WE NEED TO KNOW
Who Makes The Products We Buy?
Many people don’t realize there’s a relatively small group of companies that manufacture and distribute the great majority of food and common household products most of us buy and use each and every day. But there are many reasons consumers need to know who makes and markets these products.
I’m sure every one of us has, at least once in our lives, had this thought; “I’m not happy with this company, I don’t want to buy anything else they sell”. Or, you might have an important question about a product and need to contact the company quickly and easily, but don’t know who to contact or how to contact them.
Knowing who makes the products you buy is important, especially when many companies use questionable (possibly harmful) ingredients or engages in questionable manufacturing practices, or if you have questions that need to be answered. We also find this question, of who makes what, more important as the top 10 manufacturers try to edge out the smaller companies many of us turn to when we’ve had enough of the chemicals and unfair practices of the large greedy corporations.
Many of us now prefer to rely on smaller companies, who make and distribute all natural foods, organic foods, natural supplements, and environmentally safe products. But the big 10+ (10 are shown below) are doing their best to either run the smaller companies out of business, take business from them, make it hard for them to do business, or buy them up and take them over – often changing the way those great healthy products are made. What a shame, when a huge multi-billion dollar company takes over or bullies a small honest company and changes the ingredients or business practices or just makes it impossible for them to compete. For example, now that most consumers have discovered the importance of eating healthy & organic foods, and taking natural supplements, the big 10+ are doing their best to take over the market for these types of items – even if it means resortin gto dirty play, like lobbying for laws that make it harder for the smaller companies to do business, or taking over a company in order to not have competition, then changing the ingredients of the original company’s products.
Just one example of this is when Colgate-Palmolive bought up and took over Tom’s of Maine. Everything changed after that – the product ingredients, packaging, business practices, and more. But go to the Tom’s of Maine website and you’d never know Colgate-Palmolive bought the company and made changes most loyal Tom’s customers are not happy with. By looking at the website you’d think nothing has changed. But using their product or reading the new ingredients clues you in really fast. This is just one of the many reasons we try to keep track of who makes what. This type of take over and change of ingredients and business practices has happened to many of the better, but smaller, companies (food, health, and home goods manufacturers).
Another reason a smart consumer would want to know just who makes what is having the power to put their money where it works best for them – and to facilitate and promote honest and competative pricing and products. For example, if one of the big 10 companies doesn’t make the type of quality products you want (organic, for example) at a fair price, you can choose to buy from one of the smaller companies. If enough of us do this there will be more competition and this may cause the larger companies to start making healthier, better quality foods and products and better prices. Competition often causes this in business, but how can you choose the competition’s products if you don’t know who makes what? Again, another good reason to have this information.
But when you try to track down the company or parent company you often find most of the items you buy are made by the same company or one of thier subsidiaries. And if you’re a savvy consumer this will make you just a little uneasy. No one should have a monopoly on the products most of us need to get through our daily lives. But there are about 10+ companies who do.
For this reason we’re compiling lists of the Top 100 Food & Beverage Manufacturers and household product manufacturers (worldwide, national, and regional), with a list of their products as well as contact information for the company. It takes a lot of work to compile this information but we’re researching and typing as fast as we can. You can find our food manufacturer’s page here. We hope to have these pages completed very soon, and we hope you bookmark the pages and refer to them often – to keep those companies on their toes and make sure they know we (the consumer) is keeping track of them.
For now we include the chart below, of just some of the huge corporations (the top 10) that are doing their best to be the only companies you buy from. Some of this information may surprise you.