NEW YORK, Jan. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- SunOpta, Inc. (NASDAQ: STKL) - is a company to watch in 2014. With revenues of over $1.2 Billion and profitable, this under known company is about to be discovered by investors everywhere. Trading currently at $9.61, STKL holds plenty of potential to be had. The company currently employees approximately 1,830 employees and has facilities located globally. The company operations in North America, in Europe, in Africa, in the Far East, and engages in business in approximately 60 countries.
The United States Department for Agriculture (USDA) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) recognize the two countries' organic standards as equivalent. Under these standards, only products with organic content greater than or equal to 95% may be labelled as 'organic', or bear the country's organic seal.
SunOpta unlike Monsanto and some of its other competitors, sources and provides products that are 100% certified non-GMO. This provides SunOpta with a large competitive advantage compared to its peers in that it will be able to provide products that are labelled as 100% organic in almost all the geographical regions it caters to. This competitive advantage makes SunOpta a very attractive business to be acquired by larger entities such as the Hain Celestial Group, which would want to acquire SunOpta in order to enhance their organic credentials and to comply with the organic label requirements.
The organic food sector in the US has recently witnessed consolidation of the industry, with larger players buying smaller entities in order to grow their revenue and the product mix.
Recent acquisitions show that there is a growing appetite for increased consolidation in the organic food sector, with larger players try to increase their product mix and geographic reach, by buying smaller entities. SunOpta is well positioned to attract interest from larger players in the sector, especially players who want to obtain a larger product mix, to gain easier entry into growing geographic regions, for obtaining supply chain certainty, and for products that contain no-GMO, and as a result, could be marketed as a premium product to end consumers. In particular, the ability for SunOpta to sell its product range throughout its geographic reach as certified 100% organic without incurring any additional costs to comply with regulation, is an extremely attractive proposition for any company thinking of acquiring an organic food producer.
A free and comprehensive analyst research report on STKL which includes Key features of the Organic Food market, Evaluation of organic business, Influence of regulation, Demand for SunOpta's products, Industrial Consolidation, analyst summary and Price Target can be viewed in its entirety here: http://bit.ly/AnalystReportSTKL copy and paste to browser may be required
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