• Steph Ryan

List of Brands Bought out by Large Corporations

Updated: Jun 3

Looking at the shelves in the store, there seems to be loads of brands, giving us the illusion of loads of choices. But what you might not know is that the majority of these brands are owned by just a few large corporations. When a large company buys out a smaller company, a lot of times the quality changes. Large corporations are looking to maximize their profits and most of the time they don’t care about the values originally put in place by the company they just took over.

Here are a few brands that have been bought out by large corporations:


Clorox owns the following brands:

  • Rainbow Light

  • Natural Vitality (popular for their CALM drink)

  • Burt's Bees

  • Renew Life

  • Hidden Valley Ranch

  • Brita Water Filter

  • Fresh Step

  • Pine-Sol

  • Glad

  • and many more!


General Mills owns the following brands:

  • Cascadian Farm

  • Annie's

  • LaraBar

  • Muir Glen Organics

  • Food Should Taste Good

  • Epic Provisions

  • and 100+ more!


Unilever owns the following brands:

  • Smarty Pants Vitamins

  • Seventh Generation

  • Vaseline

  • Schmidt's

  • Olly

  • Liquid IV

  • Ben & Jerry's

  • Living Proof

  • Shea Moisture

  • Love Beauty and Planet

  • Axe

  • Dove

  • and 400+ more!


Flowers Foods owns the following brands:

  • Dave's Killer Bread

  • Nature's Own

  • Wonder Bread

  • and many more!


Johnson & Johnson owns the following brands:

  • Zarbee’s

  • Benadryl

  • Tylenol

  • Zyrtec

  • Motrin

  • Neutrogena

  • Listerine

  • Band-Aid

  • and many more!


SC Johnson owns the following brands:

  • Method

  • Mrs. Meyer's

  • Glade

  • Pledge

  • Shout

  • Windex

  • Babyganics

  • ecover

  • and many more!


Kellogg's owns the following brands:

  • Kashi

  • Apple Jacks

  • Fruit loops

  • Cheez-it

  • and many more!


Nestle owns the following brands:

  • Garden of Life Vitamins

  • Pureology

  • Vital Proteins

  • Gerber

  • Cheerios

  • Nespresso coffee

  • Starbucks coffee at home

  • Purina

  • and 2,000+ more!


Proctor & Gamble owns the following brands:

  • Native

  • New Chapter Vitamins

  • Pampers

  • Luvs

  • Dreft

  • Downy

  • Bounty

  • Gain

  • Tide

  • Charmin

  • Always

  • Tampax

  • Herbal Essences

  • Head & Shoulders

  • Pantene

  • Dawn

  • Cascade

  • Mr. Clean

  • Febreze

  • Olay

  • Old Spice

  • Secret

  • Crest

  • Pepsi Bismol

  • Vicks

  • and many more!


Hershey's owns the following brands:

  • Dagoba Chocolate

  • Pirates booty

  • Skinny Pop

  • ONE (protein bar)

  • Lily's Chocolate

  • Dot's Pretzels

  • Reese's

  • and many more!


L'Oréal owns the following brands:

  • The Body Shop

  • NYX

  • Essie

  • Maybelline

  • Garnier

  • and many more!


Danone owns the following brands:

  • Delight creamer

  • Oikos

  • Silk

  • Activia

  • Evian water

  • and many more!


Colgate-Palmolive owns the following brands:

  • Tom's of Maine

  • Hello

  • Murphy Oil Soap

  • Irish Spring

  • AJAX

  • Softsoap

  • and many more!


Coca-Cola owns the following brands:

  • Odwalla

  • Honest Tea

  • Fairlife

  • Bodyarmor drinks

  • Dasani

  • Fanta

  • Sprite

  • Smartwater

  • Vitamin water

  • and 200+ more brands


Pepsi owns the following brands:

  • Naked Juice

  • Aquafina

  • Izze

  • Bubly

  • LIFEWTR

  • Mountain Dew

  • Mug Rootbeer

  • Muscle Milk

  • Propel

  • Starbucks ready to drink

  • Oceanspray

  • Voss water

  • Dr. Pepper

  • Lipton tea

  • Rockstar energy drink

  • and many more!


GlaxoSmithKline owns the following brands:


Hormel Foods owns the following brands:

  • Applegate

  • Justin's peanut butter

  • Skippy peanut butter

  • Spam

  • and many more!


Amazon owns Wholefoods 365

Medly Pharmacy owns Pharmaca


This is WHY to avoid shopping at most stores, and shop from small businesses. It’s time to stop lining the pockets of big corporations who don’t care if they slowly poison us with toxic ingredients.


I do MOST of my grocery shopping at Thrive Market. While they do sell a few bought out brands, they have high quality foods that are affordable, AND they ship it to you. I make sure to always place at least $50 orders to benefit from FREE SHIPPING. You can save 40% off your first order with Thrive Market by clicking here.


Looking for a list of safe swaps for nearly every category? Check out my safe swap guide here. I’m continuously adding more.

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