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Campbell Shackled by Supply Constraints, but Brand Investments Should Help It Weather the Storm

Erin Lash, CFA Sector Director

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Since joining Campbell in January 2019, CEO Mark Clouse’s tenure has been fraught with change. Not only has Campbell parted ways with its fresh business and the bulk of its international operations while also working to steady its core meals, beverages, and snacking arms, it has also navigated a global pandemic. But we don’t attribute its recent performance (14% consumption growth on a three-year stack basis) as merely a byproduct of heightened consumer stock-ups of essential fare since March 2020. Rather, we think management’s strategic agenda--anchored in funneling additional investment across its operations--fueled by its pursuit of extracting inefficiencies has set Campbell on a sound course. And while much consternation rightly centers on how the business is poised to emerge in a post-COVID-19 world, we think the steps that had been underway to steady the business and to juice its sales trajectory before the pandemic should serve as a springboard against a more normalized demand environment.

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With a history that dates back around 150 years, Campbell Soup is now a leading manufacturer and marketer of branded convenience food products, most notably soup. The firm's product assortment includes well-known brands like Campbell's, Pace, Prego, Swanson, V8, and Pepperidge Farm. Following the sale of its international snacking operations, which wrapped in calendar 2019, the firm derives nearly all of its sales from its home turf. Campbell has made a handful of acquisitions to reshape its product mix the past few years, including the tie-up with Snyder's-Lance (completed in March 2018), which enhances its exposure to the faster-growing on-trend snack food aisle, complementing its Pepperidge Farm lineup.

1 Campbell Place
Camden, NJ, 08103-1799
T +1 856 342-4800
Industry Packaged Foods
Most Recent Earnings Jul 31, 2022
Fiscal Year End Jul 31, 2023
Employees 14,700