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Flowers Foods last week announced the acquisition of organic bread maker Dave's Killer Bread, a move which accelerates its growth in the organic bread space and extends its geographic reach in the US, two things it has had on its wish list for some time. Hannah Abdulla explores.
US baker Flowers Foods has typically increased sales by focusing on regional growth. During the group's investor day in New York this week, it was made clear extending its geographic reach in the US will remain a key strategic pillar. However, the company has also set its sights on growing share in on-trend areas such as organic, speciality and breakfast items.
The private-equity owners of Hostess Brands are, according to reports, mulling a sale, just a year after buying the US snacks business. There is speculation Apollo Global Management and C. Dean Metropoulos are planning for to sell Hostess early next year. However, that looks unlikely.
Shares in US bakery group Flowers Foods sank yesterday after it cut its earnings forecast for 2014 - but the company immediately sought to soothe investor concerns by looking to its longer-term prospects.
Flowers Foods saw its earnings come under pressure in the first nine months of the year as higher marketing and legal expenses and "challenging" category dynamics in the US bread market offset higher sales.
Flowers Foods has announced a "comprehensive business and operational review" amid what the US baked goods group called "increased competitive activity and weak demand".
Flowers Foods has said that it will concentrate on "profitable growth" and raising its margins despite posting a decline in first-quarter operating earnings.
Flowers Foods, the US bakery group, has revised long-term targets for sales and earnings.
US baker Flowers Foods is extending its snack cake brand, Mrs. Freshley's, with the addition of two new snack products: peanut butter cupcakes and brownies.
Flowers Foods has said it is "not satisfied" with its fourth-quarter performance, despite the US baker reporting higher sales and earnings for the full-year - but the company forecast a jump in revenue and profit during 2016.
More than 30 US food companies including the likes of ConAgra Foods, Smucker, Kellogg and General Mills have signed up to SmartLabel technology, committing to being more transparent about the ingredients that go into their products.
This week, Orkla pledged zero-deforestation by 2020. Elsewhere, United Biscuits opened its first e-commerce store in China. just-food spoke to CEO of American Halal Co., Adnan Durrani following the firm's recent acquisition in the plant-protein space and Givesco Bakery acquired cake maker Almondy. Here is the week in quotes.
Flowers Foods, the US bakery group, has lifted its full year sales outlook and maintained its earnings guidance, saying that it anticipates top line growth to be supported by acquisitions it has made in the period.
Seven US food and drink companies including Hain Celestial, Hormel Foods, Kraft Heinz Co. and Pinnacle Foods have agreed to publicly reveal how they are assessing and managing the risk that water poses to global food supplies.
Mondelez International was among a clutch of major players speaking at Barclays' investor conference in Boston this week and the snacks giant set out strategies to try to drive sales. In a busy week of M&A, US bakery giant Flowers Foods bought another organic bread maker, Unilever sold its Indian bakery arm and the owner of Quorn started an auction for the UK meat-free business.
This week, the Barclays Global Consumer Staples Conference took place in Boston with presentations from Mondelez International and Tyson Foods. Nomad Foods also presented and indicated plans to focus on cost-cutting with funds re-invested in the business for growth. Elsewhere, Flowers Foods announced its second acquisition in under a month in organic bread and McCormick & Co. pledged to increase the number of organic and Non-GMO products it sells in the US over the next year. Here is the week in quotes.
Flowers Foods today (9 September) announced a deal to buy US organic and natural bread maker Alpine Valley Bread Co., its second move in the category in under a month.
Flowers Foods has introduced two "wholesome grain" snacks under its Mrs. Freshley's brand.
This week, Kraft Heinz Co. announced it was axing 2,500 jobs as it moves to "streamline" its structure. Elsewhere, Nestle reported its first-half numbers and cautiously indicated some improvement in China.
Russia this week said it would extend its restrictions on food imports to four more countries. In India, the ban on Nestle's Maggi noodles was overturned - although the products will have to be tested again. In the US, Kraft Heinz Co. announced plans to cut 2,500 jobs, while co-investor Warren Buffett cooled talk over a bid - in the short term at least - for Mondelez International. And in Europe, Nomad Foods struck a deal to buy Findus Group's operations in seven markets.
Flowers Foods, the US bakery group, is to acquire local organic bread company Dave's Killer Bread for US$275m.
US bakery group Flowers Foods has booked a jump in profits for the first half of the year on the back of higher sales.
US baker Flowers Foods is expanding its snack cake brand Tastykake through the launch of a new line of mini cupcakes.
Hormel Foods' latest move to inject more growth into its business - a move for US organic meats firm Applegate Farms - grabbed the headlines this week. In Europe, France's Groupe Bel struck a deal in Africa and is to take a majority stake in Moroccan dairy Safilait.
US baker Flowers Foods booked a mixed first quarter today (28 May), with lower sales and operating profit but higher net earnings.
Nestle this week admitted 3G Capital and Warren Buffett's investments in the food industry had led to "accelerate" efforts to "adjust" its portfolio. The food giant was also one of the companies reporting first-quarter results, a group that included Unilever, which saw food volumes rise 3%, although it remains too early to call a sustained recovery from the unit.
US bakery giant Flowers Foods will open a former Hostess Brands plant it acquired in 2013 this summer.
France's competition watchdog this week confirmed an announcement on its three-year long probe into allegations of a price fixing in the country's yoghurt sector is imminent. Elsewhere, US companies affected by the dispute on West Coast ports said the backlog would take weeks to clear.
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