There are just a few large food and beverage brands on the planet and only ten companies actually control said beverages and foods. These are not small town companies, though. They are massive multinational companies that employ millions and make billions of dollars in revenues. Oxfam, a global NGO, has created a list of how these big brands interact and connect. So that you can understand this better, we have broken down the list further to give you a clear picture of the ten companies that control everything we eat and drink.
Known for the Froot Loops and the famous frosted flakes, Kellogg is also a big player in the non-cereals space with brands like Eggo, Cheez-it, and Pringles under their name. The company had a turnover of nearly $13 billion in 2016 alone.
Associated British Foods
Associated British Foods is the owner of brands like Dorset Cereals, Retailer Primark, and Twinning’s tea. It is a big player in the food and beverages section with a turnover of $16.8 billion in 2016.
Generals Mills is also big in the cereal space with notable products such as Cheerios and Chex. The company is also invested in other major brands including Hamburger Helper, Betty Crocker, Yoplait, and Haagen-Dazs. In 2016, the company grossed $16.6 billion in revenue.
DANONE is known mostly for their yogurt products. Some of their major best sellers include Yocrunch, Activa, and Oikos. The company has also ventured into bottled water and medical nutritional products. The turnover in revenue for 2016 was about $23.7 billion.
Mondelez makes snacks and their biggest sellers include products like Trident Gum, Oreo, and sour Patch Kids. Their revenue is also quite high with a turnover of $25.9 billion in 2016.
Mars is one of the biggest chocolate brands on the planet. With a turnover of nearly $35 billion in 2016, you can see why. The company is responsible for products like the M&M chocolate with interests in Uncle Ben’s Rice, Orbit Gum, and Starburst.
Predominantly a soda company, Coca-Cola has moved beyond this and now offers products such as Dasani, Honest Tea, and Fuze. The company’s revenue in 2016 stood at $41.9 billion.
Unilever is pretty much diversified in many ways. From the Axe Body Spray, Magnum Ice Cream, Lipton Tea, to the Hellmann’s Mayonnaise, there is little this company does not cover. In 2016, it made $48.3 billion in sales.
PepsiCo is not just a soda brand. Even though it owns Pepsi, it is also associated with other major food brands including Cheetos, Quaker Oatmeal, and Tropicana. In 2016, the company grossed $62.8 billion in sales.
Nestle owns a wide range of brands including Perrier, Gerber Baby Food, DiGiorno, and Hot Pockets. The company is also the owner of various candy brands such as the KitKat and Butterfinger. In 2016, it grossed a whopping $90 billion in revenue.
There you go. These are the top ten companies that control some of the most popular foods and beverage brands in the world.