Mondelez International Oreo bisquits are seen in this illustration taken
Mondelez International Oreo bisquits are seen in this illustration taken July 26, 2021. Reuters

Mondelez International Inc raised its full-year results forecasts on Tuesday and rolled out more price hikes as people continued to snack on the Oreo maker's chocolates and biscuits even as the treats got more expensive.

The company's shares jumped nearly 4% in late trading as it also trumped Wall Street targets for third-quarter results.

"We see consumers saying that chocolate is really something they cannot live without," Chief Executive Dirk Van de Put said on a post-earnings call.

Mondelez joins a host of food companies including Cheerios maker General Mills Inc and soda giants Coca-Cola Co and PepsiCo Inc in boosting its annual forecasts on the back of higher prices, as shoppers remained willing to indulge on "affordable luxuries" despite decades-high inflation.

Still, Mondelez is battling a volatile environment in its European market, which recorded a 2.4% fall in quarterly revenues, as consumers tighten their belts amid soaring rent and energy costs.

The Sour Patch candy maker said some high-margin product lines in France and across Europe were impacted by disruptions around pricing from retailers.

But strong demand in emerging markets and North America helped Mondelez post an adjusted profit of 74 cents per share on revenue of $7.76 billion for the third quarter, both exceeding Refinitiv IBES estimates.

"Third quarter's a charm," J.P. Morgan analyst Ken Goldman wrote in a note, adding that the results are a win for the stock.

Mondelez now expects 2022 organic net revenue to increase more than 10%, up from a prior estimate for an over 8% jump.

It also forecast 2022 adjusted profit per share would grow more than 10% on a constant-currency basis, compared with its previous expectation for mid-to-high single-digit growth.