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Who Owns What in the Organic food industry
Phil Howard, author of these charts, is assistant professor at Michigan State University's Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies.
Most remaining independent organic processors have resisted substantial buy-out offers,
typically two times annual sales. Ben & Jerry's was acquired by Unilever for 1.1 times annual sales.
COMMENTS? Click here to read chart author Phil Howard's comments and discussion in our forum - and make your own comment.
See how ownership of organic companies has transitioned from 1995 to 2007, in an animated sequence [9MB], produced by Phil Howard in collaboration with Skye Bender-deMoll, an author of SoNIA (Social Network Image Animator).
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