food & beverage companies hedge fund managers love

from seeking alpha: Food and beverage companies tend to be a somewhat safe bet. Many people will continue to buy their favorite soda or snack food no matter how tight money gets. This fact tends to translate into a beta that is around 0.50, give or take, meaning the companies in this industry tend to be roughly half as volatile as the market. And, because growth tends to be slow, there is typically a dividend involved. All in all, food and beverage companies are pretty decent investments – the only question is which ones to buy…

The Coca-Cola Company (KO)
Kraft Foods, Inc. (KFT)
PepsiCo, Inc. (PEP)
Campbell Soup Co. (CPB)
Dean Foods Company (DF)
Sara Lee Corp. (SLE)
Constellation Brands, Inc. (STZ)

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