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    1. Is Hillshire Worth the Meaty Price?

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      Wed, 4 Jun 2014

      Hillshire Brands (the domestic meat business of the former Sara Lee ) became an independent entity in 2012. We think the added ..... joined Hillshire Brands upon the split-up of the former Sara Lee . Sean Connolly, named CEO in January 2012, worked in

    2. Hillshire Brands to Acquire Pinnacle Foods in Transformational Deal; Under Review

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      Mon, 12 May 2014

      position with a more consolidated customer base. Since the Sara Lee spin-off, Hillshire has viewed itself as a meat-centric ..... that had built large portfolios, including the former Sara Lee , have split up businesses in recent years, as many of

    3. Emerging Market Multinationals: New Giants on the Block

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      Fri, 19 Jul 2013

      players like AT&T, Gulfstream and Sara Lee . Emerging market multinationals (EMMs ..... eventually overtook established power Sara Lee in the bread business through relentless ..... its distribution network in a way Sara Lee never had. On the other hand, in

    4. Negative Price Realization Weighs on Smucker's Top Line in 2013; but Profit Improvement a Plus

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      Thu, 6 Jun 2013

      and coffee prices, as well as the discontinuation of some international business associated to the recently acquired Sara Lee Foodservice coffee business, will again weigh on sales. Beyond the coffee price decline (which drove a 1% decline

    5. With Intentions to Invest In its Brands, Hillshire's Management Has Clear Grasp on its Moat Sources

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      Fri, 18 Jan 2013

      greater emphasis on brand investment and innovation (as opposed to cost-cutting, which was arguably the top priority at Sara Lee ) is a step in the right direction. However, despite a solid strategy, we note that Hillshire Brands is still in the

    6. Hillshire Brands to Sell Australian Bakery

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      Wed, 19 Dec 2012

      list of several other divestitures, including the sale of Sara Lee 's North American fresh bakery, food-service beverage, and refrigerated dough businesses, as well as the sale of Sara Lee 's European bakery. Strategically, the sale of the Australian

    7. Despite Slowing Growth Around the World, Unilever Posts Decent Top-Line Momentum in 3Q

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      Thu, 25 Oct 2012

      which inherently is faster-growth and more profitable than food and beverage), as evidenced by recent deals like Sara Lee 's personal-care business, Kalina (a leading Russian beauty-care firm), and Alberto Culver. Conversely, we

    8. What's Appetizing in the Kraft-Mondelez Split?

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      Mon, 1 Oct 2012

      here? why did Kraft think this was a good idea? Lash: Kraft's motivation differed from some other companies like Sara Lee and Fortune Brands, which primarily split their business because there weren't synergies between the segments. However

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      a good idea? Lash: Kraft's motivation differed from some other companies like Sara Lee and Fortune Brands, which primarily split their business because there weren't synergies between the segments. However, Kraft's motivation stems more, from our
    9. Despite the Heat from its Competition, Unilever Continues to Hit its Marks; Shares Fairly Valued

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      Thu, 26 Jul 2012

      reflects the level of investment the firm is putting behind ensuring its recent acquisitions (that is, Alberto Culver and Sara Lee 's personal care business) gain traction. The success of these efforts can be seen in the 10.2% underlying sales

    10. Fireworks or Flops?

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      Thu, 5 Jul 2012

      I talked earlier this week about Sara Lee 's split-up just last week of Hillshire ..... really what was happening there is Sara Lee realized that there just weren't ..... she is the analyst who covered Sara Lee --and she really sees that focus

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      the split-up of companies? Glaser : I talked earlier this week about Sara Lee's split-up just last week of Hillshire brands and a coffee business that will be based in Europe. And really what was happening there is Sara Lee realized that there just weren't a lot of synergies cross-selling in different aisles of the grocery store. Getting that scale wasn't that valuable for them, and in fact, it was making them lose focus on developing new products and really developing the brands that they needed in order to create a lot of value for their shareholders. So far we think that the spin-off really did make a lot of sense. We talked to Erin Lash earlier this week about this--she is the analyst who covered Sara Lee --and she really sees that focus as being incredibly valuable, and that Hillshire Brands could potentially be a good takeover target for some
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