The Truth about Brands Part 2

Warning: This is a long post! I also didnt think it was right to fill it with loads of images, but its full of useful information about big brands and the smaller companies they own!

When researching about the big brands which we have all heard of (Maybelline/Max Factor etc) I started to notice that a lot of them were owned by the same companies so I decided to take a look at the larger companies; the below two brand maps shows which large companies own which brands and is what I based this research on;



Map one;

Map two;

Just from a brand point of view I was surprised at the amount of well known brands each of these companies own!! From here I checked which big brands test their products, cosmetics, household and toiletries as well as food so I could see which products I needed to steer clear of. This is just on the research I have done;

The below companies all state that though they do not test on animals themselves, they commission or allow testing to happen on their products so that they can be sold in countries such as China where animal testing is required by law.

Note: I have listed all the sub-brands I could find for both the UK, US and all other brands where applicable. I have also highlighted the ones which I recognise, however if I have missed any, misspelt them or missed any brands off my list please forgive me, I am going off of the websites stated below.



Unilever Statement;

Unilever is committed to the elimination of animal testing. We are equally committed to consumer health and safety, and to the safety of our workforce and the environment. We do not test finished products on animals unless demanded by the regulatory authorities in the few countries where this is the law. In such cases, we try to convince the local authorities to change the law. Where some testing of ingredients is required by law or currently unavoidable, we aim to minimise the number of animals used.

In pursuit of these goals, Unilever on the one hand applies strict internal control procedures to ensure that animal testing is only carried out when no alternatives are available and, on the other hand, invests in developing and applying alternative approaches to replace animal testing in safety assessments for consumer products.

Unilever does not undertake animal testing, or commission others to do testing on its behalf, unless it is necessary to meet its health, safety and environmental obligations or it is demanded by government regulators or other official bodies.

When developing these products, for ethical reasons it is not always possible to carry out tests directly on humans. Therefore, novel ingredients may have to be tested on animals first. Animal studies may need to be performed to establish the mechanism of action underpinning the health benefits of these ingredients as well as to assess their safety.

For their full statement on animal testing please click here;

Unilever state that they test on animals when required by law, again so they can sell their products in countries such as China but they also state they test their ingredients on animal reasons when it’s a ‘novel’ ingredient. I haven’t put their full statement here as it is very long, so I encourage readers to look at their website as cited.

Unilever has also been reported on for doing extreme, cruel and unnecessary tests on animals for their benefit. Though they say they want to minimize animal testing, Unilever has come up numerous times in my research as one of the worse brands out there for testing on animals and for not keeping suffering to a minimal.

The combination of them letting their products be tested to allow them higher profits, the fact that they state they test new products on animals and the other sources that state the cruelty they inflict on animals means I absolutely refuse to touch a single thing made by them and will never purchase anything from the brands they own.

Unilever is, amoung others, known to be one of the worse companies for animal testing, and because they own so many brands and sell so many products, thousands of products in fact are released every year, the amount of products tested on animals in extreme and cruel ways is simply staggering.

Unilever owns Bovil, I can’t believe its not Butter, Marmite, Pot Noodle, Lynx, Walls, Comfort, Dove, Elmlea, Vaseline, Brylcreem, Impulse, Persil, Brut, Ben and Jerrys, HB, Timotei, Cornetto, Peperami, Simple, Magnum, Lipton, DomestosViennetta, Tresemme, PG Tips, Colmans, Cif, Stork, Knorr, Solero, Sure, Carte D’Or, Surf, St Ives, V05, Lyons, Ponds, Maille, Slim.Fast, Radox, Bertolli, Flora and Hellmans.



A Nestle Q and A on Animal Testing from their website;

  1. Does Nestlé routinely test its products on animals?
  2. We do not use animal testing to develop conventional foods and drinks such as coffee, tea, cereal and chocolate.
  3. Are you ever required to test new products or ingredients on animals?
  4. On very rare occasions, yes. National authorities require new food products and ingredients to be safe for human consumption, and in certain cases it is necessary to carry out animal tests to demonstrate this. We can assure you that we use animal testing as little as possible, and that our care of animals always complies with the highest standards. Animal testing should only take place where absolutely necessary, as part of the regulatory process to commercialise a product, or as part of the development of novel food products, such as those with healthcare benefits.
  5. Why is animal testing necessary?
  6. Animal studies are critically important to make advances in fundamental nutrition and health science.

This research helps to provide the scientific basis for developing novel ingredients, or new nutritional strategies for improving health. This includes medical foods that help people with acute and chronic medical conditions

  1. What is your approach to animal testing?
  2. Where animal testing is necessary, it is vital that we are fully aware of, and our actions are guided by, our ethical responsibility for the welfare of animals. This includes proper housing, nutrition, care and humane handling.

Any application for animal testing must be submitted to our internal ethics committee for approval, prior to its submission to the relevant authorities.

We make sure that all our employees who look after animals in our research facilities are trained in the care of animals in research, to ensure absolute competency and awareness of the ethical issues involved. We keep abreast of new advances in animal testing, as well as alternatives to animal testing.

When carrying out animal studies, we apply the internationally recognised ‘Triple R’ and the relevant animal welfare principles to ensure that any tests are only used where necessary and that animals are cared for to the highest standards.

Animal testing, in my opinion is not at all necessary for food, cosmetics, toiletries or household and Nestle state they do test on animals for more than just selling their products in China. To me, this makes them one of the worse brands out there. Not only that, along with Unilever they are one of the companies that regularly gets reported on for doing unnecessary tests on animals which are cruel and cause extreme suffering. I will never buying anything from Nestle or the brands they own.

Added to this, Nestles smaller company L’Oreal is known to be one of the worst for animal testing, I’ll be posting about L’Oreal and all things wrong with it in a few weeks so please keep an eye out for that, but know that any of the companies they own or products they make are tested on animals.

Nestle own Aero, Bakers Complete, Beneful, Boost, Buitoni, Butterfinger, Cailler Chocolate, Carnation Evaporated Milk, Cerelac Cereal, Chef, Chef-Mate, Chocapic Cereal, Cini Minis Cereal, Coffee-Mate, Crunch, DiGiorno Frozen Pizza, Dreyers Ice Cream, Estrekitas Cereal, Extreme Ice Cream, Felix, Fitness Cereal, Friskies, Gerber Baby Food, Gourmet Cat Food, Herta, Hot Pockets, Jacks Pizza, KitKat, La Laitiere Desserts, Lean Cuisine,  Maggi, Milo Beverages, Minor’s, Movenpick Ice Cream, NaturNes Baby Food, Nescafe, Nespresso, Nesquik, Nestea, Nestle Ice Cream, Nestle Pure Life Water, Nestum Cereal, Nido Baby Products, Nutren Junior, Optifast, Orion Chocolate, Peptamen, Perrier, Poland Spring, Purina, Resource, S. Pellegrino, Sjora, Smarties, Stouffers, Thomy Mustard, Toll House, Tombstone Pizza and Wonka.



Mars Statement

I couldn’t find a statement from Mars about their animal testing, however I believe that they do test due to the information found on the below sites;

Please be warned this is a video and looks to be extremely graphic =

Also, it has been in the news in the last few months that a number of dogs have died through eating Pedigree, though it remains unsustained.

Mars owns Aquarian, Catsan, Ceasar, Chappie, Dreamies, Kitekat, Misfits, Pedigree, Sheba, Whiskas, Bounty, Celebrations, Flyte, Galaxy, M&Ms(all variations), Maltesers, Mars (all variations), Milky Way, Revels, Snickers, Topic, Tracker, Twix, Dolmio, Seeds of Change, Uncle Bens, Wrigleys, Airwaves, Altoids, Doublemint, Wrigleys Extra, Hubba Bubba, Juicy Fruit, Lockets, Orbit, Skittles, Starburst, Tunes, Spearmint, Alterra Coffee, the Bright Tea Company, Flavia, Klix, Banfield Pet Hospital, Califonia Natural, Evo, Eukanuba (excluding Europe), Greenies, Iams (excluding Europe), Innova, Nutro, Royal Canin, the Goodlife Recipe, Temptations, Wisdom Panel, 3 Musketeers, American Heritage, Amicelli, Balisto, Combos, Dove Chocolate, Ethel M Chocolate, goodness knows, Kudos, marathon, Pure Dark, Ebly, KanTong, MasterFoods, Miracoli, Pamesello, Raris, Royco, Suziwan, Big Red, Eclipse, Freedent, Lifesavers, Winterfresh and CocoaVIa.


Proctor and Gamble

Proctor and Gamble Statement

At Procter & Gamble we believe the elimination of animal testing is the right thing to do. P&G does not test its products or ingredients on animals anywhere in the world, unless required by law. We will continue to develop non-animal alternative tests and work with regulators around the world to ultimately end testing involving animals. We have developed over 50 alternative, non-animal testing methods and invested more than $370 million in finding alternatives. We work with leading independent and industry experts in the field of alternatives research, and we partner with leading animal protection groups, such as the Humane Society of the US, to promote alternative research methods and regulatory acceptance of alternatives.

For further information about their efforts with animal testing go to

From this we can see that Proctor and Gamble allows testing on animals to sell their products in China and other such countries which has different laws about animal testing. For me, I don’t want to support a company that allows animal suffering just for profits so I will not be buying anything from Proctor and Gamble or their brands.

Iams is also well known to test on animals as well and these animals suffer extremely cruel conditions.

Proctor and Gamble own Always, Boss Skincare and Fragrances, Dolce and Gabbana Fragrances and make up, Fixodent, Gucci Fragrances, Lacoste Fragrances, Noxzema, Pantene, Silvikin, System Professional (Wella), Aussie, Fusion ProGlide, Head and Shoulders, Mach3, Olay, Perfect 10, SK-11, Venus, Avril Lavigne Frangrances, Braun, Dunhill Frangrances, Gillette, Iams (Europe)Herbal Essences, Max Factor, Old Spice, Rochas Frangrances, Tampax, Wash and Go, Christina Aguilera Fragrances, Escada Fragrances, Hugo Frangrances, nice ‘n easy, Oral-B, Sassoon (Wella) ,Sebastian Professional, Wella, Ace, Bold, Duracell, Fairy, Iams, Regulan, Ambi Pur, Clearblue, Eukanuba, Febreze, Pampers, Viakal, Ariel, Daz, FlashPepto-Bismol, Vicks, Dreft, Lenor and Vortex.


Johnson and Johnson

Johnson and Johnsons Statement;

At Johnson & Johnson, it is our policy is to minimize the use of animals in laboratory research when assessing the safety and efficacy of our products. Since 2000, the use of animals in our research has decreased over 60 percent, relative to R&D investment.

However, the use of animals in the development of our products is sometimes required to ensure products are safe and effective. In fact, alternatives to animal testing techniques, commonly called in vitro techniques, do not generate all of the pre-clinical data required by government agencies to bring new products to market. Therefore, health care companies must combine in vitro tests with animal (in vivo) research to fulfill our scientific, legal and ethical obligations to provide safe and effective products.

Animals are only used for clinical education and training purposes when actual participation by the trainee is required to learn a medical or surgical procedure (including proper product usage) where alternative models have been deemed inadequate for the purpose. Thus, at times, it becomes necessary for our businesses to use animals for teaching or demonstration. This is especially true for certain products from our medical devices businesses, as proper training of the health professionals who will use them is critical to patient safety and the currently available non-animal methods for training do not meet the necessarily high standards to ensure safe and proper use of these products. We continuously strive to review training requirements to determine if additional reductions in animal use can be found.

For our personal care products, we do not conduct animal testing or ask others to test on our behalf, except when required by law, and we comply with requirements of the European Union (EU) ban on animal testing for cosmetics.

When animal testing is necessary, it is our policy to use animals from approved sources only, preferably purpose-bred animals which are born and raised under controlled conditions and specifically for testing.  In certain geographic regions of the world, purpose-bred animals are not available and, in these cases, animals must be obtained through regulated dealers that meet our criteria for the humane care and use of laboratory research animals.

For their full statement please go to;

It appears from this statement that Johnson and Johnson use animal testing extensively in their testing of products as well as allowing further animal testing so their products can be sold in countries such as China. Johnson and Johnson do own a number of medical brands and use animal testing for medical research as well as toiletries so some of their animal testing would go towards the medicines they produce as well as their other products.

Obviously some of their below brands are more difficult to avoid than other companies, such as the prescriptions, however I will not be buying their brands because they allow their non-medical products to be tested on animals so they can be sold in other countries. Whilst I will not comment on their animal testing for medical reasons, I disagree with their testing for bigger profits (selling in countries with different laws), so I will not buy their products and will endeavor to use different medicine than what they produce purely for the cosmetic testing as I do not want to support them in any way.

Brands that Johnson and Johnson also are Johnsons,, Destin, Natusan,, Penaten, Prim’age, Bebe, Clean & Clear, Roc, Vendome, Neutrogena, skin ID, Rogaine, Aveeno, Lubriderm, Piz Buin, Band-Aid, Bengay, Savlon, Neosporin, Cortaid, Daktarin, Compeed, Tucks, Listerine, Rembrandt, Tylenol, Sudafed, Pepcid, Nicorette, Motrin, Imodium, Dolormin, Benadryl, Mylanta, Zyrtec, Splenda, Benecol, Lactaid, Visine and Acuvue.

Johnson and Johnson also own medical devices/products such as DePut Synthes/Synthes, Cordis, Biosense Webster. Inc, Codman Neuro, Lifescan. Inc, Animas Corporation, Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics. Inc, Janssen Diagnostics BVBA, Vistakon, Ethicon, Mentor, Advanced Sterilization Products and Acclarent.

Finally, they also own percriptions scuch as Axert, Invega, Reminyl, Topamax, Concerta, Invega Sustenna, Risperdal, Leustatin, Duragesic, Nucynta, Risperdal Consta, Zarelto, Natrecor, Reopro, Simponi, Stelara, Remicade, Edurant, Intelence, Zytiga, Levaquin, Doribax, Prezista, Doxil, Sirturo, Procrit, Invokana, Velcade and Olysio.


Mondelez International (Previously known as Kraft)

I couldn’t find an official statement from Mondelez themselves, however I did find this on the below website;

In November 2014 Ethical Consumer viewed Mondelez International’s completed questionnaire. In response to a question on animal testing the company stated: “We assure the safety and nutritional benefits of our ingredients, additives and products through a variety of research methods. We do not perform animal testing for the vast majority of our products. Wherever possible, we avoid animal testing. In some limited cases, there are no practical alternatives to animal testing, and we use outside facilities to do the testing. We work only with facilities that meet or exceed good laboratory practices and comply with all applicable laws and regulations on the use of animals in research. We are committed to reducing the need for animal testing while maintaining our strict quality and safety standards.”

Mondelez state in this that they use animal testing for their products, however they do not state what they use it for; government laws, product testing or research, and though they state they use facilities that have ‘good laboratory practices’, in reality there is no way to perform animal testing without inflicting suffering on the animals. Looking at the brands they own, I see no need for animal testing to occur, and considering the terrible and invasive tests that other food companies have done, it concerns me that they use animal testing for their products when I feel for what they are doing it is completely unnecessary. The fact that they do not have a policy, or at least an easily found policy, on animal testing but there is this statement from them from only a couple of months ago  which is so vague on what they do and why means that I will be regarding their testing on the same level as other companies that test their products. I will not be buying any of their products or their sub-brands (though it might pain me to give up my beloved Oreos!).

Mondelez International own Kraft products as well as Alpen Gold, Barni, belVita, Bournvita, Bubbaloo, Cadbury (and all Cadbury sub-brands), Chips Ahoy!, Clight, Club Social, Cote d’Or, Dentyne, Dirol, Freia, Gevalia, Grand Mere, Halls, Hollywood, Honey Maid, Jacobs, Kenco, Lacta, LU, Marabou, Mikado, Milka, Nabisco, Newtons, Nilla, Nutter Butter, Philadelphia, Oreo, Premium, Prince, Ritz, Royal, Sottilette, Sour Patch Kids, Stimorol, Stride, Tang, Tassimo, Tiger, Toblerone, Trakinas, Trident, Triscuit, Tuc and Wheat Thins.


Coca Cola

Coca-Cola Statement

The Coca‑Cola Company does not conduct any animal tests and we do not directly fund any animal testing of our drinks. Where government agencies require animal tests to demonstrate ingredient safety, we rely on third-party testing. We have shared our concern regarding the ethical and humane treatment of animals with our suppliers and others in the industry. We encourage the use of alternative testing methods whenever and wherever possible and have financially supported research to develop these alternative methods.

This statement shows once again that companies are willing to use animal testing if it means higher profits; Coca-Cola use animal testing to prove their products are safe for human consumption though many of their products have been on the market for years.

I have also found through my research on Coca-Cola that they have performed some highly questionable and extremely invasive tests to prove their product are safe. These tests were not required by law and were invasive, painful procedures which were deadly just to test the taste of products. I think this is completely unnecessary and cruel, however they have now stopped these tests, though they still adhere to their above policy for government testing in other countries.

I strongly disagree with the cruel tests they previously did, and the fact that they allow animal testing on their products just to sell them in other countries to get more profits means I don’t want to support them as a company. This will be a difficult one as Coca-Cola is everywhere and is generally an easy choice to make when out but I will be endeavoring to stop buying from them and if I am dying for a cold coke, to only have own brand products.

Coca-Cola also own A & W (all variations), Ades, Adina (all variations), Agua de Taxco, Al Waha, Ali, Almdudler(all variations), Alpina, Ambasa, Ameyal, Amorino, Andina, Apollnaris, Aquabona, Aquapure, Aquarius, Aquavalue, Arwa, Ayataka, Aybal-Kin, Bacardi, Bankia, Barbican, Bargs, Barqs (all variations), Barrilios, Battery, Bbaeonal Su, Bebere, Benedictino, Beverly, Bevi, Bibo, Bimbo, Birds Nest, Bistra, Bistrone, Bitter Rosso, Bjaare, BlackFire, BlaK, Boga, Bolsi, Bonaqua, Bong Pyoung, Botaniq 1QQ, Botany, BPM, Brazzi, Bright and Early, Brisa, Bu, Burbulinadas, burn, Buyulu, Calpis, Calypso, Campbells, Canada Dry (all variations), Cannings, Cantarina, Cappy, Caprice, Carioca, Carlsberg, Carlysle Farm, Cascade, Cascal, Cepita, Cham, Chaon, Chaqwa, Charrua, Chaudfontaine (all variations), Cheers, Chinotto(all variations), Chippewa, Chivalry, Ciel, Ciel Aquarious, Ciel Mini, Citra, Club, Coca Cola (all variations), Coco Palm, Cocoteen, Cocoteen Zeitaku, Coke Studio (all variations), Combi, Country Club, Creamy, Cresta, Cristal, Cristal Source, Crush (all variations), Crushed, Crusta, Crystal, Cumberland Group, D’Oro, DA, Damia, Damia Minera, DANNON, DA SANI, Del Prado, Del Valle (all variations), Delaware Punch, Disney Xtreme Coolers, Do You Have, Dobriy Dogaden (all variations), Dorna, Dr Pepper (all variations), E2, Eight O Clock (all variations), Epika, Escuis, Estrella Azul, Eva, Evian, Excellade, Fakher, Fanta (all variations), Far Coast, Felicia, Finley, Fioravanti, Five Alive, Flavor Rage, Florida 7, Fonte Ijui, Frazer & Neave, Fresca (all variations), Frescolita, Freskyta (all variations), Frestea, Friolin, Frisco, Frugos (all variations), Fruitia, Fruitopia, Fruktime, Frutier, Frutsi, Full Throttle, FUZE, Fuze Tea (all variations), Geau Vitaminwater, Georgia (all variations), Glaceau (all variations), Gladiator, Gold Peak, Gold Spot, Golden Crush, Golden Drop, Good Morning, Goombay, Goongbi (all variations), Gosohan (all variations), Goulburn (all variations), Guarana (all variations), Gwailchon (all variations), HSOK, Haitai, Hajime, Hangguang Local Cafe, Hani, Hatidar, Hawai, Healthworks, Heppinger, Hi Spot, Hi-C, hit, Honest (all variations), Hot Point, Huang, I Lohas, Ice Dew (all variations), Illy, Inca Kola (all variations), Innocent, Izvorul Alb, Java Monster, Jaz Cola, Jericho, Jet Tonic, Jolly Juice, Joy, Joya, Ju-C, Juan Valdez, Just Juice, Kamjiki, Kani, Kapo, Karadamehuricha, Karadem, Keri, Keunkin,  Kia Ora (all variations), Kildevaeld, Kilimanjaro, Kin, Kinley (all variations), Kist, Kiwi Blue, Kochakaden, Kolda Inglesa, Krest, Kristal, Kropla Beskidu, Krushka & Bochka, Krystal, Kuat (all variations), Kuli, La Jolla, La Vuelta, Lacti Deli, Lanitis (all variations), Leao (all variations), Less is More, Lezz, Lift (all variations), Lilia, Lilt (all variations), Limca, Limelite, Limonade, Linnuse, Lion, Maaza, Mado, Magdalenen Brunnen, Magic Summer, Malvern, Manantial, Marocha, Master Chill, Master Pour (all variations), Mate Tea, Matte Leao (all variations), Matusov Pramen, Mazoe, McCafe, McFruit, Mega Monster, Mello (all variations), Melonec, Mer, Mezzo Mix (all variations), Miami (all variations), Mickey Mouse, Migoro-Nomigoro, Mineragua, Minute Maid (all variations), Mireille, Momegeoun, Mone, Monster, Mori No Mizudayori, Mother, Moya Semya, Mutivita, Mundet, Nada, Nagomi, Nalu, Namthip, Naturaqua (all variations), Natures Own,NESTEA (all variations), Nestle, Nevada, Neverfail, Next (all variations), Nico Biotime, Nordic Mist Northen Neck (all variations), NOS, Oasis (all variations), Odwalla, Olimpija, Olo Olo, Orchy, Pampa, Pandori, Peace Tea, Pearona, Peats Ridge, Pepe Rico, Peranec, Pibb,(all variations), Piko (all variations), Pilskalna, Play, Poiana Negri, Polar, PoljakPoljak, Poms, Pop, Portello, POWERADE (all variations), Powerplay, Premio, Presta Light, Prisco, Private Label (all variations), Pulp, Pump, Pumped, Pura Sol, Pure Spring, Pyungchangsoo, Qoo, Quatro (all variations), Quwat Jabel, Ramlosa, Rani, Real (all variations), Red Flash, Relentless, Rich, Rimzim, Rio!, Ripe N Ready, Riwa, Roemerquelle, Romerquelle, Rosa, Roses, Royal Tru, Safia, Samurai, San Luis, Santa Clara, Sarsi, Saryusaisai, Schurwald, Schuss, Schweppes (all variations), Seagrams, Sensation, Sensun, Senzao, Shandy, Shangri-La, Sidral (all variations), Sierra Azul, Simba, Simply, Smart, Sobo, Sodenthaler (all variations), Sokenbicha, Solaria, Solo, Sonfil, Southern Sun, Sparkle, Sparletta (all variations), Splash, Sport (all variations), Spring Water, Spring!, Sprite (all variations), Spur, Squirt, Stoney Ginger Beer (all variations), Su Voce, Sugar Free (all variations), Sunfill, Sunfrut (all variations), Sunnt-10, Surge, Svali, Sveva, TaB (all variations), Tai (all variations), Taiyo no Mate Cha, Ten Ren, The Spirit of Geogrgia, Thextons, This Water, Thums Up, Tian Yu Di, Tiky, Toka, Top, Topo Chico, Toppur, Tops, Toscal, Tropi (all variations), Tropical, Tuborg (all variations), Ultra, Urbacher, Urge, Valle (all variations), Valpre, Valser (all variations), Vaquita, VAULT (all variations), Vegibeta, Victoria, Vilas Del Turbon, Vio, Vita Slim, Vital (all variations), Vitingo, Vittalev, Viva, Wildberry, Wilkins, Worx Energy, Yamgguang (all variations), Yarylo Kvass, Yasly Sad, Yo Conozco a Hugo, Yoli, Youki, Yuan Ye (all variations) and Zico.

(PHEW!! You have no idea how long that all took to type out!)

To see the brands per region of the world go onto the bottom link.



PepsiCo Statement

PepsiCo does not conduct any animal tests and does not directly fund any animal tests on its beverages and foods. Where governmental agencies require animal tests to demonstrate ingredient safety, companies using those ingredients rely on third party testing.

PepsiCo has shared our concern regarding the ethical and humane treatment of animals with our suppliers and others in the industry. We encourage the use of alternative testing methods whenever and wherever possible and have financially supported research to develop these alternative methods.

As with most of the other companies out there, PepsiCo allows their products to be tested on animals so they can be sold in more places. They also appear to have funded a number of projects for which the purpose is unclear. Again, I will not be buying PepsiCo products as they allow animal testing on their products so they can be sold in countries such as China.

PepsiCo also own Walkers, Doritos, Quaker Oats, Scotts Porridge Oats, Tropicana, Pepsi, 7Up, Gatorade, Copella, Sobe V Water, Snack a Jacks, Mountain Dew, Naked Juice and Nobbys Nuts.

This website applies to Coca-Cola and PepsiCo.


Associated British Foods PLC

Associated British Foods Statement

We avoid the use of animal testing wherever possible. In each of the markets where we are active we comply with all relevant laws and only use animals for research where it is a legal requirement.

This company also allows animal testing when certain countries laws insist. As with the others, I will not be buying from them or their other businesses/brands.

Associated British Foods also own Allison, Argo, Askeys, Baking Mad, Billingtons, Blue Dragon, Burgen, Capullo, Crusha, Don, Durkee, Jacksons of Piccadilly, Jordans, Karo, Kingsmill, KR Castlemaine, La Tisaniere, Mazola, Ovaltine, Patak’s, Ryvita, Silver Spoon, Speedibake, Spice Islands, Sunblest, Tip Top, Tone’s and Twinings.

Businesses they own are AB Sugar, AB Agri, AB World Foods, ACH, Allied Bakeries, Allied Mills, George Weston Foods, Westmill Foods and Primark.


General Mills

General Mills Statement on Animal Testing

It has long been General Mills’ policy to restrict and/or minimize the testing of food products and food ingredients on animals other than humans. As a result, the vast majority of our products do not incorporate testing of any kind on animals, other than humans, and we do not conduct research on animals, other than humans, in company laboratories.

To see their full statement, including animal welfare in regards to pork, milk, eggs and antibiotics please go to the below website:

I couldn’t find any websites stating that General Mills do use animal testing, nor could I find any campaigns against them so I assume that the statement they say here is correct and the use little or no animal testing for their products.

This means (there is one of the big ones that don’t test yay!) that I will continue to use General Mills products unless new evidence comes to light or unless the product goes against any of my other standpoints i.e. use of palm oil.

The only note about these is I believe Cheerios etc are sold through Nestle…

General Mills own Betty Crocker, Bisquick, Gold Medal, Immaculate Baking, Jus-Rol, Knack & Back, La Saltena, Pillsbury (all variations), Yoki, Big G Cereal, Cascadian Farm, Cheerios, Chex, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Fiber One, Kix, Lucky Charms, Monsters e.g Count Chocula, Total, Trix, Wheaties, Haagen Daz,  Annies, Diablitos Underwood, Green Giant, Helper, Old El Paso, V.Pearl, Wanchai Ferry, Food Should Taste Good, Larabar, Muir Glen, Frescarini, Latina, Totinos/Jenos, Bugles, Fruit Snacks, Gardetto’s, Nature Valley, Progresso, Parampara, Liberte, Mountain High and Yoplait (all variations).

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Kelloggs Statement

Kellogg does not use animal testing in Europe.

That is literally their entire statement. (?!)

I found little other sources which say Kellogs do test however, it must be remembered that Kellogs did extensive testing on animals, pregnant women, children and babies at the turn of century well up until the 50s or 60s.

Kelloggs also own  All-Bran, Apple Jacks, Cinnabon,  Corn Pops, Corn Flakes, Cracklin’ Oat Bran, Crispix, Crunchmania, Coco Pops, Country Store, Crunchy Nut, Eggo, Fiber Plus, Frosted Flakes, Fruit ‘n Fibre, Froot Loops, Frosties, Frosted Mini-Wheats, Fruit Flavoured Snacks, Honey Smacks, Honey Loops, Honey Pops, Just Right, Krave, Low Fat Granola,Mueslix, Nutri-Grain, Pop Tarts, Premium Fruit Muesli, Raisin Bran, Rice Krispies, Ricicles, Special K, Start, To Go, Wheats and Winders.*.html*.html

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Danone, Yakult, Unilever and Nestle

The below article from the BUAV applies to Danone, Yakult, Unilever and Nestle, and for me is evidence enough never to buy their products. The experiments these animals were subjected to were cruel, unnecessary and completely wrong as I believe the serve no real purpose and inflicted incredible amounts of pain on the animals before they were killed and dissected, for food products! Because of this article alone I wouldn’t buy from these brands but combining it with the other research I’ve done just appalls me at what companies do to defenseless animals for reasons that just make no sense.

I know that for many people, boycotting these companies would be very difficult, along with the cosmetic companies I am also avoiding (Please see my earlier post on the truth of cosmetics) and already it is putting limitations on my diet and making me think twice about any product I buy, but I think it is a good thing. The limitations on food and drink will be good for my diet and should help me to become healthier, but more importantly than that it means I wont be supporting companies that either do or allow animal testing on their products which for me is the most important thing. I refuse to support a company that inflicts in any way animal suffering, and knowing the pain these animals go through…I think I can skip a couple of biscuits!

If you think I am wrong on any of these, or that the information is out of date please do get in touch! I’d love to see other sources of information to add to this.

For the animals x


14 thoughts on “The Truth about Brands Part 2

  1. I admire your tenacity in researching all there is to know about these companies & their subsidiaries. If only people knew the whole story!
    Love your blog.

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  2. I commend you for your efforts and time you have spent researching & typing up this information. I thank you for getting this message out & assuming it’s all true…. i am utterly disgusted how many ties these companies have. Fortunately i don’t eat much packaged food, & try to be a considerate consumer. But it certainly is difficult after having read all of this tonight.

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    • Thank you very much for your comment and for reading my post. It means a lot 🙂 I was astonished when I found out how many brands are owned by the same companies – does make buying products harder. But its totally worth it – thanks for commenting!


    • Hi Jemima
      Thank you so much for your comment, it really means a lot. I’m so glad my post was able to help you, please do let me know if you have any other brand/Cruelty Free questions, I would be happy to answer them 🙂


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  4. hello,today found out toilet roll is tested on animals,could you help research this,and which is vegetarian/vegan. also petfoods,not much about for that either for alternatives, finding a dogfood which contains no meat is difficult, i want fish only for them,also catfood found a few who do not test,but say they contain meat,nit just fish,because they are carnivores and need the meat for tauarinne,fair enough,but some say meat product,and it could not be ethical sourced and contain all the left over bits.thank you, your list is great by the way,time to cut out the chocolate then, on the lists. what about thorntons and guylian chocolates are they cruelty free. from lou


    • Hi Lou, thanks for your comment. To ensure you are buying cruelty free products, such as toilet paper, you should find a brand/store that primarily stocks cruelty free products. For example, Co-OP, Aldi and Sainsburys own brand home products are not tested on animals. I believe its mainly the larger branded options like Bounty and Kleenex, so try going for cheaper, unfragranced, own brand toilet paper.

      For petfood, this is an issue as it raises concerns of whats best for the animal with welfare of the animals killed for their meat. Steer clear of the big names such as Eukanuba, Whiskas, Purina etc. I know that Applaws is an option, Lilys Kitchen is another which our pets love. If you like, I can do some research and do a post about it?

      Cats do need those things – I would suggest speaking to your vet about food changes, just to make sure you are doing the best thing for them. They might have some dietary requirements. If not, you could try the ones listed above.

      Thorntons I BELIEVE are ok as they are owned by Ferrero Rocher but I will do some research on that. Guylian is owned by Lotte Confectionary, again not one I have done much research on but I can look into if you would like?

      Thank you, I’m glad I could be of help to you.


      • hello,thanks for your reply, i have now found a catfood which isnt tested on animals,which is called meowing cats/barking heads company,however triple more expensive,and while i had previously been given her just fish variety’s by felix,had been naive to think it would have no other meat in it,which i now know is all sorts of rubbish offal in it.meowing cats is fish/chicken and the meat is needed for the taurrine,which i now know is needed for cats. the dog food of theirs however is too expensive as i have two dogs.i have currently been using greenwoods dry salmon dog food,bought by zooplus,they tell me it is not tested on animals,greenwoods germany state it is not animal tested,but it is odd that they say that it is uk made,and there you cannot find the source of ingredient or if that is tested.yes please could you do some research of this and alternative dry dog foods.i am ok with fish for the dogs,and think it is unfair to now start on vege dogfood at thier age 14yr/10yr. old. good about thorntons,especially for easter coming up,still cannot find out if kinder is not tested?. thanks for input.from louise


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