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Best bits: Food security strategies need to focus on demand

22 July 2013 | Dean Best

The issue of food security has grabbed the headlines in the UK in the last 24 hours, with a flurry of announcements and stories that will provoke debate not just here but around the world.... read more

Comment: Nestle looks to leverage vast China potential

19 July 2013 | Katy Askew

"You see it. This region is just starting," Nestle group CEO Paul Bulcke said as we hurtled towards Beijing at almost 300 kilometres an hour, travelling on an express train linking China's major cities. Indeed I did.... read more

Comment: Nestle's China investment shows need to think local

15 July 2013 | Katy Askew

Success in emerging markets is dependent on the ability to think locally. However, while domestic players do have the home field advantage, multinational corporations benefit from stringent internal structures and expertise in areas such as supply chain management. Could the best way to drive growth be to combine the strengths of each, creating "multi-local" operations? Nestle would seem to think so.... read more

Best bits: Asia drives more Europe dairy consolidation

5 July 2013 | Dean Best

The prospect of tapping growing demand for dairy in markets in Asia has driven another deal in Europe's dairy sector - this time a merger between two French processors, Sodiaal and 3A.... read more

Best bits: Nestle China boss espouses benefits of thinking local

17 June 2013 | Dean Best

To succeed in emerging markets, you have to think - and act - locally. That was the central message from just-food's interview with the boss of Nestle's business in Greater China, Roland Decorvet.... read more

Best bits: Smithfield, McCormick keep China in the spotlight

3 June 2013 | Dean Best

Investment is flowing into and from the world's emerging markets, as two transactions involving US firms Smithfield Foods and McCormick & Co. highlighted last week.... read more

Best bits: Danone steps up investment in future growth

20 May 2013 | Dean Best

In recent months, Danone has come under scrutiny for the performance of its fresh dairy operations in Europe. However, in spite of - or perhaps because of - the work needed to turn that business around, the French food giant appears to be stepping up expansion in faster-growing markets and categories.... read more

BRICs and beyond: International SMEs testing the water at Hofex

7 May 2013 | Katy Askew

The rapidly expanding Chinese food sector has long been a focus for multinationals looking beyond developed western markets for expansion. However, it isn't just the international food Goliaths - with big bucks to spend on M&A or organic expansion - that are looking to China for growth. just-food caught up with some smaller enterprises hoping to tame the dragon at Hong Kong trade show Hofex - an event that prides itself of being the largest of its kind in Asia.... read more

Comment: Unilever's strength in non-food could offer long-term boost to food

30 April 2013 | Katy Askew

The divide between Unilever's high-growth home and personal care business and its food operations has attracted reams of copy. Unilever's stronger performance in emerging markets in non-food has prompted much speculation that the group could, at some point, split the businesses in two as it expands in developing economies. However, Unilever has repeatedly rebuffed such conjecture - and for good reason.... read more

Comment: Mixed news for Dixy in FY, Q1 updates

26 April 2013 | Katy Askew

Russian retailer Dixy has reported both its full-year financial results today and a sales update for the first quarter of 2013 - and the picture was mixed. Full-year margins came in well below market expectations, and the company's bottom line took a notable hit. However, the company seems to be off to a better start this year.... read more

Best bits: Emerging market operations under more scrutiny

23 April 2013 | Dean Best

A decade ago, the conversation around emerging markets was purely about growth. Now, with the developing world accounting for a growing chunk of some businesses, and with some of the faster-growing economies cooling, there is more attention on company performance in the BRICs and beyond. As Nestle found out last week.... read more

Comment: Sovereign, pension funds to vie for M&A with trade, PE

19 April 2013 | Dean Best

Could sovereign wealth funds and pension funds become more active participants in deal-making in the FMCG industry? Perhaps so, writes Dean Best. ... read more

Comment: The logic behind a PepsiCo/Mondelez tie-up

22 March 2013 | Katy Askew

Could activist investor Nelson Peltz be at it again? Hot off the heels of one mega-deal in the food industry, the move to take Heinz into private hands, rumours are abound that Peltz is building up a stake in Mondelez International and PepsiCo with a view to merging the companies into a snack food Goliath.... read more

Comment: Tesco looks to stand out from the crowd in UK retail

13 March 2013 | Katy Askew and Michelle Russell

Tesco has once again ignited the price war with the launch of its Price Promise, garnering a mixed reaction from analysts who suggest it could just be an extension of other retail schemes or the retail giant trying to regain the initiative on pricing.... read more

Talking shop: Plassat aware more work ahead at Carrefour

8 March 2013 | Dean Best

Carrefour's 2012 results offer signs of encouragement for the world's second-largest retailer. However, some analysts insisted much more work is needed. That is true but Carrefour CEO Georges Plassat recognises the challenges that still lie ahead.... read more

Comment: Organic growth priority for prudent Ahold

13 February 2013 | Dean Best

Ahold's exit from its ICA retail venture in Scandinavia and the Baltics looks set to net the Dutch company a cool US$3.4bn - but do not expect the Albert Heijn and Giant Food owner to go on an acquisition spree.... read more

COMMENT: Lindt sweetens Europe's austerity pill

15 January 2013 | Chris Mercer

As Europeans brace for more austerity in hard-hit national economies, sweet-toothed consumers have been seeking light relief in chocolate maker Lindt & Sprüngli.... read more

COMMENT: KKR places bets on Vietnam with Masan investment

9 January 2013 | Michelle Russell

While multinationals and private equity firms scramble to grab a slice of the dynamic emerging markets of China and India, buyout firm KKR appears to have its eye firmly on the smaller Southeast Asian country of Vietnam. What does it know?... read more

The most-read comment from just-food in 2012

18 December 2012 | Dean Best

just-food does not shy away from commenting on the major developments and issues in the industry and this year its focus centred on issues from traffic-light labels to sustainability, on deals like Kellogg's takeover of Pringles and Arla Foods' latest venture in China.... read more

Best bits: Vion UK exit set to strengthen rivals

26 November 2012 | Dean Best

Vion's plans to exit the UK could strengthen the hand of the meat giant's local rivals Cranswick and Hilton Food Group, operating in a market with over-capacity and facing high feed and pig costs.... read more

Comment: Wal-Mart outlines prudent expansion plans

11 October 2012 | Dean Best

Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, plans to spend an eye-watering $12-13bn on expansion in its next financial year. However, the amount equates to a cut in capex spending and the US retail giant wisely has said it plans "to do more with less".... read more

Comment: Kirin's conundrum over Fraser and Neave

28 September 2012 | Chris Mercer

Now that Heineken has airlifted Fraser and Neave's share of Tiger beer out of the company's hands, all eyes turn to Kirin Holdings and ThaiBev's intentions for the Singapore food and drink group, writes Chris Mercer.... read more

Comment: Diageo's Walsh to Scotch UK deficit with food exports

14 August 2012 | Chris Mercer

Can Diageo CEO Paul Walsh sprinkle some Scotch whisky magic on UK food and drink exports in his new role as UK business ambassador? Chris Mercer thinks so.... read more

Comment: Emmi looks further afield for growth

10 July 2012 | Katy Askew

Swiss dairy group Emmi is investing in building its presence overseas by upping its stake in two European dairy firms - France's Diprola and Kaiku. Emmi wants to reduce its dependence on the stagnant Swiss dairy market and the deals will strengthen its position in key European markets as well as developing its footprint in fast-growing emerging markets, notably in Latin America.... read more

Best bits: Casino, Carrefour, Danone give French flavour to headlines

25 June 2012 | Dean Best

There was a French flavour to the major industry headlines last week. Casino triumphantly announced its control of Brazil's largest retailer CBD. The new CEO at rival French retailer Carrefour made his first public comments about the challenges the company faces, while food manufacturer Danone issued a profit warning, citing problems in southern Europe.... read more

Best bits: The risks of Arla's fresh push in China

18 June 2012 | Dean Best

Dairy giant Arla Foods has announced a significant deal in China with local company Mengniu. The Danish-Swedish co-op says the venture represents a "breakthrough" for its brand in China but, with food safety a concern in the country, there are potential risks, as well as rewards, for the company.... read more

Best bits: General Mills reacts to power shift

28 May 2012 | Dean Best

General Mills, the US food group, last week made two announcements that underlined the macro-economic dynamics consumer packaged goods firms are battling. The company announced job cuts it says will make it more productive and free up resources to invest in the stagnant markets of the West - and further afield in the BRICs and beyond. Dean Best reports.... read more

Comment: Nestle turns to emerging markets, Wal-Mart allegations hit the top

30 April 2012 | Katy Askew

Last week started with a bang, when on Monday morning (23 April) Nestle announced that it had beaten off competition from the likes of Danone to secure the baby food business of US pharmaceuticals group Pfizer.... read more

Best bits: Looking outwards to the emerging markets

10 April 2012 | Dean Best

Investing in emerging markets carries risk but FMCG companies need to act faster to gain a presence in what will be the economic powerhouses of tomorrow. And for all the uncertainty over Western markets - or perhaps because of it - food manufacturers continue to eye countries from China to Chile with interest.... read more

Street talk: Shopper recession impacts food prices

5 March 2012 | Rod Street

The latest just-food international basket, compiled exclusively by SymphonyIRI, highlights the circular influence of rising food prices and purchasing power.... read more

Comment: US food industry braces for challenge ahead

27 February 2012 | Katy Askew

The world's largest retailer Wal-Mart was able to report some encouraging news last week, when it unveiled improved domestic sales for the final quarter of 2011.... read more

Comment: Pringles buy is bold move from Kellogg

15 February 2012 | Dean Best

The acquisition of Pringles is a step-change for Kellogg. However, the US cereals giant faces a formidable competitor in savoury snacks in PepsiCo, which has seven of the world's top ten brands and will be focused on rebounding after a challenging year. And Kellogg also faces tough markets in the US and Europe in its core cereals business.... read more

Best bits: New year, still uncertainty at Carrefour

24 January 2012 | Dean Best

Tesco executives may feel they have a lot on their plate but their "to do" list is not as long as that sitting in front of their counterparts across the English Channel at Carrefour.... read more

Best bits: UK food makers need support for success in 2012

19 December 2011 | Dean Best

Research out this morning emphasised just how tough 2011 has been. The forecasts for 2012 do not look much brighter but the UK food industry is hoping next year will be the start of a fresh push for growth overseas - and it needs government to support it.... read more

Comment: Indian retail reforms descends into morass

7 December 2011 | Sam Webb

Faced with a third week of political protests that have stopped the Indian parliamentary process in its tracks, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today (7 December) announced controversial reforms to foreign direct investment in Indian retail will now be postponed. A consultation, which will involve opposition MPs, will now take place. However, MPs opposed to the ruling have hailed the announcement as the final nail in the coffin for the governments plans. Sam Webb takes a look at the ramifications of the government u-turn.... read more