The Fresh Market

  • Good For Your Health, But Is Going Organic Good For Your Portfolio?

    By Jamison Hill - August 18, 2013 | Tickers: BNNY, SFM, TFM, WWAV, WFM

    Living in a notoriously organic-friendly place—the San Francisco Bay Area—nothing “earthy” surprises me anymore. Not even a catchy slogan. Driving down a rural road the other day, I passed one of the more clever bits of organic food promotion I have seen. The witty phrase was posted on the side of a fruit stand urging shoppers, "Don't Panic, It's Organic." Slogans like these, which started as more »

  • 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 »

  • Go for the Green With Organic Markets

    By Kyle Colona - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: HAIN, TFM, WFM

    Organic and natural food markets continue to expand their brands. And this is good for consumers’ health and investors’ wallets. Organic food and product shops have grown significantly for several years in terms of revenue and earnings growth while gaining market share in the retail grocery sector.

    Based on the outlook of a number of these brands including Whole Foods Markets (NASDAQ: WFM), The Fresh Market (NASDAQ: TFM), and The 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 »

  • Organic Does Taste Better

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: IMKTA, TFM, WFM

    The organic food craze has been great for investors over the years. Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) is one of the biggest benefactors. The stock has been a four bagger over the past five years, having returned an annualized 38% over this time. 

    Whole Foods owns and operates the largest U.S. chain of natural- and organic- foods supermarkets. The news of late has been great, with the company posting 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 »

  • Two Grocery Companies to Buy, One to Avoid

    By Shweta Dubey - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: CASY, SWY, TFM

    World food retail market performance will grow at an estimated CAGR of 5.5% for the period of 2011-2016, a slight decline from 5.7% for the period 2007-2011. Grocery stores are facing stiff competition and price wars. Companies are battling these obstacles with strategies like expansion and store remodeling.

    Three grocery stores are currently working on these strategies, which will improve their margins as well as profitability.

    Strategic initiatives more »

  • You Want Organic Growth? Go Buy Some Vegetables at Whole Foods!

    By Ryan Gilbert - July 12, 2013 | Tickers: HTSI, TFM, KR, WFM

    The Kroger Co's (NYSE: KR) recent acquisition of Harris Teeter Supermarkets (NYSE: HTSI) brought a lot of attention and investors to the stock. The $2.5 billion deal seems like a smart move at first glance, but after some analysis, it looks to be a dumb idea. And just when you think it's a poor acquisition, you start to see a method to Kroger's madness. Because upon more »

  • Is This Grocer a Good Bet?

    By Ash Sharma - July 12, 2013 | Tickers: TFM, VSI, WFM

    Whole Foods Market's (NASDAQ: WFM) stock price has increased by 24.66% in the last three months. It has established itself as a market leader in the Natural and Organic Food segment of the US retail industry. The company recently reported second quarter results in which its comparable sales increased by 6.9% and revenue increased by 13.4%. It has focused on increased value offerings with long term 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 »

  • 7 Core Growth Stocks for Your Portfolio - Whole Foods

    By Robert Baillieul - July 9, 2013 | Tickers: TFM, WMT, WFM

    Investors can prime their portfolio for success by building on a collection of core growth stocks. Remarkable businesses with the potential to deliver a decade or more of great returns. But to be considered a core holding, a company requires 1) a sustainable competitive advantage and 2) a visible growth trajectory. In this series, I'll present seven companies that can perform that role.

    Imagine the Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFMmore »)

  • Why You Should Still Consider These Grocery Stores

    By Damon Churchwell - July 9, 2013 | Tickers: FWM, HTSI, TFM, KR

    What's next for the grocery-store industry? With many of the constituents' stocks recently soaring to unforeseen levels, they appear to still have positive momentum. Investors can likely continue to benefit from climbing profitability, as well as the reinvestment of cash flow in the form of dividends and repurchases unfolding at these companies. A look at several, across a range of market capitalizations, should help to decide where to invest more »

  • Food Fight: 3 Grocery Stocks You Need to See

    By Ben Popkin - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: SWY, TFM, KR

    Supermarkets are an essential part of the way we live. Unless you farm, you probably frequent your nearby grocery store.  An investment in this industry could mean good returns in the long run.

    Based on a report by the Food Marketing Institute, the average American purchases groceries 2.2 times a week. These shoppers buy over $600 billion worth of food every year.  While growth might not be as rapid more »

  • Painting a Target on the Organics Business

    By Chad Henage - July 1, 2013 | Tickers: TGT, TFM, KR, WFM

    In case anyone thought that organic food sales was just a passing craze, Target (NYSE: TGT) is giving even more credence to the category by launching its own brand of organics called Simply Balanced. The fact that Target is launching an organic store brand is news enough, but what investors need to understand is how this new brand could affect Target's future growth as well as its competition’s 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 »

  • Buying Green Is All About Saving Money, Not the Earth

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: TFM, WHR, WFM

    Is anyone really surprised  the results of a Yale University survey showed most "green" behavior is more about saving money than the environment?

    What does it mean to go "green" ?

    The survey showed half of Americans deliberately bought an energy efficient kitchen appliance with 75% intending to do so with their next purchase.

    Of respondents surveyed 42% said they have bought organic food and 80% intend to do so (sure 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 »

  • Stores Growth and New Private Label Products Make this Retailer a Good Buy

    By Ash Sharma - June 13, 2013 | Tickers: TFM, VSI, WFM

    Vitamin Shoppe (NYSE: VSI) is expanding its store base through new store openings and an acquisition strategy. The company has acquired Super Supplement this year and with its investment in a new distribution center is looking for long-term benefits. Its new private-label product "Mytrition" has also been a good growth driver for the company in the first quarter of this fiscal year. The company is looking to increase footfalls in more »

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