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Leading European consumer goods companies by market capitalization 2018

Leading seven consumer goods companies in Europe based on market capitalization as of March 31, 2018* (in billion U.S. dollars)

by Tugba Sabanoglu, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Leading European consumer goods companies by market capitalization 2018 In Europe, the list of leading consumer goods companies is capped by the Swiss food behemoth Nestlé, whose market capitalization reached 246 billion US dollars in 2018. 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 the runner-ups to Nestlé’s leadership in 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.

VW pushes in

While leading consumer goods companies in Europe are predominantly from the non-durable category, one other contender hails from the other end. Germany’s Volkswagen ranked in the seventh place with a market capitalization of 100 billion US dollars. Volkswagen is one of the leading car manufacturers, currently holding a considerable share in the market. Most notably, the car company accounted for the highest car sales globally in 2018, leaving Renault-Nissan, Mitsubishi and Toyota behind.
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Leading seven consumer goods companies in Europe based on market capitalization as of March 31, 2018* (in billion U.S. dollars)

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