The Company is expanding its Premium Dairy platform with the launch of new TruMoo® branded flavored milks in shelf-stable single-serve packaging that provides a convenient, healthy and affordable offering for families on the go. TruMoo®, a brand which the Company has licensed from Dean Foods, is a flavored milk line that is lower in sugar than traditional flavored milks and contains no high fructose corn syrup.
In Coffee Creamers and Beverages, which includes coffee creamers under the International Delight® and LAND O LAKES® brands as well as International Delight Iced Coffee®, 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. For full year 2012, pro forma adjusted net sales in this platform increased in the high-teens on a percentage basis compared to 2011.
The overall flavored creamer category, which continues to benefit from increased coffee consumption and related whitening trends, showed continued strength with approximately 12 percent growth in 2012. The Company plans to continue to build on its Coffee Creamers and Beverages platform with the planned expansion of its International Delight Iced Coffee® product line with a new “lights-line” with only 100 calories, as well as a single-serve four pack that will offer on-the-go convenience to this category.
EUROPE SEGMENTThe Company’s Europe segment is comprised of its European Plant-based Foods and Beverages platform which operates primarily under the Alpro ® name. On a constant currency basis, net sales in the segment increased in the high-single digits on a percentage basis in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the fourth quarter of 2011. Net sales for this segment for full year 2012 increased on a constant currency basis in the mid-single digits on a percentage basis compared to 2011. Operating income for the segment increased 16 percent to $7 million for the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the fourth quarter of 2011, as a result of volume growth and aided by foreign currency translation. For the full year 2012 operating income for the segment decreased 12 percent to $24 million compared to 2011, primarily driven by foreign currency translation. This platform delivered mid-single digit volume growth in the fourth quarter, driven by the strength of its core drinks, including Almond and Hazelnut beverages launched earlier in 2012, and its soy yogurt offerings. The Company plans to introduce several line extensions, including unsweetened and chocolate almond beverages, as well as an improved rice milk line in 2013. OTHER ITEMS Pro forma adjusted corporate costs totaled $13 million for the fourth quarter 2012 and $55 million for the full year 2012. Full year 2012 capital expenditures totaled $104 million, compared to $127 million for 2011.