just-food authors and correspondents
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.
Columns by Dean Best
Dean Best's views on the industry's hot issues.
Articles by Dean Best
Tesco's dealings with suppliers appear to be at the centre of the latest problem to emerge at the UK's largest retailer. And it is an issue that has left many industry watchers left shaking their heads in bewilderment today (22 September).
Tesco seems to be lurching from one bad news story to another. The UK retailer today (22 September) admitted it had over-stated half-year profits by GBP250m. The timing of the accounting of payments between Tesco and suppliers is said to be a central factor. Four executives have been asked to go on leave while the retailer investigates. Tesco's shares, unsurprisingly, tumbled this morning.
After General Mills' move to buy Annie's, M&A advisor Stefan Kirk took to just-food's pages to argue Lifeway Foods could be a takeover target for Danone. General Mills, meanwhile, battling to improve the performance of its US business revealed it will close two plants. And we took a look at the most eye-catching products being showcased at the Natural Products Expo East show in Baltimore.
US food groups General Mills and ConAgra Foods were under scrutiny this week with both reporting first-quarter results. WhiteWave Foods, the US natural and organic specialist, struck a deal to buy dairy-free brand So Delicious, while Thai seafood giant Thai Union Frozen Products made its second acquisition in Europe in a matter of weeks. Meanwhile, we spoke to the CEO of Wise Foods about his plans to grow the US snacks business.
General Mills has set out plans to close two plants in the US as the food group, with sales under pressure, looks to reduce costs.
United Biscuits has said moves to restructure its plant in Manchester may lead to the loss of 157 jobs.
Russian meat group Cherkizovo is looking to capitalise on existing assets in the south-western region of Voronezh by expanding pork and poultry production.
UK-based meat-free business Quorn Foods saw sales and operating profit rise in 2013 amid "exceptional" growth in its domestic market.
South African produce group Capespan Group has acquired a 25% stake in Hong Kong-based fruit and vegetable distributor Good View Group.
Serbian food maker Danubius has opened a pasta production line as it looks to bolster its range of products.
- M&A Watch: Why Danone/Lifeway deal could be next
- How City reacted to Tesco's profit over-statement
- just-food's pick: Natural Products Expo top 10
- Viewpoint: Baptism of fire for new Tesco CEO Lewis
- just-food's pick: Natural Products Expo top tweets
- Arla: New Vigor deal to boost our Brazil presence
- WhiteWave to buy dairy-free firm So Delicious
- Jobs to go at United Biscuits UK site
- Sales, operating profit up at Quorn Foods
- United Biscuits attracts bids of over GBP2bn