I had started to put together my own little table but then I saw this infographic, by Dr. Neal Smoller, a pharmacist:
The 14 Mega Corporations That Own Your Supplement Brand, Dr. Neal Smoller, 30 March 2018
One-A-Day – now owned by Bayer, the same Bayer that bought Monsanto
Centrum – owned by Pfizer, now GlaxoSmithKline, another multinational pharmaceutical company
Garden-of-Life, everyone’s favorite organic, whole-food supplement – now owned by the ethics-compromising Nestle
Solgar – sold to Nestle last year
Rainbow Light, the California company that started the spirulina trend – now owned by Clorox
Nature Made, one of the few brands that are USP-verified (only 1% are USP-verified) – owned by Otsuka Pharmaceutical in Japan
I could go on but this graphic does the job. Click it to enlarge.
Is it any wonder that big corps are snatching up supplement makers? It has become a lucrative industry:
The global dietary supplements market size was valued at USD 151.9 billion in 2021 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.9% from 2022 to 2030.
– Grand View Research, Market Analysis Report
How am I supposed to boycott these corporations when they are buying up all the little-guy (and not so little-guy) supplement makers? Are there any little guys left?