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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.


Best bits: Pessimism in promotion-mad UK 1 Aug 2011

Column: Editor's viewpoint

With growth slowing in the UK, retail sales volumes down and promotions on the increase, even the better performing food manufacturers can betray a note of pessimism, writes Dean Best.


Best bits: Grocery sector remains a sticky wicket 25 Jul 2011

Column: Editor's viewpoint

With the sun having shone over much of the UK today (25 July) - and with England winning the Test match against India at Lord's - just-food is reluctant to dampen the mood but, in recent days, there has been yet more evidence of how tough trading conditions are.


Best bits: Brasil Foods and Premier look to the future 18 Jul 2011

Column: Editor's viewpoint

The largest food manufacturers in Brazil and the UK can look ahead with more certainty than they could a week ago, Dean Best writes, but doubts still hang over the future of Latin American country's biggest retailer.


Best bits: Nestle, Lactalis secure prized deals 11 Jul 2011

Column: Editor's viewpoint

In the last 72 hours, Nestle and Lactalis have struck significant pieces of M&A, writes Dean Best.


Best bits: Casino and Carrefour do battle over Brazil 4 Jul 2011

Column: Editor's viewpoint

In a story that has had more twists and turns than the samba, the battle for Brazil's largest retailer CBD has pit two of Europe's largest grocers against each other.


Best bits: Premier Foods looks to heritage brands 27 Jun 2011

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Premier Foods is looking to enter that hallowed space enjoyed by a number of recently revitalised British heritage brands, revealing plans to update its portfolio.


Best bits: Carrefour to face tense shareholders 20 Jun 2011

Column: Editor's viewpoint

It's likely Carrefour CEO Lars Olofsson will be a little apprehensive as he heads off for work tomorrow (21 June).


Best bits: Nestle adds to commodity concern 13 Jun 2011

Column: Editor's viewpoint

The size and scope of Nestle means that, when it talks, the industry should stop and listen. Last week, Nestle held its annual investor meeting at its HQ in the Swiss town of Vevey and the world's largest food maker had some forthright comments to make on one of the issues taxing minds throughout the food industry - commodity costs.


Best bits: Business victims as E. coli mistakes rock consumers 6 Jun 2011

Column: Editor's viewpoint

So, now it appears that bean sprouts are the cause behind the E. coli outbreak that has rocked Europe's produce sector and killed - at the latest count - 22 people.


Best bits: Sun rises on Wal-Mart's South African venture 31 May 2011

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, has received two pieces of good news in its bid to continue its expansion into the world's emerging markets.


Best bits: West ends Hershey tenure; Iceland Foods sale begins 24 May 2011

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Dave West, raised eyebrows last week with his decision to, well, head west and leave his post as Hershey chief executive for the top job at Del Monte Foods. But will Hershey's fortunes head south in the wake of West's departure?


Best bits: Wal-Mart's US woes set to continue 16 May 2011

Column: Editor's viewpoint

The publication of first-quarter numbers rumbles on this week, with eyes turning to the latest financial performance at Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer.


Best bits: ConAgra's Ralcorp ambitions; Sainsbury's faces questions 9 May 2011

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Last week's column featured news of takeover interest in Ralcorp Holdings, the US food group behind a swathe of private-label products and the Post cereals brand - and since then, ConAgra Foods has declared its hand.


Best bits: Premier, PepsiCo, Ralcorp grab attention amid Q1s 3 May 2011

Column: Editor's viewpoint

After consecutive four-day weekends here in the UK, this column again arrives on a Tuesday, adding to the 'what-is-the-day-today?' feeling here at just-food Towers today.


Best bits: Lactalis's Parmalat push kicks off busy week 26 Apr 2011

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Lactalis threw down the gauntlet - and blew away any post-Easter cobwebs on consumer goods newsdesks in Europe - in the battle for the ownership of Italian dairy group Parmalat this morning (26 April) with a takeover bid for the entire business.


Best bits: Tesco's Clarke prepares for scrutiny 18 Apr 2011

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Tomorrow (19 April), Tesco chief executive Philip Clarke will sit down with analysts and - later - the media to discuss the retailer's financial performance over the last 12 months.


Best bits: Diamond, Smithfield look to expand outside US 11 Apr 2011

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Pringles, an anomaly in a Procter & Gamble portfolio that spans categories as diverse as batteries and fabric conditioner, was always going to be sold. The questions surrounded when and to whom.


Best bits: Food makers' commodity caution at CAGE 4 Apr 2011

Column: Editor's viewpoint

just-food's exclusive partnership with the Consumer Analyst Group Europe conference last week provided us with the chance to hear how the likes of Nestle, Danone and Unilever viewed the current trading environment - and many of the companies presenting struck a somewhat cautious tone.

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