Consumer >> Sector Roundtables >> August 14, 2000

Roundtable Forum: Brands & Packaged Foods

JEFFREY G. KANTER is a Senior Food Analyst and Vice President with Prudential Securities. Previously, he was associated with Salomon Brothers and Smith Barney. Mr. Lazar holds a Bachelor's degree from SUNY at Oswego and an MBA from Fordham University. A Chartered Financial Analyst, he is a member of the NYSSA and the Consumer Analyst Group of New York. Mr. Kanter is married and enjoys triathlons and road bike racing in his free time. He is also a member of the United States Cycling Federation. Profile
HERB ACHEY is a Senior Equity Analyst with the U.S. Trust Company of New York. Previously, he was associated with Tradestreet Investment Associates. A member of the Consumer Analysts Group of New York and the NYSSA, he earned both his Bachelor's degree and MBA from Moravian College. Mr. Achey is married and has two children. A fan of the Carolina Panthers, he enjoys coaching soccer in his free time. Profile
ANDREW LAZAR is a Research Analyst in the Packaged Food Sector at Lehman Brothers. Previously, he was associated with Unilever in strategic planning and with Mars and Company in management consulting. A member of the Consumer Analyst Group of New York, Mr. Lazar received his Bachelor's degree in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Columbia School of Business. Mr. Lazar is married, has one daughter, and includes sports and travel among his personal interests. Profile
TWST: Herb, why have investors historically been attracted to the brands

and packaged foods stocks, and are the reasons valid today?

Mr. Achey: The attraction previously was the consistent