Based on the aggregated intelligence of 145,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, food industry waste recycler Darling International (NYSE:DAR) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Darling facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Irving, Texas (1882)

Market Cap

$630.68 million


Agricultural products

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$596.68 million


CEO Randall Stuewe (since 2003)
CFO John Muse (since 2000)

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)



$70.67 million / $36.55 million


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

On CAPS, 98% of the 1,013 members who have rated Darling believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include MMcCabeNMC and bobhoban.

Last year, MMcCabeNMC broke down Darling's business model for Fools: "There are two sides to this business -- the most glamorous side is picking up grease that can be recycled into biofuels. The less glamorous side is picking up grease and cleaning grease traps from restaurants. Either way, the company wins if the economy expands."

In a more recent pitch, bobhoban expands on the greasy situation:

Alternatives will thrive. [Darling] has their own corner in this area and new technologies along with the continued high [energy prices] makes this one attractive. Not to mention that the grease they collect is not being collected by anyone else of any significance so there is more room for them to grow the collection and cleaning grease traps business! Oh forgot to mention that this is a green business, which makes a lot of folks happy!

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Johnson & Johnson is a Motley Fool Income Investor pick. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.