NORTH AMERICA SEGMENT
The Company’s North America segment is comprised of Plant-based Foods and Beverages, Premium Dairy, and Coffee Creamers and Beverages categories. In the fourth quarter of 2012, pro forma adjusted net sales for the North America segment were $514 million, an increase of 13 percent over the fourth quarter 2011. For the full year 2012, pro forma adjusted net sales for the North America segment were $1.9 billion, an increase of 16 percent over full year 2011. Pro forma adjusted operating income for the North America segment increased 13 percent to $54 million for the fourth quarter, and 20 percent to $204 million for the full year 2012, compared to the same periods in 2011.
In the North America Plant-based Foods and Beverages platform, which includes Silk® Soymilk, Silk PureAlmond® and Silk PureCoconut®, pro forma adjusted net sales increased in the high-teens on a percentage basis in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the fourth quarter of 2011, driven primarily by continued strong growth of Silk PureAlmond®. For the full year 2012, pro forma adjusted net sales in this platform increased more than 20 percent, compared to 2011.
The overall Plant-based Foods and Beverages category remained strong with over 20 percent category growth for all of 2012, and WhiteWave’s Silk® brand continued to hold the #1 position. Building on the Silk® brand strength, the Company is also introducing Silk Iced Latte®, a non-dairy iced coffee option and Silk Fruity & Creamy® non-dairy yogurts, in addition to focusing on continued growth of core products.In Premium Dairy, which includes Horizon Organic® branded dairy products, pro forma adjusted net sales increased in the mid-teens on a percentage basis in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the fourth quarter of 2011. While this platform benefited from a favorable comparison to the prior year period due to the lapping of supply constraints, the performance also reflects the strength of the underlying Horizon Organic® brand, as well as positive results from value-added offerings, such as Horizon Organic® single-serve and DHA Omega-3 products. For the full year 2012, pro forma adjusted net sales in Premium Dairy increased in the high-single digits on a percentage basis, compared to 2011.