Campbell pushes into protein with V8-branded products

Campbell pushes into protein with V8-branded products

Campbell Soup Co. is to launch protein shakes and bars under the V8 label, a range of organic soups under its namesake brand and add a kids range to its Bolthouse Farms portfolio in a bid to boost sales in the next 12 months.

The US food group has seen sales growth fall below its long-term target this year and it yesterday (21 July) warned its top line would continue to be sluggish in its new financial year.

However, at an investor meeting in the US yesterday, Campbell set out its plans for NPD to respond to consumer demand.

Consumer interest in protein is increasing and Campbell is using its V8 vegetable juice brand to try to tap into the trend.

It plans to launch V8 protein shakes and bars, the first time the brand has been extended outside the juice category.

Campbell plans to introduce six organic soup lines, sold in cartons, to build the company's presence in the faster-growing organic category. It already sells Wolfgang Puck organic soups and Swanson organic broth, as well as Plum Organics baby food.

A Bolthouse Farms range for children will be launched next month. The range of fruit and vegetable snacks adds a new segment for Campbell's Bolthouse Farms brand to target.

In all, Campbell said it plans to launch 200 new products in its 2014/2015 year, 12 months when it expects sales to rise on an organic basis but below its 3-4% long-term growth target.

President and CEO Denise Morrison said: "In the last three years, we've been taking decisive action to reshape our portfolio and revitalise our growth trajectory, and you will see more of it in the future. We're proceeding with a clear strategy and a sense of purpose that are squarely focused on the successful response to dramatic shifts in the landscape for our business, and we are confident that our strategy is moving us in the right direction."

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CAMDEN, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) today announced plans to launch more than 200 new products in fiscal 2015 to meet consumers’ changing tastes, preferences and needs.

During a presentation with investors, President and Chief Executive Officer Denise Morrison shared her perspective on the state of the packaged food industry and the consumer environment. Morrison and her management team also outlined the steps Campbell is taking as it aspires to become a profitable $10 billion company within the next five years by strengthening its core business and expanding into faster-growing spaces.

Morrison said, “In the last three years, we’ve been taking decisive action to reshape our portfolio and revitalize our growth trajectory, and you will see more of it in the future. We’re proceeding with a clear strategy and a sense of purpose that are squarely focused on the successful response to dramatic shifts in the landscape for our business, and we are confident that our strategy is moving us in the right direction.”

Campbell plans to strengthen its core businesses beginning with U.S. Simple Meals, which includes soup; revitalize its shelf-stable U.S. Beverages business, led by the “V8” brand; deliver stronger growth at Pepperidge Farm; and stabilize its Australian business, including “Arnott’s” sweet biscuits.

To expand into faster-growing spaces, Campbell plans to drive breakthrough innovation; build its position in packaged fresh foods; expand in developing markets in Asia and Latin America; and increase the availability of its products in all channels.

Highlights for the coming fiscal year include:

Innovation in Packaged Fresh, an $18.6 Billion Category

Bolthouse Farms will launch its first Kids line in August, an innovative portfolio of Smoothies, Fruit Tubes and Veggie Snackers that provides parents with refrigerated fruit and vegetable snacks for their children. The 100 percent fruit juice Smoothies are an easy way for kids to get their fruit and provide 1 ½ servings of fruit per bottle, in varieties such as Strawberry meets Banana. The squeezable Fruit Tubes are made with no added sugar and will come in flavors like Mango meets Banana & Pineapple. Smoothies and Fruit Tubes also come in non-dairy varieties. Veggie Snackers, in single-serve packs, will make eating fresh carrots fun with natural seasoning, in flavors like Carrot meets Ranch.

Bolthouse Farms will collaborate with its retail partners to install merchandising sections in produce departments to create a kids healthy snacking destination. This section will include “Bolthouse Farms Kids” products, as well as products from other companies, such as fruit cups and carrot dippers.

Expanding in the Faster-Growing Organic Category

To meet the growing demand for organic foods and to expand its offerings in the faster-growing premium soup segment, the company will introduce its first range of “Campbell’s” branded organic soups. “Campbell’s” Organic will launch in six delicious varieties, including favorites like Chicken Noodle, Tomato & Basil, Chicken Tortilla and Garden Vegetable. These ready-to-serve soups will be packaged in contemporary cartons that help preserve their fresh taste and goodness. The soups build on Campbell’s current organic offerings, including “Swanson” broth, “Wolfgang Puck” soups and “Plum Organics” baby food.

Campbell will also expand its “Plum Organics” line of organic simple meals and snacks for infants, toddlers and children by launching 22 new products.

Leading the Veggie Craze with “V8”

Veggies are on-trend and here to stay. To respond to consumer interest in juicing, Campbell will launch new on-trend vegetable juices under the “V8” brand that will bring popular juicing flavors and combinations to the center store. These new 100 percent juices include contemporary varieties such as “V8” Carrot Mango, “V8” Healthy Greens, “V8” Golden Goodness and “V8” Purple Power. Campbell will also launch three new varieties that add a bold twist to the classic “V8” 100 percent vegetable juice – “V8” Spicy Mango, “V8” Sea Salt & Clam and “V8” Mint & Lime.

Creating a Protein Platform for On-the-Go Nutrition

Consumers are increasingly looking for a balance of protein from both plant and animal sources. To meet this demand, Campbell will introduce “V8” Protein Shakes and Protein Bars that extend the brand beyond juice and into the fast-growing $4.6 billion adult on-the-go nutrition category in the U.S.

The products leverage the vegetable nutrition expertise of “V8” and deliver protein with great taste. The shakes will provide protein from a combination of dairy, soy, pea protein, brown rice and quinoa. The shakes and bars are made with vegetables and other ingredients, like carrot and sweet potato for added nutrition, and sweetened with ingredients like honey. They will also deliver fiber, vitamins and minerals. “V8” Protein Shakes will include varieties such as Chocolate, Vanilla and Chocolate Raspberry. “V8” Protein Bars will launch in Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Pomegranate and Oatmeal Raisin varieties.

Making Dinner Easy with Flavorful Cooking Products

To make it easy for people to create great-tasting meals at home, the company will launch new “Campbell’s” Soups for Easy Cooking – four aseptic soups in varieties such as Savory Portobello Mushroom and Mexican-Style Tomato that will help consumers make delicious meals in just 30 minutes. Campbell will also launch “Swanson Cream Starter” – a base for popular homemade soups, such as New England clam chowder, cream of broccoli and loaded baked potato.

Behind the stove-top, the oven is the second-most used appliance to prepare dinner. For people who want the comfort of oven-baked dinners with little time, Campbell will expand its growing line of dinner sauces by launching “Campbell’s” Oven Sauces. These sauces are designed to create delicious meals with five minutes of prep time, three or less ingredients, and just 35 minutes of bake time. “Campbell’s” Oven Sauces will launch in four varieties, including Classic Roasted Chicken and Sweet Teriyaki Chicken.

Tapping Into Global Snacking Trends

Pepperidge Farm will launch Pumpkin Spice “Milano” cookies for the fall and two varieties of soft-baked Coffee Shop cookies, Cinnamon Bun and Banana Walnut, inspired by popular café treats.

“Arnott’s,” the leading brand of sweet biscuits in Australia, has launched on-trend varieties of “Tim Tam” like red velvet, which was created in partnership with famous Australian patissier Adriano Zumbo. Arnott’s will also expand its “Shapes” savory biscuits to Indonesia, where savory snacking is a $300 million segment.

A replay of the presentations to investors, along with accompanying slides, will be available at investor.campbellsoupcompany.com beginning a few hours after the completion of the event.

Original source: Campbell Soup Co.