These companies — Dannon, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Mars, Associated British Foods, and Mondelez, employ hundreds of thousands and make billions and billions of dollars in revenue every year.
In an effort to push these companies to make positive changes — and for customers to realize who controls the brands they’re buying — Oxfam created an awakening info-graphic that shows how interconnected consumer brands really are, and how it may very well be that our choices are severally lessened when it comes to not buying their products we when shop for our daily food consumption. Combined, these powerful 10 dominate and have monopolized the global market, and they keep getting bigger and more powerful as they swing their weight to get us to buy what they want us to buy.
When shopping for these brands, always take a close look at the labels so that we can see what we are eating and determine for ourselves how healthy its ingredients are to our health…don’t forget to keep an opened mind when doing this, you may see an interesting connection between all 10 companies.
Here’s a further breakdown of the companies that own the brands and products we use every day:
General Mills 2016 revenue: $16.6 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 to name a few.
Coca-Cola 2016 revenue: $41.9 billion
Coca-Cola is moving beyond soda, with beverage brands including Dasani, Fuze, and Honest Tea and countless others.
Unilever 2016 revenue: $48.3 billion
Unilever’s diverse list of brands includes Axe body spray, Lipton tea, Magnum ice cream, and Hellmann’s mayonnaise.
Kellogg’s 2016 revenue: $13 billion
In addition to Froot Loops and Frosted Flakes — Kellogg’s also owns noncereal brands including Eggo, Pringles, and Cheez-It
Associated British Foods 2016 revenue: $16.8 billion
This British company owns brands such as Dorset Cereals and Twinings tea, as well as the retailer Primark and many more.
Dannon 2016 revenue: $23.7 billion
Best known for yogurts like Activa, Yocrunch, and Oikos, Dannon also sells medical nutrition products and bottled water, among other things
Mondelez 2016 revenue: $25.9 billion
This snack-centric company’s brands include Oreo, Trident gum, and Sour Patch Kids and many more.
Nestlé2016 revenue: $90.2 billion
Brands you may not have known that Nestlé owns include Gerber baby food, Perrier, DiGiorno, and Hot Pockets — plus, of course, candy brands including Butterfinger and Kit Kat.
Mars 2016 revenue: $35 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 and the list goes on
PepsiCo 2016 revenue: $62.8 billion
In addition to Pepsi and other sodas, PepsiCo also owns brands such as Quaker Oatmeal, Cheetos, and Tropicana.