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Dean Best

just-food takes a break for Easter

17 April 2014 17:53

We're off from Friday through Monday, trying to not consume our weight in Easter eggs. The site will be back, up and running on Tuesday 22 April.

Katy Askew

Tesco scrambling for growth in developed markets

15 April 2014 17:00

I got an early message this morning (15 April): "Tesco are relaunching in the US," it read. Whaaaa?!?!

Hannah Abdulla

B&G jumps on GMO-free bandwagon

16 April 2014 15:38

US food manufacture B&G Foods has joined the campaign for non-GMO by relaunching a non-GMO version of its spreadable fruit Polaner All Fruit.

The just-food guest blog

And so I bid farewell

29 November 2013 13:38

Sachin Tendulkar isn't alone in bidding farewell to colleagues as, today, I enter into my final few hours as news editor for just-food.

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just-food takes a break for Easter

By: Dean Best - 17 Apr 2014 17:53

We're off from Friday through Monday, trying to not consume our weight in Easter eggs. The site will be back, up and running on Tuesday 22 April.

Why chocolate makers should note changing M&A priorities at ADM

By: Dean Best - 16 Apr 2014 18:15

The US agribusiness giant had been looking to sell its cocoa and chocolate businesses - and had been in discussions with a suitor (reported to be Cargill) over a deal - but there have been some developments.

B&G jumps on GMO-free bandwagon

By: Hannah Abdulla - 16 Apr 2014 15:38

US food manufacture B&G Foods has joined the campaign for non-GMO by relaunching a non-GMO version of its spreadable fruit Polaner All Fruit.

Tesco scrambling for growth in developed markets

By: Katy Askew - 15 Apr 2014 17:00

I got an early message this morning (15 April): "Tesco are relaunching in the US," it read. Whaaaa?!?!

How Nestle CEO Bulcke hinted at more disposals

By: Dean Best - 11 Apr 2014 15:29

Nestle CEO Paul Bulcke has indicated the world's largest food manufacturer, which has offloaded assets in recent months, may continue to trim its portfolio.

Discounters in the UK: The story is old ..... but it goes on

By: Dean Best - 8 Apr 2014 15:59

Fresh data by Kantar Worldpanel issued today (8 April) again showed the inroads discount retailers are making in the UK.

Morrisons reacts to discounter pressure with own-label unit

By: Hannah Abdulla - 7 Apr 2014 17:45

The rise of the discounters is weighing heavy on Morrisons' mind as the supermarket responds by creating its own-label unit.

Jacob's goes crackers in "British hall of fame"

By: Katy Askew - 4 Apr 2014 12:57

United Biscuits relaunched Jacob's as a "master brand" this week, bringing the group's classic cream crackers together with the likes of Mini Cheddars and Oddities. How to celebrate the heritage of an iconic UK brand that has been trading since 1885? Make a "great British hall of fame" - from the crackers themselves - of course!

How Parmalat has received another boost in Australia

By: Dean Best - 3 Apr 2014 15:46

Days after Parmalat announced it had acquired Australian dairy and fruit juice firm Harvey Fresh comes news of a deal of another sort for the Lactalis-owned Italian dairy giant.

ADM looks to up stake in GrainCorp following bid block

By: Hannah Abdulla - 2 Apr 2014 17:17

Archer Daniels Midland is looking to up its stake in GrainCorp after Australia blocked its proposed A$3.4bn (US$3.09bn) takeover bid at the end of last year after worries the move was "not in the national interest".

Food security - the debate rages on

By: Dean Best - 1 Apr 2014 10:52

The UN's latest report on climate change grabbed headlines around the world yesterday (31 March) with claims of the "pervasive" impact of global warming, a higher risk of flooding and changes to crop yields. But the report simply refuelled the debate over the precise impact of climate change on food security.

Repurcussions of botulism scare continue to impact Fonterra

By: Hannah Abdulla - 27 Mar 2014 16:33

It's been a tough last year for Fonterra and the repurcussions don't appear to have stopped. The firm reported a 53% loss in profits for the first six months of its financial year yesterday attributing the losses to margins being squeezed by higher commodity prices.

just-food to explore 2014 industry outlook

By: Hannah Abdulla - 20 Mar 2014 13:48

The team at just-food is busy preparing for its first webinar of the year which will explore the biggest issues set to affect the industry during 2014.

GM is safe, Cameron's science advisers claim

By: Hannah Abdulla - 18 Mar 2014 16:39

A letter from the Council for Science and Technology to UK Prime Minister David Cameron has stressed that food producers and retailers are not doing enough to highlight to consumers the challenges of production and distribution as the war against GM foods continues.

just-food live from the CAGE investment conference

By: Dean Best - 17 Mar 2014 11:11

Nestle, Danone, Kerry Group and Ebro Foods are among the multinational food manufacturers presenting over the next three days here at the Consumer Analyst Group of Europe conference in London - and just-food will bring exclusive media coverage from the event across the three days.

Pinnacle's Birds Eye and Disney team up on healthy eating

By: Hannah Abdulla - 12 Mar 2014 17:12

Pinnacle Foods' Birds Eye brand has teamed up with Disney in the US in a bid to slash obesity rates by getting kids to explore healthier foods.

All eyes on Morrisons

By: Dean Best - 12 Mar 2014 11:45

Morrisons will come under the investor spotlight tomorrow (13 March) when the UK's fourth-largest grocer reports its annual results. One stockbroker has "rarely been so concerned" going into a set of full-year numbers. And the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel has shown another decline in Morrisons' sales.

Co-op exec pay details fly in face of PR drive

By: Katy Askew - 10 Mar 2014 15:39

Details of The Co-operative Group's pay agreement with chief executive Euan Sutherland attracted criticism in the weekend press as it emerged that his package this year is worth around GBP3.6m.

Food and health dominates media spotlight

By: Dean Best - 5 Mar 2014 15:59

A renewed call for a tax on sugar, claims of a link between between animal protein and bad health and fresh guidance from the WHO on sugar intake - what we eat has again grabbed mainstream media attention in the last 24 hours.

Now Buffett wades into PepsiCo debate

By: Dean Best - 3 Mar 2014 17:40

Famed US investor Warren Buffett has become the latest big beast on Wall Street to comment on whether PepsiCo should split in two.

Farms could go as Sutherland looks to revitalise Co-op

By: Dean Best - 26 Feb 2014 23:11

The Co-operative Group is looking to sell its farms as part of plans to breathe fresh life into the UK business.

The Middle East - the next big thing

By: Hannah Abdulla - 23 Feb 2014 08:06

With emerging markets becoming a central focus for many food companies, there is growing interest in the Middle East and Africa - and this week we are at the Gulfood expo in Dubai to speak to those building their business in the region.

Danone goes beyond digital marketing

By: Katy Askew - 20 Feb 2014 17:16

Danone is hoping to reach out to US consumers and "educate" them on the merits of dairy through its joint venture with Starbucks, CEO Franck Riboud suggested today (20 February).

Morrisons murmurs rumble on

By: Dean Best - 20 Feb 2014 10:25

Speculation over the future of Morrisons continues, with a fresh report claiming banks are working on finance to back a possible sale of the UK's fourth-largest grocer to private-equity funds.

Why Weight Watchers has shed sales

By: Dean Best - 17 Feb 2014 22:49

Weight Watchers' current plight is symptomatic of two trends.

Obesity in the spotlight at London conference

By: Hannah Abdulla - 12 Feb 2014 15:33

Industry, government and NGOs met in London today (12 February) to discuss the latest developments in the efforts to tackle rising obesity in the UK. The conference highlighted the link between obesity and low income, prompting questions around whether some foods need to be taxed.

Kantar data adds to City nervousness over Morrisons

By: Dean Best - 11 Feb 2014 15:34

The latest Kantar Worldpanel data on the market shares of the major UK grocers underlined trends that have been in train for months now - Tesco suffering, Sainsbury's holding firm and Aldi, Lidl and Waitrose continuing to make inroads. However, the fresh erosion in Morrisons' market share caught the eye.

Green shoots? Or another challenging year?

By: Dean Best - 10 Feb 2014 15:01

Business optimism is, in the UK at least, said to be on the rise. But how do companies in our sector see their prospects this year? Over the next fortnight, we'd like to hear how you see the outlook for your business in 2014.

Elliott and Tacon star turns at UK seminar on supply chain

By: Ben Cooper - 4 Feb 2014 15:12

The Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum is never worried about setting itself an ambitious agenda for one of its keynote seminars, and so it was at yesterday's event held at the Caledonian Club in London, which set out to examine integrity and assurance in the UK food supply chain and the future work of the Groceries Code Adjudicator.

Lenta joins Metro with plan for Russian retail London listing

By: Dean Best - 3 Feb 2014 16:00

Russian hypermarket operator Lenta has set out plans for a listing in London. If successful, Lenta will join Russian peers X5 Retail Group and Magnit with shares trading in the UK capital - although it will be competing for attention with Metro Group, which plans to float its Russian cash-and-carry arm here.

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