Campbell to acquire snack company Snyder’s-Lance
Campbell has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Charlotte, N.C.-based Snyder’s-Lance. This move will enable the Camden, N.J.-based brand to expand its portfolio of leading snack brands, the company said.
Snyder’s-Lance manufactures and markets snack foods such as pretzels, sandwich crackers, kettle chips and deli snack throughout the United States. Its brands include Snyder’s of Hanover, Lance, Kettle Brand, KETTLE chips, Cape Cod, Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps, Pop Secret, Emerald and Late July.
“The acquisition of Snyder’s-Lance will accelerate Campbell’s strategy and is in line with our Purpose, ‘real food that matters for life’s moments.’ It will provide our consumers with an even greater variety of better-for-you snacks. The combination of Snyder’s-Lance brands with Pepperidge Farm, Arnott’s and Kelsen will create a diversified snacking leader, drive sales growth and create value for shareholders. This acquisition will dramatically transform Campbell, shifting our center of gravity and further diversifying our portfolio into the faster-growing snacking category. We look forward to welcoming Snyder’s-Lance’s employees and their trusted family of leading brands to our company,” Denise Morrison, Campbell’s president and chief executive officer, said.
Campbell’s baked snack product portfolio generated approximately $2.5 billion in 2017, and this latest acquisition would allow snacking to represent 46% of annual net sales, the company said.
“Following a thorough review process of strategic options, we believe this transaction maximizes value for our shareholders through an immediate and certain cash premium. The transaction also unlocks the value of our portfolio, reflecting the progress we have made planning and executing our transformation. We are excited to join Campbell and to continue to provide great products to our consumers with an uncompromising focus on ingredients, quality, and taste,” Brian J. Driscoll, president and chief executive officer of Snyder’s-Lance, said.
Unilever looks to sell its Spreads business to KKR
London-based Unilever, a leading brand in personal care, home care, food and refreshments has received an offer from KKR — a global investment firm that manages multiple asset classes including private equity, energy, infrastructure, real estate and credit — to purchase its global Spreads business. The offer is for €6.825 billion in Euros and is expected to be on a cash-free and debt-free basis.
“In April of this year, we set out our 2020 programme to accelerate sustainable value creation. After a long history in Unilever we decided that the future of the Spreads business would lie outside the Group. The announcement today marks a further step in reshaping and sharpening our portfolio for long-term growth. The consideration recognizes the market-leading brands and the improved momentum we have achieved. I am confident that under KKR’s ownership, the Spreads business with its iconic brands will be able to fulfill its full potential as well as societal responsibilities,” Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever said.
Part of Unilever Spread’s business includes the brands Becel, Flora, Country Crock, Blue Band, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, Rama and ProActiv. Current CEO of Spreads, Nicolas Liabeuf will continue to lead the business lead.
“The strength of the portfolio of consumer brands in Spreads provides a firm foundation for future growth. We look forward to deploying our global network and operational expertise to support the business’s growth ambitions while continuing to follow Unilever’s responsible sourcing policies, including working towards the goal of sourcing 100 percent sustainable palm oil by 2019,” Johannes Huth, head of KKR EMEA said.
The offer is subject to certain regulatory approvals, employee consultation in certain jurisdictions and expected to be completed by mid-2018.
House Wine expands Rosé Bubbles availability, adds 2 offerings
Seattle-based House Wine has announced that its Rosé Bubbles, which comes in a 375-ml can, is now available for purchase nationwide. In addition to expanding the availability of the product, the company also has announced the addition of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in a 375-ml can to debut by January 2018 in locations throughout the nation.
"The instant success of House Wine cans continues to blow our minds," Alex Evans, chief sales and marketing officer at Precept Wine, said. "House Wine is made for this category, which delivers fresh wine and caters to the grab-and-go lifestyle of busy and active wine consumers. They are also accessible, affordable and recyclable, which helps reduce overall waste, but most of all they are delicious!"
The Rosé Bubbles contains aromas of fresh berries and citrus flavors; Wine Sauvignon Blanc will hold notes of grapefruit, melon and floral aromas, which give way to flavors of white peach; and Pinot Noir will contain aromas of black cherry, cocoa and clove.
House Wine’s offerings are available nationwide for the suggested retail price of $5.99 for a 375-ml can, $11.99 for 750-ml cans and $19.99 for a three-liter box.