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Calavo Growers, Inc. (CVGW), Seneca Foods Corp (SENEA), National Beverage Corp. (FIZZ): A Trio Of Pepper-Uppers for Your Portfolio

At a trailing P/E of 11.01 Seneca Foods Corp (NASDAQ:SENEA) is certainly outperforming Dole with its negative EPS of $2.57. Seneca Foods reminds me of a wannabe B&G Foods, Inc. (NYSE:BGS) having purchased a small fruit processor, Independent Foods, in January. It has an insider hold of 18.67%.

In January institutions sold over 11% of shares possibly on valuation concerns after that run up from $21.00 in June to $30.00 by January. EPS growth rate for the last five years has been a listless -6.40% but in 2012 earnings grew from -$0.17 to $1.32 by year end and that same period revenues grew from $271 million to $452 million.

In the last year the company has been introducing new products such as oatmeal with fruit, fruit in glass, and single serve fruits in plastic cups as canned fruit consumption declines as mentioned in the 2012 annual report. Note: the annual report states it does not hedge or use derivatives to manage interest rate or commodity risks.

Will you join the thousands of happy, peppy investors?

Calavo Growers, Inc. (NASDAQ:CVGW) is my favorite to pep up a pooped portfolio with that yield and the almost insatiable demand for their salsa and avocado products. Its performance as seen on the chart is amazing. National Beverage Corp. (NASDAQ:FIZZ) is interesting as a possible takeout and for its special dividends.  Seneca Foods Corp (NASDAQ:SENEA) has the lowest P/E, but has really run so wait for a sale.

AnnaLisa Kraft has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks mentioned.

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