Nestlé, the world’s largest food and drinks company, is a giant awakening. Since the start of the year, new chief executive Mark Schneider has reacted to forces reshaping the global consumer goods industry — and pressure from activist investors. Profit margin targets have been set, growth areas identified and a SFr20bn share buyback programme unveiled. On Wednesday, its infant nutrition business was broken into regional units, to get closer to customers. Expectations have mounted that Mr Schneider will revamp Nestlé’s portfolio with big acquisitions and disposals.
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By Ralph Atkins
Source: Financial Times
Carlsberg has announced the departure of its chief financial officer (CFO), Heine Dalsgaard, after six years in the position. In a statement, Carlsberg said that Dalsgaard was resigning from the post to take up the role of CFO at a private equity-backed company in a different industry.
Kellogg will split into three independent companies to focus on the snack business, Reuters reported Tuesday. The snacking portfolio will comprise the main business, while the North America cereal unit and the plant-based business will be spun off. The company is also considering a sale of the plant-based business.
The snacks giant says the acquisition will help build on its commitment to “lead the future of snacking” in key geographies worldwide. Once the transaction is completed, Mondelēz will continue to operate the Clif Bar business from its headquarters in Emeryville, California. The snack giant will also continue to manufacture Clif Bars’ products, which include Clif Bar, Luna and Clif Kid, at its facilities in Idaho and Indiana.