Organic Processing Industry Structure (Updated 2016)



Phillip H. Howard, Michigan State University

This infographic shows the organic brand acquisitions and alliances made by the top 100 food processors in North America. This version was updated in January 2016.

The development of the USDA National Organic Standard in place of differing state/regional standards was widely predicted to accelerate trends of increasing consolidation in this sector. The first draft of the standard was released in 1997; what changes in ownership and control have since occurred? The first wave of acquisitions of organic processors was concentrated between December, 1997 when the draft USDA standard was released, and its full implementation in October, 2002. A second wave of acquisitions has been occurring since 2012. Few companies identify these ownership ties on product labels.

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