It is important to understand that correlation does not imply causation. Many profitable companies boast of popular, well-known brands, but that does not necessarily mean that customers are loyal to popular brands or are willing to pay more for branded products. J. M. Smucker (NYSE: SJM) is a leading player in the domestic packaged food industry engaged in the manufacturing of jams and other processed foods.
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Hershey’s (NYSE: HSY) stock has appreciated approximately 120% over the past three years. However, this should have been expected considering the broader market’s bull run. The question now is whether or not Hershey is capable of continuing to reward investors going forward.
Not swimming naked
Though Hershey is similar to most stocks throughout the broader market over the past years in the fact that it has handsomely rewarded more »
B&G Foods (NYSE: BGS) is a packaged and processed foods company with a number of brands and an impressive range of food products. Its strategy of growing through acquisitions has always helped it in increasing its customer base in its various markets in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.
A look at the company's product portfolio reveals over 30 established brands like Mrs Dash, Cream Of Wheat more »
In a saturated coffee market filled with heavyweights such as Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) and Dunkin' Donuts (NASDAQ: DNKN), Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (NASDAQ: GMCR) continues to carve out a niche for itself, posting stratospheric growth in the process.
In the past three years, Green Mountain's annual earnings have grown an average of 77% and most recently, for its second fiscal quarter of 2013, it reported EPS of $0.93 more »
I love almonds, so when I discovered WhiteWave Foods (NYSE: WWAV), Blue Diamond Growers, and others produced almond milk, it was bye bye soy milk. And when I tasted Hain Celestial's (NASDAQ: HAIN) almond butter, it was adios to peanut butters, such as J.M. Smucker's (NYSE: SJM) All Natural.
I'm hardly alone, as global demand for almonds and almond milk is soaring, while demand for almond more »
When a company raises its dividend, it is a sign of confidence.
However, is this sign of confidence misleading, or are these companies really presenting a good opportunity?
5 Year Div. Raise
5 Year Stock Performance
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Wakey, wakey, eggs and bacey!! Time to pad downstairs and slug some joe. Ohhh noooo! Out of coffee?! No home brew to take the edge off?! If you're like 60% of Americans, this is a disaster as we need our morning java. Over 100 million Americans, or 83% slug down a cup of joe every single day, creating an $18 billion specialty coffee market in the U.S. alone more »
JM Smucker (NYSE: SJM) has had success producing and marketing popular brands like Folgers, Jif, and Smucker’s. Since it was founded in 1897, the company has been a family-run business that has offered consumers quality food. While family management might not always the best management for investors, Smucker family members have been effective executives.
When a company goes public, the founding family can find it hard to more »
Spam is a household name yet Hormel Foods (NYSE: HRL), the maker of Spam, is not that well known a company. The popular canned meat is widely consumed both in the United States and internationally. The stock of Spam took a tumble after the company cut its full year outlook but then it has been inching up since then. While the company still faces some headwinds in high pork prices more »
“Tall, Grande or Venti?” the barista asked with a smile. After taking a moment to contemplate how long my day would be, I decided upon a Venti. I removed three dollars and change from my pocket, and placed it on the counter. Thank you, Starbucks. Today will be a good day.
In a controversial move, the American Medical Association, or AMA, voted on June 18 to classify obesity as a "disease."
I don't doubt that many AMA members have good intentions (others' motives are, perhaps, not so pure). However, I think the move is ill-advised.
Investment implications: the law of unintended consequences
When there's a major policy change -- either governmental or influential industry group -- there are usually investment implications more »
After the firing of George Zimmer, Men's Wearhouse's founder and face of the company, hit the wires Panera Bread co-Founder and co-CEO Ron Shaich posted his opinion on LinkedIn that a founder has much more invested in a company and will try his/her best to do right by their creation.
More interesting is what happens after a founder passes the baton to his family, who may not more »
A filing with the SEC has disclosed that the wife of Timothy Smucker bought 1,000 shares of J.M. Smucker (NYSE: SJM) on June 21 at an average price of $101.05 per share. Smucker is the chairman of the company’s Board of Directors -- he owns over half a million shares of the company directly -- and so, this transaction had to be reported to the SEC as an more »
As I write this, the price of coffee, both Arabica and Robust, is trading at multi-year lows and 60% below the highs seen back in 2011.
The reason for this? Well, there are several. First off is oversupply, as record prices in the past few years have drawn farmers into coffee farming but long growing times and the yield, which lasts for about two years, have contributed to oversupply in more »
The food industry is the bellwether of an economy, as it's supposed to be the last to be hit by a recession. The point is, consumer staples shall always be one of the safest bets for an investor. Take a look at these mouthwatering winners.
The greatest players in any profession often make their job look effortless. Whether it was Michael Jordan on the court, George Carlin weaving political satire, or Warren Buffett's prophetic visions of the economy, the genius of what they do comes in the mastery of fundamentals.
As the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, Buffett's investing strategy is well known. Buy understandable businesses with solid value and assured growth at great more »
Exide filed for bankruptcy protection after efforts to restructure following the loss of Wal-Mart as a customer didn't pan out. The largest retailer in the world is a big customers for a lot of companies, which is why it's a good idea to see who else could feel the sting of losing Wal-Mart.
The 800 lb Gorilla
Wal-Mart is a giant in the retail space. It sells everything more »
Shares of J.M. Smucker (NYSE: SJM) have appreciated nearly 40% over the last year. But unlike most food companies, its impressive financial performance has been totally driven by organic growth. Now that its shares appear to be fairly valued, the Street is questioning the sustainability of its rally. However, here are four reasons why J.M. Smucker appears to be a great investment, even at its current valuations.
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J.M. Smucker (NYSE: SJM) saw its stock pushed down some 4% last week after releasing fiscal fourth-quarter earnings results. However, with Smucker's leading position in the peanut butter and coffee markets, now could be a great buying opportunity. Many of Smucker's products are consumer staples, but what's more is that the company has a leading position in many its niche product markets.
First-quarter earnings came in more »
Recently, B&G Foods (NYSE: BGS) announced that it has agreed to spend around $195 million in cash to add Pirate Brands to the company’s brand portfolio. Since the beginning of the year, B&G has gained nearly 11%, lagging the S&P 500’s return of more than 14%. Is B&G Foods a good investment after the recent deal? Let’s take a closer look.
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