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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.


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

Column: Editor's viewpoint

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

Column: Editor's viewpoint

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

Column: Editor's viewpoint

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

Column: Editor's viewpoint

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

Column: Editor's viewpoint

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

Column: Editor's viewpoint

"It does feel a bit like mountain climbing."


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

Column: Editor's viewpoint

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

Column: Editor's viewpoint

"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

Column: Editor's viewpoint

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

Column: Editor's viewpoint

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

Column: Editor's viewpoint

"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

Column: Editor's viewpoint

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

Column: Editor's viewpoint

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

Column: Editor's viewpoint

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.

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