US food group Sara Lee is reportedly considering splitting its processed meats and coffee operations into two companies.

According to reports in the US, Sara Lee is weighing up whether to break up the business following the stalling of sale talks with Brazilian meat giant JBS before Christmas.

In the week before Christmas, it was reported that Sara Lee had rejected a takeover bid from JBS due to a disagreement over price.

The Financial Times reported yesterday that there has been no definitive end to the discussions between Sara Lee and JBS. However, splitting Sara Lee’s processed meats and coffee operations could make it easier to sell the business.

A spokesman for Sara Lee declined to comment when contacted by just-food.

Shares in Sara Lee closed at US$17.46 on the New York Stock Exchange. The stock opened at $17.43.