Back at the end of 2011, I selected four dividend stocks for 2012 and beyond as part of a stock picking competition. The reasons behind the selections were listed in the original article. The companies included are characteristic of the many stocks in own in my income portfolio. They represent companies with diverse products, that have strong brand names for which consumers are willing to pay a premium. These strong brand names make it easier to pass on cost increases to customers. Future growth in these four companies will be driven by several factors. These companies sell everyday products which customers purchase repeatedly on a regular basis, thus creating sustainable diversified income streams for the companies that sell these products. In addition to that, these consumer giants tend to sell the number one or two brand in the specific market niches they are serving.