The Worst Food and Beverage Stocks of 2011

Editor's note: The video below incorrectly states that Diamond Foods' stock price slump has been driven by allegations of bribery payments. The allegations into some crop payments made to walnut farmers have been for a delay in the payments, allegedly to inflate earnings. There have been both internal audit committee and SEC investigations to resolve whether accounting rules have been violated. The probes have delayed Diamond Foods' acquisition of Pringles. The Fool regrets the error.

The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which, Austin Smith, consumer goods editor and analyst, and Brendan Byrnes, industrials editor and analyst, discuss topics across the investing world.

In today's edition, they discuss the worst-performing stocks of 2011 in the food and beverage space. Central European Distribution stinks -- no surprise there. Diamond Foods -- facing investigations. At least Dole Foods is looking surprisingly bright going forward.

With many emerging markets still at the beginning of their most explosive growth, there is one specially profiled stock we believe will take Latin American retail by storm. There is astounding growth potential for this company that The Motley Fool has dubbed our "Top Stock for 2012." In our free report, you'll discover the companies, hand-picked by our analysts, that are positioned to be the titans of retail in the future. You can access the report 100% free of charge by clicking here. Fool on!

At the time thisarticle was published Austin Smith and Brendan Byrnes own no shares of the companies mentioned here. The Motley Fool owns shares of Molson Coors Brewing.Motley Fool newsletter serviceshave recommended buying shares of Molson Coors Brewing. Try any of our Foolish newsletter servicesfree for 30 days. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe thatconsidering a diverse range of insightsmakes us better investors. The Motley Fool has adisclosure policy.

Copyright © 1995 - 2011 The Motley Fool, LLC. All rights reserved. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.