(AP) — Kellogg is selling Keebler cookies and other brands for $1.3 billion, about $2.6 billion less than it spent on that brand alone 17 years ago.
Food producers are trying to find new brands with more growth potential after sweeping shifts in consumer taste, particularly in the U.S.READ MORE: 'We Get Spit On. We Get Things Thrown At Us': A Look At CPD's Rising Retirement Numbers
The value of household names like Keebler has deteriorated as families seek food and snack alternatives that are at least perceived to be healthier.
Along with Keebler, the Battle Creek, Michigan, company said Monday that it will sell Mother’s and Famous Amos cookie brands, as well as its fruit-flavored snack, pie crust and ice cream cone businesses, to the Italian sweets maker Ferraro.
The brands generated sales of $900 million and profits of $75 million last year, according to Kellogg.READ MORE: Family Sues After They Say Chicago Police Burst Into Their Home, Pointed Guns at Kids in 2019
Kellogg acquired Keebler Foods, founded in 1853, in 2001 for $3.86 billion.
Ferrero is best known for the brand Nutella hazelnut cream. The company said Monday that it will also acquire six U.S. manufacturing plants from Kellogg.
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