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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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Mead Johnson said constant-currency Q1 sales up 1.5% on Q4 of 2015Mead Johnson hails "improvement" despite Q1 declines 28 April 2016

Mead Johnson, the US infant formula producer, today (28 April) claimed to be seeing progress in its performance despite reporting lower first-quarter sales and earnings.

Wal-Mart phases out Price First own-label in US 28 April 2016

Wal-Mart Stores has decided to pull its Price First private-label range in the US.

R&R, Nestle detail new ice cream unitNestle, R&R Ice Cream finalise joint venture plans 27 April 2016

Nestle and R&R Ice Cream today (27 April) announced the formation of Froneri, an ice cream joint venture operating in over 20 countries.

Devondale maker MG executives stand downMurray Goulburn MD Gary Helou, CFO Brad Hingle exit 27 April 2016

Murray Goulburn MD Gary Helou and CFO Brad Hingle are to step down from the Australian dairy co-operative, the company announced today (27 April), alongside a profit warning and a move to cut the price it pays farmers for milk.

Hormel sells foodservice supplierHormel Foods to sell Diamond Crystal Brands to Peak Rock Capital 27 April 2016

Hormel Foods is to sell Diamond Crystal Brands, a US business that supplies food and drinks to the foodservice industry, to an affiliate of local private-equity firm Peak Rock Capital.

Amira Nature Foods reports fall in H1 sales 27 April 2016

Amira Nature Foods, the UAE-based packaged rice supplier, has revealed a 17% fall in half-year sales in a set of accounts delayed by a change in auditors and allegations over the company's financials.

BarkThins owner Ripple Brand Collective was formed in 2013Hershey buys BarkThins owner Ripple Brand Collective 26 April 2016

Hershey has snapped up Ripple Brand Collective, the US firm behind the BarkThins snack brand.

Hershey targets higher level of savings from next yearHershey lifts savings target 26 April 2016

Hershey has upped its target for annual cost savings in a bid to be able to invest in its brands while achieving its targets on earnings, the US confectioner said today (26 April) as the Reese's maker booked lower first-quarter sales and earnings.

Hershey saw sales slide 36% in China in Q1Hershey cuts forecast for FY underlying sales, EPS 26 April 2016

Hershey today (26 April) lowered its forecasts for 2016 underlying net sales and earnings per share, citing a "modest trends" for the business and the wider candy, mint and gum category during the first quarter.

Hero pointed to higher sales on constant-currency basisHero Group "satisfied" with 2015 despite impact of Swiss franc 22 April 2016

Hero Group has reported mixed results for 2015, with the Switzerland-based baby food-to-jam maker seeing its top-line hit by the strength of the Swiss franc, its underlying sales grow but its profit metrics affected by one-off items.

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