November 08, 2012 at 08:00 AM EST
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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