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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

The presence of the new Heinz Kraft Co. on market could prompt more dealsEditor's viewpoint: Why Heinz-Kraft merger could herald more deals 30 March 2015

The US food industry is going through a period of significant change and the major names have struggled to come up with the answers to meet new consumer habits. There have already been signs some are turning to M&A - think of the sales of Bolthouse, of Annie's and even Krave jerky last month - and the Kraft/Heinz mega-merger suggests deal-making could accelerate.

Each of OsemNestle-backed Osem sees profits rise in 2014 30 March 2015

Osem Investments, the Israeli food maker in which Nestle holds a majority stake, saw sales and profits grow in 2014.

Zito shareholders remain in talks over majority stakeUPDATE: Zito owners in talks with two bidders 30 March 2015

The consortium of investors looking to sell a majority stake in Slovenian food group Zito is still in talks with two bidders, one of the shareholders told just-food today (30 March).

Podravka coy about rumoured Zito interestPodravka "set to buy Slovenia's Zito" 30 March 2015

Croatia-based food group Podravka is reportedly set to acquire control of Zito, Slovenia's largest food manufacturer, in a deal said to be worth EUR60-65m.

LassondeLassonde forecasts sales rise in 2015 30 March 2015

Canadian food and drink group Lassonde Industries has said it expects underlying sales to "slightly increase" in 2015 despite fierce competition in the beverage sector, which accounts for the majority of its revenue.

Leerdammer owner Bel saw profits fall in 2014Bel profits fall in 2014 27 March 2015

France-based cheese supplier Groupe Bel saw profits fall in 2014, in part soured by raw material costs in the early part of the year.

JBS said to be mulling IPO of US unitJBS cool on US IPO talk 27 March 2015

Brazil-based meat giant JBS has labelled reports it is weighing up whether to return to plans to float its US unit as "press speculation".

Dunbia announces fresh investmentUK meat group Dunbia invests to back exports 27 March 2015

UK meat processor Dunbia is investing in a new boning hall and in production in Northern Ireland to support its export business.

Tyrrells relaunched popcorn range from Proper PopcornTyrrells to enter French popcorn market 27 March 2015

UK snacks maker Tyrrells is to enter the popcorn market in France with its relaunched Poshcorn brand.

HeinzFood industry news of the week: Kraft-Heinz, Senagral 27 March 2015

One story dominated the headlines this week - the plans by Heinz and Kraft Foods Group to join forces and create the world's fifth-largest food and drinks group. Elsewhere, French co-ops Agrial and Eurial said their plans to combine their dairy businesses had been put on hold. There was also sad news from the French food sector with news of a fatal explosion at desserts firm Senagral.

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