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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 19, 2013 1:00PM

Thanks for an eye-opening article. Looks like I will be boycotting Kashi and reading Tom's of Maine product ingredients more closely now!


Jun 19, 2013 1:11PM
Shame on all of these sellouts. I'll be adding all of these products to my "don't buy" list and definitely be spreading the word.
Jun 19, 2013 1:31PM
I'm glad the Burt's Bees company is still using natural products and kept the workforce.
Jun 19, 2013 1:23PM
hey V_L.

I'm glad you are in favor of free enterprise. But doesn't that mean an entrepreneur who develops a brand, a product or a system is free to sell his or her creation to who ever he wants? That's not called crushing free enterprise, it is free enterprise. Only liberals tell other people what to do with  and how to spend their money. If it ain't your money, butt out!

Jun 19, 2013 1:33PM

articles like this come around every once in a while in several places. some people read them and decide whether or not to buy certain products.  But the truth is, most people just go with what the label says - if it says all natural or organic or whole grain whatever, they just think they are getting something better without actually reading the labels.  There are a dozen flavors of potato chips on the shelf. Ever look at the ingredients list of sour cream and onion or BBQ?  There might be 25 chemical ingredients on that list to make the chips taste the way they do.


and it doesn't stop there. the chicken sandwich at chick-fil-a  has over 100 ingredients.  why put that stuff into your body?

Jun 19, 2013 12:52PM
What's up, Jason? You didn't like the Comments below your article? Big Business Platforms have ruined America and their omnipotent potential to crush a successful brand or start up just because they can-- is ANTI-AMERICAN. Nero said: First we kill all the Lawyers... when told Rome was burning. The fact is-- Law Firms are the Goon Squads retained by Inherited Corporate America. Time to recall our Armed Forces and take down the REAL TERRORISTS destroying Free Enterprise.
Jun 19, 2013 1:16PM
These products are for human use.  So, TEsT THE STUFF ON HUMANS AND NoT ANIMALS YOU IDIOTS.
Jun 19, 2013 1:30PM
This toothpaste is overpriced. A mixture of baking soda and water would do just as well. No chemicals of any kind.
Jun 19, 2013 2:17PM
Anyone who thinks we shouldn't be concerned about what happens to these healthy products once they fall into the hands of the giant food industry is uninformed and needs to get busy and learn.  We need everyone to realize adding junk to natural foods is killing us slowly but surely.  

The harm is showing up in obesity and physical ailments at a younger age and understanding how adding chemically-altered  ingredients is resulting in future health problems, is the only way we can turn this around.  

When it's about cheap food at any cost, the cheap part is what makes the profits for the producers, but for us, there's nothing really cheap about it.  If you don't care now, you will when you aren't as healthy as (you think) you are..
Jun 19, 2013 2:13PM
Arsenic and feces are both "natural"  yet neither belong in out  food.
Jun 19, 2013 1:13PM

Bad analogy. It wasn't the sling-shot or David that defeated Goliath, it was the mighty hand of the God of our fathers that defeated that mighty army and He is not for sale. David took his work very serious, he was a sheep herder and he probably knew his flock by name and he was not about to let lions or bears or wolfs take any of them. He practiced on these wild beast with that sling-shot and he had had enough time too to get to know the God of Abraham. "Guide my hand Heavenly father, guide my hand", He did. And what got David involved in the first place wasn't silver or gold, that dorky giant was bad-mouthing David's God, the God he knew so well, like a friend.

Jun 19, 2013 1:12PM
F*ck capitalism! It's ruining America. Money speaks louder than words these days. It also speaks louder than moral values and independence for corporate take over.
Jun 19, 2013 2:24PM
No, Burt's Bees is no longer the sustainable product steward they claim to bee. We had been using their hair care products to protect our trees since we use gray water. Not long after they sold out the formulation changed (most likely due to cost, not stewardship) and the new products contain too much sodium. The addition of sodium ingredients have made their shampoo and conditioner unusable for grey water. All this sodium could hurt our lovely trees. Too much sodium in our earth and bodies is not healthy!
Jun 19, 2013 2:00PM

What about SoBe? Originally South Beach Beverages after the success of the new SoBe lineup was courted and nearly ruined by Coca-Cola Co's removal of cane sugar and replacing it with High-Fructose corn syrup in the drinks, but the brand prevailed by switching most, if not all, lines back to Cane sugar sweetener.

Jun 19, 2013 2:16PM
I too thank you for the eye-opening! I am Pi$#ed off! I have been a toms of maine fan for more than 29 + years,and a devote Burts! coprate slime slides into everything! I will be sharing this info like crazy! shame on those companies!
Jun 19, 2013 3:21PM
Guess we'll all have to watch more carefully. I use Silk and Tom's and I am extremely disappointed that these products are not what they are reputed to be any longer. Granted the pay days were wonderful too bad the original ideals had to suffer.  If these huge corporations are going after these companies because of their financial viability they shouldn't tamper with the products  Evidently there is a good/strong consumer base for these products if anything they should be looking at changing their other products to take advantage of this base  or keep them two separate entities .
Jun 19, 2013 2:39PM
Honest T is poop like all the other bottled teas that contain sweeteners like crazy.  They should hardly point any fingers at soda makers.  The person who first added sugar to tea should be whipped. 
Jun 19, 2013 1:33PM
I like Kashi products because of what they DON'T have in them and will continue buying their products no matter who owns them.
Jun 19, 2013 2:38PM
Whoever's making Kashi, I'm still eating it because it's still more nutritious than the Qwispy, Qwazy Qwackies being sold as whole grain.  I only hope that there's ways of dealing with grain-eating insects en masse that don't end up in the runoff(there are on a smaller scale).  Couldn't help thinking about that when I was on the bridge over the Susquehanna heading down to Baltimore.
Jun 19, 2013 3:14PM
all of us can comment anyway we like on here, but none of us know what we would actually do if a big company offered us 100 million dollars or more for something we created. it is easy to bad mouth these companies, but would you walk away from that much money? very few would stick to their beliefs and walk away from that pay day.
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