This Thanksgiving, as you go around the table and share what you're thankful for, you can give an honest answer: Kraft Foods , Campbell Soup , and a dozen other companies -- without which you wouldn't be enjoying that iconic meal. For good measure, we recommend also thanking the person who actually made the meal.

So which companies are behind your favorite Thanksgiving dishes, and how much does that affect their bottom line? Check out the following slideshow. Added benefit: You'll learn some incredible facts and anecdotes that you can use to fill that awkward silence at the Thanksgiving table after your niece announces she's dropping out of college to join a commune in Oregon.

The article 17 Companies Cashing in on Your Thanksgiving Feast originally appeared on Fool.com.

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