The world’s biggest food companies in 2018

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  1. Cargill – $109.7bn3. The animal nutrition and protein division was the biggest contributor to the company’s operating revenues in 2017. Its North American business accounted for 36% of the company’s sales and revenues. Based in the US, Cargill is involved in the provision of agricultural, food, industrial and financial products and services. The company’s business divisions include animal nutrition and protein, food ingredients and applications, origination and processing, and industrial and financial services.
  2. Nestle – $91.96bn. The Americas region accounted for the majority of its revenues, at $41.7bn. Based in Switzerland, Nestle is a food and beverage company operating in 189 countries worldwide. The company’s product portfolio is divided into powdered and liquid beverages, nutrition and health science, milk products, and ice cream, as well as pet care, cooking aids, confectionery and water.
  3. PepsiCo – $63.52bn. The food division accounted for 53% of its net revenues, while US region accounted for 58% of its net revenues. PepsiCo is a food and beverage company that manages a total of 22 brands, which are sold in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.
  4. Archer Daniels Midland Company – $60.82bn. Based in the US, ADM is a food processing company involved in the production of food and beverage ingredients, ranging from soy meal, oilseeds, corn and wheat to other agricultural commodities. The company’s business divisions are agricultural services, corn processing, oilseeds processing, and wild flavours and speciality ingredients.
  5. Sysco Corporation – $55.37bn. Based in the US, Sysco is a marketer and distributor of food and non-food products to restaurants, hospitals and educational facilities, as well as hotels, restaurants and industrial caterers. Sysco operates a global network of foodservice companies, while its Sygma division supplies non-food products.
  6. JBS – $49.23bn. Based in Brazil, JBS is involved in the processing of animal protein such as beef, pork, lamb and poultry. The company’s operations are divided into JBS South America and JBS North America, and include more than 400 production facilities located in 15 countries.
  7. Bunge – $45.79bn. Based in the US, Bunge is a food processing company that operates through its agribusiness, food and ingredients, and sugar and bioenergy segments.
  8. George Weston – $38.46bn. George Weston is a Canadian company involved in the processing and distribution of food products. The company’s Weston Foods and Loblaw Companies segments provide baked goods and grocery, pharmacy, apparel and banking services.
  9. Tyson Foods – $38.26bn. Based in the US, Tyson Foods is a processor and supplier of protein products marketed under multiple brand names such as Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Ball Park® and Wright Brand®. The company’s business divisions include beef, pork, chicken and prepared foods.
  10. Mars – $35bn. Mars manufactures and distributes food products. Its business divisions include petcare, chocolate, food, drinks, Wrigley and Symbioscience.
  1. Some Mars’ brands include M&M’s™, Snickers™, Twix™, Milky Way™, Dove™, Pedigree™, Royal Canin™, Whiskas™, Extra™, Orbit™, 5™, Skittles™, Uncle Ben’s™, Mars Drinks and Cocoavia™.