By: Dean Best
Dean Best's views on the industry's hot issues.
11 November 2013
Food giants Nestle and Kellogg have become the latest companies to make structural changes to their businesses. Nestle has sold the bulk of its Jenny Craig assets and more disposals could follow, while Kellogg is to cut jobs and plough the savings into boosting growth.
21 October 2013
Emerging market economies are cooling but markets like Brazil and China can still offer opportunities for growth. Adapting to a steadier pace of growth will be the name of the game, as Wal-Mart and Nestle highlighted last week.
23 September 2013
Competition among processors for milk supply in Australia, price pressure from retailers and Bega Cheese's desire for greater scale to compete internationally are the key reasons for its move for local peer Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory.
16 September 2013
After recent criticism in the City, Morrisons last week sought to soothe any anxiety among investors. Even as it reported lower half-year sales and profits, the UK retailer in some ways succeeded - its share price jumped - but the country's fourth-largest grocer still faces challenges within its core business and with its newer ventures in the convenience and online channels.
9 September 2013
The choice of Delhaize's new CEO failed to cheer the market last week as investors reacted coolly to the news. The potential takeover of Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork processor, has also not won over all shareholders, with one claiming to have received rival interest.
19 August 2013
New Zealand, dubbed in some quarters as the Saudi Arabia of milk, has suffered another knock to its reputation, with another recall - this time over nitrate levels in ingredients headed for China. After the botulism scare surrounding Fonterra, this is another below for the country's dairy sector.
12 August 2013
Nine years ago, Tesco first entered China and high hopes for its business there. After losses and falling sales, it is set to become a minority partner in a venture with China Resources Enterprise, evidence, Dean Best writes, of the UK retailer's failure in the market.
5 August 2013
Safety concerns have again blighted the infant formula sector with Fonterra's recall of whey powder after fears over botulism. China has reacted, banning some imports from Fonterra and Dean Best writes the scare could prompt some consumers to question their belief foreign-made products are safer.
29 July 2013
PepsiCo and Unilever are facing suggestions from parts of the investment community they should embark on wholesale changes to boost growth. Dean Best looks at whether the companies will listen.
22 July 2013
The issue of food security has grabbed the headlines in the UK in the last 24 hours, with a flurry of announcements and stories that will provoke debate not just here but around the world.
5 July 2013
The prospect of tapping growing demand for dairy in markets in Asia has driven another deal in Europe's dairy sector - this time a merger between two French processors, Sodiaal and 3A.
24 June 2013
Front-of-pack nutrition labels. It is a divisive subject that can turn those on both sides of the debate a nice shade of red.
17 June 2013
To succeed in emerging markets, you have to think - and act - locally. That was the central message from just-food's interview with the boss of Nestle's business in Greater China, Roland Decorvet.
3 June 2013
Investment is flowing into and from the world's emerging markets, as two transactions involving US firms Smithfield Foods and McCormick & Co. highlighted last week.
10 May 2013
US manufacturer Hain Celestial has struck again across the pond. And its latest acquisition in the UK seems to be the one with most potential, writes Dean Best.
1 May 2013
What will Unilever do with its spreads business? After that part of the company's portfolio was a factor in first-quarter sales that missed analyst expectations, the question has returned to the minds of some in the investment community. Dean Best thinks they will stick with the division.
23 April 2013
A decade ago, the conversation around emerging markets was purely about growth. Now, with the developing world accounting for a growing chunk of some businesses, and with some of the faster-growing economies cooling, there is more attention on company performance in the BRICs and beyond. As Nestle found out last week.
25 February 2013
The downgrade of the UK's debt rating will just reinforce the gloom over the country's economic prospects for 2013. Headlines over the debt downgrade will register with UK consumers and likely act as another reason to hold back on discretionary spending.
11 February 2013
In an sector in which profit margins are wafer thin, with retail pressure bearing down on manufacturers and manufacturers bearing down on their suppliers, it really is not a surprise that the best deal will be sought after and snaffled up, writes Dean Best. But the old adage of "if something appears too good to be true, it probably is" has rarely felt so apt.
28 January 2013
Obesity is a global epidemic that is "bankrupting economies and short changing futures", we were told during a round table at the World Economic Forum in Davos this weekend.