Jul. 11, 2014, 9:54 AM
- Unilever's (UL -0.2%) sale of Slim Fast confirms the sluggish growth trends being seen by diet food brands.
- Healthy Choice (CAG), Lean Cuisine (NSRGY), Weight Watchers (WTW), and Jenny Craig have all struggled to keep up with expectations.
- What to watch: The push by consumers into healthier foods such as Greek yogurt has marginalized the concept of a "hard diet" based on self-denial. Analysts think the diet category could continue to suffer as a consequence.
Jul. 2, 2014, 3:50 AM
- In another move trimming its food product line, Nestle (NSRGY, NSRGF) has sold Juicy Juice to buyout firm Brynwood Partners for up to $200M. The Swiss giant has been facing heavy competition in its food products sector, and has been selling off businesses having a rough time retaining market share.
- The $7.3B juice market Nestle competes in has been shrinking by about 3% a year since 2011, and annual sales of Juicy Juice have fallen to approximately $275M, from more than $500M seven years ago.
- Nestle is now trying to focus on faster-growing parts of its beverage business, like Nesquik and Coffee-mate.
Jul. 1, 2014, 10:37 AM
- There's a little bit of capitulation in Nestle's (NSRGY, NSRGF) move to sell Coffee-Mate through the Keurig K-Cup ecosystem, say analysts.
- The company's Dolce Gusto system failed to gain steam in the U.S.
- Nestle is also facing pressure in Europe in the coffee market from private-label sellers and the D.E. Master Blenders-Mondelez combination.
Jul. 1, 2014, 7:58 AM
- Food manufacturers continue to dabble with selling products through their own e-commerce sites with a heightened focus on how the industry may evolve in the future.
- L'Oreal (LRLCF), Procter & Gamble (PG), and Nestle (NSRGY, NSRGF) each sell online to consumers in niche areas.
- What to watch: The symbiotic relationship between Amazon and the food industry is a giant wildcard in the mix. Most food companies aren't prepared to sell online at scale.
Jul. 1, 2014, 7:31 AM
Jun. 22, 2014, 12:16 PM
- Nestle (NSRGF) is looking to increase its direct commodity purchases to secure the quality of its goods and supply chain. Currently 670k farmers are under company contract.
- "We want to double the ratio of commodities we buy directly - so not via traders - in the years ahead, especially for coffee and cocoa," says Chairman Peter Brabeck.
- As it faces heavy competition across the globe, Nestle is expanding its international presence. It will soon do more than half of its business with Asia, with China becoming the second most important market to the company after the U.S.
Jun. 19, 2014, 2:12 PM
- Nestle (NSRGY, NSRGF) sees achieving a growth rate of 5% this year, despite starting the period off with a 4.2% rise in Q1.
- Though the sheer size of Nestle makes its trickier to achieve growth, management says the firm will stick with a plan to prune unprofitable brands instead of looking to restructure.
Jun. 16, 2014, 11:51 AM
- Nestle (NSRGY, NSRGF) plans to lean on Nescafe in its pursuit for more growth in global markets.
- Despite a slowdown in North American, the brand still accounts for close to 20% of Nestle's profits on sales of $13.5B and show promise in many Asian markets.
- Fresh marketing from Nestle on the instant coffee products will be aimed at younger consumers.
Jun. 9, 2014, 9:53 AM
- Annie's (BNNY +1.5%) is being teed up by analysts on Wall Street as a potential takeover candidate.
- The company boasts a strong brand in the organic sector, while shares have peeled off 33% YTD due in part to cost pressures.
- Campbell Soup (CPB), Nestle (NSRGY), and General Mills (GIS) all fit the profile of a food giant that could make a run at Annie's.
Jun. 8, 2014, 10:15 AM
- Nestle (NSRGY, NSRGF) is looking to dive into high-end chocolate, as a way to increase growth for its confectionery business. Still, CEO Paul Bulcke describes the move as his "small intimate frustration."
- The question will be if the company will build the business internally, or look for an outside acquisition. Nestle sold $8.39B of chocolate in 2013, about 8% of the group's sales.
- The company has been rapidly expanding its product lines, and Bulcke forecasts the company will be able to achieve 5% organic growth this year.
Jun. 4, 2014, 4:30 PM
May. 28, 2014, 3:30 AM
- Nestle (NSRGY, NSRGF) will pay $1.4B for several skin care products from Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX). The acquisition will boost its new division of Nestle Skin Health.
- The Swiss giant is looking to expand into the health and medical fields after it faces heavy competition in its core food products business.
May. 23, 2014, 11:05 AM
- Wells Fargo analyst John Baumgartner forecasts a continued drop in milk prices after seeing Class I milk peak earlier in the month.
- The news could be a relief for a number of companies (DF, WWAV, SJM, DF, NSRGY, LWAY, DNKN, MCD, SBUX, GIS, HSY, MJN, ADY) which have faced margin pressure over the escalated cost of wholesale milk products.
- Milk price chart
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May. 19, 2014, 4:44 AM
- Swiss voters have overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to institute a minimum wage of 22 Swiss francs ($25) an hour, which would have been the highest in the world. Over 76% of voters cast a "no" ballot.
- "It's a strong sign to Switzerland as a center of employment," Economy Minister Johann Schneider-Ammann said. "Accepting the initiative would have led to job cuts in economically weak, rural areas."
- Major corporations that could have been affected by a "Yes" vote include UBS (UBS), Credit Suisse (CS), Roche (RHHBY), Novartis (NVS), ABB (ABB), Glencore Xstrata (GLCNF) and Nestle (NSRGY).
- Switzerland's SMI index is -0.8%, while the USD-CHF is -0.1% at 0.8914 francs.
- ETFs: FXF, EWL, FSZ
May. 18, 2014, 2:29 AM
- The Swiss are going to the polls today to vote on whether to approve a minimum wage of 22 francs ($25) an hour, which would be the highest in the world.
- The measure would affect the one-in-ten workers who earn below the 4,000 francs that the initiative stipulates.
- Businesses are against the union-backed proposal, saying it would force more people into part-time jobs and increase Switzerland's 3.2% unemployment rate. Polls show 64% of voters are against the initiative.
- Still, major corporations that could be affected include UBS (UBS), Credit Suisse (CS), Roche (RHHBY), Novartis (NVS), ABB (ABB), Glencore Xstrata (GLCNF) and Nestle (NSRGY).
- The referendum is the latest nationwide ballot relating to business. In March last year, voters authorized giving shareholders more say over executive pay but rejected a measure in November to cap management salaries.
- The Swiss are also voting today over whether to spend 3.1B francs on 22 new Saab (SAABF) fighter jets.
- ETFs: FXF, EWL, FSZ
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