NEW DELHI, INDIA--(Marketwire - Nov 8, 2012) - Companies with operations in food products, such as Mondelēz International and HJ Heinz, are generally relatively well insulated from economic turbulence as their products are primarily considered as necessary staples. However, the prolonged recession in Europe and ongoing sluggish state of the U.S. economy has been challenging for branded products as penny-conscious consumers opt for cheaper alternatives. In their search for growth, many companies are evaluating their current offerings with an eye to pare back non-performing brands and invest in innovation. Street-Wire posted its analysis on Mondelēz International Inc. (
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The challenges in developed markets have also been driving many large food companies to increase their focus and presence in fast growing emerging markets. In Asian and South American markets a fast expanding middle-class is boosting demand for convenient and branded packaged food, creating huge potential for growth. Our financial analysis on HJ Heinz Co. can be accessed at
Although emerging markets bode well, rising input costs, including commodity and labor expenses, have been a headwind for the industry. As margins come under increasing pressure, industry players have been forced to implement price increases and boost efficiency with cost-cutting programs.
Mondelēz International, the snack business of what was before Kraft Foods Inc., released its 3rd quarter results yesterday. Mondelēz's financial analysis available at
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Anthony K. Merchant