Amanda Gomez joined Reuters Breakingviews in January 2018. She previously held internships at CNN International and Argentina's Clarín newspaper. She has also worked as a business journalist at TheStreet.com covering the stock market and written about the food industry at trade publication The Food Institute. She completed her master’s degree at Columbia Journalism School in 2017 and has a bachelor’s in journalism and media studies from Rutgers University.
The natural-food distributor is paying $2.9 billion for grocery wholesaler Supervalu – a clear attempt to bulk up in response to Amazon’s foray into food retail. UNFI is getting a good deal thanks to generous cost cuts, but the amount of debt it is taking on makes this risky.
The jam maker is shedding Pillsbury and other baking brands for $375 million because of soft sales. It sees a brighter future in snacks, coffee and pet food. But as PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay unit shows, consumers aren’t shunning unhealthy foods, just those that require a little effort.
The coffee chain is serving slowing sales in the U.S. and China, and a lukewarm valuation. Boss Kevin Johnson is using his tech background to attract customers, but still faces venti-sized challenges. Starbucks is shaking up the menu. It could also consider slimming down faster.