Wed, Apr. 15, 11:34 AM
- Organic food sales rose 11% to $35.9B in 2014, according to the Organic Trade Association.
- The revenue tally for organic food accounted for 5% of all food sales in the U.S.
- Data from the trade group indicated 90% of households on the West Coast and in New England actively buy organic food.
- The strong growth rate for organic food is part of the rationale behind Target's major food initiative.
- Organic food sellers/producers: THS, SFM, FWM, TFM, WFM, HAIN, WWAV, OTCPK:GPDB, LWAY, UNFI, GIS through Annie's.
Thu, Apr. 9, 3:51 PM
- Shares of Fairway Group (FWM +3.6%) are having a volatile day after dealReporter tips the company is considering a leveraged buyout or PIPE deal.
- The stock was 12% higher to all-time high before settling back.
- Volume on FWM is over 3X normal activity.
- Fairway has been an underperformer over the last year.
Tue, Mar. 24, 9:35 AM
- Fresh & Easy is closing stores in advance of launching a fresh-food convenience store chain.
- 30 stores in California by F&E will be shuttered as part of the initiative.
- Though details on the new C-store venture are scant, Apple store designer ADMI is reportedly working on the project.
- Fresh & Easy is owned by P-E firm Yucaipa which bought the chain from Tesco after it bled money under the direction of the British retail giant.
- Fresh & Easy has rebranded some stores in the U.S. under the Wild Oats banner and has been mentioned as an IPO candidate.
- The success of the new C-store fresh food chain will be closely watched by a large number of retail and grocery companies which could partner, mimic, or ignore the concept.
- Sprouts Farmers Market (NASDAQ:SFM), Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ:WFM), Kroger (NYSE:KR), The Fresh Market (NASDAQ:TFM), Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE:NGVC), and Fairway Group (NASDAQ:FWM) all have some skin in the game.
- There's also Target (NYSE:TGT), Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), and Costco (NASDAQ:COST) which are stressing both "fresh" and "easy" with their grocery strategy.
- AmazonFresh (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Instacart are also looking to captivate fresh food buyers with their models.
Thu, Mar. 5, 12:44 PM
- Strong reports from Kroger and Delhaize are helping to provide a lift for the grocery store sector.
- Earlier this week, privately-owned Publix reported comparable-store sales rose 6.4% in Q4.
- Comps are on the rise and margin gains are being squeezed out by operators off of the sales leverage.
- Solid gains for the day on strong volume are being seen up and down the group: Kroger (NYSE:KR) +4.9%, Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ:WFM) +1.6%, Supervalu (NYSE:SVU) +1.5%, Delhaize (NYSE:DEG) +3.7%, The Fresh Market (NASDAQ:TFM) +1.2%, Ingles Markets (NASDAQ:IMKTA) +2.3%, Fairway Group (NASDAQ:FWM) +2.6%, Roundy's (NYSE:RNDY) +14.9%.
Wed, Mar. 4, 7:43 AM
- Wedbush initiates coverage on WhiteWave Foods (NYSE:WWAV) and Hain Celestial (NASDAQ:HAIN) with Outperform ratings.
- An important development occurred this week in the sector with Target announcing it will focus on organic brands in its grocery section at the expense of well-known packaged food products.
- There was also some talk of Wal-Mart decelerating the roll-out of its small-store format.
- Some analysts have been willing to stretch out valuation on organic food stocks due to the M&A potential.
- Previously: Grocery plans from Target to veer away from typical packaged food fare (Mar. 03 2015)
- Other organic food stock plays: THS, SFM, FWM, TFM, WFM.
Mon, Mar. 2, 11:37 AM
- Ingles Markets (IMKTA +7.1%) and Weis Markets (WMK +7.8%) are making a strong move as the regional grocery store sector falls into favor.
- Fairway Group (FWM +2%), Roundy's (RNDY +0.7%), and The Fresh Market (TFM +0.8%) are also ahead of market averages.
- A slowed down roll-out of the small grocery concept from Wal-Mart is a factor in the sector, according to Supermarket News.
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- The following stocks were the Russell 2000's worst performers in 2014:
- KWK -93.5%. WLT -91.7%. AMZG -89.5%. PHMD -88.2%. EXXI -88%. RGDO -86.8%. REN -85.4%. HERO -84.7%. EOX -84.3%. MCP -94.3%. CVEO -84.2%. BPZ -84.1%. FWM -82.6%. MILL -82.2%. NADL -81.6%. VRNG -81.4%. CYTX -81%. SALT -80.5%. PRKR -80%. MBII -79.7%. NTLS -79.2%. COVS -78.9%. KEG -78.9%. MM 78 MPO -77%. ANR -76.6%. EXEL -76.5%. SZYM -76.3%. CONN -76.2%. ANV -75.5%. GALT -75.5%. ZQK -74.8%. ARO -74.5%. REXX -74.1%. GDP -74%. FUEL -73.8%. QRHC -73.7%. VTG -73.4%. RLOC -73%. XONE -72.2%.
Dec. 19, 2014, 1:03 PM
- Whole Foods Market (WFM -0.2%) sits in an ideal position to acquire smaller health and wellness chains, according to Sterne Agee.
- The company's FQ4 balance sheet showed it was light on long-term debt.
- Analyst Charles Grom identifies Fairway Markets (FWM +0.7%) and privately-held Earth Fare as potential targets for Whole Foods.
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