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Best bits: Morrisons calms City but tests lie ahead 16 Sep 2013

Column: Editor's viewpoint

After recent criticism in the City, Morrisons last week sought to soothe any anxiety among investors. Even as it reported lower half-year sales and profits, the UK retailer in some ways succeeded - its share price jumped - but the country's fourth-largest grocer still faces challenges within its core business and with its newer ventures in the convenience and online channels.


Best bits: Delhaize CEO appointment, Smithfield takeover in spotlight 9 Sep 2013

Column: Editor's viewpoint

The choice of Delhaize's new CEO failed to cheer the market last week as investors reacted coolly to the news. The potential takeover of Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork processor, has also not won over all shareholders, with one claiming to have received rival interest.


Best bits: Another blow for NZ, the "Saudi Arabia of milk" 19 Aug 2013

Column: Editor's viewpoint

New Zealand, dubbed in some quarters as the Saudi Arabia of milk, has suffered another knock to its reputation, with another recall - this time over nitrate levels in ingredients headed for China. After the botulism scare surrounding Fonterra, this is another below for the country's dairy sector.


Best bits: Tesco's face-saving plan for Chinese business 12 Aug 2013

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Nine years ago, Tesco first entered China and high hopes for its business there. After losses and falling sales, it is set to become a minority partner in a venture with China Resources Enterprise, evidence, Dean Best writes, of the UK retailer's failure in the market.


Best bits: Fonterra scare could help China's domestic formula sector 5 Aug 2013

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Safety concerns have again blighted the infant formula sector with Fonterra's recall of whey powder after fears over botulism. China has reacted, banning some imports from Fonterra and Dean Best writes the scare could prompt some consumers to question their belief foreign-made products are safer.


Best bits: PepsiCo, Unilever face calls for radical change 29 Jul 2013

Column: Editor's viewpoint

PepsiCo and Unilever are facing suggestions from parts of the investment community they should embark on wholesale changes to boost growth. Dean Best looks at whether the companies will listen.


Best bits: Food security strategies need to focus on demand 22 Jul 2013

Column: Editor's viewpoint

The issue of food security has grabbed the headlines in the UK in the last 24 hours, with a flurry of announcements and stories that will provoke debate not just here but around the world.


Best bits: Asia drives more Europe dairy consolidation 5 Jul 2013

Column: Editor's viewpoint

The prospect of tapping growing demand for dairy in markets in Asia has driven another deal in Europe's dairy sector - this time a merger between two French processors, Sodiaal and 3A.


Best bits: UK, Australia highlight divisive nature of FOP label debate 24 Jun 2013

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Front-of-pack nutrition labels. It is a divisive subject that can turn those on both sides of the debate a nice shade of red.


Best bits: Nestle China boss espouses benefits of thinking local 17 Jun 2013

Column: Editor's viewpoint

To succeed in emerging markets, you have to think - and act - locally. That was the central message from just-food's interview with the boss of Nestle's business in Greater China, Roland Decorvet.


Best bits: Smithfield, McCormick keep China in the spotlight 3 Jun 2013

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Investment is flowing into and from the world's emerging markets, as two transactions involving US firms Smithfield Foods and McCormick & Co. highlighted last week.


Best bits: Ella's Kitchen is Hain's most promising UK buy 10 May 2013

Column: Editor's viewpoint

US manufacturer Hain Celestial has struck again across the pond. And its latest acquisition in the UK seems to be the one with most potential, writes Dean Best.


Best bits: Unilever likely to stick with spreads 1 May 2013

Column: Editor's viewpoint

What will Unilever do with its spreads business? After that part of the company's portfolio was a factor in first-quarter sales that missed analyst expectations, the question has returned to the minds of some in the investment community. Dean Best thinks they will stick with the division.


Best bits: Emerging market operations under more scrutiny 23 Apr 2013

Column: Editor's viewpoint

A decade ago, the conversation around emerging markets was purely about growth. Now, with the developing world accounting for a growing chunk of some businesses, and with some of the faster-growing economies cooling, there is more attention on company performance in the BRICs and beyond. As Nestle found out last week.


Best bits: UK debt rating change reinforces gloom 25 Feb 2013

Column: Editor's viewpoint

The downgrade of the UK's debt rating will just reinforce the gloom over the country's economic prospects for 2013. Headlines over the debt downgrade will register with UK consumers and likely act as another reason to hold back on discretionary spending.


Best bits: Horse meat scandal of industry's own making 11 Feb 2013

Column: Editor's viewpoint

In an sector in which profit margins are wafer thin, with retail pressure bearing down on manufacturers and manufacturers bearing down on their suppliers, it really is not a surprise that the best deal will be sought after and snaffled up, writes Dean Best. But the old adage of "if something appears too good to be true, it probably is" has rarely felt so apt.


Best bits: Threat of legislation on obesity looms large 28 Jan 2013

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Obesity is a global epidemic that is "bankrupting economies and short changing futures", we were told during a round table at the World Economic Forum in Davos this weekend.


Best bits: Horse meat saga continues, confectioners hit sweet spot 21 Jan 2013

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Retailers in the UK and Ireland faced some difficult questions last week, when it emerged that horse and pig DNA had been discovered in beefburgers and "beef" ready meals.


Best bits: Food industry faces structural challenge 14 Jan 2013

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Last week, a number of the challenges facing food manufacturers and retailers were once again thrown into sharp relief. The industry continued to grapple with the cyclical difficulties of a down global economy and weak consumer sentiment. However, a number of structural issues that, in some respects, represent the greater threat are also becoming increasingly evident.


Best bits: Hormel broadens portfolio with Skippy buy 7 Jan 2013

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Last week may have been the first week back at our desks after the new year, but we hit the ground running with news that Unilever sold its Skippy peanut butter business to Hormel Foods.


Best bits: India "bites the bullet" on retail reform 17 Sep 2012

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Criticised domestically and internationally for the perceived slow pace of reform, India's PM Manmohan Singh has launched his latest attempt to shake up the country's economy, including a relaxation of regulations on investment in the country's retail sector. Will Singh succeed this time?


Best bits: Kraft rolls up sleeves and prepares for split 6 Aug 2012

Column: Editor's viewpoint

A year on from an announcement that stunned the industry, Kraft Foods has revealed the formal split of its business in two will take place this autumn. There have been concerns over the performance of the company that will focus on the North American grocery sector but Kraft's first-half results indicated some resilience.


Best bits: Campbell correct to chase chilled growth 16 Jul 2012

Column: Editor's viewpoint

In M&A circles, Campbell Soup Co., the US food giant, has been seen as one of the more cautious multinational companies in recent years but its acquisition of Bolthouse Farms - the largest in its history - was a correct move, writes Dean Best.


Best bits: Casino, Carrefour, Danone give French flavour to headlines 25 Jun 2012

Column: Editor's viewpoint

There was a French flavour to the major industry headlines last week. Casino triumphantly announced its control of Brazil's largest retailer CBD. The new CEO at rival French retailer Carrefour made his first public comments about the challenges the company faces, while food manufacturer Danone issued a profit warning, citing problems in southern Europe.


Best bits: The risks of Arla's fresh push in China 18 Jun 2012

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Dairy giant Arla Foods has announced a significant deal in China with local company Mengniu. The Danish-Swedish co-op says the venture represents a "breakthrough" for its brand in China but, with food safety a concern in the country, there are potential risks, as well as rewards, for the company.


Best bits: General Mills reacts to power shift 28 May 2012

Column: Editor's viewpoint

General Mills, the US food group, last week made two announcements that underlined the macro-economic dynamics consumer packaged goods firms are battling. The company announced job cuts it says will make it more productive and free up resources to invest in the stagnant markets of the West - and further afield in the BRICs and beyond. Dean Best reports.


Best bits: Industry's green efforts return to spotlight 21 May 2012

Column: Editor's viewpoint

This week, two conferences in London will look at how the food industry is trying to alleviate its impact on the environment and the events are timely, with the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio next month.


Best bits: Looking outwards to the emerging markets 10 Apr 2012

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Investing in emerging markets carries risk but FMCG companies need to act faster to gain a presence in what will be the economic powerhouses of tomorrow. And for all the uncertainty over Western markets - or perhaps because of it - food manufacturers continue to eye countries from China to Chile with interest.


Best bits: The inexact science of consumer confidence, M&A 26 Mar 2012

Column: Editor's viewpoint

It was a week in which bold predictions were made on commodity costs, consumer confidence and M&A but, as Dean Best writes, uncertainty shrouds all three topics.


Best bits: Iceland Foods seals week of headlines for UK retail 12 Mar 2012

Column: Editor's viewpoint

It was, in the end, no major surprise. But it did mark the end of a saga that had lasted the best part of two years. A consortium led by Malcolm Walker, founder and chief executive of UK frozen food retailer Iceland Foods, has taken over the company.

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