Hershey’s will now own brands like Skinny Pop and Tyrrells, while Campbell’s will own Snyder’s of Hanover and Cape Cod.
First, The Hershey Company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all outstanding shares of Amplify Snack Brands for $12 per share in cash. Through the agreement, Hershey will acquire the Skinny Pop, Tyrrells, Oatmega, Paqui and other international brands, further strengthening its position in the snack aisle.
In terms of licensing, Hershey most recently expanded its brand beyond the candy aisle and partnered with Chef’d to introduce branded meal kits. The company also revealed plans to grow its flagship Hershey’s Chocolate World in New York City.
The acquisition is scheduled to close in the first quarter of 2018 and is expected to be accretive to adjusted earnings per share-diluted in the first-year post-closing, with accretion increasing in year two.
Meanwhile, Campbell Soup Company revealed that it will buy Snyder’s-Lance for approximately $50 per share in an all-cash transaction. Snyder’s Lance’s portfolio currently includes brands such as Snyder’s of Hanover, Lance, Kettle Brand, Kettle Chips, Cape Code, Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps, Pop Secret and many more. According to Campbell’s, the acquisition will also accelerate its access to faster-growing distribution channels.
Last year, Snyder’s-Lance entered tapped Brand Central to serve as its licensing agency for its portfolio of brands. The partnership aimed to extend the brands into new food spaces and was initially focused on Snyder’s of Hanover and Cape Cod.
“The acquisition of Snyder’s-Lance will accelerate Campbell’s strategy and is in line with our purpose, ‘real food that matters for life’s moments.’ It will provide our consumers with an even greater variety of better-for-you snacks,” says Denis Morrison, president and chief executive officer, Campbell’s. The combination of Snyder’s-Lance brands with Pepperidge Farm, Arnott’s and Kelsen will create a diversified snacking leader, drive sales growth and create value for shareholders. This acquisition will dramatically transform Campbell, shifting our center of gravity and further diversifying our portfolio into the faster-growing snacking category. We look forward to welcoming Snyder’s-Lance’s employees and their trusted family of leading brands to our company.”
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