In the "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer spoke with Michael Mendes, chairman, president and CEO of Diamond Foods (DMND), a stock that's up 75% since Cramer recommended it on Dec. 5, 2008.
Mendes explained that his company's recent acquisition of the "Kettle" brand of potato chips has changed Diamond's earnings model and confused some analysts. He said while earnings will be skewed towards the back half of the year, Diamond raised its full-year guidance overall.
Mendes also said that Diamond grew its earnings 52% this past year, and is guiding towards 25% to 30% earnings per share growth next year. He said the company has great brands to drive Diamond forward for many years.One area of opportunity for the company, according to Mendes, are mass merchandisers and club stores. He said Diamond is making progress in penetrating those channels, where brands must fight harder for limited shelf space. Mendes also spoke highly of his company's new, all natural tortilla products, marketed under the "Tias" brand. He said Diamond plans to deliver a multi-brand promotion around the Super Bowl to introduce its many exciting new snacks.