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

17 December 2010 | just-food.com

The fall of A&P into bankruptcy attracted some criticism of the US retailer's management this week, while, on this side of the pond, UK convenience retailers hit out at Tesco's latest acquisition in the channel. The UK's largest retailer was also named as a potential suitor for Poland's Zabka as speculation over further consolidation in emerging markets continued. Wal-Mart Stores, however, has hit a wall in Russia and closed its office that was exploring how to enter the market.... read more

Comment: Wal-Mart ran out of options in Russia

13 December 2010 | Dean Best

In a move that surprised some industry watchers, Wal-Mart Stores said today (13 December) that it would close its office in Moscow, where it has spent two years studying how to enter Russia's fast-growing retail sector.... read more

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

10 December 2010 | just-food.com

The executive changes at Kellogg and Premier Foods plc attracted scrutiny from analysts on Wall Street and in the City this week, France's competition watchdog threatened the country's food retailers with legislation to free up the sector - and X5 Retail Group, Russia's largest retailer, was pleased with its acquisition of discount chain Kopeyka. Here is the best of who said what this week.... read more

Best bits: PepsiCo's possible new targets, Premier's probable Quorn sale

6 December 2010 | Dean Best

PepsiCo led the M&A news in food last week with the announcement of its plan to buy Russia's largest dairy group, Wimm-Bill-Dann. Who could be next on PepsiCo's radar?... read more

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

3 December 2010 | just-food.com

PepsiCo talked of "snackifying" and "drinkifying", the UK coalition government warned of "nannying" and Carrefour blamed a "management malfunction". just-food's week in words has some eye-catching phrases this week to match some interesting stories.... read more

BRICs and beyond: Carrefour's Brazil woes impact reputation

2 December 2010 | Petah Marian

Carrefour's recent woes in Brazil highlight that while emerging markets can offer great potential, if mismanaged, their issues can tar the rest of the retailer's operations.... 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

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

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

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

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

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

Comment: Stalling M&A activity points to faltering recovery

23 September 2010 | Chris Brook-Carter

As we have pondered in this column before, there are many indicators as to whether we are heading towards any sort of sustainable economic recovery, from employment levels to GDP growth and the housing sector. But one of the more interesting is the level of merger and acquisition activity in the market.... read more

Comment: Nestle aims to be among leading pack in India

22 September 2010 | Dean Best

India is facing criticism for its preparations - or lack of - for next month's Commonwealth Games and some commentators have questioned just what impact the controversy could have on the country's reputation among investors. Nestle's plans for an R&D site in India, however, signals continued confidence among some in business about the country's potential.... read more

Best bits: We've had the BRICs - now it's the CIVETS

13 September 2010 | Dean Best

Almost a decade after the acronym BRICs entered the lexicon of international business, another phrase is starting to shape thinking on the developing world - CIVETS.... read more

BRICs and beyond: CIVETS markets line up to shape economic future

10 September 2010 | Chris Brook-Carter

In a new weekly column focusing on the world's emerging markets, just-food's Chris Brook-Carter looks at the latest acronym to shape business thinking on the developing world - CIVETS.... read more

Comment: Barry Callebaut's tasty business model

9 September 2010 | Dean Best

Today's (9 September) announcement that Barry Callebaut has signed a fresh agreement with Kraft Foods to supply the US food giant with cocoa and chocolate sent the Swiss firm's shares soaring.... read more

Best bits: Wal-Mart faces tougher US market

23 August 2010 | Petah Marian

Manufacturers found reason to breathe a sigh of relief last week as Wal-Mart announced it would be reversing a number of the range rationalisation initiatives it undertook as part of its 'Project Impact' scheme.... read more

Best bits: Questions surround Sara Lee; Nestle has the answers

16 August 2010 | Dean Best

In a week when Sara Lee announced the departure of its chief executive through illness and reported its full-year numbers, it was perhaps natural that industry watchers were speculating about the future for the US food group.... read more

Comment: Nestle pulls no punches on emerging markets

11 August 2010 | Dean Best

The style of Nestle's management team is usually one of quiet - but determined - confidence in its business.... read more

Best bits: climbing raw-material prices raise concerns

9 August 2010 | Dean Best

The spectre of rising raw-material costs loomed large for some food makers last week after Russia's decision to temporarily ban grain exports led to a surge in the price of wheat.... read more

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

6 August 2010 | just-food.com

A furore erupted in the UK earlier this week after meat from the offspring of a cloned cow entering the food chain. The news put the Food Standards Agency firmly in the spotlight, with the agency insisting the meat was safe but stating selling it was illegal - a stance the EU described to us as "slightly strict". Meanwhile, Kellogg announced plans to cut the amount of sugar in its Coco Pops cereals in the UK and just-food interviewed Kellogg UK boss Greg Peterson.... read more

Best bits: Picard, Rachel's, John West deals all raise questions

2 August 2010 | Dean Best

Each of last week's three major M&A deals - the sale of French frozen-food retailer Picard to yet another private equity house, dairy giant Lactalis buying UK organic firm Rachel's and MWBrands, the canned seafood group that is home to brands like John West, moving into Thai hands - offered as many questions as they had answers.... read more

Best bits: Food firms to shine spotlight on consumer confidence

19 July 2010 | Dean Best

"We are in a very competitive environment," General Mills CFO Don Mulligan warned just over two weeks ago as the US food giant issued its annual results.... read more