Identifying a pandemic proof stock can be tricky -- it's hard to tell what companies are built to withstand an unprecedented crisis. But I think the best place to start is by looking to the everyday staple products that keep life running smoothly. Many of us rely on these companies every day.

No matter if we're experiencing a pandemic, a recession, or a thriving economy, people still need their essentials. and these are my top three "essential-selling" companies and why. Press play on the video below to learn whether these stocks are right for your portfolio.

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