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INSIGHT: Chocolate makers face "tough" 2010

16 November 2009 | just-food.com

The world's chocolate makers face a challenging next 12 months as they try to balance facing higher cocoa and sugar prices with weak consumer confidence.... read more

CEOs queue for stellar IGD line-up

13 October 2009 | Dean Best

Conferences of all shapes and sizes claim to have a stellar line-up of speakers but, on the odd occasion, an event's schedule does fit the bill. And today (13 October) in London is one of those occasions.... read more

COMMENT: Global bakery is not Sara Lee's bread and butter

25 September 2009 | Dean Best

Deodorant and hair gel are not common topics on just-food but Sara Lee's deal to sell brands including Sanex and Brylcreem has thrown up some interesting questions for the US group's food business.... read more

COMMENT: Cadbury bitter after Kraft proposal

14 September 2009 | Dean Best

The battle for the future of chocolate and candy maker Cadbury is becoming increasingly bitter, writes Dean Best.... read more

Quote, unquote: Kraft and Cadbury

11 September 2009 | just-food.com

From the sustained determination of Kraft Foods boss Irene Rosenfeld and the steely rebuttal of Cadbury to the counter arguments of the analyst community and the caginess of Nestle chief Paul Bulcke, the one story on everyone's lips this week has been the US food giant's pursuit of the UK confectioner.... read more

COMMENT: Defra's report gives us plenty to chew on

11 August 2009 | Dean Best

The UK's food ministry has spent the last few months looking into its crystal ball to see what the future holds for global food production. Its conclusions are stark. How we get there seems unclear. Dean Best reports.... read more

COMMENT: He who dares, wins

10 August 2009 | Dean Best

Recession. A time to focus on costs, right? A time to steer clear of the risky idea of innovation and zero in on the parts of the business you can trust? Try telling Premier Foods and Unilever, writes Dean Best.... read more

Preview - Kraft Q2

4 August 2009 | Dean Best

Kraft Foods, the US food giant, files its second-quarter results later today (4 August) and, much like for the first three months of 2009, the company is set to book mixed numbers.... read more

COMMENT: Recovery will be slow - and fragile

3 August 2009 | Dave Leggett

The global economy is awash with talk that the bottom may have been reached. Fiscal stimulus packages have taken effect, while there is the prospect of a recovery based on restocking next year. However, David Leggett argues, the underlying causes of the downturn have not gone away - and could lead to a W-shaped recession.... read more

COMMENT: Gum remains sticking point for Cadbury

30 July 2009 | Dean Best

Life is looking pretty sweet for Cadbury, the UK confectionery giant. Cadbury and its CEO Todd Stitzer are sitting more comfortably than they were just two years ago, when investors were pressing for improvement from what they saw as an under-performing business.... read more

COMMENT: Russia's food retailers playing for high stakes

14 July 2009 | Dean Best

Russia's food retail landscape is in a state of a flux - and the country's leading grocers are jostling for position. In recent days, there have been a raft of buoyant sales figures despite the impact the downturn has had on consumer spending. However, weak financial markets have hurt a number of smaller players and promises to herald a period of consolidation in Russia - involving both domestic and foreign heavyweights. Dean Best reports.... read more

COMMENT: Could recovery be on the cards for Carrefour?

1 July 2009 | Katy Askew

Carrefour has witnessed a decline in its fortunes. The French retailer's reputation has taken a battering and it has failed to deliver a consistent message to consumers and investors alike. In his first analyst presentation since becoming CEO six months ago, Lars Olofsson this week laid out his turnaround plans. Katy Humphries suggests that while Olofsson has begun to tackle some of the retailer’s more pressing challenges, the road to recovery remains a long one.... read more

COMMENT: Brasil Foods – a marriage of necessity

20 May 2009 | Katy Askew

After months of speculation and a previous failed attempt to combine their operations, the announcement of the merger between Perdigao and Sadia came as little surprise to the market. While the rationale behind the merger is compelling, Katy Humphries contends that, in many respects, it is a deal born out of necessity.... read more

World Retail Congress 2009 - Live From Barcelona

6 May 2009 | Dean Best

This week, the retail spotlight shines once again on the Catalan city of Barcelona, as the sector's top executives flock to the annual World Retail Congress.... read more

COMMENT: Coke's Chinese woes a warning to us all

18 March 2009 | Chris Brook-Carter

Though not of course in the food sector, the decision today by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce to block Coca-Cola Co.'s attempted acquisition of China Huiyuan Juice Group has implications for any FMCG company looking to invest in the country.... read more

COMMENT: Who made off with all the cash, and will there be any left for 2009?

19 December 2008 | Chris Brook-Carter

It's been a tumultuous 12 months for all in the business community - and some indications are that things could get worse. With help from IHS Global Insight, Chris Brook-Carter looks to the year ahead and cautions that there are more dark clouds on the economic horizon.... read more

SIAL: Comment - Optimism in the air at SIAL

22 October 2008 | Dean Best

The leading lights of the food industry have spent the last few days in Paris at this year's SIAL exhibition and the mood of those who in convened in the French capital was one of determined optimism. Dean Best was there to read the smoke signals.... read more

COMMENT: Food should brace for the financial storm

9 July 2008 | Chris Brook-Carter

The credit crunch, rising fuel bills and soaring commodity costs - few will be immune to this economic triple-blow. The food and drinks industries have remained relatively defiant in the belief they can ride out the inevitable downturn. However, Chris Brook-Carter wonders whether this optimism is misplaced in the face of this perfect storm.... read more

COMMENT: India full of Eastern promise

8 May 2008 | Kevin Jacobs

India is an economy in flux but, for all the challenges ahead, the executives who headed to Mumbai for this year's Food Forum India conference left feeling upbeat about the country's potential. just-food's Kevin Jacobs shares his thoughts on a thought-provoking two days in the Indian city.... read more

World Retail Congress 2008 - live from Barcelona

9 April 2008 | just-food.com

This morning (9 April) sees the start of one of the most anticipated dates on the retail calendar – the World Retail Congress 2008 - and just-food will be there bringing you coverage live from the event.... read more

Doubts over Danone amid lack of Eastern promise

15 February 2008 | Dean Best

2007 was something of a watershed year at French food giant Danone. The company behind brands including Activia yoghurts and Evian water has wisely decided to focus more on health and nutrition. However, its ongoing problems in India and China are causing concern among some industry watchers. Dean Best reports.... read more