Consumer >> Analyst Interviews >> March 19, 2012

Robust Demand for Natural Foods Continues as High-End Consumers Recover – Andrew P. Wolf – BB&T Capital Markets

Andrew P. Wolf is a Managing Director and Senior Equity Research Analyst in the consumer group at BB&T Capital Markets. He has followed the food and drug merchandising sector for BB&T since 1999. In its World's Top Analysts survey in 2010, Financial Times/StarMine named him number two in the food and staples retailing for his stockpicking and earnings estimates; he also was named number one in 2009 for earnings estimates. ranked Mr. Wolf number five in 2009 and number two in 2008 in the food and drug retailers, wholesalers industry, in its Blue Chip Analyst awards. He also was cited in The Wall Street Journal's annual Best on the Street analyst survey for his stock picks in food and drug retailing in 2009, as well as in 2003 and 2004. Mr. Wolf also ranked in the top three for stockpicking from 2001 to 2004 and for earnings estimating from 2001 to 2003 and 2006 by Financial Times/StarMine in its annual Analyst Awards survey. He has been named to its Honor Roll for consistent performance - one of only nine analysts since 2001. Before joining BB&T, Mr. Wolf was an Equity Analyst on Wall Street for more than seven years, beginning with Kidder Peabody & Co. and spending the next six years with Merrill Lynch. He is a graduate of McGill University, where he received a bachelor of commerce degree, and he earned an MBA from Babson College. Mr. Wolf is also a member of the CFA Institute. Profile
TWST: To start, please give us an overview of your coverage universe.

Mr. Wolf: I cover traditional supermarkets and drug stores. I also cover distributors - mainly, food service and specialty food