Industry Titans: The Most Influential Players in the Food and Beverage Sector

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Industry Titans: The Most Influential Players in the Food and Beverage Sector

The food and beverage industry is vast, diverse, and full of specialized machinery. It is one of the oldest industries in the world, but at the same time, it is one of the most creative industries.

Fresh food, packaged food, and beverages are all part of this industry (alcoholic and non-alcoholic). The industry offers a wide range of retail sales, from food in grocery stores to cooked food in restaurants, establishments, and events.

The industry is constantly looking for new ways to produce the food consumers want at the lowest possible cost, from new products to higher volume, lower-cost production techniques.

And vital equipment is always available. The food and beverage industry relies on industrial-scale production equipment ranging from simple ovens and conveyor belts to complex bottling and packaging machines.The world's largest food and beverage companies


The world’s largest food and beverage companies

The list of these companies includes Nestle, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Danone, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Mars, Associated British Foods, and Mondelez. Each company has thousands of employees and makes billions of dollars in profits annually.

To make positive changes in working conditions in these companies and make people aware of who controls the brands they buy from, the non-governmental charity organization Oxfam prepared a list of companies under this group. 10 Kurdish parent companies. In the following, we will learn more about each company’s sub-brands:


Their income in 2016 was 13 billion dollars. In addition to producing breakfast cereals with the same name, the American company Clogs also owns companies such as Eggo, Pringles, and Cheez-It.

Associated British Foods

This English company owns Dorset Cereals, Twinings, and Primark brands. The company’s profit in 2016 was estimated at 16.8 billion dollars.

General Mills

The American company General Mills is best known for its Cheerios and Chex cereal brand but also owns brands such as Yoplait, Hamburger Helper, Haagen-Dazs, and Betty Crocker. Is also Sodem Yales in 2016 was 16.6 billion dollars.

Industry Titans: The Most Influential Players in the Food and Beverage Sector


Their profit in 2016 was announced as 23.7 billion dollars. The French company Denon is best known for producing dairy brands such as Activa, Yocrunch, and Okios, but it also produces nutritional supplements and mineral water under the same brand.

Industry Titans: The Most Influential Players in the Food and Beverage Sector


The food company “Nestle” is a global food and beverage giant whose revenue was 78.9 billion dollars in 2017. Since the beginning of the activity of this Swiss company 150 years ago, this multinational company is present in the market of 189 countries, and 335 thousand personnel work for it. Having two thousand subcategory brands such as baby food, mineral water, breakfast cereals, chocolate and sweets, coffee, cooked food, frozen, dairy, and beverages, this company has established itself as a global commercial brand. The growth of this brand in recent years has been affected by the business of beverages such as “Nescafe” and “Espresso”, where 21.68% of the company’s total revenue comes from the sale of these two products. This food and beverage industry giant has focused on improving its customers’ quality of food and health in recent years. In this context, Nestlé’s health department has recently entered into a $145 million collaboration with a medical institution to develop new methods to reduce some people’s food allergies.

Industry Titans: The Most Influential Players in the Food and Beverage Sector


With 22 unique brands, such as Pepsi, Lay’s, Gatorade, and Tropicana, Pepsi is now the world’s second-largest food and beverage company. But the history of the establishment of this company goes back to 1898, when Caleb Bradham, its founder, created a new way of preparing cola to compete with “Coca Cola”. The name of this company was changed to Pepsi after the merger with Frito-Lay. The company has recently focused on improving its products’ nutritional and health value because customers are moving away from food products with low nutritional value. This company, whose revenue was 63.53 billion dollars in 2018, has announced its intention to reduce the amount of sugar and saturated fat in its products without changing its taste. This American company has recently partnered with the “TB” organization, which specializes in treating “tuberculosis”. The collaboration is supposed to lead to Pepsi’s creation of unique flavors that will help to tone down the unpleasant taste of TB drugs.

Anheiser Bosch Inbo

Anheiser Bosch Inbo was officially formed at the same time as the merger of three Belgian companies, Interbro, Brazilian Ambo, and American Anheiser Bosch. Since then, this company has become the largest beverage producer in the world, with more than 200 sub-brands and an annual revenue of $56.44 billion. Some of its popular drinks are Budweiser, Corona, Stella Artois, Beck’s, Hoogarden Brahma, and Antarctica. This company also has 155,000 employees who are active in 25 countries. 2016 the company bought its rival brand, Submiller, for $107 billion. The mentioned contract led to the emergence of a company that now owns half of the production in the field of beverages. According to Carlos Brito, CEO of Anheiser Bosch, this company plans to buy Coca-Cola.


“GBS” is the largest producer and exporter of meat products (veal, pork, and chicken) globally, with more than 300 production units in 15 countries. This company, headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil, has turned from a local company into an export giant in this industry, which now supplies its products to more than 350,000 customers in 150 countries. With an annual income of 46.2 billion dollars, GBS has grown tremendously in recent years, so its sales growth was 35.2%. A significant share of this growth is related to the American market, which imports 48% of GBS exports. But the development of this company in the world markets has been affected by the purchase of smaller companies such as “Swift and Company”, the largest producer of veal and pork products in America. In recent years, this company has spent more than 5 billion dollars to buy some of its regional rival companies.

Tyson’s Food Products

Tyson Foods, located in Arkansas, is one of the largest beef producers and exporters in the United States and the world. Out of 111 production units of this company, 107 units are in America. The products of this company, such as pork and chicken, are exported to the markets of 130 countries. With its revenue of 38.26 billion dollars, this company has 113 thousand personnel active in America and other production units worldwide. Tyson Company is building to become the flagship of the American meat industry. Recently, Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, has considered this company to be the future of the food industry.

Industry Titans: The Most Influential Players in the Food and Beverage Sector

Coca Cola

The Coca-Cola Company, founded by pharmacist John Pemberton in 1886, has now become a unique brand drunk 1.7 billion times a day in more than 200 countries. This American company in Atlanta operates under a business model that produces cola concentrate only in this location. The packaging, selling, and distributing of the final product is the responsibility of packaging companies worldwide. As part of a plan to focus on profitable concentrate production, Coca-Cola divested part of its bottling facilities in China for $1 billion. With its annual income of 35.4 billion dollars, this company has recently announced a plan to build a huge factory in Houston. This $250 million project is scheduled to be officially opened in 2020.


Mars Company started its activity a century ago. Mars is a world-renowned food products company run by the Mars family. Its headquarters is in the state of Virginia, and this business.

The family business, with an annual income of 35 billion dollars, has been able to present itself as one of the main companies producing food products. This brand has various products such as chocolate, pet, food, and drinks. Mars has recently started buying several smaller companies and plans to increase its share of the world’s confectionery and chocolate market, which currently holds 13.5%.

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