Pennsauken / NJ. (jj) J+J Snack Foods Corporation announced that the virtual shutdown of large segments of the US economy resulting from the efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) is having a material impact on its sales and operations and that it expects its results of operations to be materially negatively impacted. The Company said that it is unable to estimate what the impact will be although it said the impact will be material. In a press release dated March 12, 2020, the Company had indicated that approximately 1/3 of its annual revenue was to venues and locations that it said it believed would be primarily impacted. With the expansion of government shutdown orders, the Company now says that 2/3 of its annual revenue of approximately USD 1.2 billion is to venues and locations that have shut down or sharply curtailed their foodservice operations over the past 10 days and that, although the balance of its business may improve due to increased sales to grocery stores and other retailers, it expects the overall impact to be decidedly negative.
Gerald B. Shreiber, J+J’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, «As CDC guidelines issued over the past week along with restrictions imposed by government authorities have served to decrease peoples’ interactions hoping to reduce the spread of the virus, the impact on our business has increased . We have and are continuing to develop contingency plans to address and lessen the impact of the effects of coronavirus on our employees, our customers and our overall business. Our overriding hope, though, is that the efforts to contain the virus are successful both in this country and throughout the world.»