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by Morningstar Equity Analysts
Consumption of private-label products hampered Hain's growth during the downturn. However, we think health-conscious consumers are aware of the benefits from natural and organic products and have resumed their spending habits, a trend we believe will   Read more 

Bulls Say

The organic food category had been growing in the low double digits for several years as consumers have sought more healthful diets, and it may resume this type of growth coming out of the downturn.
Celestial Seasonings is the leading brand of natural and specialty tea in North America and is a top-selling brand for Hain, with operating margins that exceed the rest of the firm's product portfolio.
Hain maintains the leading market share in both North America and Europe with its JASON brand of natural and organic oral-, body-, and hair-care offerings. Read more 

Bears Say

Competition in the organic segment is increasing, as large packaged food firms and established grocers try to exploit consumers' growing preference for natural food products.
Price increases taken to offset rising input costs for many of Hain's products could lead to lower volume as consumers may closely guard their spending in grocery stores by switching to cheaper alternatives. Read more 

Management

We view Hain's stewardship as standard. Founder Irwin Simon is chairman and CEO. Before founding the company, Simon worked for Slim-Fast Foods and Haagen-Dazs. Simon is surrounded by a well-versed executive staff, though there will be some turnover   Read more 

Profile

Hain manufactures, markets, and sells natural and organic foods and personal-care items. Its brand portfolio includes Celestial Seasonings, Garden of Eatin', Arrowhead Mills,  Read more 

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