Successful products contributing to growth in other categories in the region include Colgate 360° Surround and Colgate Slim Soft manual toothbrushes, Colgate Plax Fresh Tea and Colgate Plax Fruity Mint mouthwashes and Protex for Men and Palmolive Thermal Spa Coco-Jojoba shower gels.
Hill’s Pet Nutrition (13% of Company Sales)
Hill’s Net sales decreased 1.0% during second quarter 2012. Unit volume decreased 3.0%, pricing increased 5.0% and foreign exchange was negative 3.0%. Volume gains in France were more than offset by volume declines in the U.S. Hill’s organic sales increased 2.0% during the quarter.
Hill’s Operating profit increased 4% in the second quarter of 2012 to $145 million, or 27.3% of Net sales. This increase in Operating profit as a percentage of Net sales was due to an increase in Gross profit, which was partially offset by an increase in Selling, general and administrative expenses, both as a percentage of Net sales. This increase in Gross profit was driven by higher pricing and cost savings from the Company’s funding-the-growth initiatives, which were partially offset by higher raw and packaging material costs. This increase in Selling, general and administrative expenses was primarily due to higher advertising expenses.Recent new product introductions contributing to sales in the U.S. include Science Diet Ideal Balance canine and feline, which combine natural ingredients with the power of advanced nutrition in one balanced package, Science Diet Savory Stew canine, Science Diet Senior 11+ Age Defying feline, Prescription Diet y/d Feline Thyroid Health, Science Diet Tender Dinners feline and Prescription Diet i/d Low Fat GI Restore Canine, specially formulated to help manage gastrointestinal disorders. New pet food products contributing to international sales include reformulated Prescription Diet r/d Canine and Feline, the relaunch of Prescription Diet c/d Multicare Feline Bladder Health with evidence of improved efficacy and taste, Science Diet Mature Adult Light Canine and Feline, Prescription Diet y/d Feline Thyroid Health, reformulated Science Plan Adult and Mature Adult Canine and Feline with improved taste and the relaunch of Nature’s Best with upgraded ingredients and package design.