Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, bakery goods company Flowers Foods (NYSE: FLO) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Flowers' business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Flowers facts

Headquarters (founded) Thomasville, Ga. (1934)
Market Cap $2.93 billion
Industry Processed and packaged goods
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $2.58 billion
Management

Chairman/CEO George Deese

CFO Steve Kinsey

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 18.4%
Cash/Debt $8.7 million / $121.8 million
Dividend Yield 2.5%

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 97% of the 345 members who have rated Flowers believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include scavanna and mercyn

Earlier this year, scavanna succinctly summed up the Flowers bull case: "sales and profit growth, good balance sheet and ... dividend growth."

Over the past five years, in fact, Flowers has grown its dividend at a brisk rate of 24.6% annually. That's much faster than food giants such as General Mills (NYSE: GIS) (10.5%), Kraft (NYSE: KFT) (5.3%), and Unilever (NYSE: UL) (6.2%).

CAPS member mercyn expands on the tasty opportunity:

Steady growth internally and through acquisitions -- just completed purchase of TastyKake company out of Philadelphia. Company does not distribute nationally yet -- currently products mainly in Southeast, MidAtlantic states. Lots of potential for increased distribution and new product acquisitions.

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