Dear Colleagues --
I attach a very interesting note forwarded from Trish Knight with the news that Danone, Mars, Nestle, and Unilever -- all former members of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) -- have formed a new trade group: The Sustainable Food Policy Alliance. Details can be found here.
A little background. For some time, there has been a growing rift within GMA between its progressive members (Mars, Danone, Nestle, Unilever, and others) who wanted a much more aggressive sustainability, natural, organic, non-GMO agenda. GMA was unable or unwilling to go that direction. Hence the split and now the formation of a new food trade association.
This is a big deal and something our industry should watch very closely. There should be points of opportunity and collaboration. There is also a small risk that this new group, given their resources, may compete for the natural consumer's shopping loyalty and attention that would otherwise go to our natural products industry community.
On Thu, Jul 12, 2018 at 11:57 AM, Patricia Knight <PKnight@knight-cap.us> wrote:
FOOD COMPANIES START NEW TRADE GROUP: Our colleagues on POLITICO's agriculture team report Danone, Mars, Nestle and Unilever — all former members of the Grocery Manufacturers Association — "are joining forces to form a new trade association: the Sustainable Food Policy Alliance , with an immediate plan to focus on nutritional labeling and carbon emissions. Specifically, members will lobby for government agencies to define what is 'healthy' based on 'strong, science-based regulations on how these terms can be used on food packages and in marketing. The updates will help consumers make better choices for themselves and their families,' according to a joint statement from the companies."