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The organic foods business has gone so far beyond wheat sprouts and fresh pressed juices that the top company in the sector,  is close to breaking into the top half of the Fortune 500 rankings of America’s largest companies.
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The organic foods business has gone so far beyond wheat sprouts and fresh pressed juices that the top company in the sector, is close to breaking into the top half of the Fortune 500 rankings of America’s largest companies.
Nestlé NESR-FFRanking: 1Sales: $83.05 billion (year ending Dec. 2011)Acquisition(s): Mediterranean Foods*                    Sweet Leaf Tea                    PowerBar                    Pria Grain EssentialThe Swiss-based giant is a master at acquisitions, evident in its wide variety of products that are household names around the world: chocolate, coffee, water, cereals, yogurt, infant formula, dog food and, of course, organics. It bought PowerBar in 2000, Pria in 2006, Mediterranean in 2008 and Sweet Leaf in 2011.
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Nestlé NESR-FFRanking: 1Sales: $83.05 billion (year ending Dec. 2011)Acquisition(s): Mediterranean Foods*                    Sweet Leaf Tea                    PowerBar                    Pria Grain EssentialThe Swiss-based giant is a master at acquisitions, evident in its wide variety of products that are household names around the world: chocolate, coffee, water, cereals, yogurt, infant formula, dog food and, of course, organics. It bought PowerBar in 2000, Pria in 2006, Mediterranean in 2008 and Sweet Leaf in 2011.
PepsiCo Ranking: 2Sales: $65.88 bill (year ending Dec. 2011)Acquisition(s): IZZE Beverage                    Naked Juice                    Stacy’s Pita ChipsPepsiCo bought Stacy’s in 2005, and both Naked and IZZE in 2006. It also acquired a majority stake in a Russian juice and diary company, as of building a $30-billion nutrition business by 2020. But the company famous for chips and soft drinks has also established a presence in the organic area through more than simple acquisition. It offers organic versions of best-selling, home-grown brands, such as Tostitos and Tropicana.
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PepsiCo Ranking: 2Sales: $65.88 bill (year ending Dec. 2011)Acquisition(s): IZZE Beverage                    Naked Juice                    Stacy’s Pita ChipsPepsiCo bought Stacy’s in 2005, and both Naked and IZZE in 2006. It also acquired a majority stake in a Russian juice and diary company, as of building a $30-billion nutrition business by 2020. But the company famous for chips and soft drinks has also established a presence in the organic area through more than simple acquisition. It offers organic versions of best-selling, home-grown brands, such as Tostitos and Tropicana.
Kraft FoodsRanking: 3*Sales: $54.36 billion (year ending Dec. 2011)Acquisitions: Boca Foods                  Back to NatureKraft acquired Boca in 2000 and Back to Nature in 2003, moves that preceded a 2007 growth strategy, which included expanding its organic line of foods. Kraft recently agreed to sell a majority stake in Back to Nature to private equity firm Brynwood Partners, a move related to its
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Kraft FoodsRanking: 3*Sales: $54.36 billion (year ending Dec. 2011)Acquisitions: Boca Foods                  Back to NatureKraft acquired Boca in 2000 and Back to Nature in 2003, moves that preceded a 2007 growth strategy, which included expanding its organic line of foods. Kraft recently agreed to sell a majority stake in Back to Nature to private equity firm Brynwood Partners, a move related to its
The Coca-Cola Company Ranking: 4Sales: $46.54 billion (year ending Dec. 2011)Acquisitions: Honest Tea                  Mad River Traders                  Odwalla
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The Coca-Cola Company Ranking: 4Sales: $46.54 billion (year ending Dec. 2011)Acquisitions: Honest Tea                  Mad River Traders                  Odwalla
Tyson Foods Ranking: 8Sales: $32.24 billion (year ending Sept. 2011)Acquisition: Nature’s Farm OrganicWith sales of organic chicken far outpacing that of other meats, it is no surprise Tyson bought Nature’s Farm Organic in 2004. In 2007, the company began its “100% All Natural™, Raised Without Antibiotics� chicken initiative.
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Tyson Foods Ranking: 8Sales: $32.24 billion (year ending Sept. 2011)Acquisition: Nature’s Farm OrganicWith sales of organic chicken far outpacing that of other meats, it is no surprise Tyson bought Nature’s Farm Organic in 2004. In 2007, the company began its “100% All Natural™, Raised Without Antibiotics� chicken initiative.
Groupe Danone Products.
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Groupe Danone Products.
General Mills Ranking: 21Sales: $14.88 billion (year ending May 2011)Acquisition(s): Foods Should Taste Good                    Larabar                    Mountain High Yoghurt                    Cascadian Farm                    Muir Glen
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General Mills Ranking: 21Sales: $14.88 billion (year ending May 2011)Acquisition(s): Foods Should Taste Good                    Larabar                    Mountain High Yoghurt                    Cascadian Farm                    Muir Glen
Kellogg Ranking: 24Sales: $ 13.19 billion (year ending Dec. 11)Acquisition(s): Kashi*                    Morningstar Farms                    Natural Touch                    Wholesome & Hearty
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Kellogg Ranking: 24Sales: $ 13.19 billion (year ending Dec. 11)Acquisition(s): Kashi*                    Morningstar Farms                    Natural Touch                    Wholesome & Hearty
Dean Foods Ranking: 28Sales. $ 13.05 billion (year ending Dec. 11)Acquisition(s): Alta Dena                    Horizon Organic                    Silk
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Dean Foods Ranking: 28Sales. $ 13.05 billion (year ending Dec. 11)Acquisition(s): Alta Dena                    Horizon Organic                    Silk
ConAgra Foods products
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ConAgra Foods products