRF, the Brazil-based food group, is to invest in COFCO Meat Holdings when the Chinese business lists in Hong Kong next month.

UK announces plan to drive food and drink exportsUK announces "action plan" to drive food exports 18 October 2016

The UK government today (18 October) set out its bid to increase the value of the country's food and drink exports by GBP2.9bn, with plans to target a select group of markets.

Kraft Heinz Europe boss Matt Hill calls on UK retailers to "not lose focus" on innovation 18 October 2016

Kraft Heinz has called on UK grocers to remember the "importance" of innovation in growing sales as they "re-set" their ranges, moves they believe will make the shopping trip simpler and help alleviate the competitive threat of discounters Aldi and Lidl.

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