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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.


The problems mount at Dean Foods 4 Oct 2007

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US dairy giant Dean Foods has been described as an organisation in crisis after it announced this week that jobs would go as it continued to battle rising raw material costs. But Dean Best found opinion divided on the outlook for the company.


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.

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