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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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Nestle names new chief executiveNestle names Fresenius chief executive Ulf Mark Schneider new CEO 27 June 2016

Nestle has this afternoon (27 June) announced Ulf Mark Schneider, the chief executive of Germany-based healthcare company Fresenius, as the new CEO of the world's largest food maker.

SunOpta faced investor call last month for business to be soldSunOpta hires Rothschild to review options for business 27 June 2016

SunOpta said today (27 June) it had brought in Rothschild to to review the Canada-based ingredients and private-label group's plans and to evaluate "a range of strategic and financial actions" the company could undertake to "maximise shareholder value".

Back to Nature Foods expands Snackwell's rangeSnackwell's taken into US breakfast category 27 June 2016

US group Back to Nature Foods has launched breakfast biscuits under its low-fat snack brand Snackwell's.

Atria entered Sweden's poultry market through Lagerbergs buyAtria to rebuild Lagerbergs chicken production in Sweden 27 June 2016

Atria, the Finland-based meat processor, has announced plans to invest in the Swedish poultry business Lagerbergs it acquired in April.

European food manufacturing body expressed Brexit - Europe's food manufacturers call result "a blow" 24 June 2016

The UK's departure from the EU is "a blow" that will have an impact across the bloc, FoodDrinkEurope, the trade body for the European food and drink industry, has claimed this morning (24 June).

UK's Food and Drink Federation sounds warning over BrexitBrexit - UK food companies face "very challenging period" says FDF 24 June 2016

UK food manufacturers face a "very challenging period" in the wake of the country's decision to leave the EU, trade body the Food and Drink Federation has said this morning (24 June).

In 2015, Ireland exported EUR4.4bn of food and drink to UKBrexit - Irish food export agency Bord Bia sounds warning 24 June 2016

The UK's departure from the EU "represents a significant challenge" to Ireland's agri-food industry, Bord Bia, the government agency that promotes the industry domestically and abroad, said this afternoon (24 June).

Kellogg launched two gluten free cereals into Australia earlier this yearNavigating Australia's maturing gluten-free breakfast cereal market 24 June 2016

Australia has been one of the countries at the forefront of the rise of the gluten-free sector and, as the market has expanded, so more companies have entered the category. However, as the market has developed, so its rate of growth has started to slow. just-food looks at Australia's gluten-free breakfast cereal category and analyses the prospects of a still-growing but more mature segment.

Coco Pops owner Kellogg wants to back Food industry news of the week - Brexit, Kellogg's new VC-style fund, Lamb Weston merger talk 24 June 2016

The UK has voted to leave the EU, arguably the most significant event in the country since 1945. just-food is providing rolling coverage of the snap reaction from the food sector and the investment community on the result. Elsewhere this week, Kellogg became the latest US food major to set up an investment vehicle to back fledgling, on-trend businesses. Staying in the US, there were claims there have been talks over a possible merger between Post Holdings and ConAgra Foods' Lamb Weston division.  In Europe, France's lower house dropped plans to up the tax on palm oil but the country's government is still looking at how it taxes food oils.

Could UK's departure from EU spark M&A in country's food sector?Food industry quotes of the week - Brexit and M&A in food, Kellogg on new 1894 fund, France's origin labels under fire 24 June 2016

This morning, the UK awoke to news it has voted to leave the EU, perhaps the most significant event in the country since the end of World War II. Political and economic commentators are trying to digest what it could mean for the country and for business but some initial thoughts on the potential impact on the food sector are coming in. Elsewhere, this week Kellogg became the latest US group to set up an investment vehicle to back up-and-coming food makers. Meanwhile, in Europe, there was criticism of France's origin label plans.

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