The world's largest food and beverage companies are a diverse group of multinational corporations that span the globe. From Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) to Sysco Corporation, JBS, Weston Foods, Danone, PepsiCo, Cargill, Bunge and Mondelez International, these companies have a presence in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) is a multinational food processing company headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. With 155,000 employees in 70 countries, ADM is a leader in the food industry.
The company's protein business segment saw strong growth in North America due to increased demand for beef and eggs. To meet this demand, ADM is investing in the development and expansion of several facilities in Chinese provinces. Additionally, ADM is diversifying its protein business and expanding its food ingredients and applications business. Sysco Corporation is one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world.
Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Sysco operates 323 distribution facilities worldwide and employs 69,000 people. The company's main operations are located in North America and Europe. JBS is a leader in meat processing with 240,000 employees providing services in 80 countries on six continents. Weston Foods is a North American bakery specializing in commercial breads, artisanal breads, donuts, pastries, cookies, rolls and other baked goods.
With 40 bakery facilities in Canada and the United States, Weston Foods employs 6,000 people. Popular brands include Wonder, Ace Bakery, Country Harvest, Casa Mendosa and D'Italiano. Yogurt was invented by Isaac Carasso at the beginning of the 20th century at the French Pasteur Institute. Carasso began selling it in pharmacies in 1919 and emphasizing its health benefits.
His son Daniel Carasso was actively involved in its development and the company was named Danone after him. Danone has become a global powerhouse with brands such as Silk and Evian. PepsiCo was founded in 1898 by pharmacist Caleb D. When Pepsi-Cola Company and Frito-Lay merged in 1965, the company was renamed PepsiCo.
PepsiCo owns popular brands such as Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola and Quaker Oats and operates 126 manufacturing and processing plants in 44 countries. Cargill is headquartered in the United States with 155,000 employees operating in 70 countries across North America, the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia. Nestlé is headquartered in Vevey (Switzerland) with 291,000 employees offering a range of products including baby food, bottled water, cereals, chocolates and confectionery products, coffee, dairy products, beverages, food service items such as ice cream and pet services. Bunge is a global agribusiness and food company headquartered in the United States with 25,000 employees operating cereal facilities, oilseed processing facilities and food and ingredient production and packaging facilities around the world.
Mondelez International manufactures Oreo cookies as well as Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate bars Toblerone chocolate bars Trident gum among other well-known brands. Mondelez sells snacks such as cookies chocolate chewing gum candy cheese groceries powdered beverages in more than 150 countries across Latin America North America Europe Asia Middle East Africa. Overall during the pandemic the food and beverage industry performed admirably while there have been interruptions related to COVID-19 the largest food and beverage companies have solid foundations and promising long-term prospects.