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World's biggest food and beverage companies

Last updated on: April 16, 2012 14:56 IST

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There are some food and beverage companies that have more money than some countries of the world.

Let's take a look at some of the biggest food and beverage companies in the world.

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Nestle

Global rank: 1

Nestle is the world's largest food and nutrition company. Founded and headquartered in Vevey, Switzerland, Nestle originated in a 1905 merger of the Anglo-Swiss Milk Company, established in 1867 by brothers George Page and Charles Page, and Farine Lactee Henri Nestle, founded in 1866 by Henri Nestle.

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Image: Bottles of Pepsi on display in New York.
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PepsiCo

Global rank: 2

PepsiCo is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Purchase, New York, United States, with interests in the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of grain-based snack foods, beverages, and other products.

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Image: Kraft Macaroni and Cheese is displayed at the company's headquarters in Northfield, Illinois, US.
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Kraft

Global rank: 3

Kraft Foods is an American multinational confectionery, food and beverage conglomerate. It markets many brands in more than 170 countries. Twelve of its brands annually earn more than $1 billion worldwide: Cadbury, Jacobs, Kraft, LU, Maxwell House, Milka, Nabisco, Oscar Mayer, Philadelphia, Trident and Tang.

Forty of its brands are at least a century old.

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Image: A man walks past a logo at the headquarters of Anheuser-Busch InBev in St Louis, Missouri, US.
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Anheuser-Busch InBev

Global rank: 4

Anheuser-Busch Companies is an American brewing company and a wholly owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev.

The company operates 12 breweries in the United States and 18 in other countries.

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Image: Cases of Coca-Cola in a warehouse at the Swire Coca-Cola facility in Draper, Utah, US.
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Coca-Cola

Global rank: 5

The Coca-Cola Company is an American multinational beverage corporation and manufacturer, retailer and marketer of non-alcoholic beverage concentrates and syrups.

The company is best known for its flagship product Coca-Cola, invented in 1886 by pharmacist John Stith Pemberton in Columbus, Georgia.

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JBS

Global rank: 6

JBS is the largest Brazilian multinational in the food industry, producing fresh, chilled, and processed beef, chicken and pork, and also selling by-products from the processing of these meats.

It is headquartered in Sao Paulo. It was founded in 1953 in Anapolis, Goias.

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Archer Daniels Midland Company

Global rank: 7

Archer Daniels Midland Company is an American global food processing corporation headquartered in Decatur, Illinois.

ADM operates more than 270 plants worldwide, where cereal grains and oilseeds are processed into products used in food, beverage, nutraceutical, industrial and animal feed markets worldwide.

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Unilever

Global rank: 8

Unilever is a British-Dutch multinational consumer goods company. Its products include foods, beverages, cleaning agents and personal care products.

It is the world's largest maker of ice cream.

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Image: Packets of M&M's chocolates are seen at the production line of candy and chocolate maker Mars Chocolate France's plant in Haguenau.
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Mars

Global rank: 9

Mars is an American manufacturer of confectionery, pet food, and other food products with $30 billion in annual sales in 2010, and is ranked as the fifth-largest privately held company in the United States by Forbes.

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Tyson Foods

Global rank: 10

Tyson Foods is a American multinational corporation based in Springdale, Arkansas, that operates in the food industry.

The company is the world's second-largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork only behind Brazilian JBS, and annually exports the largest percentage of beef out of the United States.

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SABMiller

Global rank: 11

SABMiller is a global brewing and bottling company headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It is the world's second-largest brewing company measured by revenues (after Anheuser-Busch InBev) and is also a major bottler of Coca-Cola.

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Cargill

Global rank: 12

Cargill is an American privately held, multinational corporation based in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Founded in 1865, it is now the largest privately held corporation in the United States in terms of revenue.

If it were a public company, it would rank, as of 2011, number 13 on the Fortune 500, behind AT&T and ahead of JP Morgan Chase.

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Image: A view of the exhibition to mark the 90th anniversary of the French foods company Danone in Paris.
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Danone

Global rank: 13

Danone is a french food-products multinational corporation based in Paris. It claims world leadership in fresh dairy products, marketed under the corporate name, and also in bottled water.

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Image: Bottles of Heineken beer are displayed for sale in central London.
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Heineken

Global rank: 14

Heineken is a Dutch brewing company, founded in 1864 by Gerard Adriaan Heineken in Amsterdam. As of 2007, Heineken owns over 125 breweries in more than 70 countries and employs about 66,000 people.

It brews and sells more than 170 international premium, regional, local and specialty beers.

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Image: An employee of Kirin Brewery Co fills a glass with Kirin Beer at a tasting room of the company's factory in Sendai, Japan.
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Kirin Brewery

Global rank: 15

Kirin sells two of the most popular beers in Japan: Kirin Lager, the country's oldest beer brand and Ichiban Shibori. In the low-malt category, Kirin Tanrei is the top seller.

Kirin handles domestic distribution for several foreign brands, including Budweiser and Heineken.

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Image: A woman purchases Suntory beverage from a vending machine in Tokyo.
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Suntory Holdings

Global rank: 16

Suntory Holdings is a Japanese brewing and distilling company group. Established in 1899, it is one of the oldest companies in the distribution of alcoholic beverages in Japan.

Its business has expanded to other fields, and the company now offers everything from soft drinks to sandwich chains.

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Image: Cans of Asahi Breweries' 'Super Dry' beer are displayed at the company headquarters in Tokyo.
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Asahi Breweries

Global rank: 17

Asahi Breweries is a leading brewery and soft drink company based in Tokyo, Japan. The company has a 40 per cent share of the Japanese beer market.

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Image: A man walks past barrels outside the Diageo Shieldhall facility near Glasgow, Scotland.
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Diageo

Global rank: 18

Diageo is a global alcoholic beverages company headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It is the world's largest producer of spirits and a major producer of beer and wine.

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General Mills

Global rank: 19

General Mills is an American Fortune 500 corporation, primarily concerned with food products, which is headquartered in Golden Valley, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis.

The company markets many well-known brands, such as Betty Crocker, Yoplait, Colombo, Totinos, Jeno's, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Haagen-Dazs, Cheerios, Lucky Charms and Wanchai Ferry.

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Image: View of an aisle with shopping carts at Carrefour Planet supermarket in Nice Lingostiere, France.
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Vion

Global rank: 20

Vion Food Group are a Netherlands-based meat processing and food production company, headquartered in Eindhoven, that produces ingredients and foodstuffs and ingredients for people and animals.

Measured by volume of meat processed, Vion is the largest meat processor in Europe.