BALTIMORE (Stockpickr) -- Here's some food for thought: According to research from Wharton Professor Jeremy Siegel, reinvested dividends account for 97% of total market performance. So it shouldn't be a big surprise that finding dividend increasers is a big priority for investors hard pressed to find gains in May.And when it comes to dividends, food stocks sport yields and rate hikes that would make any income investor salivate right now. That's why we're focusing on dividends in five food-related stocks today. But we're not waiting for food firms to announce dividend hikes. Instead, we're focusing on the future, taking a look at five companies that are likely to boost their dividend payouts in the next quarter. >>5 Stocks Setting Up to Break Out For our purposes, that "crystal ball" is composed of a few factors: namely a solid balance sheet, a low payout ratio and a history of dividend hikes. While those items don't guarantee dividend announcements in the next month or two, they do dramatically increase the odds that management will hike their cash payouts, especially as investors start to get antsy about stock performance in 2012. Without further ado, here's a look at five food stocks that could be about to increase their dividend payments in the next quarter.
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