Blue Apron Holdings (NASDAQ: APRN) and MGP Ingredients (NASDAQ:MGPI) are both small-cap non-cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership and dividends.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

98.5% of MGP Ingredients shares are held by institutional investors. 23.5% of MGP Ingredients shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Blue Apron Holdings and MGP Ingredients, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Blue Apron Holdings 1 10 4 0 2.20
MGP Ingredients 0 1 1 0 2.50

Blue Apron Holdings currently has a consensus price target of $7.77, suggesting a potential upside of 50.86%. MGP Ingredients has a consensus price target of $66.00, suggesting a potential upside of 3.24%. Given Blue Apron Holdings’ higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Blue Apron Holdings is more favorable than MGP Ingredients.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Blue Apron Holdings and MGP Ingredients’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Blue Apron Holdings N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
MGP Ingredients $333.96 million 3.20 $51.47 million $1.90 33.65

MGP Ingredients has higher revenue and earnings than Blue Apron Holdings.


MGP Ingredients pays an annual dividend of $0.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Blue Apron Holdings does not pay a dividend. MGP Ingredients pays out 8.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares Blue Apron Holdings and MGP Ingredients’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Blue Apron Holdings -13.29% N/A -37.22%
MGP Ingredients 9.33% 21.30% 13.83%


MGP Ingredients beats Blue Apron Holdings on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Blue Apron Holdings Company Profile

Blue Apron Holdings, Inc. is a holding company. The Company is focused on providing recipes and fresh ingredients for making home cooking accessible. The Company offers under a novel business model in which it source, process, store and package meal ingredients and ship them directly to consumers. The Company’s core products include Meals and Wine. Meals product, which offers two meal plans, such as two person plan and family plan. Two person plan, which includes three recipes per week (chosen from six options), each of which serves two people and shipping is free. The Company provides original recipes with the pre-portioned ingredients to complement tastes and lifestyles of college graduates, young couples, families, singles, and empty nesters.

MGP Ingredients Company Profile

MGP Ingredients, Inc. is a producer and supplier of distilled spirits, and specialty wheat protein and starch food ingredients. The Company’s distilled spirits include bourbon and rye whiskeys, and grain neutral spirits, including vodka and gin. The Company’s segments include distillery products and ingredient solutions. The distillery products segment consists of food grade alcohol and distillery co-products, such as distillers feed and fuel grade alcohol. The ingredient solutions segment consists of specialty starches and proteins, commodity starches and commodity proteins. The distillery products segment also includes warehouse services, including barrel put away, barrel storage, and barrel retrieval services. It is also a producer of industrial alcohol for use in both food and non-food applications. The Company’s distillery products are derived from corn and other grains (including rye, barley, wheat, barley malt and milo), and its ingredient products are derived from wheat flour.

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