Who owns what?

by JulieCraves on February 20, 2006

You can find many different coffee brands on supermarket shelves, and frequently multiple brands are actually owned by one of only a few corporate conglomerates.  Some of these companies have poor records when it comes to environmental and social responsibility.

Below is a primer on common U.S. coffee brand ownership. Read about how much certified coffee these companies purchase here, and their role in the coffee crisis here. Note that some brands may have split ownership representing different parts of the world, or a division of distribution lines between retail/grocery and coffee shop/restaurant.

Nestlé — Nescafé, Nespresso, Seattle’s Best, Taster’s Choice, Clasico, Blue Bottle.  Purchases 870,000 tons of coffee annually, around 10% of world production, of which only a tiny fraction of a percent carries eco-certification.

JM Smucker Co. — Through purchases of other companies, coffee is now the main business of JM Smucker, and their Folgers brand is the largest brand in North America, accounting for nearly 20% of the retail volume. Other brands include FMillstone, Cafe Pilon, Cafe Bustelo, Kava, and Dunkin Donuts retail distribution. Read more here.

JAB Holding Company — Privately held company that controls an enormous market share through its subsidiaries and acquisitions. Some of the familiar and important brands owned by JAB under its Jacobs Douwe Egberts/JDE, Acorn Holdings, or Pret Panera Holding include Maxwell House (I believe only outside North America), Keurig, Green Mountain, Caribou Coffee, Peet’s, Intelligentsia, Stumptown, Newman’s Own Organics, Panera Bread, Krispy Kreme, Douwe Egberts, Einstein Bros Bagels, and many more. See a fuller list of brands under their subdivisions Keurig Dr Pepper and JDE Peet’s. Additionally, JAB also launched the subscription coffee service Trade. Acquisitions have been fast and furious and are continually evolving. I rarely say this, but you may want to check Wikipedia to keep up!

Kraft Heinz Company –Maxwell House (North America), Yuban, Gevalia, Nabob. Kraft retained only a few coffee brands, the rest of which ultimately ended up with JAB Holding under one of its subsidiaries.

Massimo Zanetti Beverage USAHills Brothers, MJB, Chock Full o’Nuts, Chase and Sanborn, Kauai Coffee, Segafredo. Owns many of the brands previously owned by Sara Lee, which divested itself of its coffee operations; other brands went to Smucker.  MZB is a huge privately-owned company which sources a lot of its coffee from it’s own massive full sun plantation in Brazil, said to be the largest in the world.

Tata Global Beverages — Eight O’Clock.

Revised on March 4, 2021

Posted in Background information,Corporate coffee

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