Coffee company JDE Peet's has recorded a fall of 4.2% in annual sales as the impact of lost sales in cafés due to the COVID-19 pandemic outweighed a boom in home-use products.
Sales of the owner of the Douwe Egberts, Peet's Coffee and Jacobs brands dipped to €6.65 billion for 2020, just below the €6.68 billion seen in a company-compiled poll of analysts.
Adjusted operating profit (EBIT) rose by 1.2% to €1.28 billion.
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For 2021, the company forecast organic sales growth of 3%-5% in 2021, as its away-from-home businesses recover, with a "single digit" increase in adjusted EBIT.
Reflecting the impact of the pandemic, sales of packaged coffee products usually sold in grocery stores, its largest business, rose 7% in Europe, its largest market. Meanwhile sales of "Out of Home" coffee consumed in cafes, offices and schools, fell by 32%.
CEO Fabien Simon said that consumers are choosing higher-quality coffee and brands perceived as environmentally friendly or local. JDE owns a range of coffee and tea brands including Pickwick, Senseo, Tassimo, TiOra and L'OR.
"I believe it will probably take 18-24 months for the Out of Home environment to return to pre-COVID levels," Simon said, pointing to lockdowns still in place in most of Europe in the first months of 2021. "Having said that, we do have a very powerful at-home business where cups (of coffee) have been shifted to us."
Rise And Fall Of Shares
JDE Peet's shares first rose and then fell after it listed at €31.50 on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange in May, in one of the largest initial public offerings to take place amid the COVID-19 crisis.
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