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The Top Food Manufacturing Companies in the World and Their Products

According to Facts and Factors, the packaged food market in the USA looks likely to reach $1268.3 billion by 2026. And that's only in the USA.

Globally, market research suggests the food market will hit $8163.61 billion by 2025.

It's a huge industry, and there are more than a couple of major players.

But who are the biggest food manufacturing companies? Where are they based? And what do they make?

You'll be surprised to learn, many of their products are already in your kitchen. Let's take a look at some of the three biggest.


Everyone has heard of or drank Pepsi. It is one of the world's most iconic brands. And one of the most lucrative.

In fact, PepsiCo, under chairman and CEO, Ramon L. Laguarta, reported a 20.5% net revenue increase in Q2 of 2021, culminating in total net revenue of $19.2 billion.

Founded in the USA by Caleb Bradham, and most famous for its self-titled soda, Pepsi and Pepsi Diet, PepsiCo also produces Mountain Dew, Tropicana, Gatorade, Lipton Ice Tea, and 7UP.

And its reach stretches beyond the beverage market. PepsiCo also produces, Cheetos, Lay's and Walkers chips, Doritos, and, surprisingly, Quaker Oatmeal.

After receiving criticism about the health effects of some of its products, PepsiCo has promised to reduce sugar levels in its sodas by 25%, seeking to move with its modern, more health-conscious customers.


Set up in 1953 in Brazil by rancher José Batista Sobrinho, JBS was initially a slaughtering business. Since then it has become the largest meat processing company in the world by sales.

In August, JBS reported a net income rise of 30%, up to $839.22 million, the most lucrative quarter in its history.

JBS produces or owns many meat and poultry brands like Hertford Corned Beef, Swift Burgers, and Ledbetter Foods. They recently acquired Empire Packing for $238 million, further boosting their market reach.

JBS produces and sells its beef, lamb, chicken, pork, and processed meats all over the world. It has subsidiary companies in most of the largest food manufacturing countries, and it is still growing.

Meat products, like all food, require top-notch health and hygiene standards. The stakes are so high for the largest companies, they often rely on food safety consultants to ensure they meet all standards needed.


Fancy a break? With iconic products like Kitkats, Milkybars, and Smarties in their pantry, the Swiss brand, Nestle, is one of the behemoths of the chocolate industry.

But they are not the largest chocolate company, overshadowed by Mars, Ferrero, The Hershey Company, Meiji, and Mondolelz.

Nestle is, however, a key player in coffee, cereals, water, frozen dairy, and even pet care, producing Cheerios, Nescafe, Perrier, Häagen-Dazs, and Bakers Complete.

And don't forget the British Christmas favorite, Quality Street.

With CEO, Mark Schneider, at the wheel, Nestle reported total sales of CHF 41.8 billion ($45.1 billion) halfway through 2021.

Their recent purchase of The Bountiful Company also opened the door to the ever-expanding vitamins and supplements market, worth $18.14 billion in 2020.

Food Manufacturing: Keeping It All Clean

Top food manufacturing companies like these need professional training to keep their premises and products in adherence with FSA and health and safety standards.

As their businesses grow in size, the level of risk also increases.

But it is not just multinationals that need these skills. Smaller food businesses can also benefit from food safety training and consultancy.

Have a look at which type of food safety training is right for your business.

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