Dec 12, 2019

Nestlé agrees to sell U.S. ice cream business for $4 billion

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Nestlé agreed to sell its U.S. ice cream business for $4 billion to Froneri, a joint venture Nestlé formed in 2016 with private equity firm PAI Partners.

Why it matters: This is America's second-largest ice cream group, but it's been losing market share to leader Unilever. Nestlé's plan is to follow the growth model it successfully used in Europe, under similar circumstances, whereby it merged operations with PAI-owned R&R Group to create Froneri.

Details: Brands included in the deal are Häagen-Dazs, Drumstick, Edy’s, Dreyer’s, Outshine, and Skinny Cow.

The bottom line: "Americans eat more ice cream per capita than any other people in the world, with most bought in supermarkets for consumption at home, leaving the category open to intense discounting." — Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ

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Why it matters: This is the second major U.S. dairy to go bankrupt in the past two months, following market leader Dean Foods, with blame being placed on everything from declining milk consumption to truck driver shortages.

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Security contractor Constellis in talks for $1 billion debt restructuring

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Why it matters: Constellis is partially responsible for security at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, which came under assault last week — possibly precipitating the U.S. decision to kill Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

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JAB Holdings to merge Jacobs Douwe Egberts with Peet's Coffee

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JAB Holding plans to merge Dutch coffee giant Jacobs Douwe Egberts with California-based Peet's Coffee, and then IPO the combined company in 2020.

Why it matters: This could create the world's largest publicly-traded coffee roaster. Well, at least in terms of a dedicated company, as its sales remain behind market leader Nestlé.

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