Leading European consumer goods companies by market capitalization 2019

In Europe, the list of leading consumer goods companies is capped by the Swiss food behemoth Nestlé, whose market capitalization reached 292 billion US dollars in 2019. Nestlé’s impact in the consumer goods market is reflected further on a global scale as well. The company’s net sales worldwide placed the food and beverage retailer at the top in 2017, well ahead of its rivals PepsiCo and Unilever.

Food and beverages lead the game

European food and beverage companies like Anheuser-Busch InSev and Unilever are also among the giants of the consumer goods landscape. Of these two, the Belgian beer and alcoholic beverage company Anheuser-Busch InSev is attributed to the highest sales among leading beer companies worldwide. The multinational company owns highly popular beer brands such as Stella Artois, Corona, and Beck’s among others.

Luxury brands

While leading consumer goods companies in Europe are predominantly from the non-durable category, one other contender hails from the luxury end. France's LVMH Group ranked in the second place with a market capitalization of 186 billion US dollars. Parent to many luxury brands including Louis Vitton, Möet, Givency and Christion Dior, LMVH generates the highest revenue from its fashion and leather products. Other than this, the group's product range include cosmetics, wines and spirits, watches and jewelry.

Leading five consumer goods companies in Europe based on market capitalization as of March 31, 2019*

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Release date

August 2019



Survey time period

March 31, 2019

Supplementary notes

* Companies shown are part of the Global Top 100 companies by market capitalization list, compiled by the source.
Figures have been rounded.

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