Q: Hi, Pat. I am a longtime Inner Circle member and I would like your opinion on two Vanguard consumer ETFs—VDC and VCR. Thanks.

A: Vanguard Consumer Discretionary ETF, $159.56, symbol VCR on New York, aims to track the MSCI US IMI Consumer Discretionary 25/50 Index. That index follows U.S. consumer discretionary companies. Those firms, in the manufacturing and service industries, are highly sensitive to economic cycles. The manufacturing… Read More

Tap into expanding food demand

Consumers spend about $5 trillion per year on food worldwide. That amount should continue to rise steadily as the global population further expands and household incomes increase. The best food companies will take advantage of opportunities to widen their profits as consumers eat more outside… Read More

Mondelez has an overlooked asset

One key to our success is that we look for stocks with hidden or under- appreciated assets. In Mondelez’s case, it recently turned its minority stake in a European coffee maker into a significant holding in Keurig Dr Pepper. It’s the seventh-largest food and beverage… Read More

Mondelez bucks the trend

MONDELEZ INTERNATIONAL INC. $43 (Nasdaq symbol MDLZ; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 1.5 billion; Market cap: $64.5 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.4; Dividend yield: 2.4%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.mondelezinternational.com) makes cookies and crackers (Oreo, Ritz), chocolate bars (Cadbury, Toblerone), gum and candy (Trident, Dentyne) and… Read More

Here are five possible takeover targets

PepsiCo’s $3.2 billion U.S. takeover bid for SodaStream International Ltd.—maker of the world’s leading home carbonation system—highlights growing consolidation in the food-and-beverage industry.
Big players are eager to spur growth—either by swapping their sugary offerings for more healthful trendy treats or by gobbling up and then… Read More

Unusual acquisition strategy feeds B&G Foods’ growth

Unusual acquisition strategy feeds B&G Foods’ growth

Pat McKeough recently replied to one of his Inner Circle Members who wanted his opinion on a firm that takes an unusual approach to growth in the packaged food business.

B&G Foods manufactures and sells many well-known brands. But it has also furthered its growth… Read More