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Keys to Success: The U.S. Packaged Food Industry Aug 04 Product Image

Keys to Success: The U.S. Packaged Food Industry Aug 04

  • ID: 2034763
  • August 2004
  • Region: United States
  • Standard & Poors

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • B&G Foods Inc.
  • Big Heart Pet Brands
  • ConAgra Foods Inc.
  • General Mills Inc.
  • Hormel Foods Corp.
  • Kellogg Co.
  • MORE

Abstract
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services views the packaged food industry as having an above-average business profile. Companies within the sector are supported by stable economic conditions and benefit from historically above-average margins for consumer product companies. With new product introductions, these companies have also been able to diversify their portfolios and enhance their brands. Still, the operating environment is very challenging as these companies face persistently high commodity costs and lack pricing power. They are also dealing with the recent consumer preference for low-carbohydrate foods and with escalating costs for employee health care benefits. However, the sector has been reasonably stable, as companies weather these blows with only minor disruptions to cash flow. Larger branded packaged food companies have endured...

Companies mentioned in this report are:
- Campbell Soup Co.
- ConAgra Foods Inc.
- General Mills Inc.
- H.J.Heinz Co.
- The Hershey Co.
- Hormel Foods Corp.
- Interstate Bakeries Corp.
- Kellogg Co.
- McCormick & Co. Inc.
- Big Heart Pet Brands
- B&G Foods Inc.
- Bellisio Foods Inc.
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- Campbell Soup Co.
- ConAgra Foods Inc.
- General Mills Inc.
- H.J.Heinz Co.
- The Hershey Co.
- Hormel Foods Corp.
- Interstate Bakeries Corp.
- Kellogg Co.
- McCormick & Co. Inc.
- Big Heart Pet Brands
- B&G Foods Inc.
- Bellisio Foods Inc.
- Mondelez International Inc.
- Michael Foods Inc.
- Flowers Foods Inc.

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