Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Health Food Stocks

Health foods are considered to be natural foods [no artificial ingredients], organic foods [grown without the use of pesticides], and whole foods [foods with very little or no processing]. Sometimes it is difficult to determine which companies should fall into the health food category, as some companies provide foods which are considered healthier than others. Included in the following list are not just owners of stores and distributors, but growers of fruits and vegetables. See if any of these stocks are healthy enough for your portfolio.

Whole Foods Market ( WFMI ) owns and operates natural and organic foods supermarkets. The stock has a P/E of 36 and a PEG of 2.16 It pays a yield of 1.50%.

Hain Celestial Group Inc. ( HAIN ) makes and sells natural and organic food products. The stock has a P/E of 29 and a PEG of 1.6.

United Natural Foods ( UNFI ) is a distributor of natural and organic foods. The stock has a P/E of 24 and a PEG of 1.22.

Lifeway Foods Inc. (LWAY) makes and sells probiotic, cultured, and non-dairy health food products, including kefir and drinkable yogurt. The stock has a P/E of 72.

Panera Bread ( PNRA ) owns and franchises bakery-cafes which sell natural fresh bread. The stock has a P/E of 24.4 and a PEG of 1.28.

Calavo Growers Inc. (CVGW) is a producer of avocados. The stock has a P/E of 41 and a PEG of 2.63 It pays a yield of 1.60%.

Chiquita Brands International Inc. (CQB) distributes and sells bananas and fresh produce. The stock has a P/E of f21 and a PEG of 8.76.

Hansen Natural Corp. (HANS) produces, markets and distributes natural sodas, fruit juices and juice drinks, and fruit juice smoothies. The stock has a P/E of 59 and a PEG of 1.06.

Maui Land & Pineapple Co. Inc. (MLP) grows, processes and sells fresh whole pineapples, pineapples used for canning, and organic pineapples. The stock has a P/E of 27.

Author does not own any of the above.

By Fred Fuld at

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