Processed food has been the basic diet of humans for centuries; preserving food with salt, fermentation were techniques used initially to process food but with the advent of modern technologies, people found new and better ways to preserve food for longer durations and with tastier products.
Nutritional food did take a hit but they were just a few cons in having processed food. The processed foods were prepared much quickly, they were tastier and were disease free, various processing companies emerged in this business and they began marketing and producing processed food in accordance to consumer’s preference. Here are the top 10 best and largest food processing companies in the world in 2018.
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Heineken is a global brewing company which was founded in 1864 in Amsterdam. It is a Dutch company whose area of operations is divided into 5 territories: Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, The Americas, Asia Pacific, and Africa and the Middle East. In the present time, Heineken owns 165 breweries which produce speciality beers and ciders in more than 200 international and domestic areas and caters its services in 70 countries. The company owes its huge success because of its consistency in creating a quality beverage for more than 150 years, it was founded by Gerard Adriaan Heineken and is currently helmed by Jean-François van Boxmeer (CEO).
Danone is a multinational company which specialises in food processing. The company was founded in Barcelona, Spain by Isaac Carasso in 1919. The company’s headquarters was shifted to France in 1929, but the founder’s son on whom the company’s name was based Daniel Carasso has to shift again to New York during the World War 2 due to the Nazis. Danone has products in various industries; their products include early life nutrition, dairy products, water and medical nutrition and with more than 130 markets with their primary sales coming from developing nations.
Modelez International is an American company with its focus on food processing. It is a multinational company which is based on food, beverage, and confectionery. The company was founded in 1923 but didn’t take the current shape till the acquisition of several firms; its headquarters is in Illinois. The company produces many top-level brands of a product like Toblerone, Cadbury, Marabou, Trident, Halls, Stride, Tang, Triscuit, Milka etc.
Unilever was founded in 1930 and is one of the oldest companies operating at the global level. Its products include food, cleaning agents, beverages, and personal care products. Unilever has maintained a position among the top food processing companies for decades. In 2012 it was the world’s largest consumer goods company according to its revenue and it is still the largest producer of food spreads in the world. It owns more than 300 brands and has products in 190 countries; some of its top brands include Lux, Magnum, Rama, Sunsilk, Surf, Omo, Heartbrand ice creams.
6. Anheuser-Busch InBev
It doesn’t matter if one drinks alcohol or not, the brands which are under AB InBev are famous worldwide and it is nearly impossible for someone to not have heard about it. It is the largest beer company in the world with some of its brands being Budweiser, Corona, Stella Artois, Leffe. The company merged with SABMiller in 2016 but even prior to the merger it has 200 brands under its name.
5. Tyson Foods
Tyson Foods is a multinational company which is the 2nd largest food processing company in chicken, beef and pork market. The quality of their products has led them to an immense success so much so that they are the largest exporter of beef. It is a US based company which was founded in 1935 at Springdale, Arkansas. It numerous acquisitions has made Tyson an owner of many top brands of food such as Jimmy Dean, Ball Park, Wright Brand, Aidells and State Fair.
4. The Coca-Cola Company
Coca-Cola is a household name for every corner of the world. The company is the marketer, retailer and the manufacturer of several non-alcoholic beverages with their primary one being carbonated soft drinks and syrups. It was founded in Atlanta, Georgia. It is an American multinational company which was founded more than a century ago in 1886. Throughout its history The Coca-Cola Company has acquired numerous companies; some of the major ones are Minute Maid, Thums Up, Odwalla, Fuze Beverage, ZICO, Honest Tea. It even bought Columbia Pictures in 1982 but later sold it to Sony for 5 times its cost price.
JBS was founded in 1953 Annapolis, Goias. It is a multinational company which specialises in meat processing. The Brazilian company is successful that it is the largest producer of meat in the entire world according to its sales. Their main products are beef, chicken, and pork; though they also the by-products. The company has plants in more than 150 countries around the world and its headquarters is situated in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Even in 2017, it still remains the biggest meat producer in the world.
PepsiCo operates in more than 200 countries all over the world. Chances are if you want a soft drink there is a PepsiCo’s soft drink available at the store. It is a multinational company which produces snacks, food and beverage. It was founded more than a century ago in 1898 at New Bern, North Carolina. The American company was founded by Caleb Bradham. It is the 2nd largest beverage and food company in the world and in North America, it is the largest. PepsiCo has a vast number of brands many of which are among the top; some of them are Moutain Dew, Lay’s, Gatorade, Mirinda, Cheetos, Quaker foods and snacks, Diet Pepsi, Tropicana, 7 up and also Lipton Tea.
Nestle is a transnational company which specialises in processed foods and drinks. The Swiss company was founded in 1866 as has enjoyed the status of the largest food company in the world virtually unchallenged in their revenues. Its product ranges from baby food, coffee, tea, confectionery, cereal, snacks, ice cream basically they have their hands everywhere. Some of its biggest brands are Nescafe, KitKat, Maggi, Vittel, Nespresso. It has employees in more than 190 countries and is also the major shareholder of L’Oreal which is the world’s largest cosmetics company.
These companies are the backbone of food and beverages across the world and are singularly responsible for the economies of most of them. They have provided people with quality products across the world and have also become a huge success.