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COMMENT: Brace - but not too hard - for the double dip recession

2 July 2010 | Chris Brook-Carter

Last week, I used just-food's weekly editorial round-up and the G20 Summit as background to discuss whether the Western economies were finally out of recession. The news since has been almost universally bad.... read more

Comment: UK coalition still needs to guide on healthy eating

1 July 2010 | Chris Brook-Carter

The role of the state on individuals' lives is a debate that is dominating political life in the US and here in the UK at the moment, whether it be health reform or sweeping changes to the welfare system.... read more

Comment: JBS may bite off more than it could chew with Smithfield

30 June 2010 | Dean Best

A telling reaction to rumours that JBS could look to hold talks with Smithfield Foods to buy the US business was the slump in the Brazilian meat giant's share price.... read more

Best bits: G20 fails to deliver clear path forward

28 June 2010 | Chris Brook-Carter

Are we or are we not headed for a double-dip recession? This is the question that has dominated talks at the G20 summit over the last few days.... read more

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

18 June 2010 | just-food.com

Food campaigners took a swipe at Europe's food industry and politicians after the European Parliament voted against imposing traffic light labels. Danone and Marfrig explained why they have again expanded overseas, while US retailer Kroger commented on the threat of Wal-Mart and UK grocer Sainsbury's expressed caution over the country's economy.... read more

Comment: Marfrig faces threat of indigestion amid global expansion

18 June 2010 | Dean Best

The humble chicken nugget grabbed the M&A headlines in the food industry this week after Brazilian food group Marfrig... read more

Best bits: Food companies looking to score overseas

14 June 2010 | Dean Best

As football lovers waited for the start of the World Cup in South Africa last week, a clutch of leading food companies set out their stall for overseas success.... read more

Challenged Hershey consigns heritage to the past

10 June 2010 | Dean Best

A piece of US chocolate heritage is set to pass into the history books.... read more

Best bits: Brazil's 'new consumers' attracting interest

1 June 2010 | Dean Best

The BRICs are keeping the world's economic house in order. Last week, the OECD lifted its forecast for global economic growth in 2010, on the back of growing world trade, which is being driven by surging demand in emerging markets. ... read more

Retail round-up: Collaborative future for Carrefour in India?

4 May 2010 | Katy Askew

With India's huge population, economic expansion and rapidly developing middle-class, the Indian retail sector has long been viewed as a highly desirable prize for international retailers.... read more

The market is wrong on Tesco - but right on ABF

26 April 2010 | Dean Best

Just as political opinion polls can be misleading, so can the polls run each day in the world's financial districts - those listing the rise and fall of a company's shares.... read more

COMMENT: Investors should look to Tesco's future with confidence

21 April 2010 | Dean Best

It was a surprise to see that Tesco was the biggest faller on London's FTSE index of 100 leading shares yesterday (20 April).... read more

Tesco's prelims - what the analysts say

20 April 2010 | just-food.com

Tesco said today (20 April) that the company had "weathered" the downturn and booked a 10% rise in annual profits. However, the UK retailer's shares closed down and, while analysts broadly agreed the company delivered a solid performance, they still issued caveats to the group's showing.... read more

Preview: Tesco's full-year results

19 April 2010 | Dean Best

After Asda's announcements last week, the UK retail spotlight swings to arch-rival Tesco, which is set to publish its full-year results tomorrow (20 April).... read more

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

16 April 2010 | just-food.com

From Asda's Andy Bond explaining his departure from the UK retailer's hot seat, through the UK organic sector insisting things are looking up, to UK food group Uniq standing by its proposed deal to tackle its pension deficit, many in the industry were on the back foot this week. Here is a flavour of who said what about the top stories in the food sector.... read more

Bakkavor, Mead Johnson looks to future

7 April 2010 | Dean Best

Bakkavor, the Iceland-based convenience food group, has had a turbulent 12 months, with many of its problems rooted in the Scandinavian country's financial turmoil.... read more

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

1 April 2010 | just-food.com

In the run-up to Easter, chocolate fittingly grabbed the headlines, with Supervalu Inc accusing some of the biggest manufacturers of fixing prices in the US. Meanwhile, Barry Callebaut, the world's largest B2B chocolate maker, believes it will benefit from more outsourcing of production in the sector. And another ingredients giant, France's Tereos, sees the world's as its oyster after the creation of a dedicated overseas unit. Here is a snapshot of who said what on the top food news stories this week.... read more

On the money: Barry Callebaut insists cocoa profits will improve

1 April 2010 | Dean Best

Chocolate maker Barry Callebaut today (1 April) insisted that profits from cocoa processing will improve this summer after high cocoa costs dented group earnings in the first half of its fiscal year.... read more

On the money: Financial troubles "behind us" - Bakkavor

31 March 2010 | Dean Best

Bakkavor, the convenience food group, today (31 March) set out its stall to look to the future after securing a refinancing deal with its lenders. ... read more

On the money: Fazer CEO cautious on 2010

25 March 2010 | Dean Best

The chief executive of Fazer Group today (25 March) issued a cautious forecast for 2010, with cost control to drive profits and tough trading conditions to weigh on the Finland-based baker and confectioner sales.... read more

COMMENT: Carrefour, Unilever CEOs make their mark

19 March 2010 | Dean Best

The chief executives of consumer goods group Unilever and retail giant Carrefour, who both took the helm at the start of 2009, have again shuffled their management packs.... read more

COMMENT: Russian economy rebounds, challenges remain

19 March 2010 | Katy Askew

After the turmoil of last year, confidence is seemingly returning to the Russian economy – and almost as quickly as it departed.... read more


18 February 2010 | just-food.com

Nestle is expected to post a strong year-end performance following a weaker first half when the world's largest food company delivers its fourth quarter and full year results before the Zurich stock market opens tomorrow (19 February).... read more

COMMENT: Lacklustre Q4 highlights test for Kellogg

5 February 2010 | Katy Askew

US-based cereal giant Kellogg disappointed the market this week when fourth quarter sales and earnings failed to hit analyst estimates. While management subsequently shrugged off falling volumes and insisted that the group is well-positioned going into 2010, Katy Humphries suggests that the results highlight some of the limitations of Kellogg's current strategic direction.... read more

INSIGHT: Kellogg downplays volume drop

5 February 2010 | Katy Askew

Kellogg has played down the significance of declining fourth-quarter sales volumes, which came in spite of the cereal giant's increased investment in advertising during the period.... read more

INSIGHT: Hershey boss defends company strategy

3 February 2010 | Dean Best

Hershey president and CEO Dave West has stood by the US chocolate maker's strategy and insisted the company can deliver "long-term value" for shareholders.... read more

PREVIEW: Hershey has plenty to chew over

1 February 2010 | Dean Best

After the brouhaha surrounding Kraft Foods' pursuit of Cadbury, and the will-they-won't-they speculation over whether Hershey would table its own offer for the Dairy Milk maker, tomorrow (2 February) sees the latest annual results from the US chocolate maker.... read more

COMMENT: Cadbury's sweet surrender leaves bitter taste

20 January 2010 | Dean Best

Cadbury's acceptance of Kraft Foods' takeover bid raised eyebrows yesterday (19 January) not least because of the UK confectioner's fierce criticism of the US food giant's business and management. Dean Best argues that, despite the Dairy Milk maker insisting Kraft's higher offer is "good value" for the company's investors, Cadbury's board was presiding over a business worth much more.... read more

INSIGHT: Cadbury pours scorn on Kraft over Buffett

12 January 2010 | Michelle Russell

Cadbury today (12 January) derided Kraft Foods’ "embarrassment" at the warning the US food giant received from leading investor Warren Buffett over offering too much stock to finance a takeover.... read more

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

8 January 2010 | just-food.com

The UK - not to mention much of Europe and the US - experienced the big freeze this week. Relations between Kraft Foods and largest shareholder Warren Buffett have seemingly turned cold after the so-called Sage of Omaha said he would not back the US food giant's plans to use its shares to fund its bid for Cadbury.... read more

2009's highs and lows - the manufacturers

18 December 2009 | Dean Best

The food industry is one of the sectors most resilient to economic downturns but 2009 has not been without its challenges for the world's leading manufacturers. The turmoil seen on the financial markets in late 2008 gave way to a deep recession in 2009, where credit remained scarce and manufacturers like Uniq, Bakkavor and Dairy Farmers of Britain faced financial problems - with the latter going to the wall. Some food makers, however, have thrived. Read on for which companies just-food feels had a good 2009 - and which suffered.... read more

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

18 December 2009 | just-food.com

The battle for Cadbury continued this week as the UK firm outlined its case for independence, urging shareholders to reject the advances of predator Kraft Foods. The US group hit back and claimed Cadbury's investors were leaving themselves open to "significant risk". Meanwhile, General Mills remained bullish on its US brands growth, despite pressure in all categories and Dutch retail giant Ahold purchased the US-based Ukrop, claiming it can help the ailing chain see better times.... read more

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

4 December 2009 | just-food.com

Little surprise that some of the choicest quotes of the week focused on Kraft Foods' pursuit of Cadbury. The US food giant faced criticism from UK union officials of its perceived lack of commitment over Cadbury jobs should it succeed in its quest for the confectioner. Supplier criticism was also revealed to be a key factor in the decision of First Milk's chief to leave the UK dairy co-op, while key dairy supplier, packaging giant Tetra Pak, warned the recession means consumer behaviour will never be the same again.... read more

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

27 November 2009 | just-food.com

With just a month left of 2009, our thoughts are turning to what shape the food industry landscape will take as we enter a new decade. This week, HJ Heinz, meat giant Tyson Foods and Russian dairy business Wimm-Bill-Dann all issues their prognosis for the economy and consumer confidence. Woolworths Ltd, Australia's largest retailer, claimed the country was in better shape than other economies around the world, while in an exclusive interview with just-food, Greencore boss Patrick Coveney detailed how the private-label group had navigated the downturn.... read more

INSIGHT: Raw milk prices to rise, warns Wimm-Bill-Dann

25 November 2009 | just-food.com

Russian dairy group Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods has today (25 November) warned it sees upward pressure in raw milk prices next year.... read more