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Dean Best

Dean BestBiography

With 11 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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H1 results "right where we expected", Danone CEO Frank Riboud insistedFRANCE: Danone H1 profits down but sticks to FY goals 25 July 2014

Danone today (25 July) reported a drop in half-year profits, hurt by weak dairy and baby food volumes, but the French group maintained its full-year targets.

AUSTRALIA: SunRice acquires Blue Ribbon Rice Group's milling assets 25 July 2014

Australian rice firm SunRice has said an acquisition of Blue Ribbon Rice Group's milling assets will boost its own supply of "speciality" lines.

Hovis looking to make production network more efficientUK: Hovis eyes Leicester bakery closure 24 July 2014

UK bread maker Hovis has put forward plans to close a plant in Leicester to "simplify" its production network.

Bimbo expects volumes to pick up in US in second halfOn the money: Bimbo forecasts US volume recovery 24 July 2014

Bakery giant Grupo Bimbo, after seeing underlying sales volumes in the US come under pressure during the first six months of the year, has predicted improvement in the second half.

Poultry production in spotlight in UK and ChinaEditor's viewpoint: Why whole sector should take heed of UK, China meat allegations 24 July 2014

The meat supply chain is in the spotlight this week, with allegations in the UK and China of poor and potentially unsafe practices at firms supplying retail and foodservice giants including Tesco and McDonald's. But the entire industry needs to pay attention: consumer interest in what they eat is at its highest-ever level.

FrieslandCampina revamping production in HungaryHUNGARY: FrieslandCampina opens Mateszalka extension 24 July 2014

FrieslandCampina has opened a new facility at its soon-to-be only plant in Hungary as the dairy group works on revamping its network in the country.

Bimbo saw sales and profits recover in Q2 to drive H1 gainsMEXICO: H1 sales, profits up at Grupo Bimbo 24 July 2014

Mexico-based bakery giant Grupo Bimbo has reported higher half-year sales and earnings.

IrwinUK/UAE: Irwin's Bakery secures UAE listings 24 July 2014

UK-based baker Irwin's Bakery has secured listings at UAE retailer Lulu Group.

Australian dairy industry hopes location can give it advantage in rush to supply AsiaAUSTRALIA: Dairy innovation "hub" targets Asia 24 July 2014

Major Australian dairy manufacturers have teamed up with academics in the country to set up an innovation "hub" to develop products, with an eye on the growing Asian market.

Sealord believes Yung can help grow business in overseas markets, particularly neighbouring AustraliaNZ: Seafood group Sealord confirms Yung as CEO 24 July 2014

New Zealand seafood group Sealord has confirmed the appointment of former McCain Foods executive Steve Yung as its CEO.

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