Artificial sweetener producers
Merisant was formed when a group of investors purchased the business from Monsanto in March, 2000. Merisant controls about one-fifth of the global aspartame market. Their stevia based sweetener PureVia was developed in partnership with PepsiCo. Acquired by MacAndrews & Forbes in 2014.
| MacAndrews & Forbes Inc
owns 100% of Merisant Company
This company has products rated RED in the Centre for Food Safety's True Food Shopper's Guide (USA). Products on the RED list contain ingredients that come from the most common GE crops (corn, soy, canola, cotton). Companies with products on this list have confirmed that their products may have or are likely to be made with GE ingredients, or have not denied using GE foods when given the opportunity to do so.
[Source 2013][More on Genetic Engineering]
California, the UK and Australia have all enacted legislation requiring companies operating within their borders to disclose their efforts to eradicate modern slavery from their operations and supply chains. Follow the link to see this company's disclosure statement.
[Source 2016][More on Human Rights]
|MacAndrews & Forbes Inc|
MacAndrews & Forbes is a major shareholder of AM General, a world-leader in the design, engineering, production and technical and parts support of military and special purpose vehicles.
MacAndrews & Forbes is also a major shareholder of SIGA Technologies, who develops products for the prevention and treatment of serious infectious diseases, including products for use in defence against biological warfare agents. SIGA has received significant funding from the US Department of Defense.
[Source 2018][More on Military]
MacAndrews & Forbes is a major shareholder of Scientific Games, provider of customized, end-to-end gaming solutions to lottery and gaming organizations worldwide. Scientific Games' integrated array of products and services include instant lottery games, lottery gaming systems, terminals and services, and internet applications, as well as server-based interactive gaming machines.
[Source 2018][More on Gaming]
Company owner Ronald Perelman has signed the Giving Pledge - a commitment by some of the world's wealthiest individuals and families to dedicate the majority of their wealth to philanthropy. The campaign has founded by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett in 2009. The pledge is a moral commitment to give, not a legal contract.
[Source 2014][More on Finance]
OpenSecrets.org tracks the influence of money on U.S. politics, and how that money affects policy and citizens' lives. Follow link to see this company's record of political donations, lobbying, outside spending and more.
|Company Structure||Wholly-owned subsidiary|
|Address||Chicago, Illinois, USA|
Products / BrandsMerisant
Equal (aspartame) Sugar & Sweeteners
Naturals (stevia) Sugar & Sweeteners
Whole Earth (stevia) Sugar & Sweeteners