Based on the aggregated intelligence of 120,000-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. Our data has shown that five-star stocks outperform the market by a significant margin; conversely, one-star stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

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

$340.53 million


Cleaning Products

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$834.5 million


CEO Randall Stuewe

CFO John Muse

Return on Equity (average last three years)



Baker Commodities,

Griffin Industries

CAPS members bullish on DAR also bullish on:

PotashCorp (NYSE:POT),


General Electric (NYSE:GE)

CAPS members bearish on DAR also bearish on:

Krispy Kreme (NYSE:KKD),

Sulphco (AMEX:SUF),


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

Over on CAPS, 98% of the 767 members who have rated Darling believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include elytikai and CAPS All-Star greenwave3.

Two days ago, elytikai noted that Darling has "very little long-term debt and will therefore weather any downturn. They are well-positioned to benefit directly and/or indirectly from increased biodiesel production into 2009, with a Renewable Fuel Standard being adopted."

In a pitch from just yesterday, greenwave3 agrees, tapping Darling as a budding darling stock:

Growth and value at these levels. This is an excellent company that offers tremendous upside from their core business (cleaning grease traps) and secondary business (rendering/recycling used cooking oil). They have big contracts with McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) and other big chains. Darling's services will still be needed through a recession. Though their growth may slow in 2009 as the economy shrinks, [Darling] is a long-term winner that is managed very well.

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