7 C-Store Product Brands Committing to Health

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The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), a global, parity-based industry network that is driven by its members to encourage the global adoption of practices and standards, has published a new case-studies booklet that highlights its members who are creating a culture of health. The booklet includes stories on how member companies are reformulating products, implementing employee health and wellness programs and working within communities to educate consumers on how to adopt healthy diets and lifestyles, CGF said.

Fifteen member companies have contributed to the booklet, with more expected to join soon. "It is important that we show industry leadership on positive actions. Across the CGF Pillars we will continue to share best practices to inspire those who need help to take the next step," said Sharon Bligh, director of health and wellness for CGF. "By sharing real actions, these companies are part of an improvement process towards reaching our targets. We know our members take the obesity epidemic and increase in NCDs seriously, and it is our job at the CGF to provide the global platform that supports both implementation and knowledge sharing."

Click through to see how manufacturers with brands on your shelves are doing their part to further healthful causes, in their own words.

Campbell Soup Co.

Campbell Soup Company

"Our purpose—real food that matters for life’s moments—guides how we think about nutrition and health. We must ensure that our products are relevant and meet the expectations of our consumers, who are increasingly demanding healthier and fresher food with minimal artificial ingredients and processing," said Denise Morrison, president and CEO of the Campbell Soup Co. "We are constantly seeking ways to improve the nutritional value of our food and beverages so that we can help people improve their diets and meet their personal health goals. To do this, Campbell seeks to reduce the nutrients or ingredients of concern in our products such as saturated fats, sodium, sugar and artificial ingredients."

Danone

Danone

"In 2016, Danone has taken its Food & Nutrition Charter a step further by making six nutrition commitments with measurable goals and time frame. Danone wants to start a slow revolution, challenging conventional thinking about food consumption and influencing eating and drinking practices as part of the solution to address public health challenges," said Emmanuel Faber, CEO of Danone. "Danone is engaged in the continuous improvement of the nutritional quality of its products. In order to design healthier alternatives for consumers, we have already reduced the sugar and fat content of certain brands in many countries. In Brazil, the Danonino brand aimed at kids has been progressively improving since 1999 by reducing up to 32% of sugar and 35% of fat content."

Colgate-Palmolive Co.

Colgate-Palmolive

"As part of our 'People, Performance and Planet' sustainability strategy, Colgate is committed to contributing to the communities where we live and work. As a key part of this commitment, we bring toothpaste, toothbrushes and education about how to improve oral health to more than 80 countries around the world through Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures, our flagship corporate responsibility initiative," said Ian Cook, chairman, president and CEO of the Colgate-Palmolive Co.

 

General Mills

General Mills

"In 2005, we created the 'Health Metric' to gauge improvements to our food. Developed by the General Mills Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition, the Health Metric helps quantify and encourage the company’s progress on nutrition and health improvements. As a result, in a span of 10 years, we improved the nutrition profile of more than 800 U.S. products. We achieved this by introducing new products or reformulating existing products to increase nutrients such as whole grain, dietary fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals, or by decreasing nutrients of concern, such as sodium, sugar and fat," said Ken Powell, chairman and CEO of General Mills.

Mars Inc.

Mars, Incorporated

"We believe we have a responsibility to help raise standards of food safety across the globe because where there is no food security, people do not have access to the nutrition they need. We therefore encourage food safety legislation and effective regulation that can be enforced," said Grant F. Reid, CEO and office of the president, Mars Inc. "Through renovation and innovation we seek to continuously improve our products. Sometimes this means increasing the nutritional value of a product as we did when we doubled the servings of vegetables in our pasta sauces. At other times this means working to make our indulgent products more permissible as part of a healthy diet, which we did when we lowered the saturated fat in Twiz and Milky Way."

PepsiCo

PepsiCo

"A decade ago, we launched Performance with Purpose—our vision to deliver top tier financial performance over the long term by integrating sustainability into PepsiCo’s business strategy. Since then we have been reducing added sugars, saturated fat and salt in our products, while expanding our lineup of nutritious foods and beverages. With the recent launch of our Performance with Purpose 2025 agenda, we will focus on expanding the work of the past 10 years, including the continued transformation of our portfolio and offering healthier options," said Indra K. Nooyi, chairman and CEO of PepsiCo.

Unilever

Unilever

"In 2003, we launched our pioneering Nutrition Enhancement Program in response to the WHO’s (World Health Organization) call for action. This defined maximum levels of salt, saturated and trans fats, sugar and calories across our entire portfolio of retail and foodservice products. We use this to guide innovation and reformulation and achieved significant reductions in all key nutrients of concern" said Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever. "Since 2010, a set of time-bound nutrition commitments are included in the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan. These include doubling the proportion of our products meeting highest nutrition standards, eliminating trans fats from all foods, reducing saturated fat in spreads, reducing salt in our savory, spreads and dressings products, reducing sugar in sweetened tea beverages, and reducing calories in ice creams."