Retailers, consumers and prices
Check Out Line: Food vs foreign currency
Both food makers cut their profit forecasts for the current year, citing the pain they expect from the stronger U.S. dollar decreasing the value of sales from international markets.
But currency alone is not to blame for oversease woes.
Sara Lee said it is seeing pressure in certain overseas markets due to worsening economic conditions.
“In our international business we are adjusting our plans and refocusing our resources to help offset significant economic downturns in many of our key markets, most notably Spain, France and the United Kingdom,” sad Brenda Barnes, the company’s chief executive officer.
Meanwhile, Kraft’s CEO said the company is seeing a slowdown in sales growth in the EU and developing markets.
Sara Lee, which makes Jimmy Dean breakfast sausages and its namesake bakery products, and Kraft, which sells Oreo cookies and its namesake cheese, have also faced increased competition from private label manufacturers as shoppers seek to save every dollar they can amid a deepening global recession.
Even though we all must eat, it looks like even food makers are being foiled by the recession.
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