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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.


Best bits: When yoghurt takes on national importance 28 Mar 2011

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When thinking of a list of a country's "strategic" assets, milk or yoghurt may not immediately come to mind but, as Dean Best writes, Lactalis's investment in Parmalat has caused concern within Italy's government.


Best bits: The BRIC markets are still emerging 21 Mar 2011

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just-food's BRICs and beyond column aims to highlight the risks - and rewards - of operating in the world's emerging markets. The interest in markets like Brazil and Russia remains intense and, due to the demographic, geographic and economic differences between the four countries - as well as their potential for growth - the clamour for information on what makes each market tick grows by the day.


Best bits: Greencore pulls plug on Northern; Quorn Foods is born 14 Mar 2011

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So, what now lies ahead for Greencore, the Ireland-based convenience food group?


Best bits: US food manufacturers look to lift product costs 28 Feb 2011

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For US food manufacturers struggling with rising raw-material costs - and fearful of the impact that slapping a higher price on their products could have on sales volumes - the words last week of the chief executive of one of the country's largest retailers would have provided some reassurance.


Best bits: US food makers face questions at CAGNY 21 Feb 2011

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It's the time of year when leading US food executives and Wall Street analysts head to Florida for the annual CAGNY investment conference. After the weather some parts of the US has endured in recent months, a week in the Sunshine State will be welcome but, with the economy remaining fragile and food manufacturers feeling the pressure from commodity costs, there are clouds on the horizon for a number of those presenting this week.


Best bits: Manufacturers look to manage margins as commodities rise 14 Feb 2011

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"It does feel a bit like mountain climbing."


Best bits: Egypt adds to investor concerns over emerging markets 7 Feb 2011

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In what was a record week for just-food in the volume of stories published, the political crisis in Egypt and its impact on the food sector took centre stage.


Best bits: Carrefour faces another year of tough decisions 17 Jan 2011

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"2010," Carrefour chief executive Lars Olofsson said last week, "was a year of contrasts." 2011, some analysts have suggested, will be as challenging for the world's second-largest retailer as the last 12 months have been.


Best bits: Only strongest will survive challenging US grocery landscape 13 Dec 2010

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The US grocery sector is in a state of flux as we head into 2011 with suppliers and retailers feeling the effect of weak consumer confidence and consolidation appearing more likely.


Best bits: PepsiCo's possible new targets, Premier's probable Quorn sale 6 Dec 2010

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PepsiCo led the M&A news in food last week with the announcement of its plan to buy Russia's largest dairy group, Wimm-Bill-Dann. Who could be next on PepsiCo's radar?


Best bits: Irish retail braces for austerity, Del Monte prepares for new owners 29 Nov 2010

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"It's a staggeringly austere budget, the cuts are deep and it will hurt." The stark words of one analyst last week after Ireland announced its plans to tackle the country's debt crisis.


Best bits: Heinz eyes China, Greencore glee at Northern merger 22 Nov 2010

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On Friday afternoon (19 November), Heinz issued second-quarter numbers that highlighted perfectly the unequal nature of the global recovery.


Best bits: Bimbo bolstered, Dean Foods down, Emmi expanding 15 Nov 2010

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A message to our US readers: as you eat your lunch today, consider that, according to some estimates, one in three sandwiches made in the US will now be made with bread made by Grupo Bimbo.


Best bits: Bolland set to make his Marc on M&S 8 Nov 2010

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Evolution, not revolution. It's a favourite phrase of Marks and Spencer chief executive Marc Bolland and tomorrow (9 November) the City and the food industry will hear just what the Dutchman has in store for the UK retailer.


Best bits: US, UK anaemic recovery no cause for celebration 1 Nov 2010

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Late on Friday (29 October), data from the US emerged that showed the country's economy had grown by 2% during the third quarter of the year.


Best bits: Oil prices set to add to commodity pressure 25 Oct 2010

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A cheery thought for a Monday morning: crude oil could soon hit $100 a barrel. The prospect of higher oil prices will cause concern at a time when trading conditions are fragile, consumer confidence is weak and many in the food industry are facing upward pressure on the price of other commodities.


Best bits: PepsiCo, FrieslandCampina, Kraft look to future 11 Oct 2010

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For PepsiCo, the future does not just lie in snacks and soda.


Best bits: Carrefour reaches for the stars with Planet stores 20 Sep 2010

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With its all-new Carrefour Planet hypermarket chain and with a target of 18% sales growth in five years, the French retail giant is clearly reaching for the stars. But will the French retail giant succeed?


Best bits: Spotlight remains on emerging markets 6 Sep 2010

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The spotlight was on manufacturers this week as Heinz, Kerry Group and Del Monte all posted positive numbers.


Best bits: Carrefour swings back into profit 31 Aug 2010

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Carrefour's reinvention attempts took on new vigour as it launched two Carrefour 'Planet' stores in France last week. The company said the test stores have been redesigned and adapted to customers' needs in a bid to deliver "a new experience of shopping comfort, ease and pleasure".


Best bits: Wal-Mart faces tougher US market 23 Aug 2010

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Manufacturers found reason to breathe a sigh of relief last week as Wal-Mart announced it would be reversing a number of the range rationalisation initiatives it undertook as part of its 'Project Impact' scheme.


Best bits: Picard, Rachel's, John West deals all raise questions 2 Aug 2010

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Each of last week's three major M&A deals - the sale of French frozen-food retailer Picard to yet another private equity house, dairy giant Lactalis buying UK organic firm Rachel's and MWBrands, the canned seafood group that is home to brands like John West, moving into Thai hands - offered as many questions as they had answers.


Best bits: private equity dining at M&A table 26 Jul 2010

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From frozen food to fromage frais, the last seven days have seen an upturn in talk about M&A in the food industry.

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