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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.


Best bits: General Mills warning will give CAGNY food for thought 20 Feb 2012

Column: Editor's viewpoint

In a week that saw Kellogg grab the headlines for its decision to move for snacks brand Pringles, an announcement made on Friday afternoon UK time perhaps had wider significance for the food sector.


Best bits: Questions remain over future of PepsiCo, Pringles 13 Feb 2012

Column: Editor's viewpoint

PepsiCo remained under scrutiny last week despite the announcement of plans it believes will "strengthen" the company and improve returns for investors, while the future ownership of global snacks brand Pringles is unclear after prospective buyer Diamond Foods changed its CEO and CFO after improper accounting was uncovered at the company.


Best bits: Food makers look ahead to another tough year 6 Feb 2012

Column: Editor's viewpoint

2011 was a year of low consumer confidence, pressure from raw material costs and ever-increasing demands from retailers. This year is set to see more of the same.


Best bits: New year, still uncertainty at Carrefour 24 Jan 2012

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Tesco executives may feel they have a lot on their plate but their "to do" list is not as long as that sitting in front of their counterparts across the English Channel at Carrefour.


Best bits: Muller faces challenges in UK milk sector 16 Jan 2012

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Muller and Robert Wiseman Dairies are talking up the benefits of the German yoghurt maker's planned takeover of the UK milk supplier but profits in the sector have been under pressure in recent months.


Best bits: Morrisons sets scene for tough 2012 9 Jan 2012

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Morrisons, the UK's number four grocer, kicked off a week in which the country's largest food retailers will report on their Christmas performance with slowing sales growth. And the company's predictions for 2012 would have made difficult reading.


Best bits: UK food makers need support for success in 2012 19 Dec 2011

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Research out this morning emphasised just how tough 2011 has been. The forecasts for 2012 do not look much brighter but the UK food industry is hoping next year will be the start of a fresh push for growth overseas - and it needs government to support it.


Best bits: Tesco must look beyond Big Price Drop 12 Dec 2011

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Tesco claims early results from the Big Price Drop - its campaign to lure cash-strapped shoppers and revive its UK sales - are positive. However, the view from The City was mixed after the retailer reported another quarter of falling sales in its domestic market. Dean Best believes Tesco should be given time - but competition from its rivals means the UK's largest retailer only has a certain amount of that.


Best bits: India PM Singh must push through reform 5 Dec 2011

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Given the slow pace of change in India, the news that plans to reform the country's retail sector have been put on hold should not be much of a surprise. But, Dean Best writes, the Indian government must stay on course and open up the industry.


Best bits: Caution over India's retail ruling 28 Nov 2011

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Multinational retailers beware. For all the headlines last week, the passage into India's fledgling and potentially lucrative retail sector is likely to be anything but smooth.


Best bits: Nooyi has PepsiCo on the right track 21 Nov 2011

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Investors and analysts clamouring for change at PepsiCo should beware the pull of short-term financial gain and recognise the long-term benefit of the company's focus on nutrition, writes Dean Best.


Best bits: Kerry, Hain Celestial, Greencore put M&A back in headlines 2 Nov 2011

Column: Editor's viewpoint

After a few months of relative calm, the food industry has, in the last week or so, seen a number of takeovers - signed or speculated - hit the headlines.


Best bits: Wal-Mart, Danone demonstrate pitfalls of emerging markets 24 Oct 2011

Column: Editor's viewpoint

In the US, economists are growing more pessimistic about the country's growth prospects. In Europe, political disputes over the eurozone, rather than solutions to the crisis, are making the headlines. Against this backdrop, the emerging markets seem a more attractive prospect than ever. However, there are risks as well as rewards.

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