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Mars buys Wrigley 29 Apr 2008

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It was a deal that shook the confectionery industry but what will Mars' US$23bn takeover of gum maker Wrigley mean for the two companies? Dean Best reports.


The just-food interview - Langholm Capital 28 Apr 2008

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Private equity groups may be seen as asset-stripping predators but Langholm Capital clearly believes it is representative of a different breed, and its recent track-record in the food industry appears to back that up. In this month’s just-food interview, Katy Humphries spoke with Langholm principal Oliver Wyncoll about the fund’s approach and what it has in store for its most recent acquisition, Tyrrells Crisps.


Additives debate heats up 24 Apr 2008

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The debate over the links between artificial food colourings and hyperactivity in children is now set to move to the European stage, and the recommendation last week by the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) that UK ministers should push for an EU-wide ban on certain colourings suggests there are some interesting discussions ahead. Ben Cooper reports.


Loblaw turnaround in the balance 22 Apr 2008

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Loblaw, Canada's largest food retailer, has faltered recently as Wal-Mart slowly builds its presence north of the border. It's all change in the company's boardroom, with Allan Leighton, once vital to the turnaround at Asda in the 1990s, charged with breathing fresh life into another grocer. But, as Dean Best discovers, Loblaw's strategy has left retail watchers unconvinced.


US premium chocolate heating up 18 Apr 2008

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Nestlé, one of the giants of the world's chocolate scene, has set its sights on the premium end of the market. The appetite for posh chocs is growing in the West, not least in the US, one of the company's target markets. But has Nestlé left it too late to be successful Stateside? Dean Best reports.


Russia in the retail spotlight 16 Apr 2008

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Wal-Mart's move this week to appoint a top Rewe executive to study how to break into Russia has again raised the question of when the US giant - as well as Carrefour and Tesco - will enter the fast-growing market. Dean Best reports.


New era at Nestle 14 Apr 2008

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Paul Bulcke has taken the helm at Nestlé during a turbulent time for the food industry. However, the world’s largest food company has, so far, weathered the storm unscathed. In fact, Katy Humphries writes, one of Bulcke’s biggest challenges will be to decide exactly what to do with the billion-dollar payout from the sale of Nestlé’s stake in US eye care company Alcon.


World Retail Congress 2008 8 Apr 2008

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The World Retail Congress in Barcelona has entered its final day today (11 April) and the cloudy skies over the Spanish city seem to reflect a downbeat atmosphere among the attendees.


Australian Retail 7 Apr 2008

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With the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) probing grocery pricing in the country, independent retailers last week reiterated claims that the dominance of Australia's two largest food chains is restricting competition and pushing up prices. At the centre of the debate is a wide divergence between the market share estimates of both sides, writes Ben Cooper, so the ACCC's own statistics will be eagerly awaited.


Just The Answer - the Starbucks, Hershey tie-up 3 Apr 2008

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Given how jealously brands guard their heritage and image, co-branded initiatives are fairly rare and are approached with delicacy and no little trepidation. The recent collaboration between Hershey and Starbucks in the premium chocolate sector offers a fascinating insight into what happens when two iconic brands join forces. Wendy Piñero, vice president consumer products at Starbucks, spoke with Michelle Russell about the challenges and opportunities the joint venture presents.


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.

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