Did you know that General Mills owns Cascadian Farm and Muir Glen? Kellogg owns Kashi and Bear Naked? Coca Cola owns Odwalla? And Pepsi owns Naked Juice? Many well-known organic brands now have ties to the top 10 food processors in North America.
Organic brands still independent include Clif and Luna Bars, Organic Valley, Lundberg Family farms, Applegate Farms, Eden Foods and Amy’s Kitchen.
How do you know who’s processing your favorite organic brand? Especially since few of the giant processors identify themselves on their organic brand labels (a practice that is sometimes described as “stealth ownership”)?
Philip H. Howard, Associate Professor at Michigan State University, has created comprehensive infographics to illustrate the structure of the organic industry:
You can see more infographics on Professor Howard’s website: