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COVID-19-Related Growth Led to Soaring U.S. Packaged Food Valuations; We Still See Pockets of Value

Erin Lash, CFA Sector Director

Analyst Note

| Erin Lash, CFA |

While growth abounded for domestic food manufacturers as consumers rushed to stock up on essential wares as COVID-19 took hold, it hasn’t been a pure panacea for this intensely competitive space. And we think the future trajectory hinges on which of the trends that took center stage the past few years will hold. In this context, while we concede many consumers honed their cooking skills while sheltering at home, as busy schedules resume, we think food consumption will revert such that a greater portion of budgets are expended outside of the home, in line with prepandemic levels. Further, although grocers simplified shelf assortments to maximize productivity during the peak in demand, we think variety will return as supply chains normalize.

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Hain Celestial makes better-for- you natural and organic consumer products, with 67% of fiscal 2021 revenue considered grocery, 16% snacks, 10% personal care, and 7% tea. Some of the company's most recognized U.S. brands (48% of sales) are Celestial Seasonings, Terra, Garden of Eatin', Sensible Portions, Greek Gods yogurt, and Earth's Best baby food. Hain also maintains several market- leading brands in the U.K. (31% of sales), such as Ella's Kitchen baby food, New Covent Garden soup, Linda McCartney's plant-based meats, Sun-Pat nut butters, and Hartley's fruit spreads. Its products can be found in traditional grocery stores, natural foods supermarkets, specialty health stores, mass-market retailers, club warehouses, drugstores, convenience stores, restaurants, and e-commerce sites.

1111 Marcus Avenue, Lake Success
New York, NY, 11042
T +1 516 587-5000
Sector Consumer Defensive
Industry Packaged Foods
Most Recent Earnings Sep 30, 2021
Fiscal Year End Jun 30, 2021
Stock Type Slow Growth
Employees 3,087