Editor's viewpoint

Editor's viewpoint

By: Dean Best

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



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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


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