10 small brands with corporate owners

These aren't the tiny, homegrown products you might think. Each belongs to a giant entity, and each is carefully groomed for maximum profit.

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Jun 14, 2013 6:18PM
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As a small business owner with business lending and finance experience, I can tell you that it's really hard to stay good with the overwhelming business platform corruption constantly looming over you. A Patent Attorney told me that my concept was so terrific that he gave it just six weeks before some big goon-retained (law firm) business platform would steal it and force me to surrender the patent by using legalese tactics. Each time I achieve radar level, I back-off, split and run as multiples before anyone can see what I'm doing. It's a LOT of extra work but basically-- until we set fire to globalization and the crap class that lives for it, America won't recover and small businesses will struggle for survival. We NEED the markets to crash, so if you're whining about the economy or your job but still letting a Fund control your money... know that they are using it to make sure folks like me stay out of big oligarchy's way. We won't recover until YOU wake up.
Jun 14, 2013 10:12PM
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Amazing how corporations can strip the joy from everything. 
Jun 12, 2013 8:54PM
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The fact that Ben and Jerry stayed on for the money shows they are capitalist of the worst kind - Liers!
Jun 19, 2013 4:08PM
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Living in Colorado and trying to eat healthy is becoming even harder after reading this. Goodbye Kashi, hello Cascadian Farm. I find myself shopping more and more at Vitamin Cottage/Natural Grocers, where NONE of their products contain HFCS, hydrogenated oils, or GMO ingredients. Sure, it's a bit more expensive, but I feel my family's health is worth the slightly higher cost. I recently went through my pantry and pulled every non-organic, GMO food product out and donated it to a local food bank. The gubmint is on the side of the agri-corp giants and not ours, so screw them all. I won't buy their poison, and they won't get my money. Seems like a fair trade . . . for me.
Jun 13, 2013 2:13PM
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Cash rules everything around me, C.R.E.A..M., get the money dollar dollar bill y'all!
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All these brands were made by those that dropped out of society and called long hair and bell bottoms home, saying they were "individuals" and "free", while fighing the "man".  

 

 Now they are millionaires living a lie.  

 

I guess they weren't any different than the rest of society after all.     

 

Bill Ayers, if dead, would be rolling over in his grave.  Yet, being still alive and a professor teaching the new "individuals" and freedom loving people how to tune out and be independent, he too is a brother to those living the lie.

 

They all 'bombed" out.

Jun 19, 2013 4:33PM
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i do not usually write comments, but felt compelled.  the responders seem to be bashing these individuals and companies for conducting what i see as great business deals. 

so they sold their businesses and made a lot of money.  where is the crime in that?  if what you want is to eat healthier and local you should not be buying anything in a bottle, container, box or can.  your food should be fresh not frozen and organic for most produce.  growing your own food is the safest and most nutritious. 

those people don't owe us anything.
joyce f.  
Jun 12, 2013 9:37PM
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re. spendthrift2010:  ever notice that most of those who comment caint spel.
Jun 19, 2013 3:40PM
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This article is why I'm always skeptical of smug do-gooders.  Each one of these founders probably buttonholed friends, family, neighbors and kept them captive for hours - going on and on and on about the moral superiority of their products.  They're fighting The Man, man!  Until it gets too hard and The Man offers them a boatload of money.   Then they want their shot at being part of the 1% - just like all the other greedy grubbers.
Jun 16, 2013 2:49PM
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I found the Article interesting and informative....Thank you.

 

And we do use or eat some of the products, but not many.

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I met one of them at a Dead Show in Vermont or Mass in like 1986 I think. They had a stand and were giving away free samples....didn't get to say anything except "HI" but I thought they were pretty cool....until the buyout. Screw that.
Jun 15, 2013 6:47AM
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"Start an article with "can"  instead of "can't" and maybe someone will be interested in reading it."

 

Thumbed down by business platform pariah, apparently. I'd LOVE to see that too. Especially from MSFT & MSN, since THEY were invented by a college drop-out.

Jun 19, 2013 8:49PM
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I use an app on my iPhone called Buycott, which allows me to scan products and look up a company's "family tree" all the way to the top.  It also allows app owners to create and use campaigns for and against companies, so you can decide which companies to avoid and which companies to spend your money with. It's pretty sweet. I'd actually looked these companies up before, so it wasn't as shocking to me personally, but I'm sure a lot of folks reading this article will be shocked. One of the ones that shocked me the most was Tom's of Maine, which is still a great product, but is owned by...Colgate-Palmolive? *Laughs* Yeah....
Jun 28, 2013 3:07PM
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DON'T SELL OUT. Just don't. I've seen so many good brands ruined by these big corporate bastards who don't give a rat's **** about customers, quality, or legacy. These buy-outs are almost NEVER a good thing and mean layoffs, ruined reputations, and often the end of a once good company.
Jun 28, 2013 3:02PM
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So what else is new!  Big business can't  stand to lose out to a GREAT small, but oh so effective, entrepreneur.  "When in doubt, buy 'em out" ... for shame.
Jun 28, 2013 3:28PM
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This goes right along with my favorite saying, "Yippies of the 60's became the Yuppies of the 90's"

 

Jun 28, 2013 6:24PM
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How disappointing!  Bummer.  I used to buy a lot of Burt's Bees products. Guess I'll have to find something else.
Jun 12, 2013 7:34PM
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start an article with "can"  instead of "can't" and maybe someone will be interested in reading  it.
Dec 5, 2013 12:55AM
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i dont use any of these products , so i dont give a hoot!
Jun 28, 2013 6:44PM
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There has never been a more American ethic than good old greed and avarice. No wonder Americans have lost faith in their leaders and the businesses who own them.

 

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