These 10 companies control everything you buy

Published: November 7, 2016
Only 10 companies control almost every large food and beverage brand in the world. PHOTO: REUTERS

Only 10 companies control almost every large food and beverage brand in the world. PHOTO: REUTERS

Only 10 companies control almost every large food and beverage brand in the world.

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Oxfam created a mind-boggling infographic that shows how interconnected consumer brands really are. Nestlé, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Danone, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Mars, Associated British Foods, and Mondelez — each employ thousands and make billions of dollars in revenue every year.



Here is a further breakdown of the companies that own the brands and products we use every day:

1. Kellogg’s

2015 revenue: $13.5 billion

Kellogg’s also owns non-cereal brands, including Eggo, Pringles, and Cheez-It.

2. Associated British Foods

2015 revenue: $16.6 billion

This British company owns brands such as Dorset Cereals and Twinings tea, as well as the retailer Primark.

3. General Mills

2015 revenue: $17.6 billion

General Mills is best known for cereals like Cheerios and Chex, but it also owns brands like Yoplait, Hamburger Helper, Haagen-Dazs and Betty Crocker.

4. Danone

2015 revenue: $24.9 billion

The company is best known for its yogurts like Activa, Yocrunch, and Oikos, but also sells medical nutrition products and bottled water.

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5. Mondelez

2015 revenue: $29.6 billion

This snack-centric company’s brands include Oreo, Trident gum, and Sour Patch Kids.

6. Mars

2015 revenue: $33 billion

Mars is best known for its chocolate brands, such as M&M, but it also owns Uncle Ben’s rice, Starburst, and Orbit gum.

7. Coca-Cola

2015 revenue: $44.3 billion

Coca-Cola is moving beyond soda, with beverage brands, including Dasani, Fuze, and Honest Tea.

8. Unilever

2015 revenue: $59.1 billion

Unilever’s diverse list of brands includes Axe body spray, Lipton tea, Magnum ice cream, and Hellmann’s mayonnaise.

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9. PepsiCo

2015 revenue: $63 billion

In addition to Pepsi and other sodas, PepsiCo also owns brands such as Quaker Oatmeal, Cheetos, and Tropicana.

2015 revenue: $87 billion

10. Nestlé 

Nestlé owns Gerber baby food, Perrier, DiGiorno, and Hot Pockets — plus, candy brands including Butterfinger and KitKat.


This article originally appeared on Business Insider.

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