• Organic & Natural Food Retailers: How Do The Players Stack Up?

    By BA McKenna - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: NGVC, SFM, TFM, WFM

    Consumers have increasingly been gobbling up organic foods, driving U.S. sales from $11 billion in 2004 to $27 billion in 2012. Organic food sales grew at an annual rate of 7.4% in 2012, more than double the growth rate for all food sales. Given organics account for less than 5% of overall grocery sales, there's still plenty of growth potential left. 

    Since going public in 1992, first-mover more »

  • This IPO Sprouted Too High

    By Mark Holder - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: NGVC, SFM, TFM, WFM | Editor's Choice

    After the 123% gain following the IPO, Sprouts Farmers Market (NASDAQ: SFM) appears to have sprouted too far for new investors. The company offers a compelling shopping experience and attractive pricing, but can it grow fast enough to justify a market cap exceeding $6 billion with revenue of only $2 billion last year.

    Sprouts competes in the fast growing and suddenly competitive natural and organic grocery sector against the likes more »

  • What the Sprouts IPO Tells Investors About Whole Foods

    By Eric Novinson - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: NGVC, SFM, TFM, WFM

    Grocery stores that sell organic food remain popular with investors. Sprouts Farmers Market (NASDAQ: SFM) more than doubled in price on its first trading day. Whole Foods (NASDAQ: WFM) now has another publicly traded peer that could attempt aggressive price competition to capture market share. Sprouts also helps illustrate the current opportunities and threats for Whole Foods.

    The Health Food Market

    Sprouts' prospectus supports the argument that the health food more »

  • Is This Pricey Grocer Worth It?

    By Mark Holder - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: NGVC, SFM, TFM, WFM

    With the smashing success of the Sprouts Farmers Market (NASDAQ: SFM) IPO, one has to wonder if the Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE: NGVC) stock is undervalued. Natural Grocers has a faster growth rate and the stock didn’t have the same IPO pop.

    The company competes in the quickly growing natural and organic grocery sector against the likes of Sprouts, The Fresh Market (NASDAQ: TFM) and Whole Foods more »

  • Add This Grocer to Your Portfolio for Healthy Returns

    By usha patodia - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: NGVC, TFM, WFM

    Organic food is “in” now. Consumers are becoming more health conscious and are preferring organic and natural-food products over fast food. The organic food industry has been growing rapidly by 10% every year, contributing more than $30 billion to the U.S. market alone. This is certainly good news for the undisputed king of organic food grocers--Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM). Shares of Whole Foods increased by around 10 more »

  • Where Did My Money Go?

    By David Paxton - July 18, 2013 | Tickers: NGVC, KR, WFM

    Reporting periods are exciting times for investors. Did my company beat or miss earnings? Are prices up or down? Should I sell my shares or buy more? What is an investor to do after the adrenalin rush of reporting season is over? I find this a perfect time to take a step back and ask the following question...

    Where did my money go?

    This is a question every investor should more »

  • Deja Vu All Over Again

    By David Paxton - July 14, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, FDX, NGVC, TSLA, TTS, WMT

    Sometimes, many times actually, I cannot bring myself to read the newspaper or watch the nightly news because of their never ending stream of doom and glum. I will not waste your time by sharing some headlines, as I am sure you are well aware of what I am talking about. As an investor, reading the news could prevent you from investing in the stock market on a regular basis more »

  • Five Things to Know About This Healthy Grocer

    By Eric Novinson - July 11, 2013 | Tickers: NGVC, TFM, WFM

    Shares of Natural Grocers (NYSE: NGVC) have recently skyrocketed. Like its larger peers Whole Foods (NASDAQ: WFM) and The Fresh Market, (NASDAQ: TFM) Natural Grocers benefits from demand for healthier products. Natural Grocers isn't just a smaller version of another health food store, though. This grocery store has its own strengths and weaknesses, and five topics hold particular importance.

    Insider ownership

    The Isely family took Natural Grocers public last more »

  • Why Does This Potential Acquisition Look Like a Steal?

    By Mike Thiessen - July 1, 2013 | Tickers: NGVC, TFM, WFM

    With barely a year gone by since its IPO, awkwardly named Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE: NGVC) has experienced impressive stock-price appreciation and displayed solid fundamentals. Meanwhile, the company itself continues to expand at a rapid clip. Despite its relatively small size and unusual business model, NGVC is already being branded as "the next Whole Foods." Indeed, the company has made no secret of its desire to compete with more »

  • This Niche Industry Continues to Defy Skeptics

    By Robert Hanley - June 25, 2013 | Tickers: NGVC, TFM, WFM

    According to data provider Nielson, the organic and natural food segment now accounts for roughly 13% of the grocery business’ total sales. While organic products were once considered to be a passing fad, they have entered the mainstream due to an aging population’s need for improved health through diet. In addition, a rise in childhood health problems, including food allergies, is prompting parents to rethink their children’s food more »

  • Don't Check Out of These Grocers

    By Mark Yagalla - June 4, 2013 | Tickers: NGVC, SWY, TFM, KR, WFM

    As more Americans get more health conscious, the trend toward buying organic, locally-sourced food is increasing. Even as the U.S. economy struggled, the trend toward specialty grocers increased. Americans still want to be healthy and have found that quality food is worth the money. This trend is benefiting grocers Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM), The Fresh Market (NASDAQ: TFM), and Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE: NGVC).

    The organic more »

  • Is This Stock the Next Whole Foods?

    By Robert Baillieul - May 30, 2013 | Tickers: NGVC, TFM, WFM

    Investors are like fishermen; they all have a story about the big one that got away. 

    For many it's the same tale with Whole Foods (NASDAQ: WFM). Since the company went public in 1992, the stock has returned over 3,000%. This has left many investors playing fruitless games of 'woulda coulda shoulda' and searching for the next big winner.

    And it's in this hunt that has brought more »

  • What's Best of Breed in the Organic Aisle?

    By Robert Baillieul - May 20, 2013 | Tickers: FWM, NGVC, TFM, WFM

    Once the domain of hippies and yuppies, organic food have gone mainstream. As part of the overall theme in healthy living, organic grocery sales have grown 15% in the past year creating a remarkable opportunity for investors. 

    But what's the best way to play this trend? A few years ago Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) was the only public pure-play on organic supermarkets. But recently there's been a more »

  • Why This Grocer Could Make You a Whole Bunch of Money

    By Joseph Solitro - April 12, 2013 | Tickers: NGVC, TFM, WFM

    Over the last six months, shares of Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) have fallen 18.8%. But this company's earnings growth and potential rewards far exceed its risks, suggesting that its current sell-off could be overblown.

    The fall from $100.45 to $81.50

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    Shares dropped 9.7% on Feb. 14 after the company updated its 2013 guidance. Management said it expects revenue growth between 10% and 11%, which more »

  • What's Growing at Whole Foods

    By Adam Levy - April 10, 2013 | Tickers: NGVC, KR, WFM

    Whole Foods’ (NASDAQ: WFM) stock has come under pressure lately. Since releasing its earnings forecast in February below analysts’ expectations, the stock has fallen about 14%. Adding to the pressure is a downgrade from Piper Jaffray at the end of last month. Worries of slowing sales growth and compressed margins have some investors afraid. But as the Fool’s favorite investor wisely said, be greedy when others are fearful. That more »

  • A Whole Lot of Money to be Made

    By Joseph Solitro - April 8, 2013 | Tickers: NGVC, TFM, WFM

    Over the last six months, Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) has fallen 18.8%. The selling is well overdone and it is time for a rebound and strong run higher. The growth of earnings and potential reward of this company far exceeds the risks and I think it should be bought right now.

    The fall from $100.45 to $81.50

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    We saw a 9.7% drop on Feb. 14 more »

  • Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottages and Two Competitors in the Natural Foods Marketplace

    By Meryl Baer - January 28, 2013 | Tickers: NGVC, TFM, WFM

    Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottages (NYSE: NGVC) is a chain of grocery stores offering natural and organic foods and personal care products. The company, based in Colorado, is expanding but has not yet reached east of the Mississippi River. Therefore millions of us have never seen a Natural Grocers store or heard of the company. Currently there are about 60 stores reaching from Missouri west to Idaho, south to Arizona more »

  • Wal-Mart Limits Consumers' Options for Gluten-Free Foods

    By Tyler Wofford - January 20, 2013 | Tickers: NGVC, KR, WMT, WFM

    Over 1.8 million American's have celiac disease. Celiac is a disease in which chronic failure to digest food is triggered by hypersensitivity of the small intestine to gluten. As crazy as it sounds, a Mayo Clinic study recently showed that only 400,000 celiacs know they have the disease. With this said, it should also be noted that over 1.6 million people choose to eat a gluten-free more »

  • This Grocer's Stock Will Double in Two Years

    By Palwasha Saaim - December 31, 2012 | Tickers: NGVC, SWY, KR, WMT, WFM

    Before I reveal to you the stock that's likely doubling in two years’ time, I want you to make sure that you recognize the logo below, because if you don't then you're missing out on a huge phenomenon taking place, as of now, in the North Americas and slowly in the world beyond.

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    The logo represents the products that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has certified more »

  • Supermarkets Adopt Expansion Plans

    By Gerelyn Terzo - December 6, 2012 | Tickers: NGVC, TGT, VLGEA

    Internet grocery shopping has taken the supermarket sector by storm. Research firm IBIS World cited in Supermarket News pegs market growth in this segment at nearly 10% a year, which will value the Internet grocery shopping opportunity at nearly $10 billion in the next 5 years. Domestic and international supermarkets are bracing for the growth and streamlining operations so that they are positioned to benefit.  

    Expansion in the grocery market more »

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