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Best Consumer Staple Stocks to Buy Now (2022)
Top consumer staple stocks in 2022 ranked by overall Zen Score. See the best consumer staple stocks to buy now, according to analyst forecasts for the consumer defensive sector.

Sector: Consumer Defensive
Ticker
Company
Exchange
Industry
Zen Score
Market Cap
Price
1d %
EBITDA
P/E
D/E
SAFM
SANDERSON FARMS INC
NASDAQ
Packaged Foods
$4.13B$185.23-1.57%$1.01B6.48x0.27
MTEX
MANNATECH INC
NASDAQ
Household & Personal Products
$54.59M$28.000.00%$10.16M7.07x1.58
IBA
INDUSTRIAS BACHOCO SAB DE CV
NYSE
Farm Products
$2.30B$46.25-1.57%$438.62M9.30x0.37
ALCO
ALICO INC
NASDAQ
Farm Products
$303.88M$40.17-3.62%$87.56M5.31x0.68
MNST
MONSTER BEVERAGE CORP
NASDAQ
Beverages - Non-Alcoholic
$45.88B$86.62-2.93%$1.84B33.70x0.19
AFYA
AFYA LTD
NASDAQ
Education & Training Services
$1.03B$11.20-5.25%$141.85M21.54x1.17
DAR
DARLING INGREDIENTS INC
NYSE
Packaged Foods
$12.57B$77.82-3.22%$1.23B18.27x0.91
TGT
TARGET CORP
NYSE
Discount Stores
$74.73B$161.61-24.93%$11.97B11.36x3.20
CCEP
COCA-COLA EUROPACIFIC PARTNERS PLC
NASDAQ
Beverages - Non-Alcoholic
$23.63B$51.79-3.05%$2.50B21.68x3.11
BON
BON NATURAL LIFE LTD
NASDAQ
Packaged Foods
$41.57M$4.99-2.35%$6.12M7.23x0.38
LND
BRASILAGR
NYSE
Farm Products
$637.81M$6.23-4.01%$241.74M7.65x0.57
NUS
NU SKIN ENTERPRISES INC
NYSE
Household & Personal Products
$2.28B$45.34-3.82%$339.75M16.43x1.03
NWL
NEWELL BRANDS INC
NASDAQ
Household & Personal Products
$8.55B$20.67-10.40%$1.41B12.30x2.57
PRDO
PERDOCEO EDUCATION CORP
NASDAQ
Education & Training Services
$722.18M$10.50-1.04%$170.46M6.52x0.24
LOPE
GRAND CANYON EDUCATION INC
NASDAQ
Education & Training Services
$2.84B$87.77-1.10%$344.38M14.85x0.30
BTTR
BETTER CHOICE CO INC
NYSEMKT
Packaged Foods
$61.96M$2.11-2.76%$16.36M1.29x0.36
ACU
ACME UNITED CORP
NYSEMKT
Household & Personal Products
$117.10M$33.262.31%$18.80M9.16x0.97
SMPL
SIMPLY GOOD FOODS CO
NASDAQ
Packaged Foods
$3.77B$37.54-6.45%$162.77M56.88x0.49
WILC
G WILLI FOOD INTERNATIONAL LTD
NASDAQ
Food Distribution
$239.76M$17.290.00%$20.78M20.68x0.13
MMMB
MAMAMANCINI's HOLDINGS INC
NASDAQ
Packaged Foods
$49.69M$1.39-12.58%$3.33M17.38x0.69
STRA
STRATEGIC EDUCATION INC
NASDAQ
Education & Training Services
$1.61B$64.45-0.65%$159.82M29.43x0.37
JJSF
J&J SNACK FOODS CORP
NASDAQ
Packaged Foods
$2.28B$118.86-3.46%$132.37M36.46x0.32
HSY
HERSHEY CO
NYSE
Confectioners
$42.70B$207.69-7.86%$2.41B28.41x2.65
CELH
CELSIUS HOLDINGS INC
NASDAQ
Beverages - Non-Alcoholic
$4.25B$56.45-3.64%$6.75M434.23x0.51
COKE
COCA-COLA CONSOLIDATED INC
NASDAQ
Beverages - Non-Alcoholic
$4.58B$488.86-6.97%$497.70M19.95x3.26
DIT
AMCON DISTRIBUTING CO
NYSEMKT
Food Distribution
$96.79M$165.512.51%$25.66M5.74x1.21
LRN
STRIDE INC
NYSE
Education & Training Services
$1.59B$37.21-2.67%$235.51M17.31x1.02
JBSS
SANFILIPPO JOHN B & SON INC
NASDAQ
Packaged Foods
$838.74M$72.77-1.19%$94.92M14.79x0.78
FIZZ
NATIONAL BEVERAGE CORP
NASDAQ
Beverages - Non-Alcoholic
$4.52B$48.48-1.96%$245.20M27.70x1.08
AQB
AQUABOUNTY TECHNOLOGIES INC
NASDAQ
Farm Products
$90.31M$1.27-7.30%-$21.11M-3.97x0.06
K
KELLOGG CO
NYSE
Packaged Foods
$23.42B$69.32-5.61%$2.71B15.30x3.77
COST
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORP
NASDAQ
Discount Stores
$190.32B$429.40-12.45%$9.66B34.52x2.22
KO
COCA COLA CO
NYSE
Beverages - Non-Alcoholic
$265.30B$61.20-6.96%$15.83B25.82x2.71
LANC
LANCASTER COLONY CORP
NASDAQ
Packaged Foods
$3.34B$121.25-7.30%$165.69M36.30x0.32
CL
COLGATE PALMOLIVE CO
NYSE
Household & Personal Products
$63.44B$75.71-3.88%$3.49B31.29x46.71
SENEA
SENECA FOODS CORP
NASDAQ
Packaged Foods
$469.29M$55.59-3.39%$118.33M8.32x0.69
PFGC
PERFORMANCE FOOD GROUP CO
NYSE
Food Distribution
$6.76B$43.62-6.17%$699.40M92.81x2.74
IMKTA
INGLES MARKETS INC
NASDAQ
Grocery Stores
$1.62B$85.52-6.72%$511.93M5.72x0.90
IPAR
INTER PARFUMS INC
NASDAQ
Household & Personal Products
$2.25B$70.57-4.85%$156.08M23.52x0.69
TSN
TYSON FOODS INC
NYSE
Farm Products
$30.64B$84.75-7.65%$6.89B7.42x0.88
DG
DOLLAR GENERAL CORP
NYSE
Discount Stores
$46.29B$202.26-11.11%$3.86B19.75x3.20
OLLI
OLLIE's BARGAIN OUTLET HOLDINGS INC
NASDAQ
Discount Stores
$2.72B$43.46-5.13%$229.49M17.81x0.53
UG
UNITED GUARDIAN INC
NASDAQ
Household & Personal Products
$87.66M$19.084.84%$5.68M20.08x0.21
SPTN
SPARTANNASH CO
NASDAQ
Food Distribution
$1.19B$33.22-4.70%$205.22M16.05x1.82
BTI
BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO PLC
NYSE
Tobacco
$104.82B$42.67-2.20%$15.61B10.64x1.07
TPB
TURNING POINT BRANDS INC
NYSE
Tobacco
$501.83M$27.67-2.95%$90.22M10.14x3.75
LINC
LINCOLN EDUCATIONAL SERVICES CORP
NASDAQ
Education & Training Services
$142.30M$5.22-1.32%$49.68M5.74x1.14
ANDE
ANDERSONS INC
NASDAQ
Food Distribution
$1.26B$37.32-3.34%$331.68M13.14x3.51
FLO
FLOWERS FOODS INC
NYSE
Packaged Foods
$5.37B$25.37-5.76%$438.87M26.15x1.31
ACI
ALBERTSONS COMPANIES INC
NYSE
Grocery Stores
$13.75B$27.10-7.32%$4.89B9.93x8.30
FREE
WHOLE EARTH BRANDS INC
NASDAQ
Packaged Foods
$263.21M$6.28-7.24%$62.11M16.10x1.72
CCU
UNITED BREWERIES CO INC
NYSE
Beverages - Brewers
$2.42B$13.10-2.02%$370.38M10.41x1.09
PM
PHILIP MORRIS INTERNATIONAL INC
NYSE
Tobacco
$164.59B$106.18-0.11%$13.24B18.37x-4.95
PETS
PETMED EXPRESS INC
NASDAQ
Pharmaceutical Retailers
$423.77M$20.20-4.49%$31.17M18.70x0.20
PG
PROCTER & GAMBLE CO
NYSE
Household & Personal Products
$347.99B$145.04-6.23%$21.10B24.54x1.63
MDLZ
MONDELEZ INTERNATIONAL INC
NASDAQ
Confectioners
$84.34B$60.94-7.27%$6.88B20.25x1.41
VGR
VECTOR GROUP LTD
NYSE
Tobacco
$1.86B$12.00-3.77%$429.37M8.51x-2.09
WMT
WALMART INC
NYSE
Discount Stores
$336.90B$122.43-6.79%$31.08B24.99x1.84
LW
LAMB WESTON HOLDINGS INC
NYSE
Packaged Foods
$9.01B$62.40-3.18%$650.80M38.76x9.45
PEP
PEPSICO INC
NASDAQ
Beverages - Non-Alcoholic
$226.28B$163.65-6.20%$17.90B22.27x4.10
KMB
KIMBERLY CLARK CORP
NYSE
Household & Personal Products
$44.65B$132.51-4.44%$3.22B25.48x25.27
RLX
RLX TECHNOLOGY INC
NYSE
Tobacco
$3.04B$1.94-2.02%$421.45M8.58x0.21
EWCZ
EUROPEAN WAX CENTER INC
NASDAQ
Household & Personal Products
$1.37B$21.58-16.16%$43.85M166.00x1.49
INGR
INGREDION INC
NYSE
Packaged Foods
$6.12B$92.37-2.80%$915.00M12.57x1.22
SJM
J M SMUCKER CO
NYSE
Packaged Foods
$13.92B$128.36-10.49%$1.40B24.08x0.93
MO
ALTRIA GROUP INC
NYSE
Tobacco
$96.32B$53.20-1.92%$5.93B32.44x-23.86
CENT
CENTRAL GARDEN & PET CO
NASDAQ
Packaged Foods
$2.44B$44.24-2.92%$378.36M15.69x1.59
UL
UNILEVER PLC
NYSE
Household & Personal Products
$116.21B$44.20-3.62%$11.38B17.07x3.24
MGPI
MGP INGREDIENTS INC
NASDAQ
Packaged Foods
$2.10B$95.55-3.34%$176.55M18.59x0.58
DLTR
DOLLAR TREE INC
NASDAQ
Discount Stores
$30.12B$133.80-14.42%$2.53B22.95x1.81
UVV
UNIVERSAL CORP
NYSE
Tobacco
$1.54B$62.670.85%$213.32M15.44x0.94
KOF
COCA COLA FEMSA SAB DE CV
NYSE
Beverages - Non-Alcoholic
$11.81B$54.05-4.32%$1.92B14.53x1.19
NBEV
NEWAGE INC
NASDAQ
Beverages - Non-Alcoholic
$52.71M$0.36-14.52%$32.39M-4.49x0.83
SFM
SPROUTS FARMERS MARKET INC
NASDAQ
Grocery Stores
$2.52B$22.98-5.90%$577.65M10.35x1.96
SPB
SPECTRUM BRANDS HOLDINGS INC
NYSE
Household & Personal Products
$3.47B$85.06-6.53%$174.60M34.30x3.60
FAMI
FARMMI INC
NASDAQ
Packaged Foods
$47.97M$0.09-3.37%$2.53M4.30x0.03
CPB
CAMPBELL SOUP CO
NYSE
Packaged Foods
$13.94B$46.22-8.07%$1.71B15.20x2.58
GIS
GENERAL MILLS INC
NYSE
Packaged Foods
$40.69B$67.57-7.32%$3.82B17.88x2.15
WBA
WALGREENS BOOTS ALLIANCE INC
NASDAQ
Pharmaceutical Retailers
$35.56B$41.17-8.39%$10.43B5.67x2.29
GO
GROCERY OUTLET HOLDING CORP
NASDAQ
Grocery Stores
$3.38B$35.03-4.81%$162.62M60.40x1.64
DTEA
DAVIDSTEA INC
NASDAQ
Packaged Foods
$52.59M$1.990.00%$81.60M0.67x0.63
APEI
AMERICAN PUBLIC EDUCATION INC
NASDAQ
Education & Training Services
$272.47M$14.451.76%$51.99M17.84x0.82
LAUR
LAUREATE EDUCATION INC
NASDAQ
Education & Training Services
$2.09B$12.14-0.41%$549.35M7.68x1.11
UNFI
UNITED NATURAL FOODS INC
NYSE
Food Distribution
$2.31B$39.65-6.92%$722.88M9.72x3.63
KDP
KEURIG DR PEPPER INC
NYSE
Beverages - Non-Alcoholic
$48.97B$34.52-4.03%$4.26B20.31x1.01
CHEF
CHEFS' WAREHOUSE INC
NASDAQ
Food Distribution
$1.36B$35.67-4.32%$74.86M91.46x2.08
HFFG
HF FOODS GROUP INC
NASDAQ
Food Distribution
$287.60M$5.54-4.15%$37.38M19.79x0.89
JVA
COFFEE HOLDING CO INC
NASDAQ
Packaged Foods
$16.04M$2.81-2.43%$2.05M18.73x0.49
AGRO
ADECOAGRO SA
NYSE
Farm Products
$1.15B$10.32-5.75%$580.81M6.64x1.61
DEO
DIAGEO PLC
NYSE
Beverages - Wineries & Distilleries
$118.14B$184.68-4.00%$5.58B29.21x3.41
FMX
MEXICAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INC
NYSE
Beverages - Brewers
$16.00B$74.05-3.37%$4.38B104.30x1.53
HELE
HELEN OF TROY LTD
NASDAQ
Household & Personal Products
$4.41B$184.89-9.94%$318.22M19.94x1.13
TWNK
HOSTESS BRANDS INC
NASDAQ
Packaged Foods
$2.90B$20.98-6.09%$264.06M21.85x1.01
NOMD
NOMAD FOODS LTD
NYSE
Packaged Foods
$3.56B$20.49-2.89%$452.13M16.46x1.65
WAFU
WAH FU EDUCATION GROUP LTD
NASDAQ
Education & Training Services
$9.66M$2.181.16%$1.42M12.08x0.64
BG
BUNGE LTD
NYSE
Farm Products
$16.89B$111.29-4.46%$2.95B8.26x2.33
CYAN
CYANOTECH CORP
NASDAQ
Packaged Foods
$17.53M$2.83-0.46%$4.11M10.11x0.63
AKO.B
ANDINA BOTTLING CO INC
NYSE
Beverages - Non-Alcoholic
$1.72B$10.86-3.79%$296.19M9.07x1.71
NAII
NATURAL ALTERNATIVES INTERNATIONAL INC
NASDAQ
Packaged Foods
$64.15M$10.430.68%$17.58M6.10x0.59
CALM
CAL-MAINE FOODS INC
NASDAQ
Farm Products
$2.24B$45.77-5.28%$75.61M123.70x0.24

Consumer Staple Industries

IndustryStocks1d %1w %1m %1y %Zen ScoreP/E ratioP/B RatioROEROAROCEUpside/DownsideConsensus
7-4.99%-0.33%-6.01%-58.71%26.10x1.52x+9.41%+4.15%+10.01%+59.41%Buy
17-5.67%-0.51%+0.60%+16.27%26.75x6.78x+43.92%+10.61%+18.98%+25.03%Buy
9-5.10%-1.64%-8.61%-5.18%-149.74x8.13x+21.60%+5.27%+11.65%+16.53%Buy
4-7.25%-6.37%-7.02%+12.38%23.17x4.06x+30.31%+9.57%+15.66%+8.98%Buy
9-13.23%-13.38%-23.43%-5.96%25.55x5.18x+26.32%+7.72%+17.82%+32.20%Buy
47-3.15%+0.82%-6.14%-37.63%8.36x1.18x-20.52%+0.66%+1.22%+48.05%Buy
24-4.68%-0.77%-11.75%-1.73%11.81x1.73x+16.15%+6.89%+13.26%+19.80%Strong Buy
11-2.75%-1.13%-6.77%+8.59%46.25x4.88x+47.90%+3.58%+12.06%+18.23%Buy
12-5.53%-3.90%-8.23%+8.03%15.70x3.31x+26.92%+3.42%+4.81%+20.72%Buy
31-5.82%-2.77%-8.74%-15.30%26.33x7.90x+85.00%+11.03%+20.53%+25.50%Buy
66-5.14%-1.34%-9.94%-21.70%22.08x2.36x+15.25%+5.23%+10.08%+26.68%Buy
11-6.67%-2.84%-13.98%-47.50%5.39x1.36x+10.81%+5.81%+10.40%+75.88%Buy
8-0.94%+3.43%+0.99%-7.08%19.68x4.70x-261.17%+13.14%+33.25%+15.42%Buy

Consumer Staple Stocks FAQ

What are the best consumer staple stocks to buy right now in May 2022?

According to Zen Score, the 3 best consumer staple stocks to buy right now are:

1. SANDERSON FARMS (NASDAQ:SAFM)


SANDERSON FARMS (NASDAQ:SAFM) is the top consumer staple stock with a Zen Score of 65, which is 30 points higher than the consumer staple sector average of 35. It passed 25 out of 38 due diligence checks and has strong fundamentals. SANDERSON FARMS has seen its stock return 7.55% over the past year, overperforming other consumer staple stocks by 25 percentage points.

SANDERSON FARMS has an average 1 year price target of $203.00, an upside of 9.59% from SANDERSON FARMS's current stock price of $185.23.

SANDERSON FARMS stock has a consensus Hold recommendation according to Wall Street analysts. Of the 5 analysts covering SANDERSON FARMS, 0% have issued a Strong Buy rating, 0% have issued a Buy, 100% have issued a Hold, while 0% have issued a Sell rating, and 0% have issued a Strong Sell.

2. MANNATECH (NASDAQ:MTEX)


MANNATECH (NASDAQ:MTEX) is the second best consumer staple stock with a Zen Score of 64, which is 29 points higher than the consumer staple sector average of 35. It passed 23 out of 38 due diligence checks and has strong fundamentals. MANNATECH has seen its stock return 39.86% over the past year, overperforming other consumer staple stocks by 57 percentage points.

3. INDUSTRIAS BACHOCO SAB DE CV (NYSE:IBA)


INDUSTRIAS BACHOCO SAB DE CV (NYSE:IBA) is the third best consumer staple stock with a Zen Score of 62, which is 27 points higher than the consumer staple sector average of 35. It passed 23 out of 38 due diligence checks and has strong fundamentals. INDUSTRIAS BACHOCO SAB DE CV has seen its stock lose -1.09% over the past year, overperforming other consumer staple stocks by 17 percentage points.

INDUSTRIAS BACHOCO SAB DE CV has an average 1 year price target of $51.00, an upside of 10.27% from INDUSTRIAS BACHOCO SAB DE CV's current stock price of $46.25.

INDUSTRIAS BACHOCO SAB DE CV stock has a consensus Strong Buy recommendation according to Wall Street analysts. Of the 1 analyst covering INDUSTRIAS BACHOCO SAB DE CV, 100% have issued a Strong Buy rating, 0% have issued a Buy, 0% have issued a Hold, while 0% have issued a Sell rating, and 0% have issued a Strong Sell.

What are the consumer staple stocks with highest dividends?

Out of 100 consumer staple stocks that have issued dividends in the past year, the 3 consumer staple stocks with the highest dividend yields are:

1. BRIGHT SCHOLAR EDUCATION HOLDINGS (NYSE:BEDU)


BRIGHT SCHOLAR EDUCATION HOLDINGS (NYSE:BEDU) has an annual dividend yield of 16%, which is 13 percentage points higher than the consumer staple sector average of 3.13%.

BRIGHT SCHOLAR EDUCATION HOLDINGS's dividend payout ratio of -170.7% indicates that its high dividend yield might not be sustainable for the long-term.

2. UNITED BREWERIES (NYSE:CCU)


UNITED BREWERIES (NYSE:CCU) has an annual dividend yield of 15.9%, which is 13 percentage points higher than the consumer staple sector average of 3.13%. UNITED BREWERIES's dividend payout is not stable, having dropped more than 10% seven times in the last 10 years. UNITED BREWERIES's dividend has shown consistent growth over the last 10 years.

UNITED BREWERIES's dividend payout ratio of 165.6% indicates that its high dividend yield might not be sustainable for the long-term.

3. BRASILAGR (NYSE:LND)


BRASILAGR (NYSE:LND) has an annual dividend yield of 14.62%, which is 11 percentage points higher than the consumer staple sector average of 3.13%. BRASILAGR's dividend payout is not stable, having dropped more than 10% five times in the last 10 years. BRASILAGR's dividend has shown consistent growth over the last 10 years.

BRASILAGR's dividend payout ratio of 59.8% indicates that its high dividend yield is sustainable for the long-term.

Why are consumer staple stocks down?

Consumer staple stocks were down -5.99% in the last day, and down -2.98% over the last week. TARGET was the among the top losers in the consumer defensive sector, dropping -24.93% yesterday.

Target shares are trading lower after the company reported worse-than-expected Q1 EPS and a reported a drop in operating income margin rate.

What are the most undervalued consumer staple stocks?

Based on WallStreetZen's Valuation Score, the 3 most undervalued consumer staple stocks right now are:

1. MANNATECH (NASDAQ:MTEX)


MANNATECH (NASDAQ:MTEX) is the most undervalued consumer staple stock based on WallStreetZen's Valuation Score. MANNATECH has a valuation score of 100, which is 64 points higher than the consumer staple sector average of 36. It passed 7 out of 7 valuation due diligence checks.

MANNATECH's stock has gained 39.86% in the past year. It has overperformed other stocks in the consumer staple sector by 57 percentage points.

2. LIFEVANTAGE (NASDAQ:LFVN)


LIFEVANTAGE (NASDAQ:LFVN) is the second most undervalued consumer staple stock based on WallStreetZen's Valuation Score. LIFEVANTAGE has a valuation score of 100, which is 64 points higher than the consumer staple sector average of 36. It passed 7 out of 7 valuation due diligence checks.

LIFEVANTAGE's stock has dropped -49.45% in the past year. It has underperformed other stocks in the consumer staple sector by -32 percentage points.

3. NATURES SUNSHINE PRODUCTS (NASDAQ:NATR)


NATURES SUNSHINE PRODUCTS (NASDAQ:NATR) is the third most undervalued consumer staple stock based on WallStreetZen's Valuation Score. NATURES SUNSHINE PRODUCTS has a valuation score of 100, which is 64 points higher than the consumer staple sector average of 36. It passed 7 out of 7 valuation due diligence checks.

NATURES SUNSHINE PRODUCTS's stock has dropped -37.1% in the past year. It has underperformed other stocks in the consumer staple sector by -20 percentage points.

Are consumer staple stocks a good buy now?

42.27% of consumer staple stocks rated by analysts are a strong buy right now. On average, analysts expect consumer staple stocks to rise by 28.42% over the next year.

What is the average p/e ratio of the consumer defensive sector?

The average P/E ratio of the consumer defensive sector is 12.1x.
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