You may be surprised to find out, I am just warning you now. I wrote a little about this in the past, but I came across a few charts of “Who Owns What” and I figured I would share them with you guys, just in case you didn’t know about this already. Sad to say, there aren’t that many smaller, organic food brands left that haven’t either A. been scooped up by a giant conglomerate or B. gone the way of the dodo. And that’s true for not just food brands, as Burt’s Bees is now owned by Clorox, for example. Sometimes, if you aren’t careful, you just don’t know who you are supporting with your hard-earned dollars. But thanks to one of my favorite magazines, GOOD, and a study by Philip H. Howard titled “Organic Industry Structure“, we can do our homework and spread the word about who owns who in the organic/natural food sector. So let’s take a look at some parent companies and what they own…
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See, it pays to find out who owns (and produces) your favorite food brands. While there are still some great independent brands out there (Clif Bar, Nature’s Path, Amy’s Kitchen, Applegate Farms, to name a few), more and more of the brands I like are being bought out by huge companies who are only interested in profit and looking “green”. Sure, some of them are still doing the right thing and producing high-quality organic goods, but I do often wonder how long that will last. Hopefully the foods I love will stay the same even after being bought by these corporations, but I like knowing I am supporting smaller, independent food companies – and it’s getting harder and harder to do so.