United Natural Foods,Inc.

  • Your Best Bet in Organics

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: SWY, UNFI, WFM

    One of the biggest trends of late has been the move to organic foods, with the consumption of organic and natural foods having grown gangbusters over the past few years. While many investors are loading their portfolios up with Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM), I think there might be a better way to play the organic food craze. 

    United Natural Foods (NASDAQ: UNFI) is the U.S.' leading distributor of more »
  • A Leading Food Distributor for Long-Term Shareholders

    By Anh HOANG - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: CORE, SYY, UNFI

    Sysco Corporation (NYSE: SYY) has just experienced a significant daily drop of nearly 6% on the market, to around $33 per share. Interestingly, famous investor Donald Yacktman accumulated Sysco for both of his funds, Yacktman Fund and Yacktman Focused Fund in the second quarter 2013. Should investors consider the recent drop as a good buying opportunity? Let’s dig deeper.

    Sluggish fourth quarter results

    The recent decline in Sysco’s more »

  • This Retailer’s Value Pricing Strategy Is Critical in Winning New Customers

    By Mark Lin - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: SFM, UNFI, WFM

    In a relatively new market like organic food, I believe the first company to gain significant market share will end up as the eventual market leader. Low prices are especially critical in gaining customer acceptance in this kind of nascent market. Listed on the first day of August 2013, Sprouts Farmers Market (NASDAQ: SFM) is one of the largest specialty retailers of natural and organic food in the U.S more »

  • Food Distribution Is a Great Business

    By Mark Yagalla - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: SYY, CHEF, UNFI

    One segment that is highly fragmented is the food-distribution business. There are many mom and pop food distributors spread out across the country. Many offer specialty items and few offer one-stop shopping for the restaurant industry. Many chefs shop from several food distributors to supply their restaurants by focusing on quality and price.

    The largest player in the segment is Sysco (NYSE: SYY) followed by privately-held US Foods. The segment more »

  • Five Things I Learned Reading Whole Food's Annual Report

    By Robert Baillieul - June 24, 2013 | Tickers: SWY, UNFI, WFM

    Digging into a company's annual report, or 10-K, is a great way to spot hidden trends that get in the headlines. 

    Last week, Fool columnist Morgan Housel illustrated this point clearly in his article 5 Things I Learned From Reading Altria's Annual Report (and his follow-up on Visa).

    So to keep the theme going, here're five interesting nuggets I learned from Whole Food's Market (NASDAQ: WFM more »

  • An Alternative Way to Play the Organic Boom

    By Robert Baillieul - June 18, 2013 | Tickers: SYY, UNFI, WFM

    When the market is in panic I like to revisit big, secular themes. And with the industry set to double in size over the next ten years, it doesn't get any bigger than organic food. 

    Of course, almost every investor knows Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) is the pure play on the booming organic grocery industry. The company is growing earnings at an 18% clip and set to triple more »

  • The Swiss Army Knives of the Stock Market

    By Adem Tahiri - June 5, 2013 | Tickers: BECN, UNFI

    Everybody loves a good growth stock. Hyper growth stocks, always the darlings of the day, seem to have everything going for them. With great revenue growth, wonderful market trends, and legions of "fanboy" analysts, what's not to love?

    But sometimes great growth dreams can turn into nightmares over night. Big name growth stocks, like Apple, are subject to enormous scrutiny. When growth slows, even a little, they can crash more »

  • Sysco Corporation: Strong Dividends Set to Continue

    By siraj sarwar - June 3, 2013 | Tickers: CORE, SYY, UNFI

    Over the year, major market indices have been rising by nearly 15%. At the end of the first quarter, many corporate earnings have reached record levels and their dividends have grown accordingly. For dividend growth investors, my goal is to point-out stocks with increasing profits and growing dividends combined with increasing payouts, at favorable valuations. I think Sysco (NYSE: SYY) meets this criteria.

    Sysco distributes a line of fresh, frozen more »

  • Will You Be On The Mark With This Core Stock Pick?

    By Mark Lin - May 30, 2013 | Tickers: CORE, SYY, UNFI

    Peter Lynch loved to visit malls to seek out investment ideas. When you see convenience stores popping up in your neighborhood, Core-Mark Holding (NASDAQ: CORE), one of the largest distributors of fresh products to convenience stores in the U.S., might come up as an interesting investment candidate. Core-Mark is benefiting from the growth in single convenience stores and the increased focus on fresh food. Furthermore, it is undervalued relative more »

  • Environmental Investing: Part 1

    By Reuben Brewer - May 30, 2013 | Tickers: COST, SYMC, UNFI, WFM

    Socially responsible investing was a big issue a decade ago. Today, the social niche that's making news is environmentally responsible investing. Green Century is one of the leading fund families in the niche, so I took a look at the company's highly rated Balanced Fund for some green stock ideas.

    Investing in Green

    Bloomberg recently published an article highlighting the emerging acceptance of environmentally friendly investing. This niche more »

  • Feasting on the Organic Movement

    By John Timmes - May 24, 2013 | Tickers: HAIN, UNFI, WFM

    The organic food movement is no longer just for hemp-clad followers of Jerry Garcia. Nowadays the business saw sales of $35 billion and 10% growth in 2012.  According to Market Line, a business information company, the organic food market is expected to grow 50% over the next five years.  In 2013, the market is expected to grow 8%, versus 2% in the conventional food market.  As the market shows no more »

  • The Health-Food Trend Could Be Healthy For Your Portfolio, Too

    By Matthew Frankel - May 21, 2013 | Tickers: SYY, UNFI, WFM

    One trend that is obvious in America is that we as a culture are becoming more and more aware of our diets, and specifically how bad they’ve been for a long time. Every time I go out to eat, or go to the grocery store, there seems to be a new way to replace something that has been a staple of my diet with a natural or organic version more »

  • Whole Foods' International Plans

    By Eric Novinson - May 9, 2013 | Tickers: HAIN, UNFI, WFM

    Whole Foods (NASDAQ: WFM) got attention with its stock split, but this health food store's international expansion potential could be the most important part of its 2Q 2013 earnings release. The grocer mentioned that it might add stores in Britain and Canada. This strategy could help Whole Foods keep growing while keeping its long term strategy on track, and recent results from Hain Celestial (NASDAQ: HAIN) suggest that this more »

  • Investing in Organic Food

    By Sam Mattera - April 2, 2013 | Tickers: BNNY, CMG, HAIN, UNFI, WFM

    The demand for organic food has exploded in the US over the last few years, and many companies have appeared to take advantage of the trend. Investors interested in organics should be familiar with a few companies in particular.

    Whole Foods (NASDAQ: WFM) is the primary publicly traded organic grocery store, while United Natural Foods (NASDAQ: UNFI) is a large distributor. Hain Celestial (NASDAQ: HAIN) owns many popular organic food more »

  • This Convenience Store Distributor Is for the Long Run

    By Anh HOANG - March 28, 2013 | Tickers: CORE, SYY, UNFI

    Since 2009, one convenience store distributor has risen consistently, from $16.90 per share in March 2009 to more than $51 per share as of now. This company is also the fourth-largest holding of Brown Advisory Small Cap Fundamental Value Fund, accounting for 3.22% of its portfolio value. The company in question is Core-Mark Holding (NASDAQ: CORE). Should investors get bullish about Core-Mark at its current price? Let’s more »

  • Good Things Come From Sysco

    By Shas Dey - March 18, 2013 | Tickers: CORE, SYY, UNFI

    The food retail and distribution segment has been growing due to the increased preference of consumers towards take out foods. The foodservice market in the United States and Canada is ~$225 billion. According to industry sources, the foodservice, or food-away-from-home, market represents approximately 46% of the total dollars spent on food purchases made at the consumer level in US. This segment is highly fragmented, and is comprised of ~15 more »

  • This Company Could Become One of Buffett's Favorites (Part 3)

    By Anh HOANG - March 9, 2013 | Tickers: CORE, SYY, UNFI

    In previous articles, I wrote about Archer Daniels Midland and Mosaic. Those two stocks belong to the Thomson Reuters' list of 28 stocks that have similar characteristics to those that Warren Buffett has bought in the past. In this article, I will talk about another consumer non-cyclical business in that list. It is Sysco (NYSE: SYY), a North American distributor of food and related products to the Foodservice, or the more »

  • Hain Celestial Remains Optimistic

    By Eric Novinson - March 2, 2013 | Tickers: BNNY, HAIN, UNFI, WFM

    Investors may have become more cautious about the health food market after Whole Foods (NASDAQ: WFM) and United Natural Foods (NASDAQ: UNFI) cut back their expectations. These announcements could have created an opportunity to pick up Terra Chips and Celestial Seasonings maker Hain Celestial (NASDAQ: HAIN) at an attractive price. Hain Celestial actually raised its own forecast last quarter. A recent study on organic tomatoes shows why Hain's products more »

  • Say It Isn't Dough

    By Gerelyn Terzo - February 10, 2013 | Tickers: BNNY, UNFI, WFM

    Since organic and natural foods company Annie's (NYSE: BNNY) issued a recall of the company's Rising Crust Frozen Pizza in January, the stock's performance has been relatively flat. The pizza was recalled because traces of metal were found in the dough as a result of a mechanical failure. Now that the company has removed the problem by switching flour suppliers, the frozen pizzas are back in the more »

  • Are Natural Foods Growing in Your Portfolio?

    By Joseph Solitro - January 31, 2013 | Tickers: UNFI

    United Natural Foods (NASDAQ: UNFI) is the leading distributor of natural and organic food products in the United States. With previous experience in food distribution, I can tell you that this company owns the natural space and there are no competitors with a fighting chance to overtake their market. This is because the main competitors, who are privately owned, are regional, while United Natural is national, enabled by their numerous more »

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