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January 4, 2013
13:39 EDTSJM, HSY, HRL, SAFM, SFD, TSN, FDP, CQB, DOLE, CPB, HNZ, K, GIS, KFT, MDLZ, UL, UN, ECLFDA proposes new standards for foodborne illness prevention, produce safety
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced earlier that it proposed two new food safety rules that will help prevent foodborne illness. The proposed rules implement the Food Safety Modernization Act, or FSMA, and are available for public comment for the next 120 days, the FDA said. These two FSMA rules are part of an integrated reform effort that focuses on prevention and addresses the safety of foods produced domestically and imported, with additional rules to be published shortly. The first rule proposed would require makers of food to be sold in the United States, whether produced at a foreign- or domestic-based facility, to develop a formal plan for preventing their food products from causing foodborne illness. The rule would also require them to have plans for correcting any problems that arise. The FDA is proposing that many food manufacturers be in compliance with the new preventive controls rules one year after the final rules are published in the Federal Register but small and very small businesses would be given additional time. The FDA also seeks public comment on the second proposed rule, which proposes enforceable safety standards for the production and harvesting of produce on farms. This rule proposes science- and risk-based standards for the safe production and harvesting of fruits and vegetables. The FDA is proposing that larger farms be in compliance with most of the produce safety requirements 26 months after the final rule is published in the Federal Register. Small and very small farms would have additional time to comply, and all farms would have additional time to comply with certain requirements related to water quality. The FDA seeks public comment on this proposal, it stated.
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10:00 EDTMDLZOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:15 EDTGISGeneral Mills sees FY gross margin up 'modestly'
09:10 EDTGISOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:58 EDTGISGeneral Mills sees FY15 input cost inflation of 3%
Sees incurring additional restructuring charges this year. Says 55% covered for input cost inflation this year. Sees yearly input cost inflation averaging 4%-5%. Says demand for HMM to offset inflation is not subsiding. Says delivering strong HMM each year. Says could possibly exceed $4B HMM goal by 2020. Sees $100M of cumulative savings from Project Century by FY17, sees material savings beginning in FY16. The company said that the operating environment in several of its markets has grown more challenging, says U.S. retail industry trends "a bit weaker." Says U.S. cereal category continues to be challenged, says returning category to growth will require more product news, better innovation, increased investment. Says wants to renew sales momentum for U.S. yogurt business. Says seeing slowdown in macro environment in China, having some impact on business, but sees Greater China sales growth strengthening in 2H. Says environment for food and beverage companies remain quite challenging. Comments made on the Q1 earnings conference call. General Mills shares are down 1.75% in pre-market trading.
08:30 EDTGISGeneral Mills sees Annie's deal closing in CY14
General Mills (GIS) says sees Annie's (BNNY) deal accretive in first 12 months after closing. Says on pace to achieve $4B of cumulative savings from 2010-2020. Sees $400M of cumulative savings in FY15. Says top priority for FY15 is accelerating net sales growth. Comments from slides that will be presented on the Q1 earnings conference call.
07:08 EDTGISGeneral Mills reports $14M restructuring expense during Q1
General Mills recently announced a restructuring plan to combine certain Yoplait and General Mills operational facilities in the company's International segment. Restructuring expense of $14M associated with this project was recorded in Q1 and is being excluded from adjusted diluted EPS. The project is expected to generate cost savings of approximately $3M in FY15 and a cumulative $12M by fiscal 2017.
07:00 EDTGISGeneral Mills backs FY15 EPS growth view up at a high single-digit rate
General Mills CEO Ken Powell said, "Our number one objective in FY15 continues to be accelerating our topline growth. At the same time, we know we must always be working to reduce costs, streamline operations and improve efficiency across our worldwide business. We've got strong plans for both of these efforts. General Mills reiterated its full-year growth targets for 2015. Net sales are expected to grow at a mid single-digit rate in constant currency, including contribution of a 53rd week in this fiscal year. Segment operating profit also is targeted to grow at a mid single-digit rate in constant currency. Benefit of the extra fiscal week will be reinvested to support increased advertising and digital media initiatives, along with project expenses related to several key FY16 product launches. Adjusted diluted EPS is expected to grow at a high single-digit rate in constant currency. At current exchange rates the company estimates a 2c headwind from currency translation in 2015."
07:00 EDTMDLZMondelez exec aiming for more beverage offerings, Reuters says
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06:57 EDTGISGeneral Mills reports Q1 adjusted EPS 61c, consensus 69c
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06:46 EDTGISGeneral Mills downgraded at Societe Generale
As previously reported, Societe Generale downgraded General Mills to Sell from Hold. The firm said General Mills' FY high single digit EPS growth target relies on the core U.S. retail unit accelerating significantly from here, which will be difficult given structural challenges Price target lowered to $50 from $53.
06:46 EDTKKellogg downgraded at Societe Generale
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06:32 EDTGISGeneral Mills downgraded to Sell from Hold at Societe Generale
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06:32 EDTKKellogg downgraded to Hold from Buy at Societe Generale
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06:27 EDTMDLZMondelez upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale
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05:25 EDTMDLZMondelez upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale
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