Top 100 Consumer Goods Companies of 2019
Growing Pains: The Year in Review
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It’s probably somewhat ironic that, during a year in which most consumer goods companies were striving to become more “natural and organic” in their corporate practices, few were able to substantially grow revenue without acquiring other businesses.
But there has been a decided lack of organic growth among the world’s largest consumer goods manufacturers recently, as dramatically changing consumer tastes have joined with a rapidly expanding (and easily entered) competitive landscape to make it harder for traditional brands to even maintain market share, let alone gain any more.
Granted, 73 of the companies on CGT’s list of the “Top 100 Consumer Goods Companies” for 2019 experienced positive growth in their most recent fiscal year. However, only 15 of them enjoyed double-digit gains – and to post that level of growth, nearly all needed to undertake significant acquisitions. In truth, a lot of the single-digit gainers on the list were also driven by acquisitions of smaller brands.
Such is life these days in the consumer goods world, for which we have been compiling this list of the 100 largest publicly traded companies for the last 17 years.