In a down economy, investors often turn to Consumer Staples that are more insulated from economic cycles.
Key in this sector are food stocks; after all, we still have to eat. Wednesday, ConAgra beat analyst expectations and today Erin Burnett interviews Kendall Powell, the CEO from General Mills .
What follows is a list of some of the biggest food related companies and how they have performed YTD.
Let's start with consumer packaged foods and beverages. Both General Mills and Conagra are manufacturers of some of the biggest consumer brands like Cheerios and Betty Crocker from GIS and Hebrew National and Orville Redenbacher from CAG. The biggest packaged food company is Nestle.