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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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Editor's viewpoint

Dean Best's views on the industry's hot issues.

Articles by Dean Best

Chiquita shareholders turned down companyChiquita shareholders reject Fyffes merger 24 October 2014

Investors in Chiquita Brands International today (24 October) voted against the US produce giant's plan to merge with Ireland-based peer Fyffes.

BimboGrupo Bimbo profits up on Canada Bread, lower costs 24 October 2014

Mexico-based baker Grupo Bimbo has posted a 31% rise in nine-month earnings as sales were boosted by recently-acquired Canada Bread and as raw material costs fell in the third quarter.

AGT Food & Ingredients eyes packaged food expansion 24 October 2014

Canada-based agri-food group AGT Food & Ingredients is to raise C$80m through a share issue to fund expansion in packaged food.

Seneca Foods losses widen in Q2 24 October 2014

Seneca Foods, the US food group, fell into the red in the first six months of the financial year after two quarters of losses.

On Friday, Chiquita investors voted against companyFood industry news of the week: Chiquita, Premier Foods, LDC 24 October 2014

The most eye-catching story came on Friday with the surprise news Chiquita Brands International shareholders had voted against the US produce group's plan to merge with Fyffes.

Higher volumes meant an increase in costs for SanfilippoSanfilippo reports profit pressure from higher volumes 24 October 2014

US nut and dried fruit supplier John B. Sanfilippo & Son saw better volumes contribute to improved first-quarter sales - but admitted the higher shipments weighed on its profitability.

Savola reports mixed nine-month profits 24 October 2014

Saudi food-to-retail group Savola has posted a mixed set of profit figures for the first nine months of the year.

Premier hoping recent innovation will boost UK salesPremier cautious on profits after sales slide in Q3 23 October 2014

Premier Foods plc today (23 October) warned its annual trading profits would be "towards the lower end of market expectations" after a challenging third quarter when the UK group's branded sales fell by over 4%.

Premier is working on NPD, including on new frozen products launched in conjunction with Kerry GroupComment: Growth question hangs over refocused Premier 23 October 2014

Premier Foods plc, the UK food group, appears to have a solid strategy in place - but whether it can succeed in eking out top-line growth in a tough trading environment is, at present, less than certain.

Smart Balance under pressureEditor's viewpoint: Boulder Brands should consider Smart Balance sale 23 October 2014

The US spreads and gluten-free group saw its shares slump yesterday after warning about its short-term profitability. Boulder's Smart Balance business continues to struggle and Dean Best argues the company should be mulling the brand's future within the group's portfolio.

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