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

In today's edition, they discuss the top food and beverage stocks of 2011 and look at whether they'll repeat in 2012. Many of these stocks have interesting stories, but not all of them are winners. Austin is thumbs-up on Smart Balance and still uncertain about Green Mountain. Watch to see how the rest of the companies stack up for the next year.

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This article represents the opinion of the writer, who may disagree with the “official” recommendation position of a Motley Fool premium advisory service. We’re motley! Questioning an investing thesis -- even one of our own -- helps us all think critically about investing and make decisions that help us become smarter, happier, and richer.