Comparing Nestle (NSRGY) & United Natural Foods (UNFI)

Nestle (OTCMKTS: NSRGY) and United Natural Foods (NASDAQ:UNFI) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and valuation.


This table compares Nestle and United Natural Foods’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nestle N/A N/A N/A
United Natural Foods 1.61% 8.49% 4.83%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Nestle and United Natural Foods’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Nestle $91.22 billion 2.73 $7.30 billion N/A N/A
United Natural Foods $9.27 billion 0.24 $130.15 million $3.07 14.46

Nestle has higher revenue and earnings than United Natural Foods.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

1.4% of Nestle shares are held by institutional investors. 1.4% of United Natural Foods shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


Nestle pays an annual dividend of $1.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. United Natural Foods does not pay a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Nestle and United Natural Foods, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nestle 0 2 0 0 2.00
United Natural Foods 4 9 5 0 2.06

United Natural Foods has a consensus price target of $44.67, suggesting a potential upside of 0.64%. Given United Natural Foods’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe United Natural Foods is more favorable than Nestle.

Volatility & Risk

Nestle has a beta of 0.58, suggesting that its stock price is 42% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, United Natural Foods has a beta of 1.45, suggesting that its stock price is 45% more volatile than the S&P 500.


United Natural Foods beats Nestle on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Nestle

Nestle S.A. is a nutrition, health and wellness company. The Company’s segments are Zone Europe, Middle East and North Africa (EMENA); Zone Americas (AMS); Zone Asia, Oceania and sub-Saharan Africa (AOA); Nestle Waters; Nestle Nutrition, and Other Businesses. The Company operates in the United States, Greater China Region, Switzerland and Rest of the World. The Company’s product categories include powered and liquid beverages; water; milk products and ice cream; nutrition and health science; prepared dishes and cooking aids; confectionery, and PetCare. Its other business activities include the operations of Nestle Professional, Nespresso, Nestle Health Science and Nestle Skin Health. It operates in approximately 190 countries throughout the world. It has sales in various countries, including the United States, Greater China Region, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, France, Turkey, Ukraine, Georgia, Hungary, Malta, Romania, Spain and Switzerland.

About United Natural Foods

United Natural Foods, Inc. is a distributor and retailer of natural, organic and specialty products. The Company’s segments include Wholesale and Other. The Wholesale segment is engaged in the national distribution of natural, organic and specialty foods, produce and related products in the United States and Canada. The Other segment includes a retail division, which engages in the sale of natural foods and related products to the general public through retail storefronts on the east coast of the United States; a manufacturing division, which engages in importing, roasting and packaging of nuts, seeds, dried fruit and snack items, and its branded product lines. Its operations consist of three operating divisions: Wholesale Division, Retail Division, and Manufacturing and Branded Products divisions. As of July 30, 2016, the Company had offered 100,000 natural, organic and specialty foods, and non-food products, consisting of national, regional and private-label brands.

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