Financial Review on Dole Food Co. and Unilever PLC - Food

Financial Review on Dole Food Co. and Unilever PLC - Food Companies
Looking to Revive Brands and Expand Into Emerging Markets 
NEW DELHI, INDIA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/08/12 --  Companies with
operations in food products, such as Dole Food Co. and Unilever PLC,
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 Dole Food Company
Inc. (NYSE: DOLE) and Unilever PLC (NYSE: UL) 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 Unilever PLC can be accessed at 
http://www.street-wire.com/UL08112012.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.  
On the earnings front, Dole Food will release its 3rd quarter
financials on November 9, 2012. Dole Food financial analysis is
available at
 http://www.street-wire.com/DOLE08112012.pdf  
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