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The Coca-Cola Company

The Coca-Cola Company KO
Ranking: 4
Sales: $46.54 billion (year ending Dec. 2011)
Acquisitions: Honest Tea
Mad River Traders
Odwalla

Coca-Cola bought the juice company Odwalla in 2000 and Mad River Traders — a natural soda, tea and juice maker — in 2001, as part of a move to expand its noncarbonated drinks business. The Atlanta-based icon swallowed Honest Tea in two gulps — a 40 percent stake in 2008 and outright control in 2011.

Photo: Evy Mages | The Washington Post | Getty Images