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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.


Best bits: Kellogg may have to be more radical 16 Dec 2013

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The first significant impacts of Kellogg's plan to free up resources to boost its faltering business in mature markets (and invest in emerging economies) were revealed last week. However, the US food group may have to make bolder moves to shore up its long-term growth prospects.


Best bits: Little sign of challenges easing for Tesco 9 Dec 2013

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This coming March, Philip Clarke will have been Tesco CEO for three years. It has been a challenging period and, at least in the short term, there is unlikely to be any let up.


Best bits: Nestle, Kellogg latest to reappraise businesses 11 Nov 2013

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Food giants Nestle and Kellogg have become the latest companies to make structural changes to their businesses. Nestle has sold the bulk of its Jenny Craig assets and more disposals could follow, while Kellogg is to cut jobs and plough the savings into boosting growth.


Best bits: Adapt to - don't abandon - emerging markets 21 Oct 2013

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Emerging market economies are cooling but markets like Brazil and China can still offer opportunities for growth. Adapting to a steadier pace of growth will be the name of the game, as Wal-Mart and Nestle highlighted last week.


Best bits: Home, overseas factors drive Bega bid for WCB 23 Sep 2013

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Competition among processors for milk supply in Australia, price pressure from retailers and Bega Cheese's desire for greater scale to compete internationally are the key reasons for its move for local peer Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory.


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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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