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Uncertainty surrounds Tesco 1 Apr 2008

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Tesco, for so long a case study in how to succeed in UK retailing and expand overseas, is facing accusations that it is losing its touch. Speculation over its US business and signs of a lacklustre performance in the UK have generated uncertainty around the company. Dean Best reports.


The peculiar problems at Uniq 28 Mar 2008

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While Uniq announced a move into profit this week, little else the UK-based food group had to say will have enchanted investors, and most certainly not its decision to scrap its dividend. The company is suffering from the cost inflation hitting all food processors but, writes Ben Cooper, Uniq’s problems do not end there.


The just-food interview - Singapore Food Industries 26 Mar 2008

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Singapore Food Industries (SFI) is one of the country’s largest food companies with sales of S$714.9m (US$518.5m) in 2007. It is also a company with both an international profile and further aspirations overseas. Rupert Sutton met with chief operating officer Philip Lim to find out more.


The European debate on additives 20 Mar 2008

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Last week, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published its review of research conducted in the UK into the effects of certain food additives on children’s behaviour. Ben Cooper assesses the response of key stakeholders and asks where EFSA’s findings leave the additives debate.


Just the Answer - Finsbury Food Group 18 Mar 2008

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Finsbury Food Group, the UK cake maker, has thrived despite soaring commodity costs and growing concern among consumers over following a more balanced diet. Chief executive Dave Brooks told Dean Best about the reasons behind the success of the business and why he believes Finsbury is well-placed to grow despite an ever-more turbulent operating environment.


A new regime at Pilgrim's Pride 14 Mar 2008

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It has been a demanding first few days for Clint Rivers at the helm of US poultry giant Pilgrim's Pride. Against a backdrop of soaring grain costs, the company has sold off its turkey business and streamlined its chicken operations. And, as Dean Best writes, more tough decisions lay ahead.


Innovation - success in the US 11 Mar 2008

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Innovation is critical for all in the food industry but developing, making and then selling any new product is fraught with pitfalls - only a small percentage make it from the drawing board to supermarket shelf. Analysts IRI has issued its list of the top ten best-selling food and beverage products in the US last year. IRI’s Sheila McCusker talked to Dean Best about the ingredients a brand needed to succeed in 2007 – and gave the analysts’ forecasts for NPD in 2008.


All change for US beef 7 Mar 2008

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The entry of Brazil's JBS into the US beef industry may have raised eyebrows but with the sector in the doldrums, consolidation was on the cards. Dean Best looks at the impact an enlarged JBS will have on US beef.


Fairtrade - an international brand 4 Mar 2008

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Buoyed by changing consumer values and increasing interest from major corporations, the Fairtrade movement has gathered pace in many European markets over recent years, and sales of Fairtrade foods, such as bananas, coffee and chocolate, have grown rapidly. Ben Cooper reports on a campaigning and, more crucially, a brand-marketing success story.


In the Spotlight - M&S 29 Feb 2008

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Sir Stuart Rose is seen as the man who saved Marks & Spencer, one of the flagship names in UK retail. His achievements even helped him become a knight of the realm in the New Year. However, this year, Sir Stuart is faced with a fresh set of challenges at home and abroad. Dean Best looks at why 2008 could be a pivotal year for M&S and its chief executive.


The just-food interview - Foodvest 27 Feb 2008

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Frozen food has become one of the more maligned sectors in the food industry in recent years, particularly in the UK. The seafood category, while enjoying growing consumer awareness of the importance of a balanced diet, faces its own challenges over sustainability. In this month's just-food interview, Dean Best met Mike Parker, an experienced seafood executive and part of the team behind the Young's and Findus brands.


Retail reform in UK and Europe 22 Feb 2008

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The UK's big four retailers must have felt pretty content over the outcome of the investigation into the country’s grocery sector. The probe will lead to more competition between the likes of Tesco and Asda but, ultimately, the country's remains a retail-friendly environment. But how does the regulatory framework in the rest of Europe compare? Ben Cooper investigates.


Just the Answer - Tasty Baking Co. 20 Feb 2008

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Philadelphia-based Tasty Baking Co. has shown how a company can be successful without nationwide distribution. Nevertheless, with a new state-of-the art bakery under construction, a major tie-up with Wal-Mart and a growing online business, there seems to be plenty of scope for expansion. Chris Jones spoke with Tasty Baking’s marketing director, Jon Silvon, about the company’s regionally-focused business model and plans for the future.


The year ahead for Danone 15 Feb 2008

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2007 was something of a watershed year at French food giant Danone. The company behind brands including Activia yoghurts and Evian water has wisely decided to focus more on health and nutrition. However, its ongoing problems in India and China are causing concern among some industry watchers. Dean Best reports.


Retail reform in France 12 Feb 2008

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A wide-ranging review of French economic strategy undertaken by a commission led by Jacques Attali looks set to have major implications for French food retailers and producers. In advocating the repeal of two controversial pieces of legislation, Peter Crosskey writes, the Attali commission appears to have paid more heed to lobbying by major retailers than the views of food manufacturers.


The turnaround at Unilever 7 Feb 2008

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At first glance, Unilever's 2007 results may have been steady, if unspectacular. However, the company believes it is on the right track to fully recover from its woes earlier in the decade. Dean Best detects signs of confidence at the consumer goods giant.


The fight for retail's emerging markets 5 Feb 2008

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Emerging markets offer massive development potential for international retailers but recently published research from Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu underlines that major local operators are also well placed to capitalise. And, Ben Cooper writes, being local carries some significant advantages.


The just-food interview - Cranswick 31 Jan 2008

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More discerning consumers are driving growth at UK meat processor Cranswick - despite the reputation of sausages and bacon taking a hit in the battle against rising obesity. In this month's just-food interview, Bernard Hoggarth, chief executive of Cranswick's food division, explains why the company is thriving on the back of consumers' enduring love for a posh banger.


Just the Answer - Children's Food Campaign 28 Jan 2008

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As the debate over rising obesity levels continues to intensify, pressure groups have become key stakeholders whose opinions the industry cannot afford to ignore. For this month’s Just the Answer interview, Ben Cooper spoke with Richard Watts, co-ordinator of the Children’s Food Campaign, about the campaign and its reaction to the UK government’s anti-obesity strategy announced last week.


Labelling and the UK's obesity battle 24 Jan 2008

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The food industry will welcome the multi-stranded and inclusive approach taken by the UK government in its anti-obesity strategy, unveiled yesterday (23 January). But, Ben Cooper writes, the Government’s insistence that differences among retailers and food producers over nutritional labelling are resolved could bring the debate over the issue to a head.


Biofuels and the food industry 22 Jan 2008

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The rise of biofuels - and their impact on the food industry - has provoked fierce debate in scientific and campaigning circles for months. Governments on both sides of the Atlantic, however, have pushed on with biofuels projects in the name of combating of climate change. This week, however, saw the first signs of discontent from political elites. Dean Best looks at a burning issue.


Waitrose heads overseas 18 Jan 2008

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Upmarket UK retailer Waitrose has signed a licensing deal that will see its namesake stores open overseas for the first time. The move is a sign of the company’s more ambitious approach under the stewardship of managing director Mark Price. Ben Cooper examines the move and compares its approach with the international growth strategies of other UK retailers.


Wal-Mart turns up heat on Tesco 16 Jan 2008

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It has taken Tesco to shake Wal-Mart into action in the US but with the country's largest retailer planning to open its own local, small-format stores, it will be a testing time across the Atlantic for the UK retailer. Dean Best reports on why convenience could play a key role in shaping the US grocery landscape.


UK food retail stays strong 10 Jan 2008

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Talk of a consumer downturn in the UK has increased since the turn of the year after a series of downbeat updates from the country's retail sector. Food retailing, however, is showing signs of bucking that trend. Dean Best reports.


The outlook for 2008 7 Jan 2008

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The issues that dominated the food industry last year - the enviornment and obesity - are likely to be high on the agenda as we head through 2008. But will the continuing rise in commodity costs lead to a wave of consolidation throughout the industry? just-food gazes into its crystal ball.


2007 - the year in review 20 Dec 2007

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Christmas is a time for lists, lists and more lists. As we near the end of 2007, it seems an ideal time for just-food to create one of its own and detail who we think has thrived – and who has suffered – in a hectic year for the food industry.


Just the Answer, Raisio 18 Dec 2007

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Benecol, the brand that claims to reduce cholesterol levels, was launched 12 years ago but its growth has been hampered by restrictive marketing agreements. However, now free from those arrangements and with a new structure and new leadership in place, Raisio, the Finnish company behind the brand, is planning a major push into North America and Asia. In this month's Just the Answer, Simon Haydon caught up with CEO Matti Rihko.


The EU pledge on food advertising 13 Dec 2007

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This week, in a bid to display their seriousness in tackling child obesity, the EU's biggest food firms signed up to a set of marketing commitments. Similar moves in the US are, after initial fierce criticism, slowly gaining support and, as Ben Cooper reports, the European initiative will also have to overcome the sceptics.


The just-food interview - CAP reform 11 Dec 2007

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Another major round of reforms to the EU’s ever-controversial Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) are planned for 2008, but will the changes mean that life becomes easier or harder for European food companies? Chris Jones asked Neil Parish MEP, who chairs the European Parliament’s influential agriculture committee, for his view.


A&P's acquisition of Pathmark 7 Dec 2007

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The approval this week by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) of A&P’s acquisition of regional US retailer Pathmark Stores demonstrated once again that regulatory wheels grind rather more slowly than their counterparts in the thrusting corporate world. Ben Cooper reports.

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