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Dean Best

Dean BestBiography

With 14 years reporting on FMCG, Dean began at Wine & Spirit International in 2003 before joining just-drinks.com as news editor in 2005.

In April 2007, Dean crossed from drinks to food and became editor of just-food.com.

He has featured in national and international print titles from The Times to Time magazine and on international broadcast outlets like the BBC and France 24.

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Gardein owner Pinnacle Foods has new activist investorWhat might Pinnacle Foods' new activist investor mean for US group? 20 April 2018

Pinnacle Foods has often been touted as a possible acquisition target - and now activist investor Jana Partners has taken a position in the US group that talk will intensify.

Arla looking for savings of EUR400m by end of 2020Brexit, commodities prompt Arla cost cuts 20 April 2018

The impact the UK's vote for Brexit has had on currency, as well as pressure from commodity prices, has led European dairy giant Arla Foods to set out on cutting EUR400m (US$493.9m) on costs from its business.

MamaMancini's - outlined sales ambitions.MamaMancini's outlines sales ambition 20 April 2018

MamaMancini's Holdings, a US supplier of Italian-style foods, is eyeing reaching annual sales of US$300m in four years' time through new retail contracts and entering new sales channels.

French MPs vote to ban veggie firms from using meaty terms 20 April 2018

Legislators in France have backed a bill banning suppliers of vegetarian foods from using terms associated with meat in the marketing of their food.

FrieslandCampina eyeing growth in ChinaFrieslandCampina sets out investment plans for China 20 April 2018

FrieslandCampina, the Netherlands-based dairy giant, has outlined how it plans to invest in its business in China in 2018.

South Korea’s Nongshim Co., Ajinomoto to build soup plant 20 April 2018

South Korean food group Nongshim Co. and Japanese group Ajinomoto are to build a soup-powder factory near Seoul through their new joint venture.

Spanish seafood firm Union Martin gets PE investment 20 April 2018

Unión Martín, the Spain-based seafood supplier, has attracted investment from Alantra Private Equity.

US firms Deli Star and King’s Food Products merge 20 April 2018

Deli Star and King’s Food Products, two US companies with a common ownership through family ties, have decided to merge.

BRF - board backs chairman choice.BRF board backs Pedro Parente for chairman 20 April 2018

Agreement on the make-up of BRF's board - and the position of chairman - moved closer in the last 24 hours with a group of major investors and the Brazilian meat giant's existing directors issuing statements ahead of next week's shareholder vote.

Nestle said trading conditions in Brazil remained challengingNestle on Brazil, China, US, AgeCore row and M&A - top takeaways from Q1 commentary 19 April 2018

On an organic basis, Nestle's first-quarter sales beat analyst expectations as volumes offset the company's weakest pricing since 2000. The result meant the world's largest food maker stuck to its forecast for its organic sales to grow by 2-4% this year. However, beyond the numbers, Nestle's senior management issued some interesting commentary on trading in countries key to many food multinationals, on its pricing dispute with European buying group AgeCore and gave a flavour of its appetite for M&A

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