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Former GMA members launch sustainable foods coalition

Four of nation’s largest food companies pledge to promote healthy choices, environmental sustainability amid industry dispute

July 13, 2018
By Walt Williams

Four major food companies that left Grocery Manufacturers Association over strategy disagreements have created a new group to advocate for policies they say promote sustainability.

The Sustainable Food Policy Alliance will focus on “driving progress in public policies that shape what people eat and how it impacts their health, communities and the planet,” according to a July 12 statement announcing the formation of the group.

The Alliance was founded by four of the nation’s largest food companies: Danone North America, Mars, Nestle and Unilever. The businesses are also among at least eight food companies that have left GMA in the past year, reportedly because they were unhappy the association has resisted efforts to increase transparency in food labeling and give consumers healthier food choices.