The Top 10
Nestlé: $89.1 Billion
Philip Morris International: $78.1 Billion
Procter & Gamble: $65.1 Billion
PepsiCo: $63.5 Billion
Unilever: $60.6 Billion
Anheuser-Busch InBev: $56.4 Billion
Christian Dior: $49.2 Billion
LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton: $48.1 Billion
JBS: $43.1 Billion
Tyson Foods: $38.2 Billion
A significant portion of last year’s growth came not through organic sales increases but from mergers and acquisitions — $95.3 billion of which took place in 2017 from just 17 major deals, according to Deloitte. Traditional companies aren’t just buying up the emerging brands that have, in so many cases, beaten them online; they also continue to acquire each other to maintain shrinking market share or focus on different categories that better address the needs of today’s consumers.
All this disruption still hasn’t affected the annual ranking too much. As has been the case over the last few years, only two companies have fallen off the list: tobacco marketer Reynolds American, which now is part of British American Tobacco (No. 23), and Turkey-based appliance manufacturer Arcelik AS, which just barely missed the cut. They were replaced by France-based cheese specialist Savencia (at No. 86) and U.S. household goods manufacturer Church & Dwight (100).
The entire list of the CG companies with the greatest revenue can be found here. The sidebar on the left provides a sneak peek at the 10 mega consumer goods companies with the biggest sales numbers.