Fast-moving consumer goods or FMCG (also known as Consumer Packaged Goods or CPG) are, typically, low-value products with a regular high turnover of product.Fast-moving consumer goods generally carry shorter shelf lives, are bought for everyday consumption and encourage customer loyalty. Thus, companies in this sector trade at high volumes which means vast distribution networks, low-contribution techniques and high stock turnovers are fundamental to their success.
Below we look at the 50 top FMCG companies in the world (based on their market capitalization value in US$). We have listed them in alphabetical order.1. Altria Group – Market Cap $106.4bnA US-based tobacco and cigarette company that includes Philip Morris USA and the Smokeless Tobacco Company. Altria Group also owns John Middleton, Nat Sherman and Nu-Mark, which makes e-vapour products.2. Anheuser-Busch InBev SA – $164.3bnA Belgium-based multinational beer-brewing company with over 500 brands across the world.3. Archer-Daniel-Midland – $24.2bnWith customers in over 170 countries, Archer-Daniel-Midland is one of the world’s biggest food- and ingredient-processing companies.4. British American Tobacco (BAT) – $93.6bnA global cigarette and tobacco-producing company based in London, and the largest publicly traded tobacco company in the world. BAT is a market leader in over 50 countries and is present in around 180 countries.5. Brown-Forman Corporation – $24.2bnA drinks company based in the US. Brown-Forman owns more than 25 brands of wines and spirits.6. Christian Dior – $83.9bnProducer of iconic French luxury goods, this is the world's largest luxury group with a strong presence all over the world. The label designs predominantly for women, but also has a Dior Homme division for men and a Dior Baby label.7. Church & Dwight – $16.6bnWhile it manufactures many household items, it is best known for Arm & Hammer, a brand of baking soda-inspired products.8. Coca-Cola Company – $193.7bnA manufacturer and retailer of soft drinks, concentrates and syrups. It's best known for its flagship product Coca-Cola, which was invented in 1886 in Atlanta, Georgia. This brand is so iconic that it also sells merchandise with company branding.9. Colgate-Palmolive – $57.9bnA worldwide consumer products manufacturer of household, health care and personal care products.10. Conagra Brands – $11.2bnA US-based packaged foods company that produces many major brands.11. Constellation Brands – $32.4bnA major alcoholic beverages company specialising in the production and distribution of beers, wines and spirits.12. Diageo – $98.2bnA UK-based alcoholic beverages company that owns more than 200 brands in 180 countries.13. Estée Lauder Companies – $58.8bnA US-based global manufacturer of premium skin care, makeup, fragrances and hair care products. It has a massive store and digital presence globally, including a large number of owned brands.14. Fomento Economico Mexicano – $30.0bnA beverage and retail company based in Mexico. It runs the largest chain of department stores in Mexico, as well as being the world's biggest independent bottling company for Coca-Cola. It is also a major shareholder in Heineken.15. Foshan Haitian – $30.5bnA food and flavourings company with headquarters in China. One of the largest manufacturers of soy sauce in the world.16. General Mills – $28.4bnAn American food company that manufactures and markets many known brands. Some of the most recognisable brands are Yoplait and Haagen-Dazs.17. Henkel AG & Company KGaA – $42.2bnA German company specialising in personal and home care, as well as adhesives. Some of its brands include the popular Schwarzkopf and Persil.18. Hermès International – $69.9bnAnother massive French fashion house, manufacturing luxury products since 1837. Its main divisions are leather goods, accessories, perfumes and apparel.19. Hindustan Unilever – $52.5bnHindustan Unilever is a leading manufacturer of Dutch and British ownership based in India. It produces a wide range of consumer goods, from food to personal care and cleaning, as well as water purifiers.20. ITC Limited – $51.0bnThis global enterprise, based in India, owns lucrative brands in consumer goods, paper and packaging manufacturing, agribusiness, hotels and IT.21. Japan Tobacco (JT) – $45.1bnA tobacco and cigarette producing company with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.22. The J.M. Smucker Company – $12.0bnAmerican manufacturer of various oils, condiments and drinks, especially fruit-based products. In business for over 100 years.23. Johnson & Johnson – $366.4bnA US-based company manufacturing consumer goods, medical devices and equipment, plus pharmaceutical products. Has a substantial presence in more than 60 countries.24. Kao Corporation – $37.8bnKao manufactures consumer products related to cosmetics and chemicals. It produces and markets its products globally, with headquarters in Japan.25. The Kellogg’s Company – $18.7bnA giant of the cereal world for over 100 years, Kellogg's is an American food manufacturing company with global appeal.26. Kering – $71.5bnFounded in 1963, Kering is an international luxury group based in Paris, France. It owns multiple luxury goods brands such as Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen, to name a few.27. Kerry Group – $18.2bnKerry Group is a large food-manufacturing company based in Ireland. It exports over 15,000 foods and ingredients to more than 140 countries worldwide.28. Kimberly-Clark Corporation – $41.4bnA US-based global personal care producer of mostly paper-based consumer products.29. The Kraft Heinz Company – $39.1bnAfood and non-alcoholic beverage manufacturer with instantly recognisable branded food products.30. Kweichow Moutai – $146.5bnA partially publicly traded and partially state-owned business based in China. It specialises in the production and sales of Maotai liquor and various food and beverages. In addition, the company is known for the development of anti-counterfeiting technology and IT products.31. L’Oréal – $150.8bnThe world's largest cosmetics company, specialising in various products from hair colour to skincare and perfume. It is celebrity endorsed and uses the recognisable catchphrase, ‘Because you're worth it’. Its brands are found in over 150 countries.32. LG H&H – $20.2bnManufacturer of cosmetics, household goods and beverages, with headquarters in South Korea.33. Lindt & Sprungli – $17.7bnOften known simply as Lindt, this is a Swiss chocolatier founded in 1845. It is famous around the world for the quality of its chocolate truffles and treats.34. LVMH – $160.3bnThe LVMH group owns 70 brands that manufacture designer luxury products including alcohol, fragrances, makeup, clothing and jewellery.35. McCormick & Company – $18.5bnAn American food company that manufactures all sorts of spices, seasoning mixes and other products for catering and domestic use.36. Mengniu Dairy – $12.7bnA dairy products manufacturing company with headquarters in Hong Kong.37. Mondelēz International – $69.0bnAn American multinational manufacturer of confectionery, food and beverages. It is based in Illinois, with operations all around the world.38. Monster Beverage Corporation – $32.7bnA US-based manufacturing company producing non-alcoholic beverages. It is owned by Coca-Cola and produces popular energy drinks.39. Nestle – $286.2bnBased in Switzerland, this is the world’s largest food and soft drinks company. It owns more than 2,000 brands ranging from global icons to local favourites, and is present in 191 countries.40. PepsiCo – $162.5bnAn American corporation headquartered in Harrison, New York. It specialises in the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of a variety of snack foods, drinks and various other products. A long-term rival of Coca-Cola, it has managed to thrive alongside it.41. Pernod Ricard – $48.3bnFamous worldwide for its Pernod Anise and Ricard Pastis drinks, it is one of the most recognisable French brands in the world.42. Philip Morris International – $141.2bnA cigarette and tobacco manufacturing company headquartered in the US. It operates and owns 46 production facilities and provides six of the world's top international brands in more than 180 markets. One of these is the world's biggest cigarette company, Marlboro.43. Procter & Gamble – $256.3bnGlobally recognised as the top company specialising in home and fabric care, as well as personal care for the whole family. It owns a large number of household names like Gillette, Ariel and Pampers.44. Reckitt Benckiser Group – $59.7bnThis British multinational produces health and home-based brands as well as hygiene and personal care products. It has 60 different locations in six continents.45. Shiseido – $27.8bnThe Japanese multinational, Shiseido Company, specialises in personal care, producing everything from fragrances and cosmetics to skin care and hair care products.46. Tyson Foods – $19.3bnA food company that processes and markets chicken, mutton and beef. Company headquarters are in Arkansas, USA.47. Unilever – $154.7bnOne of the largest and most-recognised FMCG companies. On an average day, 2.5 billion people use Unilever products for both personal and home care.48. WH Group – $14.9bnChina-based meat- and food-processing company with headquarters in Hong Kong.49. Wilmar International – $15.5bnOperating since 1991, this is Asia’s leading agricultural business group. It is highly placed in the Singapore Exchange, specialising in the processing of various oils and sugar.50. Yili – $24.2bnA dairy company producing a variety of milk products with headquarters in Hohhot, China.