Jun 7, 2022 - Economy & Business

Jif recall to cost $175 million, but Smucker price increases boost revenue

Data: Yahoo! Finance; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: Yahoo! Finance; Chart: Axios Visuals

J.M. Smucker reported Tuesday that its sweeping Jif peanut butter recall would cost about $175 million, but the company said its business is still humming largely due to price increases.

Driving the news: Smucker’s stock on Tuesday regained some ground it had lost since the mid-May recall, closing up 5.8% at $130.31, as investors cheered the better than expected results, despite the Jif recall price tag.

  • The recall due to potential salmonella contamination will cause Smucker’s sales to be 2% lower than otherwise expected in the 2023 fiscal year, as the company deals with a production outage and customer returns.
  • “This will be a big headwind in their upcoming fiscal year,” CFRA Research analyst Arun Sundaram tells Axios.

Yes, but: The company said it expects an 8% sales increase in 2023 when factoring out the Jif impact.

What we’re watching: Whether Smucker can maintain market share in peanut butter with Jif production hampered until its Lexington, Kentucky, factory can get back online.

  • “There’s lots of different store brands out there, lots of generic brands, lots of competition in general,” Sundaram says. “So this is not a category where you want to experience a large recall like this, because it could have long term implications. If consumers substitute that brand for another one, they may stick with that new brand.”
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