Having discovered via another thread that many of our sausages are all made by the same company, and knowing that much of our processed food is made by just a few multi-nationals I wondered if there is any website where you can just enter the name of a product/ manufacturer (not just food, most cookers come from the same stable) and get the name of the parent company?
I know I can go to Companies House and do a trawl, but I was looking for an instant reference site
You would have considerable difficulty doing this, because there is not only the parent company situation but also the sub-contractor to consider, for example I used to work for C&B which was owned at one time by Nestle, but we also made "Own Label" products for Tesco, Sainsburys, Co-op, Fine Fare,ECT.I think you will find that the vast majority of electical and electornic goods nowadays are sub-contacted to the far east and "badged" to europeon companies such as phillips etc. Quickbeam You can only have a limted product in the local range, manily fresh produce, butchery, bakery,greengrocery.
The problem in trying to find a 'one location' link, is the fact that some 'parent companies' like to hide this fact due to re-badging contractual agreements.There is at least one major player, who sources similar products from at least three manufacturers. The only difference that the public notices, is the product model number, and perhaps a slight cosmetic change.Lexmark and Dell spring to mind!.
Many years ago, I worked for an organisation that was 'hidden' among an whole host of other companies and establishments.
I have a friend and neighbour who runs a food processing factory. All the items they produce ends up in the major supermarkets and trade warehouses, usually with 'own brand' name labels. They also supply under their own well recognised brand label, as alternatives. Nothing like being an independent food tester, when new products are being 'tested' for a selective world-wide market ;o)