Kraft Foods Lays Out Its New Global Growth Strategy

NEW YORK, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Kraft Foods Inc. presented its new global growth strategy at a meeting of analysts and investors in New York today. The comprehensive review of the company’s power brands, global categories and regional business units detailed the plan by which Kraft Foods will deliver organic revenue growth of 5 percent or more, margins in the mid- to high-teens and earnings per share (EPS) growth of 9 to 11 percent, making it a top-tier performer in the global food industry.

“Today’s Kraft Foods is a global snacks powerhouse with an unrivaled portfolio of leading regional and local brands,” said Irene Rosenfeld, Chairman and CEO. “This unique and complementary combination, together with our significant presence in high-growth developing markets, will deliver consistent growth in the top tier of our peer group.

“At Kraft Foods, we’re hitting our sweet spot,” she added. “We’ve built a solid foundation for growth. By leveraging our scale, making strategic investments in marketing, sales and innovation and establishing a world-class cost structure, we will take our performance to the next level.”

The company has an exceptional portfolio of global Snacks power brands – led by Milka and Cadbury chocolates, Oreo and LU biscuits and Trident gum – with leading market shares in every major region, a full pipeline of innovation and a clear opportunity to grow its presence in the point-of-purchase “hot zone.”

Kraft Foods now offers dozens of brands of chocolate, gum, candy, and snack-size cookies, crackers and nuts through multiple distribution channels, from traditional groceries to convenience stores.

Complementing the company’s Snacks portfolio are well-loved iconic regional and local brands in the beverage, grocery, cheese and convenient meals categories. Roughly 80 percent of these “heritage” brands hold No. 1 or No. 2 positions in their respective categories and are household names among consumers who tend to be extremely brand-loyal. They also carry high margins and generate strong cash flow.

Kraft Foods will continue to invest in marketing and innovation for the larger regional “power brands,” including Oscar Mayer meats, Jacobs coffee and Tang powdered beverages. At the same time, the company will cultivate local brands, such as A-1 steak sauce in North America, Dairylea cheese in the U.K. and Vegemite spreads in Australia, through flexible business models and nimble marketing.

This combination of global powerhouse snacks brands and iconic heritage brands provides Kraft Foods with a unique capability to invest profit from stable cash-generating businesses into high-margin categories and fast-growing Developing Markets.

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