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Cheese giant Bel's bold plant-based bid 18 Oct 2020

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Cheese giant Bel has issued more detail on its plant-based plans – and, as Dean Best reports, could give the fledgling market for cheese alternatives a shot in the arm.


Blackstone's Oatly backing may unsettle some but there are benefits 4 Sep 2020

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Dairy-alternative darling Oatly has faced criticism for accepting investment from Blackstone – but those who want a more sustainable food system should see the advantages.


Food feels impact of China-Australia tensions 31 Aug 2020

Column: Editor's viewpoint

What started in technology and was further fuelled by Covid-19 is now starting to impact Australia's agri-food sector, Dean Best writes.


Expect more beef as Lightlife seeks plant-based high ground 26 Aug 2020

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Lightlife's war of words with Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods is another sign meat-free is now mainstream – and has brands battling it out as their peers have done in the past.


Ben & Jerry's hits stormy water – but should sail on 14 Aug 2020

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Ben & Jerry's attracted criticism in the UK for its comments on how the country's Government should treat migrants seeking entry – but brands need to be seen to take a stance.


Now's the time to review your brand values – and much more, too 19 Jun 2020

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Food companies must reappraise their brands and make sure they stand up to today's values – and go further still in their supply chains in their journeys to racial justice.


Kraft Heinz enjoys Covid-19 bounce but questions remain 7 Apr 2020

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Kraft Heinz has provided some welcome news on its sales performance but investors will be looking beyond the boost Covid-19 has given the US giant's top line.


Why Yofix backing highlights dairy-free shift 6 Feb 2020

Column: Editor's viewpoint

The backing for Israeli dairy-free start-up Yofix Investments by two major European dairy companies shows a key macro trend could become a competitive flank in dairy alternatives.


"Get Brexit done"? UK's only just getting started 13 Dec 2019

Column: Editor's viewpoint

In so many ways, for all the decisiveness of the UK General Election, a fog of uncertainty still hangs over business, writes Dean Best.


Critics of UK's top doctor picking on wrong target 11 Oct 2019

Column: Editor's viewpoint

There's a lot to be said for the recommendations the UK's outgoing chief medical officer has made on how the Government can hit its 2030 target on child obesity, writes Dean Best.


Plant-based companies should face questions on health, environment 2 Oct 2019

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Consumer demand for plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy is rising rapidly – but so should scrutiny over companies' claims on health and sustainability, writes Dean Best.


Campbell CEO Clouse demonstrates necessary caution 5 Sep 2019

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Shares in Campbell Soup Co. bubbled on Friday when the company's announced its Q4 results and fiscal 2020 guidance - but CEO Mark Clouse remains watchful. And rightly so.


Why Goldsmiths beef ban has merits 16 Aug 2019

Column: Editor's viewpoint

UK university Goldsmiths is in the firing line over its ban on beef but, though some criticism might be justified, the college's move has its benefits.


New UK Prime Minister, same old Brexit uncertainty 29 Jul 2019

Column: Editor's viewpoint

The new UK Prime Minister and government appear ready to accept a no-deal Brexit - but would the wider UK parliament?


The problems with a 'purpose'-led strategy 24 Jun 2019

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Unilever CEO Alan Jope caused a bit of stir last week as the advertising industry headed to the sunny south of France for the annual Cannes Lion advertising exhibition.


How sales growth, sustainability are at centre of Unilever CEO's pitch to investors 12 Jun 2019

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Unilever CEO Alan Jope is nearly six months into the job and this week set out to investors his priorities for the consumer goods giant.


Why Kraft Heinz's travails aren't a surprise 25 Feb 2019

Column: Editor's viewpoint

The business strategy pursued by Kraft Heinz's owners drove margins and shook up competitors but there have always been question marks over the company's top-line prospects.


Why Unilever gobbled up Graze 8 Feb 2019

Column: Editor's viewpoint

With the acquisition of Graze, Unilever steps up its interest in direct-to-consumer and could have an eye on mainstream channels in other countries, writes Dean Best.


Why PepsiCo may get best tune out of Pipers away from UK grocery 11 Nov 2018

Column: Editor's viewpoint

PepsiCo's third acquisition in five months has seen the US group snap up UK firm Pipers Crisps, a business in its core category – but the snacks giant will have to think carefully about how to grow the business.


Amid pressure on sales, Mondelez is rolling up its sleeves 2 Nov 2018

Column: Editor's viewpoint

With sales in the doldrums, Mondelez International is looking to grow its top-line again through a business revamp and a new future-fcoused unit.


Is UK business sleepwalking towards Brexit? 28 Sep 2018

Column: Editor's viewpoint

There are signs UK business - including the food industry - are not prepared enough for what Brexit might bring. And the UK government isn't helping, writes Dean Best.


China the next frontier for determined US grocer Kroger 17 Aug 2018

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Kroger, one of the largest grocers in the US, has, in the face of a challenging domestic market and the spectre of Amazon, rolled up its sleeves in recent months and announced a series of moves in developing parts of the food industry. This week, Kroger announced another initiative but, this time, it was international. Dean Best reports.


Premier Foods boss sees off revolt but still faces slog 23 Jul 2018

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Premier Foods chief executive Gavin Darby saw off a shareholder revolt this week, winning the vote on his re-election to the role. But any relief over that result will likely be short-lived as the UK manufacturer continues to face the challenge of eking out sales growth from legacy brands in low-growth categories and paying down debts and a hefty pension deficit.


Scrutiny will only intensify even if Premier CEO gets re-elected 6 Jul 2018

Column: Editor's viewpoint

It would be a surprise Premier Foods' under-fire CEO Gavin Darby is not re-elected at the UK group's AGM on 18 July but activist investor Oasis Management has brought to the fore concerns about the manufacturer's performance. The market will be watching closely if Premier moves forward under its current CEO.


Why Kraft Heinz should steer clear of Campbell 26 Jun 2018

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Dean Best is unsure whether, as has been reported in the US, Kraft Heinz should be looking at a possible move for Campbell Soup Co.


Google and JD.com - another e-commerce duo to consider 22 Jun 2018

Column: Editor's viewpoint

There was another e-commerce powerplay this week, with Google investing in and setting out plans to work with Chinese e-commerce retailer JD.com. Dean Best reflects on the announcement and how suppliers should react.


Bakery giant Aryzta's fresh profit warning raises concerns 29 May 2018

Column: Editor's viewpoint

It has been clear for months there are some sizeable challenges facing Aryzta, the Swiss-Irish bakery giant - and there were signs this week the company's problems persist.


Why latest Tyrrells takeover is no major surprise 18 May 2018

Column: Editor's viewpoint

UK-based savoury snacks business Tyrrells is getting its third owner in two years - but the latest deal is no surprise, writes Dean Best.


London Mayor's bold plan on food ads should be welcomed 11 May 2018

Column: Editor's viewpoint

How the owners of food and drink high in fat, salt or sugar advertise their products has long been a contentious issue in the UK, with campaigners calling for further restrictions. Today (11 May), London's Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has won praise for his proposals to introduce regulations within his area of influence.


What might Pinnacle Foods' new activist investor mean for US group? 20 Apr 2018

Column: Editor's viewpoint

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.

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