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Best bits: Irish retail braces for austerity, Del Monte prepares for new owners

29 November 2010 | Dean Best

"It's a staggeringly austere budget, the cuts are deep and it will hurt." The stark words of one analyst last week after Ireland announced its plans to tackle the country's debt crisis.... read more

Comment: YoCream buy is Danone's latest move to diversify

26 November 2010 | Dean Best

To some in the financial community, Danone's move to buy US frozen-yoghurt maker YoCream International this week may not - to use the jargon - have been "material" enough to warrant too much attention. However, the US$103m deal remains another significant sign of the French food giant's moves to diversify its business.... read more

Comment: Soup maker Campbell faces lukewarm outlook

25 November 2010 | Dean Best

Those hoping that the tide had turned for Campbell Soup Co. would have been disappointed when the US food maker published its first-quarter results on Tuesday (23 November).... read more

BRICs and beyond: Heinz looks to emerging markets for 'secret sauce'

25 November 2010 | Petah Marian

With sales in Heinz's developed markets stagnating, the US food manufacturer has turned its attentions to developing markets to drive growth.... read more

Best bits: Heinz eyes China, Greencore glee at Northern merger

22 November 2010 | Dean Best

On Friday afternoon (19 November), Heinz issued second-quarter numbers that highlighted perfectly the unequal nature of the global recovery.... read more

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

19 November 2010 | just-food.com

The merger between Greencore and Northern Foods, the race to own Yoplait, reform of Europe's farm policy and Unilever's new push on sustainability all got people talking this week. Here is the best of who said what.... read more

Talking shop: Is Australia a closed shop for retailers?

19 November 2010 | Petah Marian

The Australian competition watchdog's decision to block the sale of retailer Franklins to local distributor Metcash has highlighted the heavily concentrated nature of the grocery industry in the country.... read more

Comment: Lactalis pursuit for Yoplait unlikely to be smooth

18 November 2010 | Dean Best

Lactalis, the privately-owned French dairy giant and owner of brands from President cheese and UK organic business Rachel's, has fired the starting gun on the race for global yoghurt brand Yoplait.... read more

Best bits: Bimbo bolstered, Dean Foods down, Emmi expanding

15 November 2010 | Dean Best

A message to our US readers: as you eat your lunch today, consider that, according to some estimates, one in three sandwiches made in the US will now be made with bread made by Grupo Bimbo.... read more

BRICs and beyond: East benefits from the global economy's shifting sands

9 November 2010 | Chris Brook-Carter

Of all the media coverage of this economic crisis, one line has stuck in my mind more than any other, and it perfectly sums up the shifting global economic axis. "This isn't a global recession, it's a Western recession."... read more

Best bits: Bolland set to make his Marc on M&S

8 November 2010 | Dean Best

Evolution, not revolution. It's a favourite phrase of Marks and Spencer chief executive Marc Bolland and tomorrow (9 November) the City and the food industry will hear just what the Dutchman has in store for the UK retailer.... read more

Focus: US industry takes initiative on front-of-pack labelling

4 November 2010 | Ben Cooper

The Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Food Marketing Institute have announced the launch of a new industry-led front-of-pack nutrition labelling system in the US. Ben Cooper assesses how it might be received by policymakers and campaigners.... read more

Marketing brief - Clara in Foodland

4 November 2010 | creamglobal.com

Latin American consumers have a negative perception of fats. The concept of essential fats is commonly misunderstood and general nutritional education is substandard. Family Goodness margarine, despite being a 'good' fat, is a victim of this ignorance and is relatively unfamiliar to Latin American families.... read more

Focus: Why Pioneer Foods is interested in winemaker KWV

3 November 2010 | just-food.com

What would the synergies be should Pioneer Foods, South Africa's second-largest food company, purchase KWV Holdings, the country's number two wine and spirit maker?... read more

Comment: Thorntons pins hopes on Hart

3 November 2010 | Petah Marian

Thorntons announced today (3 November) that Jonathan Hart will become group chief executive officer from early next year.... read more

Comment: 2011 will be a challenge for cautious Kellogg

3 November 2010 | Dean Best

It was a cautious Kellogg management team that addressed investors and analysts in the US yesterday (2 November).... read more

Best bits: US, UK anaemic recovery no cause for celebration

1 November 2010 | Dean Best

Late on Friday (29 October), data from the US emerged that showed the country's economy had grown by 2% during the third quarter of the year.... read more

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

29 October 2010 | just-food.com

This week was a bit of a mixed bag, with Premier Foods providing a fairly miserable outlook for the rest of 2010, and seeing rising wheat prices impact prices, while both the US and Canada (separately) announced new nutrition labelling programmes. Emerging markets returned to fore, with Japanese retailers looking to their neighbours for growth, while McCormick revealed expansion plans in Turkey and North Africa. Here's the best of what was said this week:... read more

Talking shop: Japan's retailers look abroad for growth

29 October 2010 | Petah Marian

Japan's major grocery retailers are looking to their Asian neigbours for expansion, as their home country's bleak economic landscape has stymied growth in recent years. Petah Marian investigates Japan's economy and which countries these retail giants are looking to conquer.... read more

Focus: What now for United Biscuits?

27 October 2010 | Dean Best

Has Bright Food, the Chinese food group, decided not to p-p-p-p-pick up Penguin biscuit owner United Biscuits?... read more

Best bits: Oil prices set to add to commodity pressure

25 October 2010 | Dean Best

A cheery thought for a Monday morning: crude oil could soon hit $100 a barrel. The prospect of higher oil prices will cause concern at a time when trading conditions are fragile, consumer confidence is weak and many in the food industry are facing upward pressure on the price of other commodities.... read more

Comment: Food makers feeling the pinch as commodity costs bite

22 October 2010 | Dean Best

When Russia announced plans to curb grain exports in August, mainstream news outlets spoke of a probable jump in food prices in markets worldwide. The noises coming from within the industry, however, were mixed. Now, there are signs that manufacturers are feeling the pinch.... read more

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

22 October 2010 | just-food.com

Commodity costs may not be reaching the levels seen in 2007 but there are signs of growing pressure on food manufacturers. In this month's just-food interview, Groupe Doux CEO Guy Odri explained why the poultry giant is urging retailers to push through price increases. Elsewhere this week, Yakult failed in its attempt to get EU clearance for health claims, food ingredients maker Ajinomoto defended aspartame from the critics and Mars Inc explained it is planning to realign its chocolate business worldwide.... read more

Comment: Is Russia resurgent?

18 October 2010 | Dean Best

Russia, the world's 12th largest economy was hit hard by the global downturn. The drop in global manufacturing demand hit resource-rich Russia hard, which saw its GDP slump by 7.9% during 2009 in what was the country's worst recession in a decade.... read more

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

15 October 2010 | just-food.com

Europe's food retail industry is set for further consolidation, analysts said this week, while speculation continued to grow over the ownership of global dairy brand Yoplait. Here's the best of what was said this week.... read more

Comment: The potential - and perils - of PepsiCo's health kick

12 October 2010 | Dean Best

Dairy, fruit and veg. On the face of it, these products seem a world away from the carbonated soft drinks and crisps that have long been core to PepsiCo's business.... read more

Best bits: PepsiCo, FrieslandCampina, Kraft look to future

11 October 2010 | Dean Best

For PepsiCo, the future does not just lie in snacks and soda.... read more

Comment: M&S at the crossroads ahead of Bolland's blueprint

8 October 2010 | Richard Woodard

Perhaps the most striking aspect of Marks and Spencer's second-quarter sales figures was not so much their strength as the company's keen desire to manage expectations for the rest of the year.... read more

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

8 October 2010 | just-food.com

The focus this week has been on consumer confidence in the UK, with the Government set to release 'austerity measures' on 20 October and three of the major grocery retailers revealing trading updates. Elsewhere, PepsiCo revealed plans to build a unit to focus on nutrition and Canadian food group Maple Leaf Foods announced an efficiency review. Here is the best of what was said this week.... read more

Comment: McCain sets out stall with Maple Leaf Foods' revamp

7 October 2010 | Dean Best

Michael McCain, the president and CEO of Canadian food giant Maple Leaf Foods, has set out plans to make the processed meats and bakery firm a leaner business.... read more

Comment: UK retailers unruffled by planned austerity measures

7 October 2010 | Petah Marian

With the UK Treasury set to release its planned spending cuts on 20 October, industry watchers have been focused on how the UK's largest grocery retailers see consumer sentiment in the face of the upcoming "austerity measures".... read more

Best bits: Unilever, SOS, Premier next in M&A spotlight

4 October 2010 | Dean Best

The recent appetite for M&A in the food industry is showing little sign of abating.... read more

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

1 October 2010 | just-food.com

Analysts saw reasons to be cautious over the big events of the week, pouring cold water on Wal-Mart's plans to enter Africa through its planned acquisition of Massmart and expressing concern over Denise Morrison as the new CEO of Campbell Soup Co. The six-month war of words between Casey's General Stores and Couche-Tard seems to have ended, with the Canadian operator letting its tender offer expire. Here's the best of what was said this week.... read more

Comment: Unilever keeps its focus on food

29 September 2010 | Dean Best

Unilever's move this week to buy shampoo brands Tresemme and VO5 has led some industry watchers to claim the consumer goods giant is undergoing something of a makeover.... read more

Best bits: M&A spotlight shines on McVitie's, Pringles and Yoplait

27 September 2010 | Dean Best

The battle to buy United Biscuits apparently now has an Eastern flavour.... read more