April 5, 2018 / 9:53 PM / 4 months ago

UPDATE 1-Campbell Soup gives COO Mignini more control over core units

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April 5 (Reuters) - Campbell Soup Co said on Thursday it would reorganize its businesses, giving newly-appointed Chief Operating Officer Luca Mignini more control over its main units, including soup, simple meals and shelf-stable beverages.

The company also said Mignini would continue to head its global biscuits and snacks businesses under the newly-created position.

Under Mignini, the biscuits and snacks unit, which makes Pepperidge Farm cookies and Arnott’s biscuits, has recorded steady growth, accounting for nearly a third of the company’s total sales.

The reorganization follows Campbell’s recent acquisition of Cape Cod chips maker Snyder’s-Lance Inc for about $5 billion to help expand its snacking business and counter slowing soup sales.

“Snyder’s-Lance acquisition served as a catalyst for us to re-examine how to best organize the company for increased emphasis on execution and profitable growth,” Chief Executive Officer Denise Morrison said in a statement.

The company also said it had created a new accelerator unit to drive growth in its faster-growing business, including Campbell Fresh, which will led by Ana Dominguez who was previously president of Campbell Canada.

The soup maker’s shares were up 0.6 percent at $43.48 in extended trading. (Reporting by Nivedita Balu in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D’Silva)

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