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Kraft Heinz To Sell Planters For $3B To Hormel

 |  February 3, 2021

Kraft Heinz is nearing a deal to sell its Planters brand to Spam owner Hormel for roughly US$3 billion, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, February 2.

Citing people familiar with the matter, the newspaper reported that the deal could be announced as early as next week if the talks don’t fall apart.

As part of Kraft Heinz’s multiyear turnaround effort, executives told investors in September that they have changed from looking at its portfolio as a series of products to how it can fulfill different consumer needs. The company has also been trimming less popular products from its lineup and sold part of its cheese business to Lactalis for US$3.2 billion.

Planters is best known for its nuts and snack mixes and its mascot, Mr. Peanut. In recent years, the brand’s biggest splash came from an advertising campaign last year that killed off Mr. Peanut and resurrected him as a baby in its Super Bowl spot. The campaign sparked a New Yorker cartoon and a “Saturday Night Live” cold open. This year, the brand is giving away the US$5 million it would have spent on an ad during the big game.

Kraft Heinz came to own Planters through a series of mergers. Kraft’s acquisition of Nabisco Brands in 2000 brought the nut brand into its portfolio, then Kraft merged with Heinz in a 2015 megadeal.