Fortune 500 just announced its list for the top-performing stocks in 2012. Nearly 80 percent of companies posted gains this year, with about 60 percent posting double-digit percentage increases.
McDonald's was the strongest 2012 performer in the restaurant category, finishing the year at No. 107 with $20,006 million in revenues and $5,503.1 million in profits. The Golden Arches was listed at No. 111 in May 2011, with $24,074.6 million in revenues and $4,946.3 million in profits.
Also on the list was Yum! Brands, parent company of Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut, at No. 213. Yum! earned $12,626 million in revenues during 2012, and $1,319 million in profits.
At No. 227 is Starbucks, with $11,700.4 million in revenues and $1,245.7 million in profits.
The other foodservice company listed was Darden Restaurants, parent company of Red Lobster, Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse, at No. 342 ($7,500.2 million revenues; $476.3 million profits).
Food production companies on the list include:
- Archer Daniels Midland, No. 28
- Tyson Foods, No. 96
- Smithfield Foods, No. 218
- Corn Products International, No. 390
- Seabord, No. 427
Food consumer companies listed include:
- PepsiCo, No. 41
- Kraft Foods, No. 50
- General Mills, No. 181
- Kellogg, No. 205
- Dean Foods, No. 207
- Land O'Lakes, No. 210
- ConAgra Foods, No. 215
- Sara Lee, No. 220
- H.J. Heinz, No. 244
- Hormel Foods, No. 327
- Campbell Soup, No. 334
- Dole Food, No. 349
- Hershey, No. 404
- J.M. Smucker, No. 495
Other companies of note include Coca-Cola, at No. 59; Sysco, No. 69; Coca-Cola Enterprises, at No. 324; and Casey's General Stores, which has been focusing more on its pizza delivery business, listed at No. 473 on the year.
The full list is available online.
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