SMUCKER J M CO 10-K 2011
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UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
For the fiscal year ended April 30, 2011
For the transition period from ____ to ____
Commission file number 001-5111
THE J. M. SMUCKER COMPANY
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Registrants telephone number, including area code (330) 682-3000
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. Yes þ No o
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act. Yes o No þ
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes þ No o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). Yes þ No o
Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K (§ 229.405) is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrants knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K. o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definition of large accelerated filer, accelerated filer and smaller reporting company in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes o No þ
The aggregate market value of the common shares held by nonaffiliates of the registrant at October 31, 2010, was $7,231,532,766. As of June 22, 2011, 114,378,016 common shares of The J. M. Smucker Company were issued and outstanding.
DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE
Certain sections of the registrants definitive Proxy Statement to be filed in connection with its Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on August 17, 2011, are incorporated by reference into Part III of this Report, and certain sections of the registrants 2011 Annual Report to Shareholders are incorporated by reference into Parts I and II of this Report.
The exhibit index for this Report begins on page 25.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Item 1. Business.
The Company. The J. M. Smucker Company (the Company) was established in 1897 and was incorporated in Ohio in 1921. The Company, often referred to as Smuckers (a registered trademark), operates principally in one industry, the manufacturing and marketing of branded food products on a worldwide basis, although the majority of the Companys sales are in the U.S. The Companys operations outside the U.S. are principally in Canada although products are exported to other countries as well. Sales outside the U.S. represented approximately 10 percent of consolidated Company sales for fiscal 2011. The Companys branded food products include a strong portfolio of trusted, iconic, market-leading brands that are sold to consumers through retail outlets in North America.
On November 6, 2008, the Company completed a merger transaction with The Folgers Coffee Company (Folgers), a subsidiary of The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G). The value of the transaction was approximately $3.7 billion, including the issuance of common shares of the Company in connection with the merger and $350 million of Folgers debt. Under the terms of the transaction agreements, P&G distributed common shares of Folgers to participating P&G shareholders which were then automatically converted into the right to receive common shares of the Company in the merger. Immediately following the merger, P&G shareholders and pre-merger Company shareholders owned approximately 53.5 percent and 46.5 percent, respectively, of the Companys approximately 118 million common shares outstanding. The merger was accounted for as a purchase business combination, with the Company treated as the acquiring entity.
The Company has four reportable segments: U.S. Retail Coffee Market, U.S. Retail Consumer Market, U.S. Retail Oils and Baking Market, and Special Markets. The Companys three U.S. retail market segments in total comprised over 80 percent of the Companys net sales in 2011 and represent a major portion of the strategic focus area for the Company the sale of branded food products with leadership positions to consumers through retail outlets in North America. The Special Markets segment represents sales outside of the U.S. retail market and includes the Companys Canada, foodservice, natural foods, and international business areas.
Principal Products. The principal products of the Company, which are sold across the Companys U.S. retail market segments and Special Markets segment are coffee, peanut butter, fruit spreads, shortening and oils, baking mixes and ready-to-spread frostings, canned milk, flour and baking ingredients, juices and beverages, frozen sandwiches, toppings, syrups, and pickles and condiments.
Product sales information for the years 2011, 2010, and 2009 is incorporated herein by reference to information set forth in the Companys 2011 Annual Report to Shareholders, on pages 48 through 50 under Note E: Reportable Segments.
In each of the U.S. retail market segments, the Companys products are primarily sold through a combination of direct sales and through brokers to food retailers, food wholesalers, drug stores, club stores, mass merchandisers, discount and dollar stores, and military commissaries. In the Special Markets segment, the Companys products are distributed domestically and in foreign countries through retail channels, foodservice distributors and operators (e.g., restaurants, schools and universities, and health care operators), health and natural foods stores and distributors.
Sources and Availability of Raw Materials. The raw materials used by the Company in each of its segments are primarily commodities and agricultural-based products. Green coffee, peanuts, edible oils, sweeteners, milk, flour, corn, and other ingredients are obtained from various suppliers. The availability, quality, and costs of many of these commodities have fluctuated, and may continue to fluctuate, over time. The Company uses basis contracts and commodity futures and options to manage price volatility for a significant portion of its commodity costs. Green coffee is sourced solely from foreign countries and its supply and price are subject to high volatility due to factors such as weather, global supply and
demand, pest damage, and political and economic conditions in the source countries. Fruit and vegetable raw materials used by the Company in the production of its food products are purchased from independent growers and suppliers. Glass, plastic, steel cans, caps, carton board, and corrugate are the principal packaging materials used by the Company.
Raw materials are generally available from numerous sources although the Company has elected to source certain plastic packaging materials from single sources of supply pursuant to long-term contracts. While availability may vary year-to-year, the Company believes that it will continue to be able to obtain adequate supplies and that alternatives to single-sourced materials are available. The Company has not historically encountered significant shortages of key raw materials. The Company considers its relationship with key raw material suppliers to be good.
Trademarks and Patents. The Companys products are produced under certain patents and marketed under numerous trademarks owned or licensed by the Company or one of its subsidiaries. Major trademarks, utilized primarily in the U.S. retail market segments, include: Folgers®, Dunkin Donuts®, and Millstone® in the U.S. Retail Coffee segment; Smuckers®, Jif®, Hungry Jack®, Uncrustables®, Snackn Waffles, Dickinsons®, Crosse & Blackwell®, Adams®, Laura Scudders®, Goober®, Golden Temple® and Magic Shell® in the U.S. Retail Consumer Market segment; and Crisco®, Pillsbury®, Eagle Brand®, Borden® and Elsie design, Martha White®, LaPina®, White Lily®, Softasilk®, Funfetti®, and Pet® in the U.S. Retail Oils and Baking Market segment.
Major trademarks utilized in the Special Markets segment include: Folgers®, Smuckers®, Jif®, Crisco®, Plate Scapers®, Bicks®, Five Roses®, Robin Hood®, Carnation®, Europes Best®, R. W. Knudsen Family®, Santa Cruz Organic®, Double Fruit®, Recharge®, and Red River®.
Dunkin Donuts® is a registered trademark of DD IP Holder LLC used by the Company under license (the Dunkin License) for packaged coffee products sold in retail channels such as grocery stores, mass merchandisers, club stores, and drug stores. The Dunkin License does not pertain to Dunkin Donuts® coffee or other products for sale in Dunkin Donuts® restaurants. The terms of the Dunkin License include the payment of royalties to DD IP Holder LLC and other financial commitments by the Company. The Dunkin License is in effect until January 1, 2034. Pillsbury®, the Barrelhead logo, and the Doughboy character are trademarks of The Pillsbury Company, LLC and are used by the Company under a 20-year, perpetually renewable, royalty-free license. Borden® and the Elsie design are trademarks used by the Company on certain products under a perpetual, exclusive, and royalty-free license. Carnation® is a trademark of Société des Produits Nestlé S.A. used by the Companys Canadian subsidiary for certain canned milk products in certain territories under an exclusive and royalty-free license with an initial term of 10 years, renewable by the Company for two successive five-year terms and which becomes perpetual at the end of the renewal terms under certain circumstances. In addition, the Company or one of its subsidiaries licenses the use of several other trademarks, none of which are individually material to the Companys business.
Slogans or designs considered to be important trademarks include, without limitation, With A Name Like Smuckers, It Has To Be Good, The Best Part of Wakin Up Is Folgers In Your Cup, Wake Up Special Every Day, Mountain Grown, Choosy Moms Choose Jif, Purely The Finest, Crisco is Cooking, Everybodys Happy When Its Hungry Jack, Goodness Gracious, Its Good, the Smuckers banner, the Crock Jar shape, the Gingham design, and the Strawberry logo.
The Company owns several hundred patents worldwide in addition to proprietary trade secrets, technology, know-how processes and other intellectual property rights that are not registered.
The Company considers all of its intellectual property and the Pillsbury®, Dunkin Donuts®, Borden® and Elsie design, and Carnation® licenses, taken as a whole, to be essential to its business.
Seasonality. The Companys U.S. Retail Coffee Market and U.S. Retail Oils and Baking Market segments are particularly seasonal around the Fall Bake and holiday period, which generally results in higher sales and profits in the Companys second and third quarters. The Companys success in
promoting and merchandising its baking and coffee brands during the Fall Bake and holiday period has a significant impact on its results for a fiscal year. The back-to-school period and the spring holiday season are two other important promotional periods for the Company, although their impact to the Company is not as significant as the Fall Bake and holiday period.
Working Capital. Working capital requirements are greatest during the first half of the Companys fiscal year mainly due to the timing of the buildup of coffee, oil, and baking inventories necessary to support the Fall Bake and holiday period and the additional buildup of coffee inventory in advance of the Atlantic hurricane season.
Customers. Sales to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and its subsidiaries amounted to approximately 26 percent, 27 percent, and 24 percent of net sales in 2011, 2010, and 2009, respectively. These sales are primarily included in the U.S. retail market segments. No other customer exceeded 10 percent of net sales during 2011, 2010, and 2009.
During 2011, the Companys top 10 customers, collectively, accounted for approximately 55 percent of consolidated net sales. Although the loss of any large customer for an extended length of time could negatively impact the Companys sales and profits, the Company does not anticipate that this will occur to a significant extent due to strong consumer demand for the Companys products.
Orders. Generally, orders are filled within a few days of receipt, and the backlog of unfilled orders at any particular time has not been material on a historical basis.
Government Business. No material portion of the Companys business is subject to renegotiation of profits or termination of contracts at the election of the government.
Competition. The Company is the branded market leader in the coffee, peanut butter, shortening, sweetened condensed milk, fruit spreads, ice cream toppings, and natural foods beverages categories in the U.S. The Companys business is highly competitive as all of its U.S. retail market segments brands compete for retail shelf space with other branded products as well as private label products.
The continued growth of alternative store formats, product and packaging innovations, technological advances, and new industry techniques are all issues for companies in the food industry to consider in order to remain competitive. The primary ways in which products are distinguished are product quality, price, packaging, new product introductions, nutritional value, convenience, advertising, and promotion. Positive factors pertaining to the Companys competitive position include well-recognized brands, superior product quality and trust, experienced brand management, a single national grocery broker in the U.S., varied product offerings, product innovation, excellent customer service, and a strong distribution network.
The Company historically has seen accelerated private label growth during periods of general economic disruption. The Company estimates that, during the period following the economic recession of the late 2000s, private label grew more than during past periods partly due to the run up in commodity costs, increased emphasis of store brands by retailers, and improvements in private label quality. The Company believes that both private label and leading brands play an important role in all of the food categories in which it competes, appealing to different consumer segments. The Company closely monitors the price gap or price premium between its brands and private label brands, with the view that value is about more than price and the expectation that number one brands will continue to be an integral part of consumers shopping baskets.
In the U.S. Retail Coffee Market segment, the Folgers® brand competes in the highly competitive U.S. packaged roast and ground coffee market with other retail coffee roasters such as Maxwell House, Yuban, and Nescafe. The Company competes in the premium coffee market with its Millstone® and Folgers® Gourmet Selections® brands, as well as through sales of Dunkin Donuts® retail packaged coffee products, with other brands such as Starbucks, Eight OClock, and Seattles Best. In 2010, the
Company expanded its presence in the single-serve coffee market, entering into an agreement with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. and Keurig, Inc. for the manufacturing and distribution of premium coffees through Keurigs innovative K-Cup® coffee system. The Companys Folgers® Gourmet Selections® and Millstone® premium coffees K-Cup® products were introduced in the second quarter of 2011 and represent the most successful new product launch in the Companys history.
In the U.S. Retail Consumer Market segment, the Jif® brand has been the leader in the peanut butter category for over 20 years, while the Companys natural peanut butter business, sold under the Smuckers®, Adams®, Laura Scudders® and Jif® brands, maintains a strong leadership position in the natural peanut butter category. The Companys fruit spread brands, including Smuckers®, Dickinsons®, and Knotts Berry Farm®, hold the leading position in the fruit spreads category and compete with Welchs branded line of fruit spreads and many private label brands. The competing brands exist on both a national and a regional level. The Companys Hungry Jack® brand competes in the pancake mix and table syrup category. The Company competes with several major national as well as private label brands in these categories. During 2010, the Company divested its potato side dish product line and entered into a licensing agreement with the purchaser for their use of the Hungry Jack® brand. The Company maintains ownership of the brand.
In the U.S. Retail Oils and Baking Market segment, Crisco® has historically been a leader in the shortening and cooking oils categories. Crisco® holds the leading branded position in the shortening category and competes with other branded competitors for the leading branded position in the oils category. The oils category in which Crisco® competes is highly competitive with private label competitors maintaining the largest share of the category. The category is also significantly impacted by volatile commodity pricing. The Companys Pillsbury® brand competes in the dessert and baking mixes (DBM) market that includes mixes for cakes, cookies, brownies, muffins, and quick breads, as well as ready-to-spread frostings and ingredients used in scratch baking such as flour. Within the DBM category, the Company competes primarily with the Betty Crocker and Duncan Hines brands and many private label and regional brands. The Company competes in the canned milk category with both branded and nonbranded products. The Company is the branded market leader in the sweetened condensed category with its Eagle Brand® and Magnolia® brands and has significant sales with production of private label brands. In the evaporated milk category, the Company has a significant presence with its production of private label brands and the Pet® brand where it competes primarily with one major national brand.
Research and Development. The Company predominantly utilizes in-house resources to both develop new products and improve existing products in each of its business areas. Amounts expensed for product development were $21.0 million, $21.0 million, and $14.5 million in 2011, 2010, and 2009, respectively.
Environmental Matters. The Company considers environmental sustainability to be its responsibility as a good corporate citizen and a key strategic focus area for the Company. The Company has implemented and manages a variety of programs, including the utilization of renewable energy technology, improved wastewater management, increased usage of sustainable raw materials, and reuse of resources rather than consuming new ones, in support of its commitment to environmental sustainability. The Company continues to evaluate and modify its processes on an ongoing basis to further reduce its impact on the environment and reduce waste.
Compliance with the provisions of enacted or pending federal, state, and local environmental regulations regarding either the discharge of materials into the environment or the protection of the environment is not expected to have a material effect upon the Companys capital expenditures, earnings, or competitive position in 2012.
Employees. At April 30, 2011, the Company had approximately 4,500 full-time employees, worldwide. Approximately 32 percent of these employees, located at 10 facilities, are covered by union contracts. These contracts vary in term depending on the location. The Company believes its relations with its current employees are good.
Financial Information about Industry Segments and Geographical Areas. The financial information required to be included in this item concerning reportable industry segments and international operations for the years 2011, 2010, and 2009 is incorporated herein by reference to information set forth in the Companys 2011 Annual Report to Shareholders, on pages 48 through 50, under Note E: Reportable Segments. The Companys international operations are primarily in Canada with risks similar to those associated with the U.S. retail markets. More than one-half of the Companys Canada sales represent the sale of Canadian produced products to Canadian customers. The remaining Canada sales represent the sale of products produced in the U.S. to Canadian customers, primarily Folgers® coffee, and Crisco® oils.
Forward-Looking Statements. This report includes forward-looking statements that are based on current expectations and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expected or projected results. The descriptions of risks and uncertainties relating to forward-looking statements is incorporated herein by reference to information set forth in the Companys 2011 Annual Report to Shareholders under the caption Forward-Looking Statements on page 32.
Available Information. Access to all Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings made by the Company, including its annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act), is provided, free of charge, on the Companys Web site (www.smuckers.com) as soon as reasonably practicable after such reports are electronically filed with, or furnished to, the SEC.
Item 1A. Risk Factors.
The Companys business, operations, and financial condition are subject to various risks and uncertainties. The risk factors described below should be carefully considered, together with the other information contained or incorporated by reference in this Report and in the Companys other filings with the SEC, in connection with evaluating the Company, its business and the forward-looking statements contained in this Report. Additional risks and uncertainties not presently known to the Company or that the Company currently deems immaterial also may affect the Company. The occurrence of any of these known or unknown risks could have a material adverse impact on the Companys business, financial condition, and results of operations.
Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments.
Item 2. Properties.
The table below lists all of the Companys manufacturing and processing facilities at April 30, 2011. All of the Companys properties are maintained and updated on a regular basis, and the Company continues to make investments for expansion, and safety and technological improvements. The Company believes that existing capacity at these facilities is sufficient to sustain current operations and anticipated near-term growth.
The Company owns all of the properties listed below, except for one of the properties in New Orleans, Louisiana,(A) which is leased. The Company also leases four sales and administrative offices in the U.S., and one each in Canada, Mexico, and China. The Companys corporate headquarters are located in Orrville, Ohio, and the Companys Canadian headquarters are located in Markham, Ontario.
Item 3. Legal Proceedings.
The Company is a defendant in a variety of legal proceedings. While the Company cannot predict with certainty the results of these proceedings, the Company does not believe that the final outcome of these proceedings will have a material adverse affect on the Companys financial position, results of operations, or cash flows.
Item 4. [Removed and Reserved]
Executive Officers of the Registrant.
The names, ages as of July 1, 2011, and current positions of the executive officers of the Company are listed below. All executive officers serve at the pleasure of the Board of Directors, with no fixed term of office. Unless otherwise indicated, each individual has served as an executive officer of the Company for more than five years.
Item 5. Market for Registrants Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities.
(a) The information pertaining to the market for the Companys common shares and other related shareholder information is incorporated herein by reference to the information set forth in the Companys 2011 Annual Report to Shareholders under the caption Stock Price Data on page 18 and the caption Comparison of Five-Year Cumulative Total Shareholder Return on page 19.
(b) Not applicable.
(c) Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities
Item 6. Selected Financial Data.
Five-year summaries of selected financial data for the Company and discussions of items which materially affect the comparability of the selected financial data are incorporated herein by reference to the information set forth in the Companys 2011 Annual Report to Shareholders under the following captions and page numbers: Five-Year Summary of Selected Financial Data on page 17, Note A: Accounting Policies on pages 42 through 45, Note C: Folgers Merger on pages 46 and 47, and Note D: Restructuring on pages 47 and 48.
Item 7. Managements Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.
Managements discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations, including a discussion of liquidity and capital resources, and critical accounting estimates and policies, is
incorporated herein by reference to the information set forth in the Companys 2011 Annual Report to Shareholders under the caption Managements Discussion and Analysis, on pages 20 through 32.
Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.
Quantitative and qualitative disclosures about market risk are incorporated herein by reference to the information set forth in the Companys 2011 Annual Report to Shareholders under the caption Derivative Financial Instruments and Market Risk on page 31.
Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.
Consolidated financial statements of the Company at April 30, 2011 and 2010, and for each of the years in the three-year period ended April 30, 2011, with the report of independent registered public accounting firm and selected unaudited quarterly financial data, are incorporated herein by reference to the information set forth in the Companys 2011 Annual Report to Shareholders under the caption Summary of Quarterly Results of Operations on page 18 and beginning with Report of Management on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting on page 33 through Note Q: Common Shares on page 67.
Item 9. Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure.
Item 9A. Controls and Procedures.
Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures. The Companys management, including the Companys principal executive officers and principal financial officer, evaluated the effectiveness of the Companys disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rule 13a-15(e) or 15d-15(e) under the Exchange Act), as of April 30, 2011 (the Evaluation Date). Based on that evaluation, the Companys principal executive officers and principal financial officer have concluded that, as of the Evaluation Date, the Companys disclosure controls and procedures were effective in ensuring that information required to be disclosed by the Company in reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is (1) recorded, processed, summarized, and reported within the time periods specified in Securities and Exchange Commission rules and forms, and (2) accumulated and communicated to the Companys management, including the chief executive officers and chief financial officer, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.
Changes in Internal Controls. There were no changes in the Companys internal controls over financial reporting that occurred during the fourth quarter ended April 30, 2011, that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Companys internal control over financial reporting.
Managements report on internal control over financial reporting and the attestation report of the Companys independent registered public accounting firm are set forth in the Companys 2011 Annual Report to Shareholders under the heading Report of Management on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting on page 33, and under the heading Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting on page 34, which reports are incorporated herein by reference.
Item 9B. Other Information.
Item 10. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance.
The information required by this Item as to the directors of the Company, the Audit Committee, the Audit Committee financial experts, and compliance with Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act is incorporated herein by reference to the information set forth under the captions Election of Directors, Corporate Governance, Board and Committee Meetings, and Ownership of Common Shares in the Companys definitive Proxy Statement for the Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on August 17, 2011. Information required by Item 10 as to the executive officers of the Company is included in Part I of this Annual Report on Form 10-K as permitted by Instruction 3 to Item 401(b) of Regulation S-K.
The Board of Directors has adopted a Policy on Ethics and Conduct, last revised April 2005, which applies to the Companys directors, principal executive officers, principal financial officer, and principal accounting officer. The Board of Directors has adopted charters for each of the Audit, Executive Compensation, and Nominating and Corporate Governance committees and has also adopted Corporate Governance Guidelines. Copies of these documents are available on the Companys Web site (www.smuckers.com).
Item 11. Executive Compensation.
The information required by this Item is incorporated by reference to the information set forth under the captions Executive Compensation, Board and Committee Meetings, and Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation in the Companys definitive Proxy Statement for the Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on August 17, 2011.
Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters.
The information required by this Item is incorporated by reference to the information set forth under the captions Ownership of Common Shares and Equity Compensation Plan Information in the Companys definitive Proxy Statement for the Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on August 17, 2011.
Item 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence.
The information required by this Item is incorporated by reference to the information set forth under the caption Related Party Transactions in the Companys definitive Proxy Statement for the Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on August 17, 2011.
Item 14. Principal Accountant Fees and Services.
The information required by this Item is incorporated by reference to the information set forth under the captions Service Fees Paid to the Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm, and Audit Committee Pre-approval Policies and Procedures in the Companys definitive Proxy Statement for the Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on August 17, 2011.
Item 15. Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules.
Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the registrant and in the capacities and on the dates indicated.
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THE J. M. SMUCKER COMPANY
ANNUAL REPORT ON FORM 10-K
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