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Lino Saputo’s Saputo Group “The Big Cheese” TopGun in Canadian Consumer Products Poll

August 25th, 2011 by TopGun Press

TORONTO, ON (TOPGUN PRESS) – The Brendan Wood International panel of institutional investors in Canada this year assigned Saputo Group Inc. their highest level of confidence, edging out Atrium Innovations Inc. and Gildan Activewear Inc. amongst Canadian consumer products companies. Saputo Group’s CEO Lino Saputo Jr. is clearly the “big cheese”. In the words of one large shareholder “He is 3rd generation; by this time the kids generally screw up the business. But this guy’s got it and it seems to be in his blood. He’s taking the business to the next level. He’s worked hard in the business since a young age so he really knows how to drive the business.”

Investors support Saputo as it has a substantial market share in Canada, growing market share in the U.S. and the company continues to do acquisitions at accretive prices that continue to strengthen its positioning. Investors say “They have made dozens of acquisitions in their history, in over 50 years they’ve grown from a small company to one of the largest dairy companies in the world. They’ve never made an acquisition that was irrational, they are always patient, they don’t overpay, they are very comfortable walking away from a transaction if they don’t think it is right for the company from a financial standpoint even if it’s the right thing from a strategic standpoint.”

The Top 15 Canadian Consumer Products Companies Shareholder Confidence Results:

Rank Company Shareholder Confidence Index Score
1   Saputo Group Inc. – 832
2   Atrium Innovations Inc. – 821
3   Gildan Activewear Inc. – 820
4   Empire Co. Ltd.  – 768
5   Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.  – 765
6   Tim Hortons  – 753
7   Shoppers Drug Mart Corp.  – 722
8   Metro Inc. – 710
9   George Weston Limited – 724
10   Forzani Group Ltd.*  – 707
11   Rona Inc.  – 702
12   Loblaw Companies Ltd. – 667
13   Jean Coutu Group Inc. – 623
14   Canadian Tire Corp Inc. – 619
15   Maple Leaf Foods Inc. – 590

*Pre-dates pending acquisition by Canadian Tire Corp Ltd.
Y/E Aug. 16, 2011

The Top 15 Worldwide Consumer Products Companies Shareholder Confidence Results:

Rank Company Shareholder Confidence Index Score
1   AmBev – 912
2   Costco Wholesale Corporation – 883
3   Coca-Cola Co. – 879
4   Nintendo Co. Ltd. – 875
5   Anheuser Busch Inbev NV – 869
6   Reckitt Benckiser PLC – 846
7   SABMiller PLC – 836
8   Yum! Brands Inc. – 835
8   LVMH Moet-Hennessey LV – 835
10   Saputo Group Inc. – 832
11   Nestle – 826
12   Atrium Innovations Inc. – 821
12   Target Corporation – 821
14   NIKE, Inc. – 820
14   Gildan Activewear Inc. – 820

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