Swiss food giant Nestlé is emerging as a frontrunner in the bidding race for the performance foods put up for sale by compatriot pharmaceuticals group Novartis. Alexandre Jost, who heads up Nestlé's Swiss operations, told the Geneva newspaper Le Temps yesterday [Monday] that he would like to have Novartis' Ovaltine brand in the Nestlé portfolio, although he denied talks with Novartis are at an advanced stage.