Ten Company Connections That’ll Surprise You

Some of the most fascinating eavesdrop material I’ve overheard during my time at GoodGuide has to do with how consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies are structured. Who owns who? Who wants to retain operating autonomy? Who wants to preserve their pristine supply chain? Who has a license to distribute brand X, but only in the United States? Is there more consolidation in industries like food or apparel versus personal care? The nuances of company relationships won’t be covered in this blog post (they are, however, incorporated into our ratings), but basic awareness that these nuances exist can make you a more savvy consumer.

Check out the slideshow below to see some of the company relationships I discovered by browsing GoodGuide and through chats with GoodGuide’s company research analyst, Mary Jo. If you’ve come across any other surprising connections (via GoodGuide or on your own), we want to know so share them in the comment section below.

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About Sheila Viswanathan

Sheila Viswanathan focuses on educating individuals on how to make healthier dietary choices. She received her doctoral degree in Nutrition and Public Health from Teachers College, Columbia University and is certified as a registered dietitian.
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3 Responses to Ten Company Connections That’ll Surprise You

  1. jb says:

    Seriously?
    The text is almost illegible, great content but it would be nice to spend more than 5 minutes formatting it if you expect people to read it… Did someone actually view the slide show before posting it?

    • Sheila Viswanathan says:

      Thanks for the feedback jb – definitely some technical fail on our part. We’ve fixed the image sizes so that the text shows up more clearly.

  2. Kimberly M. says:

    Consumers should also be wary of organic foods. I recently found out some of our favorite organic brands are owned by bigger corporations that are proponents of genetically modified food products. A few that really upset me: Cascadian Farms is owned by General Mills, Stoneyfield Farms and Brown Cow are owned by Danone (the makers of Dannon), Burt’s Bees is owned by CLOROX, etc. Check out a few more here: http://media.mercola.com/imageserver/public/2009/April/4.11organicIndStructure2.jpg

    Not all organic companies have sold out though…thank goodness. There are some that are currently members of the non-GMO Project. You can find a list of them here: http://www.nongmoproject.org/consumers/search-participating-products/

    Hope this helps!!

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