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Editor's viewpoint: Milk sale makes Dairy Crest takeover target 6 Nov 2014

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Shares in Dairy Crest shot up today (6 November) after the UK dairy group announced a deal to sell its most problematic and under-pressure division - liquid milk. However, it may just be the City was not just reacting to the exit (dependent of course on competition officials approving the transaction) of Dairy Crest from a sector struggling to make money but the fact there could be takeover interest in the leaner company.


Editor's viewpoint: United Biscuits sees Yildiz head West again 3 Nov 2014

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Yildiz Holding today (3 November) announced it had won the race to buy UK-based biscuit maker United Biscuits. In doing so, the privately-owned Turkish food group has moved once more to buy a major Western food brand.


Editor's viewpoint: Short-termism decides Chiquita's future 27 Oct 2014

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The imminent sale of Chiquita Brands International, the US produce giant, shows how different investment horizons can manifest on a company's share roster - and decide a business's future.


Editor's viewpoint: Chiquita right to stand firm 20 Oct 2014

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Chiquita Brands International still appears set on its proposed merger with Fyffes – and the US produce giant is, at the moment, right to do so.


Editor's viewpoint: Emmi scales back in Italy's sour dairy market 6 Oct 2014

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Emmi's move to sell Italian yoghurt business Trentinalatte, announced this morning (6 October), was the latest example of the challenges facing companies doing business in the country's dairy sector.


Editor's viewpoint: Baptism of fire for new Tesco CEO Lewis 22 Sep 2014

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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).


Editor's viewpoint: US health food in play - but could be pricey 11 Sep 2014

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General Mills' move for Annie's has further fuelled the belief US natural and organic food companies, including Hain Celestial and WhiteWave Foods, could become takeover targets for mainstream groups searching for growth. But the price General Mills has agreed to pay for Annie's also underlines such deals would likely be expensive.


Editor's viewpoint: Do not expect huge change at Danone 4 Sep 2014

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Looking at Danone's share price yesterday, one is left with the impression there is an expectation of changes at the French food group now Frank Riboud is to step down as CEO. However, those expecting wholesale change at Danone should perhaps not be so hasty. The executive moves at the top of the yoghurt maker suggest Riboud will still be central to the company's overall strategy.


Editor's viewpoint: Land of the minnows 4 Aug 2014

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Size matters, right? Scale - and the economic benefits that come with it - provide a business with clout smaller competitors find hard to battle. However, could large food companies be losing some of the advantage gained from their size?


Editor's viewpoint: Dairy Crest's appeal may grow after deals 3 Jul 2014

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Strategically, Dairy Crest's deals with fellow UK dairy group Fayrefield Foods and New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra to serve the global infant formula market are astute moves. But the deals could also catch the eye of some of the world's larger dairy processors about Dairy Crest's new capabilities.


Editor's viewpoint: Nestle deserves praise for living wage 30 Jun 2014

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Cynics will scoff a company the size of Nestle can easily afford to become a "Living Wage" employer in the UK. And perhaps there would be an element of truth in that. But the fact the world's largest food maker is willing to invest in its staff should be applauded - and the hope is some of its closest competitors - companies with vast resources of their own - will follow.


Editor's viewpoint: Questions mount for ConAgra 19 Jun 2014

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After three profit warnings in a year, it is little wonder the performance of US food giant ConAgra Foods is under scrutiny.


Editor's viewpoint: Premier feeling the pressure 18 Jun 2014

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The City has welcomed Premier Foods' moves to spin off parts of its businesses into joint ventures but it is still the performance of the UK group's core brands that moves its shares - and that concerns investors.


Editor's viewpoint: Seeing the value in being lean 29 May 2014

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With the bidding war for Hillshire Brands intensifying, it is pertinent to point out just how correct Sara Lee's management - and those on Wall Street that supported the split - were about the shareholder benefits of separating the old business.


Editor's viewpoint: Why sale the best bet for Goodman Fielder 19 May 2014

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For the more patriotic sections of Australia's food industry, there is likely to be some dismay at the prospect of another local food company falling into overseas ownership. But the proposed sale of Goodman Fielder, one of the country's largest food manufacturers, looks to be the right move for its shareholders - and for the business as a whole.


Editor's viewpoint: Kellogg yields to yoghurt 14 May 2014

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After seeing the boom in yoghurt sales in the US chip away at demand for breakfast cereal, Kellogg has accepted it needs a piece of the action. And about time, too, writes Dean Best.


Editor's viewpoint: Consolidation in sluggish US 12 May 2014

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In the US, a market where volume sales have been and remain under pressure, it has been expected in certain quarters that boardrooms would increasingly run the rule over potential acquisitions. Hillshire Brands executives have moved again - this time with a major deal for Pinnacle Foods.


Editor's viewpoint: Morrisons funds cuts but puts price centre stage 1 May 2014

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Morrisons today (1 May) gave the first significant details on its plan, announced in March, to lower prices across the store in a bid to stem and revitalise the UK grocer's falling sales.


Editor's viewpoint: Using M&A for growth Stateside 22 Apr 2014

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Desperate for growth in a moribund trading environment, there are signs some food manufacturers operating in the US are using acquisitions to bolster their presence in more vibrant parts of the industry. Should others follow?


Editor's viewpoint: Tesco's food-to-go push looks foolhardy 11 Apr 2014

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Tesco is reportedly looking at rolling out a food-to-go concept in London in its latest bid to try to find some growth in its domestic market. But, if the move happens, is it really wise to enter such a competitive space?


Editor's viewpoint: Food security and consumer demand 8 Apr 2014

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There is a growing consensus that a warming climate has an impact on food production - putting supply firmly at the debate over food security. But the demands of a growing global population are just as important to consider as industry, government and academia wrestle over how to solve the issue.


Editor's viewpoint: Milking emerging market demand 31 Mar 2014

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Arla Foods, The Irish Dairy Board and Fonterra have all in the last week announced investments - or hinted at expansion to come - with growing demand for dairy products in emerging markets in mind.


Editor's viewpoint: Glanbia has stamina 18 Mar 2014

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The 2013 results posted by Irish food group Glanbia stood out, both for the growth the company achieved last year and its optimism for its prospects this year and beyond.


Editor's viewpoint - Anything but Co-operative 11 Mar 2014

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The sense of disarray swirling around The Co-operative Group intensified today (11 March) with the resignation of CEO Euan Sutherland, who took a swipe at the way the UK retailer was being run. Sutherland's exit will add to the sorry headlines made by The Co-op in recent months but, more importantly, they will distract the company away from the work it needs to do to turn around parts of its business, including food retail.


Editor's viewpoint: Obama and obesity 4 Mar 2014

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Some may argue the Obama administration has done less on obesity than it set out to do but its work to tackle the problem while getting significant parts of the industry on board should be praised.


Editor's viewpoint: McLeod checks out a success 18 Feb 2014

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Ian McLeod's tenure at Coles should be judged a success, taking a retailer suffering from stock issues, long queues and falling sales and revitalising the business into one that looked one step ahead of its larger rival.


Editor's viewpoint: US consumer chill lingers 17 Feb 2014

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Read the financial statements and listen to the conference calls from US food manufacturers in recent days and it is clear: companies operating there are still facing tough conditions and cautious consumers.


Editor's viewpoint: Nestle's L'Oreal decision is worth it 11 Feb 2014

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After a period of flagging sales, Nestle investors may have been hoping the food giant would offload its stake in L'Oreal to fund a programme of share buybacks. In fact, the company has decided to only trim its L'Oreal stake and, in the process, gain full control of a skin health venture between the two sides - a move that underlines Nestle's wise longer-term strategy to target health and wellness in its broadest sense.


Editor's viewpoint: Searching for special K 10 Feb 2014

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Kellogg continues to see its cereal sales come under pressure and is set to launch a marketing push that puts its namesake brand front and centre. But will that be enough to revitalise that part of its business?


Best bits: Post faces work refuelling Nestle's PowerBar 5 Feb 2014

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Post Holdings, the US food group best known for breakfast cereals, has broadened its business in the last 18 months. This week, Post continued its expansion in what it calls "active nutrition" with the acquisition of Nestle's sports nutrition business. However, Post has a challenge on its hands revitalising flagship brand PowerBar. Dean Best reports.

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