11 Best Food Stocks To Buy Now

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In this article, we discuss the 11 best food stocks to buy now. You can skip our detailed analysis of the food stocks and the overall industry, and go directly to read the 5 Best Food Stocks To Buy Now.

According to a report published by The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the rise in food prices reached a 10-year high this October, as the food price index averaged 133.2 points, up from 129.2 points in September. This hike in prices was seen as manufacturers faced higher costs of labor and transportation. The producer-price index gained 0.6% in October, and rose 8.6% in the past year, as reported by CNN. Moreover, the low food production due to the weather uncertainties, which is fueled by climate change, has also increased demand, resulting in higher prices. Due to this, leading food companies also increased their prices to cover the input costs, providing lucrative opportunities to investors.

According to investors and analysts, food stocks can offer good investment opportunities as they diversify the portfolio. Food processing stocks are especially gaining ground among investors as they are not much influenced by the changing seasons. In Q3, the U.S. Food Processing Industry returned 5.97%, up from 5.48% in the previous quarter. Some of the notable food stocks popular among hedge funds include PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEP), Mondelez International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MDLZ), General Mills, Inc. (NYSE:GIS), and The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ:KHC).

Our Methodology:

We picked some of the most popular food stocks among the 873 funds we tracked for the second quarter of 2021. Given the current inflationary environment and uncertainties, we preferred the stocks that pay dividends and have long-term growth potential.

11 Best Food Stocks To Buy Now

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Best Food Stocks To Buy Now

11. Unilever PLC (NYSE:UL)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 19

As of Q2, 19 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey reported owning stakes in Unilever PLC (NYSE:UL), compared with 20 in the previous quarter. The total value of these stakes is over $844.2 million, up from $826.8 million in the previous quarter.

Unilever PLC (NYSE:UL) reported its earnings for the first half of 2021 on July 21. The company posted an EPS of €1.33, beating the consensus by €0.08.

On November 3, Unilever PLC (NYSE:UL) announced its quarterly dividend at €0.493 per share. The stock’s current dividend yield stands at 3.62%. Recently, Bernstein upgraded Unilever PLC (NYSE:UL) to Market Perform, highlighting the company’s improving pipeline.

Fiduciary Management mentioned Unilever PLC (NYSE:UL) in its Q2 2021 investor letter. Here is what the firm has to say:

“New opportunities… when, where, and why? As disciplined investors, we find ourselves leaning into the wind time and again, and 2021 has been no different. Given the weakness in emerging markets, companies with significant revenue in emerging markets provided a handful of interesting opportunities. For example, we added to our position in Unilever PLC, a blue‐chip consumer staple. The company’s large emerging market exposure (over 50% of revenue), which, historically, had been viewed positively by the market due to better long‐term growth prospects, has weighed on the stock more recently. Growth is expected to rebound as these geographies recover, and the stock trades at a meaningful discount to its peers.”

10. Celsius Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CELH)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 20

Celsius Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CELH) hit its all-time low of $3.84 per share in April 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic but has since bounced back. Celsius Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CELH) is a beverage holding company that provides thermogenic calorie-burning beverages.

In Q3, Celsius Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CELH) reported revenue of $94.9 million, beating the estimates by $19.9 million. The company made it to our list of the best food stocks to buy now as it reported a 157% growth in sales, driven by optimization and the opening of new stores. Recently, B. Riley lifted its price target on Celsius Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CELH) to $130, while reiterating a Buy rating on the shares.

At the end of Q2 2021, 20 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on Celsius Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CELH), with stakes valued at $232.8 million. In the previous quarter, 15 hedge funds had stakes in the company, highlighting a positive hedge fund sentiment.

Like PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEP), Mondelez International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MDLZ), General Mills, Inc. (NYSE:GIS), and The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ:KHC), analysts and investors are also paying attention to Celsius Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CELH) in the food sector.

9. Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE:HRL)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 24

Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE:HRL) is a global branded food company. Recently, JPMorgan mentioned the company as one of those in the sector that could increase its operating margin from price increases. The firm upgraded the stock to Neutral, with a $42 price target.

On September 27, Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE:HRL) announced its quarterly dividend of $0.245 per share. The stock’s dividend yield stands at 2.39%. In Q2, the company reported revenue of $2.86 billion, up 20.2% from the prior-year quarter.

Of the 873 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey, 24 hedge funds reported owning stakes in Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE:HRL) in Q2, compared with 26 in the previous quarter. The total value of these stakes is over $562.4 million. AQR Capital Management was the company’s leading shareholder in Q2, with shares worth $154.2 million.

8. Conagra Brands, Inc. (NYSE:CAG)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 29

Conagra Brands, Inc. (NYSE:CAG) is an American consumer packaged goods company that sells products in supermarkets, restaurants, and foodservice organizations. It remains one of the best food stocks to buy as analysts appreciated the company’s increasing revenue strength.

At the end of Q2, 29 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey reported owning stakes in Conagra Brands, Inc. (NYSE:CAG), compared with 30 in the previous quarter. These stakes are valued at $576.2 million. JANA Partners is the company’s leading shareholder in Q3, owning over 8 million shares.

Conagra Brands, Inc. (NYSE:CAG) announced its Q3 earnings on October 7 and posted an EPS of $0.50, beating the analysts’ expectations by $0.01. This September, Credit Suisse upgraded Conagra Brands, Inc. (NYSE:CAG) to Neutral while keeping a $34 price target. The company’s quarterly dividend stands at $0.3125 per share, with a dividend yield of 3.48%.

7. Kellogg Company (NYSE:K)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 32

Kellogg Company (NYSE:K), an American multinational food manufacturing company, declared its quarterly dividend on October 29, at $0.58 per share. The stock’s dividend yield stands at 3.72%.

This September, Morgan Stanley assumed its coverage of Kellogg Company (NYSE:K) with an Equal Weight rating and a $64 price target. The company beat analysts’ expectations in Q3 as it reported revenue of $3.62 billion, versus the estimates of $3.54 billion. Kellogg Company (NYSE:K) also reported a 5.1% quarter-over-quarter growth in organic sales.

As of Q2, 32 hedge funds in the database of Insider Monkey reported having stakes in Kellogg Company (NYSE:K), the same as in the previous quarter. The total value of these stakes is over $482.2 million.

6. Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAFM)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 33

Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAFM) is a poultry processing company and the third-largest producer of poultry in the U.S. Due to the increasing demand for poultry by customers and retail grocery stores, Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAFM) remains one of the best food stocks to buy now.

Magnetar Capital is the largest shareholder of Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAFM) in Q3, with shares worth roughly $146 million. Overall in Q2, the company presented a positive hedge fund sentiment, as 33 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on the stock, up from 18 in the previous quarter.

On September 23, the company’s board declared a quarterly dividend of $0.44 per share. The stock’s current dividend yield stands at 0.92%. This October, Consumer Edge upgraded the stock to Overweight, while keeping a $203 price target.

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