Well, Kellogg's owns Kashi. Have I purchased Kashi? Yes, but not recently. Did I know who owned Kashi? No. Will I avoid Kashi in the future? Probably.
I found a wonderful website by Phil Howard, PhD, an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University. He has made up many charts and graphs like the one above that illustrate who owns what companies, and tracking graphs of foodborne illness outbreacks.
Now, let's take it even further.
According to organicconsumers.org regarding food mergers...
- The following are owned by Hain Celestial Food Group:Hain Pure Foods, Westbrae Natural, Westsoy, Breadshop's, Casbah, Garden of Eatin', Terra Chips, Yves Veggie Cuisine, DeBoles, Earth's Best, Nile Spice, Jason Cosmetics.
- H. J. Heinz Co. owns 20% of Hain Celestial Food Group.
- Odwalla and Fresh Samantha juice are owned by Coca-Cola.
- Kraft owns Boca. Phillip Morris owns Kraft. That means no Boca burgers for me.
- Natural Touch is now Morning Star Farms Natural Touch, and Morning Star Farms is owned by Kellogg. These products say "made with organic soy" but do not say 100% organic, so it is likely that they use GMO soy also.
- White Wave and Horizon Organic are owned by Dean Foods.
- Arrowhead water and Poland Spring water are owned by Nestle.
- Seeds of change is owned by M&M Mars. That IS a change!
- Lightlife is owned by ConAgra, a megagiant, if not the largest food company in the U.S.
- Knudsen, After the Fall, and Santa Cruz Organics are owned by Smuckers.
- Cascadian Farms and Muir Glen are owned by Small Planet Foods, which is owned by General Mills. My cereal comes from Cascadian Farms, and my tomato sauce is from Muir Glen. I am going to have to rethink these purchases.