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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.


Best bits: Why PepsiCo could be eyeing US yoghurt 20 Oct 2011

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Yoghurt is a growing category in a challenging US market and PepsiCo is reportedly looking to enter the sector. However, if PepsiCo is interested in yoghurt, it will need to act quickly.


Best bits: Sainsbury's strikes back in UK grocery battle 10 Oct 2011

Column: Editor's viewpoint

The competition from the UK's deal-chasing consumers has stepped up a notch with Sainsbury's plan to roll outs its Brand Match price-comparison scheme, writes Dean Best.


Best bits: Danish fat tax gives industry plenty to chew over 3 Oct 2011

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Across the North Sea today, Denmark will hear its new government's plans for the country when prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and her new cabinet present their policy programme. When the Danes chew over those plans tonight, perhaps over dinner, they will also likely be discussing a policy introduced by the previous administration that went live over the weekend and has attracted global headlines.


Best bits: Retailers gather in Berlin to talk shop 26 Sep 2011

Column: Editor's viewpoint

The uncertain economic outlook, fed by the fears over Greece's public finances and pessimism over the growth prospects of markets like the US and the UK, is a key theme of this week's World Retail Congress in Berlin.


Best bits: Metro Group, Sara Lee and Ralcorp face questions 19 Sep 2011

Column: Editor's viewpoint

The speculation over the future of Metro Group's chief executive intensified last week, casting doubts over the direction of the world's fourth-largest retailer.


Best bits: The worst may be yet to come 12 Sep 2011

Column: Editor's viewpoint

The UK woke to a blustery Monday morning today (12 September) and to the gloomy news that households in the country are yet to face the full effects of the 2008/09 economic slump.


Best bits: Morrisons to follow Tesco, Carrefour in spotlight 5 Sep 2011

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Last week's food retail headlines were made by Tesco and Carrefour. This week, Morrisons will be the next grocer to face questions over its strategy.


Best bits: Real and metaphorical headwinds hitting retail 30 Aug 2011

Column: Editor's viewpoint

The chief executive of The Co-operative Group last week highlighted the economic headwinds hitting the UK retail sector, while, in the US, Hurricane Irene added to the metaphorical storms.


Best bits: Ralcorp stands firm as ConAgra ups ante 15 Aug 2011

Column: Editor's viewpoint

ConAgra Foods, keen to tap into the growing private-label market in the US, has made a higher bid for Ralcorp Holdings. Its takeover target, however, has again rejected the company's advances.

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