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Organic Brands: Who Owns What?

I was always a big fan of Tom's of Maine.  From their deodorant to their toothpaste, I've bought many of their products.  Aside from the fact that they offered widely available products without all the garbage in typical personal care stuff, I also liked that they were not a major corporation. In 2006, I was a little disheartened when the Colgate-Palmolive company purchased Tom's of Maine.

It made me think a bit about some of the other big brands of natural and organic products, and who owns what. Here's what I found out:

- Clorox bought Burt's Bees in 2007. 

- Smuckers owns Santa Cruz Organic and R.W. Knudsen, which makes juice. 

- Solera Capital owns Annie's Homegrown (mac and cheese, crackers, cereal, etc) and Annie's Naturals (salad dressing.)

- Groupe Danone, the same company that owns Dannon and Evian, owns about 85% of the shares of Stonyfield Farms and Brown Cow Yogurt.  

- Kraft owns Boca Burger

- General Mills owns Cascadian Farm and Muir Glen.  

- Dean Foods owns Horizon Organic Dairy

- Kellogg owns MorningStar Farms and Kashi.  

- Heinz owns Rice and Soy Dream, Garden of Eatin', DeBoles pasta, and LOTS more.

One well-known company that sells organic products which ISN'T owned by a corporation is Seventh Generation; they're still privately owned.

For more information on this, check out this article at CommonDreams:  The Organic Foods Movement - Led by Heinz Corporation or We the People?