Smucker Reports Not Just Sales but Volume Growth

Feb. 28, 2024
Chairman Mark Smucker lauded “volume growth across our business."

J.M. Smucker Co. reported good third-quarter financials on Feb. 27, recording not only a sales increase but the elusive volume increase.

Overall, net sales increased just 1%, to $2.229 billion, but that was hampered by a number of divestitures and slightly inflated by an acquisition. Excluding the acquisition, divestitures and foreign currency exchange, sales increased 6% over the third quarter of FY 2023 (Smucker’s fiscal year ends April 30).

Operating income was $297 million, down 6% from the previous third quarter.

Mark Smucker, chairman and president/CEO, lauded “volume growth across our business." The financial news release noted, “The increase in comparable net sales reflects a 4 percentage point increase from volume/mix, primarily driven by Meow Mix cat food, contract manufacturing sales related to the divested pet food brands and the Café Bustelo brand.”

That third quarter—from Nov. 1, 2023 till Jan. 31, 2024—was a busy one for portfolio shuffling. Hostess Brands was acquired last Nov. 7, 2023, and Sahale Snacks and a Canadian condiment business were divested.

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Dave Fusaro | Editor in Chief

Dave Fusaro has served as editor in chief of Food Processing magazine since 2003. Dave has 30 years experience in food & beverage industry journalism and has won several national ASBPE writing awards for his Food Processing stories. Dave has been interviewed on CNN, quoted in national newspapers and he authored a 200-page market research report on the milk industry. Formerly an award-winning newspaper reporter who specialized in business writing, he holds a BA in journalism from Marquette University. Prior to joining Food Processing, Dave was Editor-In-Chief of Dairy Foods and was Managing Editor of Prepared Foods.

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