NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) , Monster Beverage (MNST - Get Report) , Skechers (SKX - Get Report) and Under Armour (UA - Get Report) have been some of the best-performing consumer-goods companies this year.
TheStreet analyzed total return data as of Sept. 30, compiled by Bloomberg. The data parameters used included U.S. companies in the food and beverage and personal and household-goods industries that are included in the Russell 3000 Index. (TheStreet excluded automotive and parts-related companies.) The 15 best performing consumer-goods stocks this year all had double-digit returns of at least 30%, whereas the Standard & Poor's 500 Index gained 7.6%.
Here’s the list of 15 companies in ascending total return.
15. Molson Coors
14. Dr. Pepper Snapple
Dr. Snapple (DPS) , a $12.4 billion market-cap beverage company, had a total return of 33.31% at Sept. 30.
13. Monster Beverage
11. Calavo Growers
10. Cal-Maine Foods
Cal-Maine Foods (CALM - Get Report) , a producer of brown, cage-free and organic eggs under the Egg-Lands Best, Farmhouse, Land O’ Lake and 4-Grain brands, saw a total return of 49.11% through Sept. 30.
9. Vector Group
U.S. cigarette maker Vector Group (VGR - Get Report) had a total return of 49.24% year to date through Sept. 30. The $2.3 billion market-cap company makes and distributes cigarettes through two subsidiaries such as Eagle 20's, Eve, Grand Prix, Liggett Select and Pyramid as well as e-cigarettes. Vector Group also has a 70% stake in Douglas Elliman Realty through its real estate subsidiary.
8. Under Armour
Under Armour (UA - Get Report) , the sports-apparel and footwear manufacturer, has seen a total return of 52.05% this year. The $14 billion market-cap company competes with Adidas (ADDYY) , Columbia Sportswear (COLM - Get Report) and Nike (NKE - Get Report) .
6. Electronic Arts
5. Whitewave Foods
Whitewave Foods (WWAV) , which is known for its Silk and Horizon soy and organic milk products, saw a total return of 54.75% for the nine months through Sept. 30.
3. Keurig Green Mountain
Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) , a $21 billion market-cap maker of the popular single-serve Keurig machines as wel as coffee, tea and increasing cold beverage product lines, had a total return of 71.44% for 2014.
2. Pilgrim’s Pride
Pilgrim's Pride (PPC - Get Report) , a producer and distributor of chicken, had a total return of 86.15% for the nine months through Sept. 30, 2014, making it the second-best consumer-goods performing stock.
The top-performing consumer-good stock for the first nine months of the year is Sequential Brands (SQBG - Get Report) -- owner of the Caribbean Joe, DVS, Ellen Tracy, Franklin Minit, Heelys and People’s Liberation brands. Sequential Brands -- had a total return of 125% for the nine months through Sept. 30.