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Tesco marches on 2 Oct 2007

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Analysts and investors had been fearing disappointing first-half figures from Tesco, but the UK retail giant's steady but unspectacular interim results were in the end greeted by a rise in the company's share price. Dean Best reports.


Spotlight - Japan's convenience stores 27 Sep 2007

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After many years of bucking the downward trend in food retail sales, Japanese convenience stores have found themselves under increasing pressure over the past year or so. But, writes Michael Fitzpatrick, Japan’s powerful c-store chains are responding to the downturn with product and marketing innovation, notably a greater emphasis on fresh food.


Just the Answer - Zespri kiwifruit 25 Sep 2007

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So dominant in kiwifruit is New Zealand producer Zespri International that it can boast its nearest competitor is not another company but another country - Italy. In this month’s Just the Answer interview, Zespri CEO Tony Nowell explains how the company has built its international presence and how it plans to continue to grow, which will include meeting environmental concerns relating to cultivation and shipping.


UK dairy price-fixing claims 20 Sep 2007

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Claims that UK retailers and dairy processors have colluded to raise the price of milk, butter and cheese will have caused a wry smile among the country's food suppliers, who often complain of the undue pressure placed on them by the country's powerful grocers. just-food analyses the claims that price-fixing has cost UK shoppers some GBP270m (US$542m).


The just-food interview - Unilever 17 Sep 2007

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Unilever may, like most food companies, be facing rising commodity costs but Emmo Meijer, senior vice president for food R&D, believes effective product innovation is a key way of mitigating the problem. Meijer spoke with Dean Best about the challenges and opportunities presented by a group strategy, which aims to streamline decision-making and cut costs, while also ramping up new product development.


Additives back in the spotlight 12 Sep 2007

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The debate over the link between food additives and colourings and hyperactivity in children has raged for many years but a new study by researchers at the University of Southampton may well have taken the debate to a new level. Ben Cooper assesses the impact the new findings may have on the additives debate.


Agflation - the debate continues 7 Sep 2007

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This week, there have been signs that retailers are looking to pass on rising supplier costs to consumers. From discounters in Germany to Tesco in the UK, food processors could soon be getting some relief from rising commodity costs. But, asks Dean Best, will the price hike on Hovis really mean higher food bills will become the bread and butter for consumers?


UK supermarkets under attack 4 Sep 2007

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The ‘big four’ UK supermarkets, already the subject of a government review, are now facing calls for an ombudsman to be set up to police the grocery sector. However, despite regular calls that supermarkets abuse their power, it remains uncertain whether their hegemony really threatens the public interest. After all, Ben Cooper reports, cut-throat competition means lower prices for consumers.


The growth of "meal solutions" in Asia 31 Aug 2007

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The increasing Westernisation and consumer sophistication in Asia Pacific markets is reflected in rising sales of processed meat and vegetables and ready meals. Emily Woon of Euromonitor International examines how changing lifestyles are spurring growth in the meal solutions market across the region.


The just-food interview - Tetra Pak 29 Aug 2007

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Having spent 25 years at Tetra Pak, Dennis Jönsson is steeped in the ethos of the iconic Swedish packaging giant. But dyed in the wool or not, the new CEO displays a fresh outlook and vision for the company. Dean Best met Jönsson to find out more about his plans to develop new markets and take full advantage of Tetra Pak’s green credentials.


Just the Answer - Metro in China 22 Aug 2007

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International retail group Metro has been operating in China for ten years but last year expanded from its stronghold around Shanghai into Beijing. In this month’s Just the Answer interview, Shouchuan Zhang, general manager of Metro China’s Business Unit North, spoke with Dominique Patton about the company’s expansion into northern China and in particular the opportunities offered by the Beijing Olympics.


Whole Foods' tussle over Wild Oats 21 Aug 2007

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It is six months since Whole Foods Market first launched its bid to acquire rival natural and organic chain Wild Oats Markets. A court ruling last week seemed to have taken Whole Foods a step closer to closing the deal but this long-running saga may have a further twist or two yet. Ben Cooper looks at why the case has attracted so much attention.


The growing cost of food 16 Aug 2007

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Food producers are facing rising raw material costs, particularly for dairy ingredients and wheat, making food price inflation almost inevitable. But, writes Dean Best, in the midst of a continuing price war, supermarket retailers will only pass on cost increases to customers as a last resort, making a further squeeze on supplier margins also extremely likely.


The future for Godiva 14 Aug 2007

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Campbell Soup Co. may no longer want upmarket chocolate business Godiva but with demand for more expensive chocolate rising, there is likely to be a fierce battle for the business. Dean Best reports.


Spotlight - the growing cost of dairy 9 Aug 2007

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The drought in Australia, EU reform and booming demand in China have combined to drive up dairy costs - much to the chagrin of many of the world's food giants. Nevertheless, while the likes of Cadbury Schweppes and Danone have beamoned their lengthening dairy bills, other food multinationals are finding it easier to ride out the storm. Dean Best reports.


Pakistan's investment potential 7 Aug 2007

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In comparison with neighbouring India, Pakistan has attracted much less interest as a development market and investment opportunity for international food conglomerates. However, writes Saeed Akhtar Baloch, in spite of political instability, the nation’s food industry is developing, and represents untapped potential for foreign investors.


The outlook on additives 2 Aug 2007

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According to a new report published by just-food, the additives market is set for continued growth in spite of increasing price pressure from ever more powerful global food producers, as well as consumer concerns over the health impact of additives and the growing demand for additive-free foods. Ben Cooper reports.


The just-food interview - Otokomae Tofuten 31 Jul 2007

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The soybean curd tofu has grown from being an Asian specialty to become a popular food in western markets. In this month’s just-food interview, Rupert Sutton met with Shingo Ito, the president of Japanese tofu producer Otokomae Tofuten, which earlier this year took its unconventional approach to selling premium tofu into the US.


Marketing to children 26 Jul 2007

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A self-regulatory initiative by 11 food and beverage companies launched in the US last week has received a mixed response from campaigners. While the initiative can potentially make a valuable contribution to tackling childhood obesity, Ben Cooper writes, weaknesses in terms of its scope and coverage have exposed it to criticism from pressure groups.


Just the Answer - Campbell Soup Co. 24 Jul 2007

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Developing the key emerging markets of China and Russia has become a key plank in the international strategy of US food group Campbell Soup Co. In this month’s Just the Answer, Larry McWilliams, president, Campbell International, discusses the company’s plans for these markets and the unique insights the company has gained into the soup-eating habits of Russian and Chinese consumers.


Tate & Lyle 19 Jul 2007

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A share buyback may have sweetened some investors but underlying problems remain at Tate & Lyle. Ben Cooper analyses the latest performance at the UK-based food and ingredients group.


Diet in the UK 17 Jul 2007

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A study on the eating habits of the UK’s lower-income groups has caused surprise among health professionals for claiming that nutrition and diets are not worse in poorer families. However, questions remain about the report and there is some concern that its findings could undermine the huge efforts underway aiming to improve the health of the UK population. Ben Cooper reports.


EU law on health and nutrition 12 Jul 2007

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The much-discussed EU regulations on nutrition and health claims came into effect at the beginning of this month, but there are few signs of the debate ending there. Consumer groups are concerned that the legislation does not go far enough, David Haworth reports, while there are concerns that the regulations may inadvertently inhibit the communication of generalised health messages associated with food.


A busy week at Danone 10 Jul 2007

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It has been quite a week for French food giant Groupe Danone. An offer for Dutch nutrition group Royal Numico came just days after it agreed to sell its biscuits and cereals business to Kraft. In between times, rumours of PepsiCo’s interest in Danone, also resurfaced. Has Danone done enough to strengthen its business and, at the same time, prevent itself from becoming a takeover target? Dean Best reports.


The takeover of Coles Group 5 Jul 2007

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The long-running battle to buy Australian retailer Coles Group looked to have reached a conclusion earlier this week when the company accepted a bid from local conglomerate Wesfarmers. However, as Ben Cooper reports, the market remains unconvinced that Wesfarmers is the right owner for Coles – which could open the door for last-minute rival offers.


Private equity - the debate 3 Jul 2007

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The growing influence of private equity groups (PEGs) has become a major talking-point in the food industry, as it has in so many other sectors. Chris Brook-Carter asks if the growth in PEG activity represents a return to the excesses of the 1980s, or whether they serve a useful function in helping to revive failing companies and provide a necessary investment vehicle for capital.


The just-food interview - WRAP 29 Jun 2007

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Among the green issues which have come to the fore in recent years, none is more pressing than waste reduction, and in the UK the food industry is among the worst offenders. As public and political pressure grows, the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) is playing a vital role in helping UK food producers and retailers to reduce waste. Dean Best met Charlotte Henderson, WRAP’s retail innovation manager, to find out more.


FDA under spotlight 27 Jun 2007

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Recent food scares in the US have focused attention on the work of the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) which many believe lacks sufficient funds to carry out its role effectively, and in the view of some requires structural reform. Peter Crosskey investigates.


Just the Answer - Zetar 25 Jun 2007

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Consumers may be looking to lead healthier lives but the urge to indulge remains strong, creating growth opportunities in the better-for-you snacks and confectionery categories. In this month's Just the Answer, Ian Blackburn, the founder and CEO of healthier confectionery and snackfoods specialist Zetar, spoke with Dean Best about the company’s rapid growth and plans for the future.


World Food Business Summit - Shanghai 20 Jun 2007

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Everything about the Chinese market is characterised by size and scale. Our reporter on the spot, Dominique Patton, gives a round-up of some of the impressive numbers that were cited by speakers at the summit this week.

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