Editor's viewpoint

Editor's viewpoint

By: Dean Best

Dean Best's views on the industry's hot issues.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


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