Natural and organic products have become increasingly popular over the past few years, with many consumers seeking healthier options for their grocery and beauty routines. However, many shoppers may be surprised to learn that some of their favorite natural and organic brands are actually owned by large corporations. Here are 10 of these brands, as well as some independent alternatives.
Natural and Organic Brands Owned by Huge Corporations
You may be disappointed to learn that your favorite brands have been bought out. That being said, if you wish to know, so that you can switch things up (or at least be a conscious buyer), read on. (1, 2)
1. Burt’s Bees (Clorox)
Burt’s Bees is a well-known brand that produces natural personal care products like lip balm, lotion, and shampoo. However, few people know that the company was acquired by Clorox in 2007.
2. Seventh Generation (Unilever)
Seventh Generation is a popular brand of natural cleaning and laundry products. However, the company was acquired by Unilever in 2016.
3. Tom’s of Maine (Colgate-Palmolive)
Tom’s of Maine is a brand that produces natural toothpaste, deodorant, and other personal care products. In 2006, the company was acquired by Colgate-Palmolive.
4. Naked Juice (PepsiCo)
Naked Juice is a well-known brand of organic juices and smoothies. However, the company was acquired by PepsiCo in 2007.
5. Applegate (Hormel Foods)
Applegate is a brand that produces natural and organic meat products like hot dogs and bacon. The company was acquired by Hormel Foods in 2015.
6. Horizon Organic (Danone)
Horizon Organic is a popular brand of organic dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt. However, the company was acquired by Danone in 2004.
7. Annie’s Homegrown (General Mills)
Annie’s Homegrown produces organic and natural versions of popular packaged foods like macaroni and cheese, cereal, and snack crackers. However, the company was acquired by General Mills in 2014.
8. Odwalla (Coca-Cola)
Odwalla is a brand of natural fruit juices and smoothies. The company was acquired by Coca-Cola in 2001.
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9. Spectrum Naturals (Hain Celestial)
Spectrum Naturals produces natural and organic cooking oils, vinegars, and other pantry staples. However, the company was acquired by Hain Celestial in 2005.
10. Plum Organics (Campbell Soup Co.)
Plum Organics is a brand of organic baby food and snacks. The company was acquired by Campbell Soup Co. in 2013.
Independent Natural and Organic Brands
While it can be disappointing to learn that some of our favorite natural and organic brands are owned by large corporations, there are still many independent brands to choose from. Here are a few examples:
- Dr. Bronner’s: Produces natural and organic soaps, lotions, and other personal care products.
- Badger Balm: Produces organic balms and creams for skincare and first aid.
- RMS Beauty: Creates natural and organic makeup and skincare products.
- Nature’s Path: Produces organic cereals, granolas, and snacks.
- Earthbound Farm: Produces organic fruits and vegetables.
- Eden Foods: Produces organic and non-GMO beans, grains, and other pantry staples.
- Traditional Medicinals: Produces organic and fair trade teas.
- Pacifica Beauty: Creates vegan and cruelty-free makeup and skincare products.
- Avalon Organics: Produces natural and organic personal care products like shampoo and lotion.
- Acure Organics: Creates natural and organic skincare and haircare products.
Overall, there are many natural and organic options to choose from, whether you prefer to support independent brands or don’t mind purchasing from larger corporations. Just because a brand is big, doesn’t mean that they will destroy the values and integrity of the smaller brand that they acquired. Still, it’s important to do your research and make informed choices based on your own values and needs.
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- “Who Owns Organic.” Cornucopia
- “If Big Food Buys Your Favorite ‘Natural’ Food Brand, Will You Trust It?” NPR. Dan Charles. October 12, 2015.