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In light of low bond yields and the threat of interest rate risk, investing in dividends companies is attractive because of higher present yields and the opportunity for dividend growth. Income investors searching for growing dividends could benefit by adding food and drink stocks to their portfolios.

The following dividend paying stocks were screened for their long term performance. Each of the following chemical companies pays a dividend in excess of the 10-year treasury yield and had over a 5% average annual increase in dividend payments over the past 10 years. Thus, each of these dividend stocks pays more than treasuries and has a long-term trend of dividend growth, which is better than the static interest payments on fixed-rate treasuries.

Price multiples, dividend histories, and return of equity hisoties are provided below:

Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. (CALM) recently traded at $36.67 per share. At this price level, the stock has a 2.6% dividend yield. For 10 out of the past 10 fiscal years, a share of CALM paid a total of $4.40 in dividends. Of these dividend payments, a total of $4.21 were paid in the last five years.

CALM shareholders have seen a 0.6% change in share price over the past year. At present, shares of this small cap stock trade at a price-to-book ratio of 2.0, a price-to-earnings multiple of 13.1, and a price-to-sales multiple of 0.8 (trailing twelve months). Over the past decade shareholders savored a 18.7% average annual return on equity.

General Mills, Inc. (GIS) recently traded at $40.64 per share. At this price level, the stock has a 3.0% dividend yield. For 10 out of the past 10 fiscal years, a share of GIS paid a total of $7.39 in dividends. Of these dividend payments, a total of $4.45 were paid in the last five years.

GIS shareholders have seen a 1.3% change in share price over the past year. At present, shares of this large cap stock trade at a price-to-book ratio of 4.0, a price-to-earnings multiple of 17.3, and a price-to-sales multiple of 1.7 (trailing twelve months). Over the past decade shareholders savored a 23.8% average annual return on equity.

Hormel Foods Corp. (HRL) recently traded at $28.97 per share. At this price level, the stock has a 2.1% dividend yield. For 10 out of the past 10 fiscal years, a share of HRL paid a total of $3.16 in dividends. Of these dividend payments, a total of $1.98 were paid in the last five years.

HRL shareholders have seen a 0.1% change in share price over the past year. At present, shares of this mid cap stock trade at a price-to-book ratio of 2.9, a price-to-earnings multiple of 16.8, and a price-to-sales multiple of 1.0 (trailing twelve months). Over the past decade shareholders savored a 16.9% average annual return on equity.

Hershey Co. (HSY) recently traded at $61.48 per share. At this price level, the stock has a 2.2% dividend yield. For 10 out of the past 10 fiscal years, a share of HSY paid a total of $9.53 in dividends. Of these dividend payments, a total of $5.83 were paid in the last five years.

HSY shareholders have sustained a -0.2% change in share price over the past year. At present, shares of this large cap stock trade at a price-to-book ratio of 15.0, a price-to-earnings multiple of 22.8, and a price-to-sales multiple of 2.3 (trailing twelve months). Over the past decade shareholders savored a 48.3% average annual return on equity.

The Coca-Cola Company (KO) recently traded at $66.99 per share. At this price level, the stock has a 2.8% dividend yield. For 10 out of the past 10 fiscal years, a share of KO paid a total of $12.04 in dividends.

KO shareholders have endured a -3.4% change in share price over the past year. At present, shares of this large cap stock trade at a price-to-book ratio of 4.6, a price-to-earnings multiple of 12.4, and a price-to-sales multiple of 3.3 (trailing twelve months). Over the past decade shareholders savored a 32.1% average annual return on equity.

Lancaster Colony Corporation (LANC) recently traded at $69.3199 per share. At this price level, the stock has a 2.1% dividend yield. For 10 out of the past 10 fiscal years, a share of LANC paid a total of $10.19 in dividends.

LANC shareholders have seen a 0.2% change in share price over the past year. At present, shares of this small cap stock trade at a price-to-book ratio of 3.6, a price-to-earnings multiple of 18.3, and a price-to-sales multiple of 1.7 (trailing twelve months). Over the past decade shareholders savored a 17.4% average annual return on equity.

Nash Finch Co. (NAFC) recently traded at $28.7 per share. At this price level, the stock has a 2.5% dividend yield. For 10 out of the past 10 fiscal years, a share of NAFC paid a total of $5.90 in dividends. Of these dividend payments, a total of $3.60 were paid in the last five years.

NAFC shareholders have sustained a -2.0% change in share price over the past year. At present, shares of this small cap stock trade at a price-to-book ratio of 0.9, a price-to-earnings multiple of 8.4, and a price-to-sales multiple of 0.1 (trailing twelve months). Over the past decade shareholders enjoyed a 8.5% average annual return on equity.

Pepsico, Inc. (PEP) recently traded at $64.4 per share. At this price level, the stock has a 3.2% dividend yield. For 10 out of the past 10 fiscal years, a share of PEP paid a total of $11.58 in dividends.

PEP shareholders have sustained a -2.6% change in share price over the past year. At present, shares of this large cap stock trade at a price-to-book ratio of 4.3, a price-to-earnings multiple of 16.2, and a price-to-sales multiple of 1.6 (trailing twelve months). Over the past decade shareholders savored a 34.8% average annual return on equity.

The J. M. Smucker Company (SJM) recently traded at $78.83 per share. At this price level, the stock has a 2.4% dividend yield. For 10 out of the past 10 fiscal years, a share of SJM paid a total of $11.09 in dividends.

SJM shareholders have seen a 1.2% change in share price over the past year. At present, shares of this mid cap stock trade at a price-to-book ratio of 1.7, a price-to-earnings multiple of 19.8, and a price-to-sales multiple of 1.7 (trailing twelve months). Over the past decade shareholders enjoyed a 9.7% average annual return on equity.

Sysco Corp. (SYY) recently traded at $29.47 per share. At this price level, the stock has a 3.7% dividend yield. For 10 out of the past 10 fiscal years, a share of SYY paid a total of $7.05 in dividends. Of these dividend payments, a total of $4.55 were paid in the last five years.

SYY shareholders have seen a 0.9% change in share price over the past year. At present, shares of this large cap stock trade at a price-to-book ratio of 3.7, a price-to-earnings multiple of 15.0, and a price-to-sales multiple of 0.4 (trailing twelve months). Over the past decade shareholders savored a 32.6% average annual return on equity.

Molson Coors Brewing Company (TAP) recently traded at $43.94 per share. At this price level, the stock has a 2.9% dividend yield. For 10 out of the past 10 fiscal years, a share of TAP paid a total of $6.31 in dividends. Of these dividend payments, a total of $4.04 were paid in the last five years.

TAP shareholders have seen a 2.7% change in share price over the past year. At present, shares of this mid cap stock trade at a price-to-book ratio of 1.0, a price-to-earnings multiple of 13.7, and a price-to-sales multiple of 2.4 (trailing twelve months). Over the past decade shareholders savored a 10.3% average annual return on equity.

Clearly there are some attractive dividend yields and long term track records of ROE and dividend growth on the menu.

Source: 11 Fattening Dividends From Food And Drink Stocks