Chuck Cerankosky

Managing Director, Equity Research Analyst

Chuck joined Northcoast Research in May 2009 as Managing Director, Principal, and Equity Research Analyst covering the Food Marketing, Specialty Retail and Wholesale Club sectors. Prior to joining Northcoast Research, Chuck was with FTN Midwest Securities from 2006-2009, KeyBanc Capital Markets from 1998-2006, Tucker Anthony from 1992-1998, where he was Director of Research from 1996-1998, Kemper Securities from 1985-1992, and Roulston Research from 1979-1985.

Chuck’s proprietary research methods include his Retail Momentum Index, Industrial Coatings Contractor Survey, Independent Farm Store Survey. He and his team have developed an extensive network of high-level industry contacts over the years, which allows him to ascertain shifts in consumer trends and industry competitive dynamics early. These include active and retired senior executives from the food retail, distribution, and manufacturing industries, independent and cooperative farm store managers, industrial and commercial paint contractors.

Chuck has been selected as an Institutional Investor All-American among regional firms, and as a top analyst numerous times by the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Thompson Reuters/StarMine. Most recently, Thompson Reuters/StarMine recognized Chuck as the #2 Stock Picker nationally in the Food & Staples Retailing sector for 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2011.

In addition to providing proprietary equity research and custom research data to institutional investors, Chuck has been quoted, and has had his work cited, by a number of media outlets including Supermarket News, Progressive Grocer, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, CNBC, Money Magazine, Forbes, and Consumer Reports. He also has presented his research findings to various corporate management teams, including Kroger and Sherwin Williams, and the Private Label Manufacturers Association. Chuck is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Food Marketing Retailers

Specialty Retailers

SpartanNash – SPTN

Blue Apron - APRN

Sprouts Farmers Market – SFM

Casey’s General Stores - CASY


Sherwin-Williams Company - SHW

The Kroger Company – KR

The J.M. Smucker Company - SJM

United Natural Foods Inc. - UNFI

Tractor Supply Company - TSCO

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. – WMT

Wholesale Clubs

BJ's Wholesale Club – BJ

Costco Wholesale – COST

Contact Information

phone    216.468.6909 (direct)
mobile   216.533.6360