CAMDEN, N.J., Mar 24, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) today announced that it
will explore strategic alternatives, including possible divestiture,
for its businesses in the U.K. and Ireland. The decision follows a
review of Campbell’s international portfolio as part of the company’s
ongoing strategic planning process.
The U.K. and Irish businesses have annual sales of approximately
$490 million and include such brands as “Homepride” sauces, “OXO” dry
stocks, “Batchelors” dry soup and meals, “Erin” dry soups and sauces,
and “Fray Bentos” meat products.
Douglas R. Conant, Campbell’s President and Chief Executive
Officer, said, “Our portfolio in the U.K. and Ireland includes some
strong brands, but it is highly fragmented and has not met our
company’s growth expectations. It is time to explore strategic
alternatives as we strive to optimize the value of these businesses to
our shareowners. We remain committed to pursuing the best
opportunities for profitable growth in international markets as well
as in North America.”
Campbell has retained the Goldman Sachs Group as its adviser in
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About Campbell Soup Company
Campbell Soup Company is a global manufacturer and marketer of
high quality simple meals, including soup, baked snacks,
vegetable-based beverages, and premium chocolate products.
Founded in 1869, the company has a portfolio of more than 20
market-leading brands, including “Campbell’s,” “Pepperidge Farm,”
“Arnott’s,” “V8,” and “Godiva.” For more information on the company,
visit Campbell’s website at www.campbellsoupcompany.com.
SOURCE: Campbell Soup Company
Campbell Soup Company
Jerry S. Buckley, 856-342-6007
Leonard F. Griehs, 856-342-6428
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