Fortune Magazine just came out with their “most admired companies in the world” list, and plenty of recognizable food and beverage brands made the cut; eight, including Starbucks, Coca Cola and Whole Foods made the top 50. Here’s what Fortune had to say about these well-recognized names.
#42 PepsiCo Pepsi is still one of the most beloved American brands, but it lags far behind Coke in popularity.
#37 Unilever With an army of well-known brands under its belt like Ben and Jerry’s, Ragu, and Klondike, it’s no wonder Unilever made the list.
#31 Nestlé As the company that makes some of our favorite food products from chocolate to cereal, this Swiss company takes the number one food product spot.
#22 McDonald's No surprise at this fast food giant’s spot on the list, just behind Starbucks in food services. The Golden Arches is especially known lately for its international influence.
#20 Whole Foods As a company that’s known for “having a heart,” Whole Foods is environmentally-conscious and will be labelling all GMO’s by 2018.
#12 Costco It’s the brand that doesn’t forget the little people. Fortune recognized Costco for its average paycheck of over $20/hour for employees.
#6 Coca-Cola Fortune commended this soda giant for remaining the relevant and popular “All-American” brand it’s always been, despite recent crackdown on sugary drinks.
#5 Starbucks For the second year in a row, Starbucks was the number one choice of the food and beverage industry, due in part to the buzz around their seasonal drinks, like pumpkin spice lattes.
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