06 Dec '17, 10am

Powerful Food Lobby Loses Big Members Over Shifting Consumer Concerns

Membership is changing at the country’s largest grocery association, and the shakeup may say a lot about the impact consumers have on their favorite brands. In October Nestle announced to the Grocery Manufacturers Association that it would be ending its affiliation — and taking its 8,500 brands with it. According to FoodDive , it had nothing to do with whether the GMA was a strong enough lobbying force. It had to do with listening to consumers. The governing issue, said Food Dive writer Cathy Siegner “likely stems from differing hot-button policy positions taken by the Swiss food giant and the industry lobbying association.” Although Nestle declined to comment on the story, it’s not the first corporation to announce a departure from GMA. Campbell’s Soup Company, owner of the popular Swanson, V8 and Pepperidge Farm brands, was more forthright about why it was leaving last J...

Full article: https://www.triplepundit.com/2017/12/grocery-manufacturer...

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