3 Promising Nutritional Companies: Annie’s, Reeds, Stevia First
One of the best ways for investors to generate a consistent and substantial return is to look for developing themes, both domestically and internationally. Over the past five years, one of the most prominent themes has been the rise of companies focused on nutritional eating and drinking. This is particularly true in regards to today’s youth. Over the last 30 years, the amount of children struggling with obesity has more than doubled. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (or, CDC) reports that from 1980 to 2010, the number of obese children aged 6 to 11 has increased from 7 percent to 18 percent. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12 to 19 who were obese increased from 5 percent to 18 percent over the same period.
Obesity is becoming more prevalent because of increased caloric intake, lack of exercise, and more sedentary lifestyles. This is a dangerous trend and one that many companies are fighting to stop. Three unique companies that might have the potential to reverse the rising obesity rates are Annie’s (NYSE:BNNY), Reeds (NYSE:REED), and Stevia First Corporation (STVF.PK).
Annie’s is a rapidly growing natural and organic food company with a widely recognized brand, offering consumers great-tasting products made from high-quality ingredients at affordable prices. The products typically appeal to health-conscious consumers who prefer to stay away from foods that contain artificial flavors, synthetic colors, and preservatives. The company currently sells more than 125 products in over 25,000 locations across North America.
Annie’s prides itself on using the healthiest, most nutritional ingredients possible. In essence, this means organic. Studies have shown that organic foods have increased levels of Vitamin C, antioxidants, and polyphenols. Additionally, consumers that eat strictly organic foods are likely to reduce their exposure to pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Researchers have found that pesticide residues were present in only 7 percent of organic foods compared to a whopping 38 percent of conventional foods.