The Companies That Own Everything (Well, Just About)

Companies that own everything

When you go to the grocery store, you may see 20,000 different products. What amazing variety! But flip the labels around and the story looks much different.

A small group of major companies own everything we buy. Well, just about everything. Beverage and food companies in particular have massive rosters of sub-brands that we purchase every day or week for our pantry and refrigerator. Just a handful of pharmaceutical companies fully stock the medical aisles by themselves. In this article, we flip the labels to show how most markets are much more consolidated than you might think.

 

10 Companies That Own Everything

Below, you’ll find information about ten of the biggest companies that own everything we buy. Most of the conglomerates are food and beverage companies, but you’ll also find consumer good brands and pharmaceuticals. Some of these companies own so many brands that they play in all three markets. Click on each logo to jump down in the article to learn more about that company.

 

Johnson & Johnson

Companies that own everything: Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson is a pharmaceutical and consumer goods company based in New Jersey.

  • Main Industry: Pharmaceutical
  • Year Founded: 1886
  • Headquarters: United States
  • 2021 Revenue: $94 billion

 

Notable Brands That Johnson & Johnson Owns

  • Aveeno
  • Band-Aid
  • Carefree
  • Dabao
  • Dr Ci: Labo
  • Johnson’s
  • Le Petit Marseillais
  • Listerine
  • Motrin
  • Neutrogena
  • Nicorette
  • OGX
  • Stayfree
  • Tylenol
  • Zarbee’s

 

PepsicoPepsico: A Company That Owns Everything

PepsiCo is a food, snack, and beverage company based in New York. PepsiCo was formed by the merger of Pepsi-Cola and Frito-Lay.

  • Main Industry: Food & Beverage
  • Year Founded: 1965
  • Headquarters: United States
  • 2021 Revenue: $79 billion

 

Brands That Pepsico Owns

  • Alvalle
  • Baken-Ets
  • Bare
  • Bolt24
  • Brisk
  • Bubly
  • Cap ‘N’ Crunch
  • Cheetos
  • Chesters
  • Cracker Jack
  • Dole
  • Doritos
  • Gamesa
  • Gatorade
  • Grandma’s
  • Health Warrior
  • Hilo Life
  • Kevita
  • Lay’s
  • Life Wtr
  • Lipton
  • Looza
  • Matador
  • Maui Style
  • Mazanita Sol
  • Miss Vickies
  • Mountain Dew
  • Munchies
  • Munchos
  • Muscle Milk
  • Naked
  • NatuChips
  • Near East
  • Neon Zebra
  • Ocean Spray
  • Off The Eaten Path
  • Pasta Roni
  • Pearl Milling Company
  • Pepsi
  • PopCorners
  • Propel
  • Pure Leaf
  • Red Rock Deli
  • Rold Gold
  • Ruffles
  • Sabritas
  • Sabritones
  • Santitas
  • Sierra Mist
  • Smartfood
  • Sobe
  • Soulboost
  • Spitz
  • Stacy’s
  • Sunchips
  • Tazo
  • Tostitos
  • Tropicana
  • Unmuddled
  • Yachak

 

Procter & Gamble

Procter & Gamble: A Company That Owns Everything

The Procter & Gamble Company is a consumer goods company based in Ohio that produces beauty, health, and family products.

  • Main Industry: Consumer Goods
  • Year Founded: 1837
  • Headquarters: United States
  • 2021 Revenue: $76 billion

 

Brands That Procter & Gamble Owns

  • Align
  • All Good
  • Always
  • Ambi Pur
  • Ariel
  • Aussie
  • Aways Discreet
  • Bounce
  • Bounty
  • Braun
  • Cascade
  • Chairman
  • Charlie Banana
  • Cheer
  • Clearblue
  • Crest
  • Dawn
  • Downy
  • Dreft
  • Era
  • Febreze
  • Fixodent
  • Gain
  • Gillette
  • Gillette Venus
  • Head & Shoulders
  • Herbal Essences
  • Joy+Glee
  • Just
  • Luvs
  • Meta
  • Microban 24
  • Mr. Clean
  • My Black is Beautiful
  • Ninjamas
  • Old Spice
  • Oral-B
  • Pampers
  • Pantene
  • Pepto-Bismol
  • Prilosec OTC
  • Puffs
  • Rindex 3en1
  • Salvo
  • Scope
  • Swiffer
  • Tampax
  • The Art of Shaving
  • This is L
  • Tide
  • Vicks
  • Zevo

 

Unilever

Unilever: A Company That Owns Everything

Unilever is a British consumer goods company with based in London, England that produces soaps, cleaning products, cereals, and much more.

  • Main Industry: Consumer Goods
  • Year Founded: 1929
  • Headquarters: United Kingdom
  • 2021 Revenue: $62 billion

 

Brands That Unilever Owns

  • Axe
  • Bango
  • Ben & Jerry’s
  • Cif
  • Comfort
  • Domestos
  • Dove
  • Equilibra
  • Hellmann’s
  • Knorr
  • Lifebuoy
  • Liquid I.V.
  • Lux
  • Magnum
  • Olly
  • OMO
  • Onnit
  • Rexona
  • Seventh Generation
  • SmartyPants
  • Sunsilk
  • The Vegetarian Butcher
  • Vaseline
  • Wall’s

 

Mars

Mars: A Company That Owns Everything

Mars is an American food and pet food manufacturing company based in Virginia.

  • Main Industry: Food & Beverage
  • Year Founded: 1911
  • Headquarters: United States
  • 2021 Revenue: $40 billion

 

Brands That Mars Owns

  • 3 Musketeers
  • 5 Gum
  • Abu Siouf
  • Altoids
  • American Heritage Chocolate
  • Amicelli
  • AniCura
  • Antech
  • API
  • Aquarian
  • Asia Veterinary Diagnostics
  • Balisto
  • Banfield Pet Hospital
  • Ben’s Original
  • Blu Pearl
  • Buckeye Nutrition
  • Catsan
  • Celebrations
  • Cesar
  • Chappie
  • Combos
  • Companion Fund
  • Crave
  • Dolmio
  • Doublemint
  • Dreamies
  • Ebly
  • Eclipse
  • Ethel M
  • Eukanuba
  • Extra
  • FluffyGo
  • Galaxy
  • Goodnessknows
  • Greenies
  • Hubba Bubba
  • IAMS
  • James Wellbeloved
  • Juicy Fruit
  • KanTong
  • Kinship
  • Kitekat
  • Leap Venture Studio & Academy
  • Life Savers
  • Linnaeus
  • Lovebug
  • M&M’s
  • Maltesers
  • Mars
  • Mars Veterinary Health
  • MasterFoods
  • Milky Way
  • Miracoli
  • Misfits
  • Mount Pleasant Veterinary Group
  • My Cat DNA
  • My Dog DNA
  • My M&M’s
  • Natusan
  • Nom Nom
  • Nutro
  • Orbit
  • Pamesello
  • Peawee
  • Pedigree
  • Perfect Fit
  • Pet Insight Project
  • Raris
  • Royal Canin
  • Royco
  • Seeds of Change
  • Sheba
  • Skittles
  • Snickers
  • Spearmint
  • Starburst
  • Suzi Wan
  • Tasty Bite
  • Thomas
  • Twix
  • VCA Animal Hospital
  • Vet Insight
  • Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital
  • Veterinary Specialty Hospital
  • Waltham Petcare Science Institute
  • Whiskas
  • Whistle
  • Winergy
  • Winterfresh
  • Wisdom Panel
  • Wrigley’s Big Red

 

Coca-Cola

Coca Cola: A Company That Owns Everything

The Coca-Cola Company makes and sells non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages and is based in Georgia.

  • Main Industry: Food & Beverage
  • Year Founded: 1892
  • Headquarters: United States
  • 2021 Revenue: $38 billion

 

Brands That Coca-Cola Owns

  • Ades
  • AHA Sparkling Water
  • Appletiser
  • AquArius
  • Ayataka
  • Barq’s Root Beer
  • Bodyarmor
  • Ciel
  • Coca-Cola
  • Costa Coffee
  • Dasani
  • Del Valle
  • Diet Coke
  • Dogadan
  • Fairlife
  • Fanta
  • Fresca
  • Fresca Mixed
  • Fuzetea
  • Georgia
  • Gold Peak Tea
  • i-lohas
  • Innocent
  • Jack Daniels Old Time
  • Lemon-Dou
  • Minute Maid
  • Peace Tea
  • Powerade
  • Schweppes
  • Simply
  • Simply Spiked
  • Smart Water
  • Sprite
  • Topo
  • Topo-Chico
  • Vitamin Water

 

Mondelez International

Mondelez: A Company That Owns Everything

Mondelez International is an American food, beverage and snack food manufacturing company based in Illinois. It is a conglomerate of older food companies like Cadbury and Nabisco.

  • Main Industry: Food & Beverage
  • Year Founded: 2012
  • Headquarters: United States
  • 2021 Revenue: $28 billion

 

Brands That Mondelez International Owns

  • 5Star
  • 7Days
  • Alpen Gold
  • Barni
  • Belvita
  • Bournvita
  • Cadbury
  • Chips Ahoy
  • Clorets
  • Club Social
  • Cote D’or
  • Daim
  • Enjoy Life Foods
  • Freia
  • Halls
  • Honey Maid
  • Hu
  • Kinh Do
  • Lacta
  • Lu
  • Marabou
  • Maynards Bassett’s
  • Milka
  • Oreo
  • Perfect Snacks
  • Prince
  • Ritz
  • Royal
  • Sour Patch Kids
  • Stride
  • Tang
  • Tate’s Bake Shop
  • Tiger
  • Toblerone
  • Trident
  • Triscuit
  • Tuc
  • Wheat Thins

 

KraftHeinz

KraftHeinz: A Company That Owns Everything

KraftHeinz is an American food manufacturing company created in 2015 by Kraft Foods (founded in 1903) and Heinz (founded in 1869) merging.

  • Main Industry: Food & Beverage
  • Year Founded: 2015
  • Headquarters: United States
  • 2021 Revenue: $26 billion

 

Brands That KraftHeinz Owns

  • ABC
  • Caprisun
  • Classico
  • Golden Circle
  • Grey Poupon
  • Honig
  • Jell-O
  • Kool-Aid
  • Lunchables
  • Kraft Mac & Cheese
  • Master
  • Maxwell House
  • Ore-Ida
  • Oscar Mayer
  • Philadelphia
  • Plasmon
  • Pudliszki
  • Quero
  • Smart Ones
  • Velveeta
  • Watties
  • Weight Watchers

 

General Mills

General Mills: A Company That Owns Everything

General Mills is an American food manufacturing company based in Minnesota that sells packaged foods through retail stores.

  • Main Industry: Food & Beverage
  • Year Founded: 1928
  • Headquarters: United States
  • 2021 Revenue: $18 billion

 

Brands That General Mills Owns

  • Annie’s
  • Autumn’s Gold
  • Betty Crocker
  • Bisquick
  • Blue Buffalo
  • BoldCultr
  • Bugles
  • Cascadian Farm
  • Cheerios
  • Chex Cereal
  • Chex Mix
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch
  • Cocoa Puffs
  • Cookie Crisp
  • Doolies
  • Dunkaroos
  • EPIC
  • Fiber One
  • Food Should Taste Good
  • Gardetto’s
  • Gold Medal
  • Golden Grahams
  • Good Measure
  • Green Giant
  • Helper
  • Haagen-Dazs
  • Jus-Rol
  • Kix
  • Larabar
  • Latina Fresh
  • Liberte
  • Lucky Charms
  • Monster Cereals
  • Muir Glen
  • Nature Valley
  • Old El Paso
  • Oui
  • Pillsbury
  • Pillsbury Atta
  • Progresso
  • Raisin Nut Bran
  • Ratio Food
  • Reese’s Puff
  • Total
  • Totino’s/Jeno’s
  • Trix
  • Wanchai Ferry
  • Wheaties
  • Yoki
  • Yoplait

 

Kellogg’s

Kellogg's: A Company That Owns Everything

Kellogg’s is an American food manufacturing company based in Michigan that serves cereal and convenience foods to over 180 countries.

  • Main Industry: Food & Beverage
  • Year Founded: 1906
  • Headquarters: United States
  • 2021 Revenue: $14 billion

 

Brands That Kellogg’s Owns

  • All-Bran
  • Apple Jacks
  • Austin
  • Bear Naked
  • Carr’s
  • Cheez-It
  • Club
  • Corn Flakes
  • Corn Pops
  • Cracklin’ Oat Bran
  • Crispix
  • Eggo
  • Froot Loops
  • Frosted Flakes
  • Frosted Mini Wheats
  • Frozen Breakfast
  • Grahams
  • Honey Smacks
  • Incogmeato
  • Insta Bowl
  • Jumbo Snax
  • Kashi
  • Krave
  • Limited Edition
  • MorningStar Farms
  • Mueslix
  • Nutri-Grain
  • Pop-Tarts
  • Pringles
  • Pure Organic
  • Raisin Bran
  • Rice Krispies
  • Smart Start
  • Smorz
  • Special K
  • Toasteds
  • Town House
  • Zesta

 

Which companies own a lot of brands?

  • Food & beverage: Pepsico, Mars, Coca-Cola, Mondelez International, KraftHeinz
  • Pharmaceutical: Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Roche
  • Consumer products: Procter & Gamble, Unilever
  • Media: NewsCorp, TimeWarner, Comcast

 

Which media companies own everything we watch and read?

These six companies dominate the media (TV, film, music, video games, news):

  • National Amusements
  • Disney
  • TimeWarner
  • Comcast
  • NewsCorp
  • Sony

With hundreds of sub-brands and hundreds of billions in combined market value, these six media companies provide much of what we consume for content. To learn more, look at this WebFX infographic.

 

Which companies have the most subsidiaries?

  • HCA Healthcare, a pharma company based in the US, has 2,447 subsidiaries
  • WPP, a media company based in the UK, has 2,153 subsidiaries
  • UnitedHealth Group, a financial services company based in the US, has 1,445 subsidiaries
  • Blackstone, a financial services company based in the US, has 1,130 subsidiaries

To learn more, visit this article that compiles data from GlobalData.

 

What is the biggest privately owned company?

In the United States, Cargill is likely the biggest privately owned company. Worldwide, Vitol (based in the Netherlands) is the biggest. For state-owned but not publicly traded companies, Saudi Aramco is the largest (and quiet possibly the largest company in the world outright).

A private company is not obligated to share financial figures, so most rankings are estimates.

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