The U.S. Index 2018 ranks the ten largest food and non-alcoholic beverage manufacturers: The Coca-Cola Company (Coca-Cola), ConAgra Brands (ConAgra), Dr Pepper Snapple Group (Dr Pepper Snapple), General Mills, Inc. (General Mills), Kellogg Company (Kellogg), The Kraft Heinz Company (Kraft Heinz), Mars, Inc. (Mars), Nestlé S.A. (Nestlé), PepsiCo, Inc. (PepsiCo) and Unilever. These companies were selected based on their Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 sales in the United States. Together they accounted for over 30% of the processed food and beverage market share in the United States in 2016 and generated a total of just over $160 billion in revenues. The United States is the largest single market for the ten companies assessed.
Of the ten manufacturers assessed in this first U.S. Index, most sell a wide range of food and beverage products. Only two produce beverages solely or predominantly (Coca-Cola and Dr Pepper Snapple). All but two – Nestlé and Unilever – are headquartered in the United States. At the time of the research, nine of the ten were public companies; only Mars Inc was privately held. In early 2018, Dr Pepper Snapple merged with Keurig Green Mountain, owned by JAB, a Luxembourg-based investment vehicle.
The BMS Marketing assessment focuses only on the three largest baby food companies in the United States by sales: Abbott Laboratories, Inc. (Abbott), Nestlé and RB/Mead Johnson Nutrition (RB/MJN), which together account for 80% of sales of infant formula and baby foods and drinks in the United States.
The Access to Nutrition Index rates food and beverage manufacturers´ nutrition-related policies, practices and disclosures worldwide on a recurring basis.
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