Financial Review on Mondelez Intl. and HJ Heinz - Food Companies Looking to Revive Brands and Expand Into Emerging Markets

Thu Nov 8, 2012 8:00am EST

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  NEW DELHI, INDIA, Nov 08 (Marketwire) -- 
Companies with operations in food products, such as Mondelez
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 Mondelez International
Inc. (NASDAQ: MDLZ) and HJ Heinz Co. (NYSE: HNZ) at 

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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
 http://www.street-wire.com/HMZ08112012.pdf 

    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. 

    Mondelez International, the snack business of what was before Kraft Foods
Inc., released its 3rd quarter results yesterday. Mondelez's financial
analysis available at
 http://www.street-wire.com/MDLZ08112012.pdf 

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