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Best bits: Premier, PepsiCo, Ralcorp grab attention amid Q1s

3 May 2011 | Dean Best

After consecutive four-day weekends here in the UK, this column again arrives on a Tuesday, adding to the 'what-is-the-day-today?' feeling here at just-food Towers today.... read more

Best bits: Lactalis's Parmalat push kicks off busy week

26 April 2011 | Dean Best

Lactalis threw down the gauntlet - and blew away any post-Easter cobwebs on consumer goods newsdesks in Europe - in the battle for the ownership of Italian dairy group Parmalat this morning (26 April) with a takeover bid for the entire business.... read more

Best bits: Tesco's Clarke prepares for scrutiny

18 April 2011 | Dean Best

Tomorrow (19 April), Tesco chief executive Philip Clarke will sit down with analysts and - later - the media to discuss the retailer's financial performance over the last 12 months.... read more

Best bits: Diamond, Smithfield look to expand outside US

11 April 2011 | Dean Best

Pringles, an anomaly in a Procter & Gamble portfolio that spans categories as diverse as batteries and fabric conditioner, was always going to be sold. The questions surrounded when and to whom.... read more

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

8 April 2011 | just-food.com

M&A led the news agenda again this week, with Diamond Foods' plans to acquire crisp brand Pringles, while Smithfield revealed plans to acquire Spanish meat brand Campofrio. Meanwhile, M&S published better than expected results for its fourth quarter. Here's the best of what was said this week.... read more

Best bits: When yoghurt takes on national importance

28 March 2011 | Dean Best

When thinking of a list of a country's "strategic" assets, milk or yoghurt may not immediately come to mind but, as Dean Best writes, Lactalis's investment in Parmalat has caused concern within Italy's government. ... read more

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

25 March 2011 | just-food.com

Lactalis' acquisition of a stake in Parmalat continued to dominate the headlines this week as the Italian government took steps to "keep Parmalat in Italian hands" as it increased its holding in the dairy company to 29%. Meanwhile, Metro Group and Sainsbury's reported less than impressive results. Here's the best of what was said this week:... read more

Best bits: The BRIC markets are still emerging

21 March 2011 | Dean Best

just-food's BRICs and beyond column aims to highlight the risks - and rewards - of operating in the world's emerging markets. The interest in markets like Brazil and Russia remains intense and, due to the demographic, geographic and economic differences between the four countries - as well as their potential for growth - the clamour for information on what makes each market tick grows by the day.... read more

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

18 March 2011 | just-food.com

The announcement today that General Mills has entered exclusive talks to buy a stake in French dairy business Yoplait will end one of the most fiercely-contested takeover battles in the food industry in the last 12 months. This week, just-food also spent time exploring the new products on offer at IFE and heard about the strategies driving the UK grocery operators. Here's the best of what was said on just-food this week:... read more

Best bits: Greencore pulls plug on Northern; Quorn Foods is born

14 March 2011 | Dean Best

So, what now lies ahead for Greencore, the Ireland-based convenience food group?... read more

Best bits: Europe's food retailers grab the headlines

7 March 2011 | Dean Best

With spin offs, a significant acquisition and the entry of a new chief executive, Europe's largest food retailers dominated industry headlines last week.... read more

Comment: Scalzo's departure adds to Dean Foods uncertainty

4 March 2011 | Dean Best

Dean Foods continues to have to deal with operational challenges and is also facing some potential strategic and financial questions. The exit of chief operating officer Joseph Scalzo emphasises the air of uncertainty around the US dairy company, writes Dean Best.... read more

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

4 March 2011 | just-food.com

If last week's common theme was rising commodity costs, this week's focus was firmly on mergers, acquisitions and disposals, with retailers including Iceland, Ahold and Delhaize announcing acquisitions or the desire to acquire, while Carrefour finally revealed plans to spin-off its property and Dia portfolios.... read more

Quote, unquote: CAGNY 2011

25 February 2011 | just-food.com

At the CAGNY analyst conference in Florida this week, two trends seemed to dominate the presentations: rising commodity costs - and manufacturers' ability to push them through - plus expansion into emerging markets. Here's the best of what was said at CAGNY:... read more

Best bits: US food makers face questions at CAGNY

21 February 2011 | Dean Best

It's the time of year when leading US food executives and Wall Street analysts head to Florida for the annual CAGNY investment conference. After the weather some parts of the US has endured in recent months, a week in the Sunshine State will be welcome but, with the economy remaining fragile and food manufacturers feeling the pressure from commodity costs, there are clouds on the horizon for a number of those presenting this week.... read more

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

18 February 2011 | just-food.com

Danone chairman and CEO Franck Riboud (pictured) was among the latest leading food-industry executives to announce his company's financial performance - and comment on the global economy, commodity costs and the outlook for 2011.... read more

Comment: Saputo looks to be big US cheese with DCI buy

18 February 2011 | Katy Askew

Saputo, Canada's largest dairy processor, yesterday (17 February) announced that it has shelled out US$270.5m to acquire Fairmount Cheese Holdings, the parent company of speciality cheese group DCI.... read more

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

11 February 2011 | just-food.com

The focus returned to rising commodity costs again this week, as Flowers Foods, Kraft Foods and PepsiCo admitting that input pressure had impacted their results - and their financial forecasts for 2011. Meanwhile, Raisio's CEO told just-food about the company focus on developing its 'ecological snacking' business and the UK government revealed a report on the difficulties around green labelling. Here's the best of what was said this week:... read more

Best bits: Egypt adds to investor concerns over emerging markets

7 February 2011 | Dean Best

In what was a record week for just-food in the volume of stories published, the political crisis in Egypt and its impact on the food sector took centre stage.... read more

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

28 January 2011 | just-food.com

Sara Lee today (28 January) unveiled plans to split it's business in two, ending speculation since last summer that the company may be sold.... read more

Comment: Speculation over Sara Lee reaches fever pitch

26 January 2011 | Petah Marian

Speculation around the future of food manufacturer has reached fever pitch as the board allegedly meets to decide its future this week.... read more

Comment: Greencore merger still best bet for Northern

24 January 2011 | Dean Best

Following the takeover bid from Boparan Holdings, shareholders in Northern Foods could be forgiven for feeling confused but, writes Dean Best, a merger with Greencore still appears to be the best option for the UK food group.... read more

Best bits: Uncertainty over Northern; Premier sells Quorn; Wal-Mart's health kick

24 January 2011 | Dean Best

It had gone 7pm on Friday night when, at last, UK poultry and fish supplier Boparan Holdings showed its hand in the battle to buy Northern Foods.... read more

Comment: Quorn sale unlikely to be last Premier Foods disposal

24 January 2011 | Michelle Russell

The news this morning (24 January) that Premier Foods plc has sold its meat-free business, ends months of speculation over the future of the business, which includes the Quorn and Cauldron brands.... read more

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

21 January 2011 | just-food.com

Wal-Mart, as it often does, this week shook up the US grocery sector with its plans to make a swathe of its private-label products healthier. Elsewhere, speculation of changes within the food-ingredients space continued with Cargill named as a potential bidder for Tate & Lyle. And, a year since Kraft Foods succeeded in getting Cadbury's board to back its plans to buy the UK confectioner, the US group faced rumours that management at Green & Black's wanted to buy the organic chocolate business.... read more

BRICs and beyond: Which way will the Dragon turn?

20 January 2011 | Chris Brook-Carter

China. A land of opportunity and panacea for all that ails the global business community or an economic time-bomb ready to explode the World's fragile recovery and plunge us back into a second crisis in so many years?... read more

Comment: Kraft faces unfair Cadbury tax allegations in India

5 January 2011 | Dean Best

Almost a year since Kraft Foods succeeded in its pursuit of Cadbury, the US food giant has become the latest multinational to face tax allegations in India.... read more

Comment: Speculation over Sara Lee will rumble on

21 December 2010 | Dean Best

The uncertainty surrounding Sara Lee grows by the week and, in recent days, has intensified with reports that Brazilian meat giant JBS has made a takeover bid for the US food group.... read more

Best bits: Arla's merger plans show M&A bubbling as year ends

20 December 2010 | Dean Best

The consolidation seen in Europe's dairy sector in 2010 was marked with a final flourish in the last weeks of the year on Friday (17 December) with Arla Foods' announcement that it plans to merge with Germany co-op Hansa-Milch.... read more

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

Best bits: Only strongest will survive challenging US grocery landscape

13 December 2010 | Dean Best

The US grocery sector is in a state of flux as we head into 2011 with suppliers and retailers feeling the effect of weak consumer confidence and consolidation appearing more likely.... 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