Management at Boston Beer (SAM) is forsaking short-term earnings in order to improve long-term growth. While sure to create some volatility in the near-term, the strategy is a sound one and should reward patient investors.
With shares of The Fresh Market (TFM) near 52-week lows, investors can begin to consider the healthy grocer for long-term growth. Despite a showdown in new store openings, the company will still remain a beneficiary of the trend towards healthy living in The United States.
For a company with such a direct focus on the domestic market, Church & Dwight (CHD) has done well in recent years to increase its international exposure. Although still primarily an American-based consumer goods company, management at Church & Dwight has a methodical plan to focus on key foreign markets and increase the company's global footprint in the years ahead.
As Panera Bread (PNRA) continues to try to stimulate growth by focusing on its customer service performance, shareholders have to be excited about management's approach. The team has identified major weaknesses in the company's operations and is in the process of not only correcting them but enhancing the overall customer experience for the future.
As the craft beer market continues to rise despite overall flat beer industry sales, no public company remains better positioned to capitalize than Boston Beer Co (SAM). The small brewer is constantly evolving its product mix and entering new markets, making long-term growth almost assured.
As the gluten-free market continues to expand, driven in part by increased awareness of celiac disease, few companies stand to benefit as much as the small-cap food producer Boulder Brands (BDBD). With a direct focus on the expanding niche market, the company is projected for serious growth going forward.