In this article, we will discuss the Top 20 Largest FMCG Companies. You can skip our industry overview and go directly to the Top 5 Largest FMCG Companies.
Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (also known as Consumer-Packaged Goods) are products that are used on a daily basis and hence have to be replaced in a short time. The FMCG industry manufactures products in several categories, such as food and beverages, personal care, health care, skin care, oral care, and many others. According to Allied Market Research, the global FMCG market is predicted to reach $15.3 trillion by 2025, expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.4% in the next two years.
The sector has been mostly resilient to economic downturns as there are large brands operating in the FMCG sector with a long operating history and a loyal customer base. Even COVID-19 did not decrease the demand for the FMCG sector; instead, as more people were confined to their homes, their need for FMCG products increased. Kantar estimates that worldwide the growth of the global grocery sector quadrupled to 10% in 2020, up from 2.5% in 2019.
Since the products are expected to move at a fast pace, it often puts immense strain on supply chains. Even before the pandemic, retailers and consumer products companies were dealing with a significant increase in customer expectations. Amazon and Walmart have consistently increased their shipment speed, adding to the need to improve manufacturing speed and agility. Operations suffered a halt during the lockdowns, and managing inventory levels became difficult. These supply chain disruptions became more enhanced in 2022 in the aftermath of the Russia-Ukraine conflict contributing to higher costs and inflation in this sector. According to Kearney's analysis, companies that continue to utilize obsolete supply chain models risk losing up to $800 billion in sales. As a result, improving supply chain models is a critical concern for these FMCGs.
The top companies operating in this sector are typically publicly traded multinational corporations that have public or private subsidiaries all over the world. Some businesses specialize in a particular segment, whereas others have a more diverse portfolio. Nestle, for example, has specialized in the food industry, whereas P&G manufactures personal and home care items in addition to food. Profit margins are typically thin; hence significant sales volume is required to maintain competitiveness. We will now be looking at each of these companies in more detail.
To come up with the top 20 largest FMCG companies, we identified the biggest FMCG companies in the world using stock screeners and third-party data on publicly listed FMCG companies and ranked these companies in ascending order of their market cap. We could not find any private FMCG company large enough to be included in our list of the top 20 largest FMCG companies.
Top 20 Largest FMCG Companies
20. The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ:KHC)
Market Cap as of January 20, 2023: $49.0 billion
Founded in 2015, The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ:KHC) is an American multinational food company and among the biggest food and beverage manufacturing companies in the world. The product line of The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ:KHC) includes condiments and sauces, meals, meats, cheese, dairy products, beverages, coffee, grocery products, snacks, refreshments, dressings, seasonings, and spices. The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ:KHC) owns more than 200 brands globally.
19. Foshan Haitian Flavouring and Food Company Ltd. (603288.SS)
Market Cap as of January 20, 2023: $54.5 billion
Headquartered in China, Foshan Haitian Flavouring and Food Company Ltd. (603288.SS) is a Chinese public corporation that produces flavorings and sauces. Foshan Haitian Flavouring and Food Company Ltd. (603288.SS)’s products include paste, oyster sauce, soy sauce, cooking wine, vinegar, granulated chicken bouillon, seasoning extract, fermented bean curd, chicken powder seasoning, pickle products, sesame oil, and beverages. Foshan Haitian Flavouring and Food Company Ltd. (603288.SS) exports its goods to over 60 different countries around the world.
18. Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE:CL)
Market Cap as of January 20, 2023: $62.8 billion
Founded in 1806, Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE:CL) is an American multinational corporation that manufactures consumer products. Apart from its ubiquitous dental care brand, the company also produces shower gels, shampoos, deodorants, home care products, and also pet food products for dogs and cats through its subsidiary company Hill's Pet Nutrition. Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE:CL) generates 70% of its total revenue through international sales, with about 45% of it coming from emerging markets.
17. Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO)
Market Cap as of January 20, 2023: $79.8 billion
Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) is an American holding corporation that produces and commercializes tobacco and nicotine products through its subsidiaries. Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) owns Marlboro, which is the biggest cigarette brand in the world. In addition, the company owns the Black and Mild brand, which sells cigars and pipe tobacco. The company’s products are sold worldwide through wholesalers, distributors, and large retail organizations.
16. British American Tobacco p.l.c. (NYSE:BTI)
Market Cap as of January 20, 2023: $86.2 billion
Headquartered in London, United Kingdom, British American Tobacco p.l.c. (NYSE:BTI) is a multinational holding corporation that produces, markets, and commercializes tobacco and nicotine products worldwide through its subsidiaries. Some of its famous brands include Dunhill, Pall Mall, Kent, Rothmans, Lucky Strike, as well as Camel, and Newport. The company also owns vapor e-cigarette brands such as Vype and Glo. British American Tobacco p.l.c. (NYSE:BTI) also owns 31% of ITC Limited, which is among the leading cigarette manufacturers in India.
15. Mondelez International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MDLZ)
Market Cap as of January 20, 2023: $87.1 billion
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, United States, Mondelez International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MDLZ) is a multinational food and beverage corporation. Mondelez International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MDLZ), is one of the world's leading snack firms and owns some of the most recognizable brands. The company’s brand portfolio includes Oreo, Halls, Trident, Chips Ahoy, Cadbury, Lu, Ritz, etc. Around one-third of the company's revenue is generated from developing regions, whereas approximately 40% is from Europe, and the rest is derived from North America.
14. The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (NYSE:EL)
Market Cap as of January 20, 2023: $92.5 billion
Founded in 1946, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (NYSE:EL) is an American multinational company that manufactures, markets, and sells cosmetic products, including skincare, fragrance, makeup, and hair care products. It is among the biggest beauty companies in the world. Some of the company’s well-known brands are Estee Lauder, MAC, Clinique, Aveda, Bobbi Brown, Jo Malone, La Mer, Too Faced, Dr. Jart+, Origins, and The Ordinary. The company operates in 150 countries, with the products being sold through online and physical stores like travel retail, department stores, dedicated freestanding stores, salons/spas, etc.
13. Diageo plc (NYSE:DEO)
Market Cap as of January 20, 2023: $104.8 billion
Headquartered in London, United Kingdom, Diageo plc (NYSE:DEO) is a multinational corporation that manufactures, distills, markets, and commercializes alcoholic beverages. The company offers a variety of branded alcoholic drinks, including tequila, vodka, whisky, beer, and gins. The company’s brand portfolio includes Johnnie Walker blended scotch, Crown Royal Canadian whiskey, Smirnoff vodka, Tanqueray gin, Baileys Irish Cream, Captain Morgan rum, and Guinness stout.
12. Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV (NYSE:BUD)
Market Cap as of January 20, 2023: $121.3 billion
Headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV (NYSE:BUD) is a multinational drink and brewing corporation formed through a merger of Anheuser-Busch and InBev. Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV (NYSE:BUD) is the largest beer company in the world, with almost 500 beer brands. The company acquired SABMiller in 2016, which added five of the top 10 beer brands to the company’s brand portfolio. In addition, the acquisition of SABMiller also brought 18 brands, with over $1 billion in retail sales, to the company.
11. Unilever PLC (NYSE:UL)
Market Cap as of January 20, 2023: $128.6 billion
Founded in 1929, Unilever PLC (NYSE:UL) is a British multinational corporation well-known for its consumer products. The company offers a diversified range of beauty and personal care products, homecare products, and food & refreshment. Some of its brands include Hellmann’s mayonnaise, knorr soups, and sauces, Axe, Dove, Lipton, TRESemme haircare, Wall’s, the Vegetarian Butcher, Domestos, Seventh Generation, etc. The company serves customers in 190 countries with over 400 brands in its portfolio.
10. Fomento Económico Mexicano, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE:FMX)
Market Cap as of January 20, 2023: $147.2 billion
Fomento Económico Mexicano, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE:FMX) is a multinational beverage and retail corporation. The company operates as the largest bottler of Coca-Cola trademark beverages under its subsidiary Coca-Cola Femsa. Fomento Económico Mexicano, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE:FMX) also owns OXXO, which is Latin America’s largest network of convenience stores. Fomento Económico Mexicano, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE:FMX) is also developing specialized distribution and logistical services in the United States.
9. Christian Dior SE (CDI.PA)
Market Cap as of January 20, 2023: €156.02 billion
Headquartered in Paris, France, Christian Dior SE (CDI.PA) engages in the manufacturing, distribution, and commercialization of fashion and leather products, perfumes and cosmetics, watches and jewelry, and wines and spirits. The company holds controlling shares in LVMH Moët Hennessy - Louis Vuitton, Société Européenne (MC.PA), which adds some of the most well-known brands like Hennessy, Louis Vuitton, Perignon, TAG Heuer, Fendi, and Sephora to the portfolio. Additionally, Christian Dior SE (CDI.PA) engages in hotel operations and real estate ventures under the La Samaritaine brand. The United States, Europe, and Asia amount to the majority of the company’s total revenue.
8. Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM)
Market Cap as of January 20, 2023: $156.8 billion
Headquartered in New York, United States, Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM) is a multinational tobacco company that commercializes its products in over 180 countries. The company’s current portfolio comprises cigarettes and reduced-risk products, including vapor, oral nicotine, and heat-not-burn products. With the acquisition of Vectura (an asthma inhaler maker) in 2021, the company is aiming to create a smoke-free future and is expanding its portfolio to include products unrelated to tobacco and nicotine.
7. Hermès International Société en commandite par actions (RMS.PA)
Market Cap as of January 20, 2023: $191.14 billion
Headquartered in Paris, France, Hermès International Société en commandite par actions (RMS.PA) is a 180-year-old family-owned luxury design house well-known for its Kelly and Birkin bags. Under the Hermes brand, the Company runs a network of stores where it offers products such as leather products, scarves, men's and women's apparel, ties, perfume, watches, stationery, shoes, hats, gloves, and jewelry. Almost half of the company’s revenue is generated from its leather products and saddlery segments. Hermès International Société en commandite par actions (RMS.PA) owns 303 stores spread across 45 countries.
6. L'Oréal S.A. (OTC:LRLCY)
Market Cap as of January 20, 2023: $221.5 billion
Founded in 1909, L'Oréal S.A. (OTC:LRLCY) is a French company that offers personal care and beauty products. In addition to skin, hair, and body care products, the company also manufactures makeup products such as mascara, lip gloss, eyeshadow, primer, lipstick, foundation, blusher, face powder, and concealer. L'Oréal S.A. (OTC:LRLCY) operates in four segments: L'oréal Luxe, Professional Products, Consumer Products and Active Cosmetics. Some of its most well-known brands include Garnier, the L'oréal Paris, Essie, Niely, Yves Saint Laurent Beauté, L'Oréal Professionnel, Biolage, Pureology, Mixa, Prada, Helena Rubinstein, Diesel, Yui Said, etc. These products are sold worldwide through many sales channels, such as mass retail, department stores, hair salons, travel retail, branded freestanding stores, and e-commerce platforms.
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