Almost Every Packaged Food Comes from These Two Companies
Kraft Heinz and Unilever may have had the shortest courtship in history. Kraft Heinz withdrew its $143 billion bid for Unilever just over 48 hours after making its initial play for the Anglo-Dutch company. Unilever firmly and immediately rebuffed Kraft Heinz’ advances, and Kraft Heinz withdrew its offer yesterday.
But with the household giants in the news — the mega-merger would have been the largest in food conglomerate history — we got to thinking about all the brands that they make.
Hold on to your Marmite: It’s probably more than you thought.
There’s Heinz Ketchup, of course (and Heinz Baked Beans and Heinz Sloppy Joe Sauce), and Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, as well as British brands with cult followings, Marmite and PG Tips. But did you know Unilever is the world’s biggest ice cream manufacturer? It’s the parent company for Ben & Jerry’s, Popsicle, Magnum, and Klondike.
Together, the two also have pretty good control of the condiment aisle, what with A1 Steak Sauce, Lea & Perrins, Hellmann’s, and Grey Poupon. There’s Country Time, Country Crock, and Cracker Barrel Cheese, and, while on cheeses, Philadelphia and Velveeta, too.
Quartz ran the full list, but be warned — it’s very, very long.
We’re not sure if the almost-merger would have been good news or bad news for grocery shoppers at large. Due to its enormous footprint, the alliance could have meant more bargaining power with stores — and therefore higher prices for consumers. Perhaps it would be prudent to start stocking up on Marmite, just in case?
Do you have a favorite Kraft Heinz or Unilever packaged food product? Share with us in the comments.