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Campari to lift drinks costs in 2022 to offset surging prices

MILAN, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Italy’s Campari (CPRI.MI) plans greater than ordinary will increase in drinks costs subsequent 12 months to offset surging prices for logistics and uncooked supplies together with glass, alcohol and sugar, its high govt stated.

On Tuesday the maker of Aperol and Campari bitters reported a 12.8% yearly rise in like-for-like gross sales within the July-September interval as shoppers went again to consuming and eating out and splurged on aperitifs.

Adjusted working revenue, or earnings earlier than curiosity and taxes (EBIT), got here in at 137 million euros ($159.4 million), up 16% on the identical interval of final 12 months when excluding international trade, acquisitions and divestitures.

The group’s best-selling aperitif Aperol, which is the important thing ingredient for the Aperol Spritz cocktail, posted a 15.5% rise in third-quarter gross sales.

The group, nonetheless, flagged dangers coming from rising prices and alerted traders about potential bottlenecks slowing down spirits shipments in the direction of the United States and Asia.

“We normally raise prices every year… in 2022 we plan to have more robust increases than usual, given higher costs on all raw materials,” stated Campari CEO Bob Kunze-Concewitz in a cellphone interview with Reuters after Q3 outcomes.

Shares within the Milan-based group turned adverse after outcomes and have been down greater than 4% at 1450 GMT as traders took revenue on the inventory after it had briefly touched an all-time-high of 13.10 euros.

Campari will increase costs in all its primary markets, together with the United States, Kunze-Concewitz stated, including that speciality drinks reminiscent of Aperol and Campari might see greater will increase than drinks which might be extra uncovered to competitors, reminiscent of vodka.

“We have increased tequila prices twice in 18 months, and we will have to do it again in 2022,” he stated.

During a convention name on outcomes Campari’s high executives stated the group anticipated prices of supplies, manufacturing and logistic bills to extend by 5% at fixed volumes.

Other corporations all over the world have warned traders and shoppers about rising prices and employees and uncooked supplies shortages. L1N2RH0LQ

Campari stated it was additionally busy working to cut back the affect of bottlenecks attributable to ocean freighter points and truck driver shortages.

“In the United States we have experienced booming consumption but we have issues with deliveries both at ports and on the ground … we are doing our best to reduce tensions in the supply chain,” Kunze-Concewitz stated.

The Campari CEO stated the group would additionally take motion to be extra environment friendly and alter the combination of the merchandise offered to guard its profitability.

“We expect the positive brand momentum and favourable sales mix to continue in the last quarter, helping to partially offset the intensifying input cost pressure, particularly logistics costs, accelerated brand building investments, as well as structure costs phasing,” he stated in a press release.

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Reporting by Francesca Landini;
Editing by Keith Weir and Emelia Sithole-Matarise