Irwin Simon, CEO of the Hain Celestial Group ( NASDAQ: HAIN) was featured in Forbes Magazine August 12 th issue in an article entitled Juiced Up: Inside $3.5 Billion Organic Giant Hain Celestial, Whole Foods' Biggest Supplier. The organic food trend is riding high and Wall Street and Main Street are both benefiting.
Just this month Sprouts Farmers Market ( NASDAQ: SFM) made their market debut, ringing the opening bell with an IPO priced to the public at $18.00. The sector scored another big winner, with the stock now trading in the $38.00 range.
Other Recent market entries include Noodles & Company ( NASDAQ:NDLS ) priced to the public at $18.00 per share in June 2013, giving investors a double the first day and is now trading around $41.00.
Smaller companies in the sector recently trading on the junior OTC markets include Microlog Corporation ( OTC: MLOG ) DBA NutraBev Holdings International, Inc, a holding company that acquires businesses in the healthy lifestyle marketplace. The company’s focus is on the consumables portion of the nutritional supplement and organic food/beverage market segments. The company completed its first acquisition in May 2013, Silverbow Honey, a honey manufacturing and distribution located in Moses Lake, Washington.
The health and nutrition market is an estimated $84 billion. Discussing the market and their strategy, David Sackler, CEO of MLOG says that “the health and nutrition space is rapidly growing as people age and become more aware of what they are eating and how that affects their lifestyle and health. We believe there is a significant consolidation opportunity for companies in the sector and are working on participating in that market opportunity.”
The company ( OTC: MLOG) just announced the completion of the acquisition of NutraBev Holdings in late July and is now in the process of updating the company’s reporting and regulatory status.
GRILLiT ( OTC: GRLT ), a growing Latin-Caribbean fusion restaurant concept that marries fast casual to nutritious and healthy food has taken investors for a wild ride in the past month, running from around $.20 to a high of $5.25 and is currently trading around $3.25.
As the markets fluctuated with ups and downs over the last few years, the LOHAS sector continued to grow, with some of the most successful IPOs over the last 10 years. Even during the worst of 2008, Whole Foods stayed consistently strong in revenues and stock price, showing that consumers won’t budge on local, sustainable and organic choices.
It’s a sector to watch for consumers and investors betting on a healthier world. According to Lohas.com, “the Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability market is an estimated $290 billion U.S. market for goods and services focused on health, the environment, social justice, personal development and sustainable living and the power of the growing consumer market remains virtually untapped.”
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