Thu, May 14, 11:05 AM
- The National Weather Service forecasts a continuation of El Nino conditions in the Pacific Ocean late into the year.
- The outlook is consistent with a recent statement from across the ocean by the Japanese Meteorological Agency.
- In the past, El Nino conditions have contributed to drought conditions in Central and South America to impact coffee costs for sellers.
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- El Nino Advisory (.pdf)
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Fri, Apr. 17, 10:39 AM
- Heinz is making a big push into mustard in the U.S.
- The Berkshire/3G company has launched its "Ketchup's Got a New Mustard" campaign with a strong focus on its mustard product's use of 100% natural ingredients.
- Heinz and Kraft have a merger in the works that will give the combined company a big slice of the condiments market.
- Major U.S. mustard sellers: Reckitt Benckiser (OTCPK:RBGLY, OTCPK:RBGPF), Kraft Foods (NASDAQ:KRFT), ConAgra (NYSE:CAG), and McCormick (NYSE:MCK).
Mon, Apr. 13, 1:06 PM
- Wal-Mart's (WMT) strategy to increasing pricing pressure on suppliers is likely to be felt by some consumer products giants.
- Though larger suppliers have more leverage with Wal-Mart than smaller companies, an impact on margins could still be felt.
- Listed below are the estimated annual revenue and percentage of total revenue derived from the Bentonville retail giant for some CPG firms.
- Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG): $12B to mark 14% of total revenue.
- PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP): $8B, 12% of total revenue.
- Kraft Foods (NASDAQ:KRFT): $4.7B, 26% of total revenue.
- Kellogg (NYSE:K): $3.1B, 21% of total revenue.
- Campbell Soup (NYSE:CPB): $1.6B, 19% of total revenue.
- J.M. Smucker (NYSE:SJM): $2.35B, 30% of total revenue.
- Clorox (NYSE:CLX): $1.5B, 26% of total revenue.
- Hillshire Brands (NYSE:TSN): $1.1B, 27% of total revenue.
- Keurig Green Mountain (NASDAQ:GMCR): $799M, 17% of total revenue.
- Energizer (NYSE:ENR): $748M, 17.2% of total revenue.
- Tootsie Roll (NYSE:TR): $129M. 23.7% of total revenue.
- Data compiled by the Cincinnati Enquirer
Wed, Apr. 1, 5:09 PM
- The CFTC says it has charged Kraft Foods (NASDAQ:KRFT) and Mondelez (NASDAQ:MDLZ) with manipulating wheat futures and cash wheat prices.
- KRFT and MDLZ are also facing CFTC claims that they violated speculation limits by holding wheat futures positions in excess of thresholds established by the CFTC and the Chicago Board of Trade.
- The CFTC filed a civil complaint against the two companies in federal court in Illinois.
Wed, Mar. 25, 12:45 PM
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Wed, Mar. 25, 6:23 AM
- H.J. Heinz, owned by P-E firm 3G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A, BRK.B), and Kraft (NASDAQ:KRFT) have entered into a definitive merger agreement to create The Kraft Heinz Company, forming the third largest food and beverage company in North America.
- Heinz shareholders will own a 51% stake in the combined company, while Kraft shareholders will hold a 49% stake and receive a special cash dividend of $16.50 per share.
- Together the new company will have eight $1B+ brands and five brands between $500M-$1B.
- "I am delighted to play a part in bringing these two winning companies and their iconic brands together. This is my kind of transaction," said Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett.
- 3G previously took Burger King private in 2010, bought Tim Hortons last year through the holding and teamed up with Berkshire Hathaway two years ago to buy Heinz for $23B.
- Kraft’s revenue last year was effectively flat at $18B and net profit fell 62% to $1B, due to higher commodity costs and big charges related to its post-employment benefit plans.
- Previously: Kraft now +16.5% on buyout report; MDLZ, CAG also gain (Mar. 24 2015)
- KRFT +15.8% premarket.
Tue, Mar. 24, 9:34 PM
- Kraft (NASDAQ:KRFT) finished AH trading at $71.44 following a WSJ report stating the company is in talks to sell itself to P-E firm 3G Capital. Mondelez (NASDAQ:MDLZ) rose 3.3% to $36.18, and ConAgra (NYSE:CAG) rose 1.9% to $35.27.
- The WSJ has added more details. Sources state a deal could be announced soon, and that 3G would use previously-acquired Heinz to make the purchase. It now calls buyout talks "advanced," and highlights 3G's track record of aggressively cutting costs at consumer companies it has acquired.
- The paper speculates Kraft "could be valued at well over $40 billion," given typical M&A premiums. The food/beverage giant closed AH with a $42.6B market cap.
Tue, Mar. 24, 7:12 PM| 35 Comments
Wed, Mar. 18, 9:19 AM
- Shares of Kraft Foods (NASDAQ:KRFT) slide in early action after the company's macaroni and cheese recall hits more local TV newscasts than most food recall stories.
- Food analysts think the product could see a minor sales slide off the development before recovering.
- Previously: Kraft recalls 6.5M+ mac & cheese boxes after metal found (Mar. 17 2015)
- KRFT -1.2% premarket
Tue, Mar. 17, 7:02 PM
- Kraft (NASDAQ:KRFT) is voluntarily recalling 242K Macaroni & Cheese Dinner cases due to "the possibility that some boxes may contain small pieces of metal." The cases contained over 6.5M individual boxes.
- The recall covers 7.25 oz. boxes of Original Flavor mac & cheese featuring "Best When Used By" dates between Sep. 18 and Oct. 11, along with a "C2" code below the date. Eight consumers have made complaints about boxes fitting this description; no injuries have yet been reported.
Tue, Mar. 3, 4:44 PM
Mon, Mar. 2, 2:34 PM
- Coffee prices are in retreat as extended rain in Brazil and increased production capacity has helped to soothe the market and push up forecasts on output.
- Data from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission indicates a sharp drop in bullish bets on coffee as experts now ease off some previous concerns on supply vs. demand.
- Arabica prices are still higher than where they were a year ago.
- There could be a lag factor for many companies to see a benefit from lower coffee commodity costs. Starbucks tipped off during its FQ1 earnings call (transcript) it has 94% of its 2015 coffee needs already priced.
- Arabica coffee price chart
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Kraft Foods Group Inc is a consumer packaged food & beverage company. It manufactures & markets food & beverage products, including cheese, meats, refreshment beverages, packaged dinners, refrigerated meals, snack nuts, & other grocery products.
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