Dr Howard, an associate professor in the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University, first published his 'who owns organic?' chart in 2003 and has been updating it annually to reflect M&A activity in the sector.
The chart, which you can look at by clicking here shows that big names such as Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestlé, Mars, General Mills, Kellogg and ConAgra now completely dominate the category, noted The Cornucopia Institute.
“In 1995 there were 81 independent organic processing companies in the United States. A decade later, Big Food had gobbled up all but 15 of them.”
Click here to see the chart.