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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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Hovis has forecast fall in demand for breadHovis plans job cuts amid concerns over UK bread demand 27 November 2015

Hovis Ltd, the UK bread maker, has set out plans to cut over 100 jobs in the face of falling demand in the country.

Pinnacle Foods to buy Glutino maker Boulder BrandsFood industry news of the week - Boulder Brands, Chicken of the Sea, Unilever 27 November 2015

The US food sector saw another major takeover this week with Pinnacle Foods agreeing to pay US$975m for free-from group Boulder Brands. The country could soon see another, with Thai Union Group saying there are "serious" buyers lined up for Chicken of the Sea - a business it is willing to sell to secure another US asset, Bumble Bee Foods. And, ahead of the climate change talks in Paris next week, Unilever announced plans for its operations to be "carbon positive" in 15 years.

ConAgra Foods scheduled to be no more, with US group to split in twoConAgra Foods announces split - what could happen next? 26 November 2015

ConAgra Foods CEO Sean Connolly, fresh from securing the sale of the US group's own-label business, has made another strategic move - splitting the business in two. A largely branded business, Conagra Brands, and a frozen potato products supplier, Lamb Weston, are set to be created. Dean Best analyses what could lie ahead for both companies.

Thai Union prepared to sell Chicken of the Sea to secure Bumble Bee Foods, another US seafood businessThai Union says "serious" suitors lined up for Chicken of the Sea 26 November 2015

Thai Union Group has said companies have been lined up to buy US asset Chicken of the Sea should the Thai group's move to acquire another canned seafood business in the country, Bumble Bee Foods, goes through.

H1 profits up at French poultry group LDCFrench poultry group LDC books higher H1 profits 26 November 2015

LDC, the French poultry processor, has reported an increase in first-half earnings.

Rusagro holding Ros Agro company had Ros Agro gets boost from sugar, agribusiness 26 November 2015

Ros Agro, the UK-listed holding company behind Russian sugar-to-mayonnaise maker Rusagro Group, has booked higher nine-month sales and earnings, as sales from its sugar and agribusiness grew..

The Scottish Salmon Company Q3 sales down, profits mixed 26 November 2015

The Scottish Salmon Co. has booked a fall in third-quarter sales and a set of mixed profit numbers for the period.

Yowie Group secures licencing deal for Angry Birds brand in USYowie Group signs Angry Birds deal in US 26 November 2015

Yowie Group, the Australian confectionery firm, has struck a deal to sell a chocolate product using the Angry Birds brand in the US.

India clears use of stevia in food and drink productsStevia gets clearance for use in India 25 November 2015

Food and drink products on sale in India can contain high-intensity sweetener stevia after the country's regulator approved the use of the ingredient.

Parag CMO Israni and Hochland's Rogg unveil Go Almette cheeseHochland enters India with Parag Milk Foods tie-up 25 November 2015

Hochland, the German cheese maker, is to enter India through a venture with local dairy group Parag Milk Foods.

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