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In the spotlight - Delhaize eyes top-line gains 3 Dec 2009

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The launch of Delhaize's “new game plan” has been widely welcomed by the market and the Belgium-based retailer's share price has responded accordingly. The plan aims to drive sales growth by investing in pricing and expanding in new markets and low-cost formats, a strategy that is to be funded through the company's ambitious cost cutting programme. Katy Humphries reports.


In the spotlight: Tyson in buoyant mood 24 Nov 2009

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For a company that was posting spiralling losses, Tyson Foods was surprisingly upbeat during the group's conference call with analysts. With a solid performance from three of its four major business units, management had cause for optimism. The question, then, is whether Tyson can turnaround the fortunes of its troubled chicken segment. Incoming CEO Donnie Smith certainly thinks so. Katy Humphries reports.


In the spotlight – Marc Bolland's move to M&S 18 Nov 2009

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The timing of Marks and Spencer's announcement that Morrisons CEO Marc Bolland will succeed Sir Stuart Rose at the helm of the company may have raised eyebrows in the City, coming as it does the day before Morrisons unveils its third quarter results. Nevertheless, the news has been roundly welcomed as a positive step for the bastion of middle England. Katy Humphries reports.


In the spotlight - Wal-Mart 23 Oct 2009

Column: In the spotlight

The size and scope of Wal-Mart means that its annual meetings with analysts take place across two days. This week, the investment community heard the latest thoughts from the world's largest retailer and what they heard, particularly with regard to the US, would not have made happy reading for Wal-Mart's rivals. Dean Best reports.


In the spotlight - The Co-operative Group 16 Oct 2009

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Peter Marks, the chief executive of UK retailer The Co-operative Group, had reason to smile when he addressed the country's grocery members on Tuesday (13 October).


In the spotlight - the race for Super de Boer 9 Oct 2009

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It is a story that is changing by the day but one thing seems certain - Dutch retailer Super de Boer is set to have a new owner. After struggling for much of the 2000s, the business is ending the decade as one of the European food sector's big M&A stories of the year. And, as Dean Best reports, champagne corks are likely to be popping at its majority owner, France's Groupe Casino.


In the spotlight: Waitrose, the comeback kid 24 Sep 2009

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Upmarket retailer Waitrose has emerged from the economic downturn as - currently - the fastest-growing retailer in the UK. Katy Humphries examines the key to its success.


In the Spotlight - EU Agriculture Commissioner 15 Sep 2009

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The announcement this weekend by European Union’s Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel that she is standing down has sparked intense speculation on her potential replacement.


In the Spotlight - Hain Celestial 27 Aug 2009

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For a company with a significant portion of its business in organic food, it should come as little surprise that Hain Celestial, the maker of brands including Rice Dream and Linda McCartney, has fallen short of expectations over the last 12 months. The US food group insists it has the credentials to grow in the year ahead - but is its confidence justified? Dean Best reports.


In the Spotlight - Paul Foley and Aldi UK 13 Aug 2009

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Just two months ago, at a retail conference in London, Paul Foley, the then head of Aldi's operations in the UK and Ireland, was insisting the discounter's newly-won shoppers would stick around, even when the economy recovers.


In The Spotlight – Dean Foods 6 Aug 2009

Column: In the spotlight

Dean Foods booked strong second-quarter earnings this week and said that it is on track to deliver cost savings of US$300m over the next three years. However, the US dairy giant's management sounded a note of caution on the likelihood of higher input costs and competitive pressures. Katy Humphries takes a look at some of the challenges that may be in store for the company.


In the Spotlight - Food on the Moon 23 Jul 2009

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With the fortieth anniversary of Apollo 11 being marked this week, the technological advances made through space exploration have been in the spotlight. As in so many fields, the NASA space programme has been a catalyst for significant strides in food technology and, Ben Cooper writes, space exploration offers the potential for further progress.


In the Spotlight – General Mills 10 Jun 2009

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Despite the current tough operating environment, General Mills is delivering strong results and, earlier this week, the US cereal maker upped its full-year earnings guidance. Katy Humphries takes a look at where management has got it right and the challenges that may lie ahead.


In The Spotlight - Findus Group 5 Jun 2009

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UK frozen food sales have benefited from the recession, with cash-conscious consumers turning away from chilled foods to the freezer cabinet. Young's and Birds Eye have enjoyed success and now another household name - Findus - wants a slice of the action. Young's and Findus are stablemates in the newly-named Findus Group and, under a new CEO, the business is aiming high. Dean Best reports.


In the Spotlight - Javed Ahmed, Tate & Lyle's new CEO 20 May 2009

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After 17 years at Vanish-to-Cillit Bang maker Reckitt Benckiser, can Javed Ahmed, the man named yesterday (19 May) as Tate & Lyle's new chief executive, add some sparkle to the under-performing food ingredients giant? Dean Best reports.


In the Spotlight - Irish grocery price war 15 May 2009

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The boom times are over for the Celtic Tiger with the recession hitting Ireland's retail sector. With consumers trading down, the country's food retailers increasingly see price as a key weapon to maintain market share and Aldi, Lidl, Musgrave Group and Tesco are battling it out. Dean Best reports.


In the Spotlight - Fonterra 1 May 2009

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It's been a rocky few months for Fonterra, the New Zealand dairy giant and the world's largest dairy exporter.


In The Spotlight - Tesco 22 Apr 2009

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UK retail giant Tesco booked a healthy set of results this week, despite facing fierce competition from rivals in recent months and experiencing a slowdown in international expansion. With such a strong set of figures under its belt, its clear Tesco is coping well with the downturn. Dean Best reports.


In the Spotlight - Emmi 9 Apr 2009

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Emmi, the Swiss dairy group, has set out its stall for 2009 - and its ambitions are increasingly international. Dean Best analyses the company's plans as it looks to milk markets outside Switzerland.


In the Spotlight - Barry Callebaut 2 Apr 2009

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Barry Callebaut, the Swiss firm that supplies chocolate to the likes of Hershey and Nestle, has undergone something of a transformation in recent years. Today (2 April), however, it was announced that CEO Patrick De Maeseneire, the man who oversaw much of that change, was leaving the business. Michelle Russell reports.


In the Spotlight - Sainsbury's 27 Mar 2009

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Justin King, the chief executive of UK retailer Sainsbury's, takes pride in being an optimist and, right now, he is that rare breed - an upbeat businessman. In five years at Sainsbury's, King has breathed fresh life into the business, which has confounded claims it could suffer during the recession. Dean Best reports.


In the Spotlight - Wessanen 2 Mar 2009

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Wessanen, the Netherlands-based food group, has a number of questions to answer after last week posting a drop in annual profits – and seeing the departure of its CEO. Industry watchers insist that, despite the downturn, Wessanen's focus on health food is correct but some believe an exit from the US market could help the company's core European business thrive.


In the Spotlight - The outlook for Danone 11 Feb 2009

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At first glance, a portfolio centred on probiotic yoghurts and bottled water may not be the best recipe for success in a recession. However, a booming baby food business could ensure Danone's rides out the downturn. Dean Best reports.


In the Spotlight - Are we seeing "green shoots" of recovery? 4 Feb 2009

Column: In the spotlight

The global downturn has engendered a mood of doom and gloom across the business community, which, to a large extent, has been merited. What's more, figures out today (4 February) suggest that China, a market that many were hoping would cope with the economic choppy waters, is also caught up in the storm. However, as Chris Brook-Carter explains, there is some evidence of some, small "green shoots" of recovery.


In the Spotlight - Mike Duke, Wal-Mart 21 Nov 2008

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This week has seen two major appointments shake the food retail landscape. Just days after Carrefour named a new CEO, arch-rival Wal-Mart looked within and appointed Mike Duke, the head of its international operations, to the top job. Dean Best reports.


In the Spotlight - Nestle exec takes helm at Carrefour 18 Nov 2008

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After months of speculation over the future of Carrefour CEO José Luis Durán, today's (18 November) news that the retail giant has appointed his successor came as little surprise. However, the French group's move to hire Nestle executive Lars Olofsson did raise eyebrows. Dean Best looks at Durán's departure and the challenges ahead for the Nestle veteran.


In the Spotlight: Sara Lee facing crisis of confidence 10 Nov 2008

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Sara Lee has found itself facing a crisis of confidence after lowering its full-year outlook and flip-flopping on whether or not to suspend its share buyback programme. With worries over its international businesses abound, the company now has an uphill struggle ahead of it as it looks to win back favour in Wall Street. Katy Humphries reports.


In the Spotlight - Associated British Foods 5 Nov 2008

Column: In the spotlight

With a considerably improved set of full-year results, Associated British Foods (ABF) has brought vitality to a sector that has been somewhat battered by the deteriorating economic climate. While Primark, ABF’s discount clothing unit, has reaped the benefits of the downturn, the company has focused on returning its bakery unit to profitability and building a strong foundation of grocery brands. Clearly, this strategy is starting to pay off. Dean Best reports.


In the Spotlight - Nestle 24 Oct 2008

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Nestle cheered the market yesterday (23 October) when it upped its full-year forecasts for revenue and profits. Dean Best looks at why, for many industry watchers, the world's largest food group is best placed to weather the economic downturn.


In the Spotlight – Irene Rosenfeld, Kraft Foods 10 Oct 2008

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Irene Rosenfeld, CEO of Kraft Foods, has moved up the rankings of Fortune magazine's 50 Most Powerful Women in Business from fifth to second on the back of the success of her ongoing turnaround strategy for the company. Ben Cooper reports on the changes Rosenfeld has initiated and the reaction they have received.

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