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H.J. Heinz Company (NYSE: HNZ) is one of my favorites stocks — and not just because of its 3.7% dividend yield.

Corporate growth strategies tend to be a lot of vague gibberish, but Heinz is an exception with a shrewd focus on the growth of its core product portfolio. The top 15 Heinz brands generate 70% of the company’s sales. Its ketchup is now the number-one brand in seven of the world’s top-10 ketchup markets.

This focus on core brands has delivered 21 consecutive quarters of organic sales growth at Heinz. In addition, the company has paid dividends since 1911, which makes HNZ stock one tasty addition to your portfolio.

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