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SOURCE G. Willi-Food International Ltd.
YAVNE, Israel, October 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
G. Willi-Food International Ltd. (NASDAQ: WILC) (the "Company" or "Willi-Food"), a global company that specializes in the development, marketing and international distribution of kosher foods, today announced that it expects revenue growth of approximately 10% for the quarter ended September 30, 2013 compared to revenue in the third quarter of 2012, based on a preliminary assesment of the financial results.
"In the third quarter we were again able to achieve organic growth as market demand for our kosher products continues to expand. Despite the fact that this year the entire Jewish new year holiday season was in September, significantly shortening the working month in Israel, we continued to gain traction with new customers while product sales to existing customers continued to grow," commented Zwi Williger, Chairman of Willi-Food. "Our growth in the third quarter was particularly impressive given that food consumption in Israel decreased overall by 3.2% in the third quarter of 2013 as compared to the third quarter of 2012, according to AC Nielsen Israel. Our strategy to organically grow our customer base and product line appears to be working."
Willi-Food expects to release its financial results for the third quarter on November 6, 2013.
The Company will host a conference call and live webcast on November 6, 2013 to discuss the financial results begining at 11:00 AM Eastern Time. Interested parties may participate on the call by dialing 1-877-941-8416 (US), or 1-480-629-9808 (International), approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. Paricipants may also access a live listen only webcast at:
Following the conclusion of the call, a telophonic replay will be available for 14 days beginning at 2:00 PM Eastern Time on November 6, 2013 through 11:59 PM Eastern Time on November 20, 2013 and may be accessed by dialing 1-877-870-5176 (US), or 1-858-384-5517 (International), using access code 4645872. In addition, an archived webcast will be available for one year at:
About G. Willi-Food International Ltd.
G. Willi-Food International Ltd. (http://www.willi-food.com) is an Israeli-based company specializing in high-quality, great-tasting kosher food products. Willi-Food is engaged directly and through its subsidiaries in the design, import, marketing and distribution of over 600 food products worldwide. As one of Israel's leading food importers, Willi-Food markets and sells its food products to over 1,500 customers in Israel and around the world including large retail and private supermarket chains, wholesalers and institutional consumers. The company's operating divisions include Willi-Food in Israel and Gold Frost, a wholly owned subsidiary who designs, develops and distributes branded kosher, dairy-food products.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 relating to future events or our future performance, such as statements regarding trends, demand for our products and expected sales, operating results, and earnings. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied in those forward-looking statements. These risks and other factors include but are not limited to: monetary risks including changes in marketable securities or changes in currency exchange rates- especially the NIS/U.S. Dollar exchange rate, payment default by any of our major clients, the loss of one of more of our key personnel, changes in laws and regulations, including those relating to the food distribution industry, and inability to meet and maintain regulatory qualifications and approvals for our products, termination of arrangements with our suppliers, in particular Arla Foods, loss of one or more of our principal clients, increase or decrease in global purchase prices of food products, increasing levels of competition in Israel and other markets in which we do business, changes in economic conditions in Israel, including in particular economic conditions in the Company's core markets, our inability to accurately predict consumption of our products and changes in consumer preferences, our inability to protect our intellectual property rights, our inability to successfully integrate our recent acquisitions, insurance coverage not sufficient enough to cover losses of product liability claims and risks associated with product liability claims. We cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. The matters discussed in this press release also involve risks and uncertainties summarized under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2012, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 30, 2013. These factors are updated from time to time through the filing of reports and registration statements with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We do not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.
G. Willi Food International Ltd.
Raviv Segal, CFO
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