Kraft Foods Inc posted higher-than-expected quarterly profit on Tuesday as price increases, cost cuts and people eating more food at home helped boost results.
The largest North American food maker also raised its full-year profit forecast, citing its strong performance so far this year.
The maker of Oreo cookies, Maxwell House coffee and a host of other well-known products said net income attributable to Kraft Foods rose to $827 million, or 56 cents a share in the second quarter, from $745 million, or 49 cents a share, a year earlier.
Analysts, on average, forecast earnings of 54 cents per share, according to Reuters Estimates.
Kraft said it now expects 2009 earnings per share to be at least $1.93, up from an earlier view of $1.88 per share.
(Reporting by Nicole Maestri; editing by Carol Bishopric)