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Feb 19, 2014

Nespresso takes aim at Green Mountain’s Keurig with big-cup brewer

, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Nespresso is launching
a new single-serve coffee brewer that makes larger
American-sized portions, putting its Swiss parent Nestle
in direct competition with U.S. market leader Green
Mountain Coffee Roasters.

Nestle, the world’s largest food company, said on Wednesday
its new VertuoLine system will go on sale in the United States
and Canada this week. It will make larger cups of coffee as well
as the smaller espressos, popular in Europe, for which the brand
is already known.

Feb 18, 2014

Mondelez details margin progress amid investor pressure

BOCA RATON, Florida (Reuters) – Mondelez International Inc (MDLZ.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) sought on Tuesday to convince investors that it can increase profit margins in the coming years despite volatile emerging markets, days after a second activist investor disclosed a stake in the maker of Cadbury chocolate and Oreo cookies.

Mondelez reported a string of disappointing quarterly results since it was split from Kraft Foods Group (KRFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) in October 2012. Investors have called on the company to slash costs as the packaged food industry struggles to offset tepid global demand, volatile emerging market economies and changing consumer tastes.

Feb 14, 2014

No appetite for big consumer goods? Try their suppliers

LONDON (Reuters) – As a slowdown in emerging markets takes the shine off shares in consumer goods makers like Nestle (NESN.VX: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Unilever (ULVR.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Danone (DANO.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Procter & Gamble (PG.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), hungry investors have been sampling more of the companies that supply them.

Scent and flavor makers such as Symrise (SY1G.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Givaudan (GIVN.VX: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), and food ingredient names like Glanbia (GL9.I: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Kerry Group (KYGa.I: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) are attractive, analysts say, because they’re more resistant to weak consumer spending and benefit from health and wellness trends forcing so many brands to modify their products.

Feb 14, 2014

Analysis – No appetite for big consumer goods? Try their suppliers

LONDON (Reuters) – As a slowdown in emerging markets takes the shine off shares in consumer goods makers like Nestle (NESN.VX: Quote, Profile, Research), Unilever (ULVR.L: Quote, Profile, Research), Danone (DANO.PA: Quote, Profile, Research) and Procter & Gamble (PG.N: Quote, Profile, Research), hungry investors have been sampling more of the companies that supply them.

Scent and flavour makers such as Symrise (SY1G.DE: Quote, Profile, Research), Givaudan (GIVN.VX: Quote, Profile, Research) and International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF.N: Quote, Profile, Research), and food ingredient names like Glanbia (GL9.I: Quote, Profile, Research) and Kerry Group (KYGa.I: Quote, Profile, Research) are attractive, analysts say, because they’re more resistant to weak consumer spending and benefit from health and wellness trends forcing so many brands to modify their products.

Feb 13, 2014

Imperial Tobacco considers market listing for logistics unit

LONDON, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Imperial Tobacco Group is
considering listing shares in its European logistics division on
the stock market, as it focuses on its core cigarettes business
that is declining in many markets.

Imperial, the world’s fourth-largest international tobacco
company by market share, said on Thursday it was reviewing
options related to a potential initial public offering (IPO).

Feb 13, 2014

Nestle hints at more deals after deeper healthcare dive

LONDON (Reuters) – Swiss food giant Nestle’s deeper dive into healthcare by taking over the dermatology joint venture it had with L’Oreal suggests further deals in the space are likely.

The move underscores Nestle’s determination to move beyond relatively stagnant traditional food markets into “wellness”, where growth prospects and profit margins are more enticing.

Feb 13, 2014

Tate & Lyle warns on profit as sweetener price tumbles

LONDON, Feb 13 (Reuters) – British food ingredients firm
Tate & Lyle cut its profit outlook on Thursday, citing
a dramatic drop in prices of its sucralose artificial sweetener
and weak sales volumes in developed markets.

Shares of Tate & Lyle, which sells sucralose under the
Splenda brand and other ingredients to packaged food and drink
makers, tumbled 17 percent in their biggest intraday drop since
2007.

Feb 12, 2014

Whyte & Mackay sale could kick off next week: sources

LONDON (Reuters) – India’s United Spirits (UNSP.NS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has hired banks to help in the sale of its Whyte & Mackay Scotch whisky business, which could fetch 450 million pounds ($741.8 million) and is expected to kick off next week, sources told Reuters.

Rothschild ROT.UL, Rabobank RABN.UL and Standard Chartered (STAN.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) have been picked to advise on the sale, which was offered in November to appease UK regulators by Diageo (DGE.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) following the latter’s purchase of a controlling stake in United Spirits.

Feb 12, 2014

Reckitt Benckiser sees more sales growth, names chairman for pharma unit

LONDON, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Consumer goods group Reckitt
Benckiser reported a rise in sales and forecast further
growth this year, despite challenges in emerging markets, and
named a new chairman for its declining pharmaceuticals business
to help with a strategic review.

The company did not say what option it was leaning towards
for the business, which centres on the opiod-dependence drug
Suboxone, but some analysts took the appointment of drugs
industry veteran Howard Pien chairman as a sign it might be
preparing for a sale.

Jan 31, 2014

For companies, a rocky road ahead in emerging markets

CHICAGO/LONDON (Reuters) – International companies are taking steps to mitigate the effects of the turmoil in emerging markets, including hedging foreign currency exposure more aggressively, reducing some investment plans, cutting costs, and raising prices frequently.

While executives are not hitting the panic button just yet, and many say the risks they face are hardly unique, they are still aggressively tackling costs and making sure that revenue keeps up with inflationary pressures. And many warn that if China suffers a credit crisis as some fear, then things could get a whole lot worse.