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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.


Best bits: Food firms to shine spotlight on consumer confidence 19 Jul 2010

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"We are in a very competitive environment," General Mills CFO Don Mulligan warned just over two weeks ago as the US food giant issued its annual results.


Best bits: Mystery over the future of the FSA 12 Jul 2010

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Is the UK's Food Standards Agency, the vocal supporter of traffic-light nutrition labels, coming to the end of the road?


Best bits: Tate & Lyle, Pick n Pay bite the bullet 5 Jul 2010

Column: Editor's viewpoint

In business, some of the most critical decisions involve when to quit a venture, exit a market or sell an asset.


Best bits: G20 fails to deliver clear path forward 28 Jun 2010

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Are we or are we not headed for a double-dip recession? This is the question that has dominated talks at the G20 summit over the last few days.


Best bits: Food companies looking to score overseas 14 Jun 2010

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As football lovers waited for the start of the World Cup in South Africa last week, a clutch of leading food companies set out their stall for overseas success.


Best bits: Sodiaal, R&R, Plum Baby - M&A heats up 7 Jun 2010

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Almost a year after French dairy group Sodiaal began its pursuit to buy local peer Entremont Alliance, we could at last be set to see the creation of one of Europe's largest dairy companies.


Best bits: Brazil's 'new consumers' attracting interest 1 Jun 2010

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The BRICs are keeping the world's economic house in order. Last week, the OECD lifted its forecast for global economic growth in 2010, on the back of growing world trade, which is being driven by surging demand in emerging markets.


Best bits: Private-equity returns to the table 26 May 2010

Column: Editor's viewpoint

As each day goes by, there seems to be more evidence of the revived appetite of private equity for deals in the food sector.


Best bits: Value-added key question for dairy giants 17 May 2010

Column: Editor's viewpoint

The challenges facing US dairy giant Dean Foods, highlighted last week when the company posted a drop in earnings, announced job cuts and scrapped its profit forecast, have lessons for those in the dairy sector the world over.


Best bits: Cuts central to recipe for earnings growth 10 May 2010

Column: Editor's viewpoint

As quarterly results from the world's listed food makers rained down upon us last week, industry watchers waited for any signs of confidence about the economic outlook, writes Dean Best.


Best bits: Return to premium? Too early to call 4 May 2010

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It really is too early to call either way. No, not the UK General Election, but whether consumer confidence is finally returning.


The market is wrong on Tesco - but right on ABF 26 Apr 2010

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Just as political opinion polls can be misleading, so can the polls run each day in the world's financial districts - those listing the rise and fall of a company's shares.


Asda, Tesco look to the horizon 19 Apr 2010

Column: Editor's viewpoint

The sun has shone across much of England in recent days but, since Thursday, restrictions on flying in our region have meant the skies have been empty of planes.


What will the recovery mean for organic in the UK? 12 Apr 2010

Column: Editor's viewpoint

As the UK economy recovers, albeit slowly, there are signs that consumer behaviour is returning to "normal". There are questions, however, over how the organic food sector will arrest a slump in sales.


Bakkavor, Mead Johnson looks to future 7 Apr 2010

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Bakkavor, the Iceland-based convenience food group, has had a turbulent 12 months, with many of its problems rooted in the Scandinavian country's financial turmoil.

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