Most of the time when you go grocery shopping, you are overwhelmed with the hundreds, if not thousands, of choices you can make. The stores are usually split up into specific sections like produce, dairy, frozen foods, etc. Maybe you are one of those people who has a routine and know exactly what you want from the grocery store, while other people might like to browse down each and every aisle till they find what looks good to them. Either way, there is an interesting secret that most people don’t even choose to realize when they go grocery shopping. Who makes all of these foods? Don’t worry, I am here to give you the break down, but you might be shocked to learn that a vast majority of the foods in most common grocery stores come from the same top 10 food companies.
Here is a general breakdown of a majority of the food in grocery stores. Keep in mind these are typically drinks, processed foods, and candy.
I’ll break down each individual company below.
Coca-Cola – Not only do they produce a popular soda, they create energy drinks, fruit drunks, vitamin water, and more.
Mondelez – Formerly known as Kraft Foods, Mondelez create popular candies, gum, cough drops, and types of cheeses too.
General Mills – They’re not just a cereal company. They also have popular items like yogurt, granola bars, Betty Crocker boxes, and snacks.
Unilever – They create some good condiments like Hellmanns, Skippy, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, and Lipton Teas.
Danone – Popular for their yogurt, they also have other brands including water, fit yogurts, and Nutricia.
PepsiCo – They are very popular for their flavored chips and sodas, but they are also a part of Quaker which makes cereal, oatmeal, and more.
Associated British Foods – As you can see, they are known for some of your popular groceries including candy, tea, and more.
Kelloggs – They are not just a cereal company, because they make cookies, chips, and breakfast bars too.
Nestle – One of the largest of the group, Nestle has candy bars, frozen foods, coffee, and baby food too.
More info: Behind The Brands
It’s eye-opening to see that these 10 large food companies run a majority of grocery stores. It’s been going on for a few decades as these large corporations start buying out the little ones creating unstoppable food juggernauts. Although most of the names mentioned above are common names, did you realize everything they actually manufacture? I know for me, it was a learning experience about what food goes into grocery stores.