Leading North American food and beverage processors 2018

Pepsico was the leading food and beverage company overall in North America in 2018. The corporation had sales of nearly 40 billion U.S. dollars from food and beverages that were processed on the continent. In the same year, Pepsico had a net revenue of 63.5 billion dollars from its global operations. Tyson Foods, known for its meat-based brands such as Jimmy Dean and Hillshire Farm were a close second, with 39.5 billion dollars in sales from its North American operations.

Pepsico’s history

Pepsico is a multinational food and beverage corporation formed by the merger of the Pepsi-Cola Company and Frito-Lay in 1965. The corporation has acquired several companies since then, including Tropicana Products in 1998 and the Quaker Oats Company in 2001 to increase its range of brands.

Best brands

Pepsi, Pepsico’s flagship brand, was the fourth most valuable soft drink brand in the world in 2018, worth over 10.5 billion dollars. Lay’s, the company’s leading snack food brand, was the best-selling potato chip in the U.S. with sales of nearly 1.7 billion dollars in 2017, more than triple its competitors.

Leading food and beverage companies in North America in 2018, based on sales (in million U.S. dollars)*

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Release date

January 2020


North America

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Supplementary notes

* The annual Top 100© list ranks food and beverage processors based on their sales of value-added, consumer-ready goods that were processed in U.S. and Canadian facilities.

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