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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.


Tesco in the US 5 Dec 2007

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The stakes are high for Tesco as it embarks on its US adventure. The UK retail giant is just weeks into its foray into the US and, so far, the signs for its Fresh & Easy business are positive. But can Tesco succeed where others have failed? Dean Best reports.


Just the Answer - Cloetta Fazer 30 Nov 2007

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Cloetta Fazer, Scandinavia's largest confectionery firm, has faced rumours that tension among its owners could lead to the company being split in two. CEO Jesper Åberg says that's very unlikely and insists Cloetta Fazer's recent acquisitions - including today's deal to buy Finnish gum producer Fennobon - is proof that the company is going from strength to strength. In this month's Just the Answer, Åberg told Dean Best about Cloetta Fazer's expansion outside chocolate - and ambitions to move into


Online retailing in the UK 28 Nov 2007

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An investigation by UK consumer association Which?, published last week, suggested that online food shoppers are being sold less fresh merchandise than they might hope to find in stores. But, writes Ben Cooper, while such reports could undermine consumer confidence in internet shopping, the strong growth in online food retailing looks set to continue.


The just-food interview - Yakult 26 Nov 2007

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Yakult, the probiotic yoghurt drink famed the world over, has just launched into the mainstream US market for the first time. In this month's just-food interview, Dean Best caught up with Hisashi Satoi, vice president for sales and marketing at Yakult USA, to find out how the Japanese brand is trying to win over consumers sceptical about the benefits of bacteria.


Food safety in the EU 22 Nov 2007

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This week, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) held a two-day summit on food safety and healthy diets to mark its fifth anniversary. David Haworth went to Brussels to hear some 500 scientists and food industry experts debate critical issues ranging from nanotechnology to additives and from labeling to food-borne infections.


German retail in transition 20 Nov 2007

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Germany's food retailers are in a period of change with the country's top grocers looking at how to generate growth in one of Europe's toughest retail environments. Nevertheless, it is the market's defining factor - the strength of the discount segment - that remains the key driver behind decision-making for consumers and retailers in the country. Dean Best reports.


The future of dairy giant Fonterra 16 Nov 2007

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Dairy giant Fonterra hopes its plans for a share sale will give the company the cash it needs to fund overseas expansion. Chairman Henry van der Heyden has called on the co-operative's 11,000 members to be "bold and brave" and back the plans. And with dairy consumption booming in markets like China, Dean Best believes this is a too good an opportunity for Fonterra's farmers to ignore.


Children and advertising - the debate 13 Nov 2007

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Research published yesterday by the UK consumer organisation Which? shows that regulations to prevent the advertising of junk food to children are not applicable to the TV programmes attracting the largest audiences of under-tens. This anomaly goes to the heart of the key moral question posed by such regulation, Ben Cooper writes, while the findings may well make further regulation more likely.


The link between diet and cancer 8 Nov 2007

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The food industry braced itself for flak following the World Cancer Research Fund's (WCRF) report linking diet to cancer. However, did the scale of the report mean its message for consumers was lost? Ben Cooper reports.


Would ABF quit UK bakery? 6 Nov 2007

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Associated British Foods, the UK food giant, today (6 November) booked a set of robust annual results driven by diverse parts of its business, from sugar to clothing retail. However, bakery, a sector that is central to ABF's history, remains a problem. Could these problems lead ABF to sell the business? Dean Best reports.


Baby food in North America 2 Nov 2007

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For obvious reasons, baby food manufacturers prefer it when birthrates are increasing but in North America, as in so many developed markets, the population is not obliging them. However, the increasing popularity of organic baby food has provided opportunities for growth. Alan Osborn and Monica Dobie report.


The just-food interview, Anthony Pile, Blue Skies 31 Oct 2007

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Blue Skies, a UK-based produce firm, sets out to help growers in developing countries get a fair return for their labour. However, the company's reliance on air freight has left it in the firing-line of some green lobbyists, while the Soil Association's new standards for air-freighted organic produce, unveiled last week, could also cause problems for the company. Blue Skies founder and chairman Anthony Pile spoke with Ben Cooper about the company’s ethos and future plans, and why he believes the


The battle in India's retail sector 29 Oct 2007

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The development of an organised retail sector in India will be a vital component in the country’s economic transformation but widespread protests show there is still significant opposition to the expansion of modern retail formats, whether home-grown or from overseas. Kevin Jacobs assesses the state of play.


Just the Answer - Emmi 25 Oct 2007

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Only a cheese producer with a great love for their product would liken cheese to a Rolex. But Dominik Büchel of Swiss dairy group Emmi makes the comparison to show the company is focused on expanding its business with premium, specialty products rather than simply chasing volume. In this month’s Just the Answer interview, Dean Best spoke with Emmi's European sales director about the effects of recent rises in dairy commodity prices and the company’s plans for steady expansion internationally.


The battle against obesity 23 Oct 2007

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An extensive report on the rising levels of obesity in the UK published last week included recommendations for more regulatory intervention. However, while that may worry food companies, Ben Cooper suggests the industry should welcome the report’s prime contention that obesity will only be successfully tackled by a multi-stranded approach involving all stakeholders.


Retail innovation 18 Oct 2007

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While supermarket trolleys often seem to have minds of their own, one day it appears they actually will. The ‘intelligent’ trolley was one innovation being showcased at the recent Institute of Grocery Distribution’s annual conference last week. Annette Farr was there to hear about that and other technological advances in the pipeline.


Anuga 2007 15 Oct 2007

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The biennial Anuga trade fair, taking place in Cologne from 13 to 17 October, is arguably the most important such event in the food industry’s calendar, attracting food processors, distributors, retailers, importers and industry associations from all over the globe. Dean Best reports from what many believe to be the industry’s only truly international show.


What next for Hershey? 11 Oct 2007

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Recent remarks from the Hershey Trust have again raised the question of whether its resistance to yielding control of the US confectionery company is ultimately damaging its prospects. As Cadbury Schweppes waits to see if the trust will change its view towards a merger, Ben Cooper suggests the companies represent a perfect fit from more than just a commercial standpoint.


EU sugar reforms 9 Oct 2007

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Sugar producers have given a qualified welcome to recently announced changes to the EU sugar reforms, originally unveiled last year. Alan Osborn reports on the restructuring of the restructuring.

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