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Food & Weapon Driving World Economy

Food & Weapon Driving World Economy

World largest arms and food company outlook

 “Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people”

Henry Kissinger

In current world, Corona outbreak brings an unprecedented upheaval.  All commercial activities are stalled for over two months.

The world is in a grip of global recession.  The vehicles and airplanes are grounded worldwide.

In this world, the principle of survival of fittest, apply to all.

No matter global recession or economy boom, there is always demand for buying food and weapon to control masses and countries.

During World War I and II two things were most important and profitable selling weapons and food.

To control neighboring countries and for their own safety measures weapons are being procured by most of the country. In annual budget of most country, weapon procurement has a major chunk and surpassed education, medical and basic infrastructure requirement. 

Food is essential for life. To control masses you must fed them to avoid insurgency.  Mass collections of Weapons are also important to protect and empower the country. These two sectors seem insurmountable and recession proof even in this corona upheaval.

Global crisis, trade-war, economy slowdown, oil price and protectionism also increasing the global arms trade.

High population countries India and Pakistan are more concerned about border dispute and security, constantly buying a huge quantity of arms despite of having developing nation status and on the verge of poverty; making arms dealer profitable and elated.

World’s biggest postwar arms exporter


World’s largest arms importers


List of major weapon manufacturers


A complied list of world largest weapons manufacturing companies , which controlling the world economy and people in a monopolist manner.


Revenue: €18.4 billion (2019)
Country: France

Thales Group is a French multinational company that designs and builds electrical systems and provides services for the aerospace, defence, transportation and security markets.

The company is headquartered in Paris’ business district, La Défense and its stock is listed on the Euronext Paris.


Revenue: €13.8 billion (2019)
Country: Italy
Employee: 46,462

Leonardo S.p.A., formerly Leonardo-Finmeccanica and Finmeccanica, is an Italian multinational company specializing in aerospace, defence and security. Headquartered in Rome, the company has 180 sites worldwide.

It is the eighth largest defence contractor in the world based on 2018 revenues. The company is partially owned by the Italian government through the Ministry of Economy and Finance, which holds 30.2% of the company’s shares and is its largest shareholder.

 L-3 Technologies

Revenue: $9.57 billion (2017)
Country : USA
Employee: 38,000

L3 Technologies, formerly L-3 Communications Holdings, was an American company that supplied command and control, communications, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C3ISR) systems and products, avionics, ocean products, training devices and services, instrumentation, aerospace, and navigation products.

Its customers included the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, United States Intelligence Community, NASA, aerospace contractors, and commercial telecommunications and wireless customers. In 2019, it merged with Harris Corporation and was renamed to L3Harris Technologies.

EADS/Airbus Group

Revenue: $12.52 billion
Country: Trans-European
Employee: 40,000

Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus responsible for defence and aerospace products and services. The division was formed in January 2014 during the corporate restructuring of European Aeronautic Defence and Space (EADS), and comprises the former Airbus Military, Astrium, and Cassidian divisions.

It is the world’s second largest space company after Boeing and one of the top ten defence companies in the world.             

General Dynamics

Revenue: $36.19 billion (2018)
Country of Origin: USA
Employee: 107,000

General Dynamics Corporation (GD) is an American aerospace and defense corporation. As of 2019, it was the fifth-largest defense contractor in the United States, and the sixth-largest in the world, by sales. The company ranked No. 92 in the 2019 Fortune 500 list of the largest United States corporations by total revenue.

It is headquartered in Reston, Fairfax County, Virginia.

Formed in 1954 with the merger of submarine manufacturer Electric Boat and aircraft manufacturer Canadair, it evolved through multiple mergers and divestitures and changed markedly in the post–Cold War era of defense consolidation.

General Dynamics’ former Fort Worth Division, which manufactured the F-16 Fighting Falcon, was sold to the Lockheed Corporation in 1993, but GD re-entered the airframe business in 1999 with its purchase of business jet manufacturer Gulfstream Aerospace.

Northrop Grumman

Revenue: $30 billion (2018)
Country: USA
Employee: 90,000

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) is an American global aerospace and defense technology company. With 90,000 employees and an annual revenue in excess of $30 billion, it is one of the world’s largest weapons manufacturers and military technology providers.

Northrop Grumman and its industry partners have won the Collier Trophy eight times, most recently for developing the X-47B, the first unmanned, autonomous air system to operate from an aircraft carrier. In 2004, its subsidiary Scaled Composites won the trophy for SpaceShipOne, the first privately financed, built, and flown space vehicle.

BAE Systems

Revenue: $18.31 billion (2019)
Country: U.K.
Employee: 85,800

BAE Systems plc is a British multinational defence, security, and aerospace company. Its headquarters are in London and Farnborough in the United Kingdom with operations worldwide.

The company is the largest defence contractor in Europe and among the world’s largest defence companies; it was ranked as the third-largest based on applicable 2017 revenues.

Its largest operations are in the United Kingdom and United States, where its BAE Systems Inc. subsidiary is one of the six largest suppliers to the US Department of Defense.

The company was formed on 30 November 1999 by the £7.7 billion merger of two British companies: Marconi Electronic Systems (MES)—the defence electronics and naval shipbuilding subsidiary of the General Electric Company plc (GEC)—and British Aerospace (BAe)—an aircraft, munitions and naval systems manufacturer.


Revenue: $97.95 billion (2019)
Country: USA
Employee: 195,00

Raytheon Technologies Corporation is a multinational conglomerate headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

It researches, develops, and manufactures advanced technology products in the aerospace and defense industry, including aircraft engines, avionics, aerostructures, cybersecurity, missiles, air defense systems, and drones.

The company is also a large military contractor, getting a significant portion of its revenue from the U.S. government.

The company is the result of the merger of equals between the aerospace subsidiaries of United Technologies Corporation (UTC) and the Raytheon Company, which was completed on April 3, 2020. Before the merger, UTC spun-off its non-aerospace subsidiaries Otis Elevator Company and Carrier Corporation.


Revenue: $76 billion (2019)
Country : USA
Employee: 161,133

The Boeing Company is an American multinational corporation that designs, manufactures, and sells airplanes, rotorcraft, rockets, satellites, telecommunications equipment, and missiles worldwide.

The company also provides leasing and product support services. Boeing is among the largest global aerospace manufacturers; it is the second-largest defense contractor in the world based on 2018 revenue, and is the largest exporter in the United States by dollar value.

Lockheed Martin

Revenue: $53.76 billion
Country : USA
Employee: 105,000

Lockheed Martin Corporation is an American aerospace, defense, security, and advanced technologies company with worldwide interests. It was formed by the merger of Lockheed Corporation with Martin Marietta in March 1995.

Lockheed Martin is one of the largest companies in the aerospace, defense, security, and technologies industry. It is the world’s largest defense contractor, based on revenue for fiscal year 2014.

In 2013, 78% of Lockheed Martin’s revenues came from military sales; it topped the list of US federal government contractors and received nearly 10% of the funds paid out by the Pentagon.In 2009, US government contracts accounted for $38.4 billion (85%), foreign government contracts for $5.8 billion (13%), and commercial and other contracts for $900 million (2%).

Food Indutry

Access to quality and nutritious food is fundamental right of human being.

Proper food access brings positive impacts like economic growth and job creation. In developing nation about 70% people are depend on agriculture for their bread and butter.

In 1950 world population was approximately 2.5 billion and in 2020 we have around 8 billion people on this earth. Giving food access to a huge population is a really daunting task for most the developed nations.

Cost of food is sharply going up and pushing a number of people into poverty.

Arms dealers may be elated or not facing severe crisis; but food grower farmers are distressed and depressed.  

Due to high price demand outstripping supply. Agriculture productivity growth is only 1 to 2 percent a year. Food inflation is very high in most of the countries and people spending 60 to 70 percent of their income on food. Food is fundamental but yet outplayed by non-essential weapons.

World’s Largest Food & Beverage Companies


Country : Spain
Revenue: € 25.88 billion
Employee: 105,783

Danone S.A. is a European American multinational food-products corporation based in Paris and founded in Barcelona, Spain.

The company is listed on Euronext Paris where it is a component of the CAC 40 stock market index. Some of the company’s products are branded Dannon in the United States.

As of 2018, Danone sold products in 120 markets, and had sales in 2018 of €24.65 billion. In the first half of 2018, 29% of sales came from specialized nutrition, 19% came from waters, and 52% came from dairy and plant-based products.


Revenue: $114.5 billion (2018)
Country: United States
Employee: 166,000

Cargill, Incorporated is an American privately held global corporation based in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and incorporated in Wilmington, Delaware. Founded in 1865, it is the largest privately held corporation in the United States in terms of revenue.

Some of Cargill’s major businesses are trading, purchasing and distributing grain and other agricultural commodities, such as palm oil; trading in energy, steel and transport; the raising of livestock and production of feed; and producing food ingredients such as starch and glucose syrup, vegetable oils and fats for application in processed foods and industrial use.

Cargill also has a large financial services arm, which manages financial risks in the commodity markets for the company. In 2003, it split off a portion of its financial operations into Black River Asset Management, a hedge fund with about $10 billion of assets and liabilities. It owned two-thirds of the shares of The Mosaic Company (sold off in 2011), one of the world’s leading producers and marketers of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients.

Archer Daniels Midland Company

Revenue: $64.34 billion (2018)
Country: United States
Employee: 32,300

The Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) is an American global food processing and commodities trading corporation, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

The company operates more than 270 plants and 420 crop procurement facilities worldwide, where cereal grains and oilseeds are processed into products used in food, beverage, nutraceutical, industrial, and animal feed markets worldwide..



Country : United States
Revenue: $35 billion
Employee: 100,000

Mars, Incorporated is an American global manufacturer of confectionery, pet food, and other food products and a provider of animal care services, with US$33 billion in annual sales in 2015.

It was ranked as the 6th largest privately held company in the United States by Forbes. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, United States, the company is entirely owned by the Mars family.

Mars operates in five business segments around the world: Mars Wrigley Confectionary (headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with US headquarters in Hackettstown and Newark, New Jersey), Petcare (Zaventem, Belgium; Poncitlán and Jalisco, Mexico; Querétaro, Mexico), Food (Rancho Dominguez, California), Drinks (West Chester, Pennsylvania), and Symbioscience (Germantown, Maryland), the company’s life sciences division.


The Coca-Cola Company

Country of Origin: United States
Revenue: 31.85 billion (2018)
Employee: 62,600

The Coca-Cola Company is an American multinational beverage corporation headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The Coca-Cola Company has interests in the manufacturing, retailing and marketing of nonalcoholic beverage concentrates and syrups.

The company produces Coca-Cola, invented in 1886 by pharmacist John Stith Pemberton. In 1889 the formula and brand were sold for $2,300 to Asa Griggs Candler, who incorporated The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta in 1892.


Tyson Foods

Country : United States
Revenue: $40 billion (2018)
Employee: 122,000

Tyson Foods, Inc. is an American multinational corporation based in Springdale, Arkansas, that operates in the food industry.

The company is the world’s second largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork after JBS S.A. and annually exports the largest percentage of beef out of the United States.

Together with its subsidiaries, it operates major food brands, including Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm, Ball Park, Wright Brand, Aidells, and State Fair. Tyson Foods ranked No. 80 in the 2018 Fortune 500 list of the largest United States corporations by total revenue. 


Country of Origin: Brazil
Revenue: $51.20 billion (2017)
Employee: 233,797

JBS S.A. is a Brazilian company that is the largest (by sales) meat processing company in the world, producing factory processed beef, chicken and pork, and also selling by-products from the processing of these meats.

It is headquartered in São Paulo. It was founded in 1953 in Anápolis, Goiás. As of 2017, the company had 150 industrial plants around the world.

J&F Investimentos is a 42% indirect shareholder in JBS S.A., which is listed on American stock markets as JBSAY. J&F Investimentos is wholly owned by Joesley Batista and Wesley Batista. As of May 2017, JBS S.A. remains the world’s biggest butcher.

Anheuser-Busch InBev

Country of Origin: Belgium
Revenue: $52.33 billion (2019)
Employee: 170,000

Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV, commonly known as AB InBev, is a multinational drink and brewing company based in Leuven, Belgium.

AB InBev has a global functional management office in New York City, and regional headquarters in São Paulo, London, St. Louis, Mexico City, Bremen, Johannesburg and others. It has approximately 630 beer brands in 150 countries.

AB InBev was formed through InBev (itself a merger between Interbrew from Belgium and AmBev from Brazil) acquiring Anheuser-Busch from the United States.

In October 2015, Anheuser-Busch InBev announced a successful all-cash bid to acquire multinational competitor SABMiller; the merger was concldued in October 2016.

It was the world’s largest brewer even before the acquisition of SABMiller and is considered one of the largest fast-moving consumer goods companies in the world.

PepsiCo, Inc

Country : United States
Revenue: $67.16 billion
Employee: 263,000

PepsiCo, Inc. is an American multinational food, snack, and beverage corporation headquartered in Harrison, New York, in the hamlet of Purchase.

PepsiCo has interests in the manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of grain-based snack foods, beverages, and other products.

As of January 26, 2012, 22 of PepsiCo’s brands generated retail sales of more than $1 billion, and the company’s products were distributed across more than 200 countries, resulting in annual net revenues of $43.3 billion. Based on net revenue, PepsiCo is the second largest food and beverage business in the world, behind Nestlé


Country : Switzerland
Revenue: CHF 91.43 billion (2018)
Employees: 352,000

Nestlé S.A. is a Swiss multinational food and drink processing conglomerate corporation adquartered in Vevey, Vaud, Switzerland.

It is the largest food company in the world, measured by revenues and other metrics, since 2014.

It ranked No. 64 on the Fortune Global 500 in 2017 and No. 33 on the 2016 edition of the Forbes Global 2000 list of largest public companies.

Nestlé’s products include baby food, medical food, bottled water, breakfast cereals, coffee and tea, confectionery, dairy products, ice cream, frozen food, pet foods, and snacks. Twenty-nine of Nestlé’s brands have annual sales of over CHF1 billion (about US$1.1 billion), including Nespresso, Nescafé, Kit Kat, Smarties, Nesquik, Stouffer’s, Vittel, and Maggi. Nestlé has 447 factories, operates in 189 countries.

It is one of the main shareholders of L’Oreal, the world’s largest cosmetics company.

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