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Sector Rap 30% less than branded products. Furthermore, around one quarter of all food and beverages served in American homes last year were store brands (up from 18% in 1999). The categories with the highest private-label share, such as eggs, cheese, and oil, are all commodity categories. However, as the perception of the quality of private-label products has improved, the shift from branded goods has become more pronounced. We believe that it will take several years for consumers who traded down to lowerpriced private-label alternatives to trade back up to branded offerings. HK: Commodity costs have been volatile recently. What is your outlook for input costs and how will consumer staples deal with elevated prices? PG: In general, we expect the growth potential of consumer staples firms to be hindered by the lack of growth potential in mature markets. However, those firms with significant exposure to emerging markets should have more opportunity to benefit from rising per capita consumption. Philip Morris International PM is an example: We expect the firm to achieve mid-single-digit revenue growth. It operates in key emerging markets in Eastern Europe and Asia, and its product portfolio is well-positioned to exploit consumers’ taste for premium cigarettes in emerging markets. HK: Let’s talk about valuations. Looking across the consumer staples sector, is the team seeing many bargains? Are you generally more or less bullish than the market? ES: There are fewer bargains than earlier winds such as soft consumer spending and unfavorable currency fluctuation into P&G’s shares. However, we believe that P&G knows the consumer, and with brand offerings from value- to premium-priced, we think the firm is well positioned to hold market share in its categories. The company has also learned its lessons from previous downturns when it wasn’t as defensive on market share and dialed back on new product innovation. Moreover, P&G has the opportunity to grow revenue and improve profitability in emerging markets where it is still underpenetrated. We expect these factors to lead to higher earnings, and thus, a higher stock price in the future. PG: Although we’d like to buy the stock at a slightly lower level than its current valuation, we think PepsiCo’s move to acquire its North American anchor bottlers could give the firm a competitive advantage in the distribution of niche noncarbonated drinks. We think the market is underestimating how much flexibility this strategy will give Pepsi in its route to market. Pepsi is not simply a beverages firm. With around 60% of its revenues coming from snacks in 2008, its diverse revenue base has held up relatively well during this recession and should continue to hold the firm in good stead over the long run. K Haywood Kelly, CFA, is vice president of equity research at Morningstar. PG: In general, commodity costs are not as high as they were at the height of the economic cycle, but we expect broad commodity inflation to recur when global demand recovers. There are signs that some prices are rising already. For instance, there is a drought in India that is causing the price of sugar, a key input for beverage manufacturers, to spike. Plastic and fuel costs are rising, so packaging and distribution is becoming increasingly expensive, weighing on the profitability of firms with their own distribution infrastructure. We also expect other key inputs such as corn to become more expensive. So overall, we expect raw-material costs to remain a challenge for consumer staples firms. The companies with strong bargaining power, generally those with economic moats, cope with higher commodity costs by raising prices to their customers. For example, Coca-Cola KO and PepsiCo PEP—both wide-moat companies—have pricing power in most markets and are able to pass on input cost increases to their bottlers. HK: Looking out beyond the current recession, how much growth do you expect from this industry? in the year in the packaged food space, as the market has recently taken the sector up following solid earnings from several competitors. That said, we still see some good buys. For example, we see value in Kellogg’s shares, given its leading position in the domestic cereal segment and its intense focus on reducing costs. PG: After the market rally, beverage companies’ stocks are about fairly valued. However, in the tobacco space, Altria MO appears cheap, as we suspect the market may be exaggerating the potential negative impact from the bill that gave the FDA regulatory control of the tobacco industry. We think that tighter marketing restrictions will be great for Altria, whose dominant market share should now be set in stone. Although the shares have risen slightly above our Consider Buying price, we still see some upside potential, and its dividend yield is 8%. HK: Which consumer staples stocks are your team most excited about? ES: We see value in owning Procter & Gamble PG. In our opinion, at 14 times forward earnings, the market is overly discounting head 62 Morningstar Advisor October/November 2009

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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009
Contents
New on MorningstarAdvisor.com
Letter from the Editor
Contributors
How Do You Use Behavioral Finance in Your Practice?
Investing in the Moment
Investment Briefs
How the Best Large-Cap Managers Rise Above the Rest
Don’t Give Up on Stocks Just Yet
Makeup of the Mind
A Top-Down Approach
In Practice: Patterns of Investor Irrationality
A Call for Nudges
The Furious Comeback of Emerging Markets
Junk-Bond Pioneer
Four Picks for the Present
Consumer Staples Hold Up in the Kitchen
Familiarity Can Breed Bad Investment Decisions
Leave the ‘Junk Rally’ Behind and Look for Quality at a Reasonable Price
Mutual Fund Analyst Picks
50 Most Popular Equity ETFs
Undervalued Stocks
New at Morningstar
Meet the New Boss, Same (School) as the Old Boss
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - Contents
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - New on MorningstarAdvisor.com
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - Letter from the Editor
Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - Contributors
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - How Do You Use Behavioral Finance in Your Practice?
Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - 13
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - Investing in the Moment
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - Investment Briefs
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - How the Best Large-Cap Managers Rise Above the Rest
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - Don’t Give Up on Stocks Just Yet
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - Makeup of the Mind
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - A Top-Down Approach
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - In Practice: Patterns of Investor Irrationality
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - A Call for Nudges
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - The Furious Comeback of Emerging Markets
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - Junk-Bond Pioneer
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - Four Picks for the Present
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - Consumer Staples Hold Up in the Kitchen
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - Familiarity Can Breed Bad Investment Decisions
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - Leave the ‘Junk Rally’ Behind and Look for Quality at a Reasonable Price
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - Mutual Fund Analyst Picks
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - 50 Most Popular Equity ETFs
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - Undervalued Stocks
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - New at Morningstar
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