Nestle is famous for its candy, but did you know it's also the creator of the fine line of Hot Pockets-brand foods? Or, did you know, P&G could pretty much single-handedly stock most peoples' medicine cabinets? In fact, five companies produce a ton of the items on your grocery list. This infographic by designer Grant Stewart breaks down 60 household products, tracing them back to one of those five businesses.
Interesting stuff. And some of these are perfect for conspiracy theorists: "Unilever makes Ben & Jerry's AND Slim-Fast?!"
These seem like good stable companies to invest you dollars in on stock for the long run.
This is the kind of story that needs to be emphasize more. Thank you for taking the time to research and write this up for the world to see. People need to recognize that collective corporatism is very real. You can't escape giving your money to these five corporations, no matter the dozens of different items you buy. PepsiCo and the like have "horizontal monopolies" where they not only control very large brand names, but control a very large amount of very large brand names that largely impact the entire economy; a very damaging thing for a capitalist situation. Thank you for lifting the veil on this.
I checked the list and I am proud to state that not one of those products can be found in my house. Most of those items were ruined (downsized, changed formula, bad things added)once they were bought out and I found better alternatives.