In the East, there's the cold and the snow, which normally spurs consumers to eat up the soup they have in their cupboard -- and then buy more.
But that doesn't always work out.
"We definitely acknowledge a benefit of cold temperatures, but we think it was offset by unfavorable weather conditions. We had plant closures for a while, retail store closures, and some lost business in the food-service sector,"
In the West, meanwhile, the lack of rain is threatening to wreak havoc on agriculture.
"The drought in
Those weather problems didn't stop Campbell from having a quarter that
Campbell's total sales rose 5.5 percent to
Net profit rose to
An analyst asked Campbell executives to quantify the impact of coming food-stamp cuts on Campbell.
That's just one of many issues for consumers -- which are in turn affecting Campbell, Morrison said.
"They're dealing with lower employment, higher payroll taxes, health-care exchanges, lower discretionary spending available on food, so the food stamps is all part of that," Morrison said.
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