Kroger raises more than $3 million for USO
CINCINNATI – Kroger on Friday announced a total contribution to the USO of nearly $3.1 million for 2016. This total includes a company contribution of $1 million in funds.
"On Veteran's Day, and every day, the Kroger family of stores is honored to employ and to serve our nation's veterans and their family members," said Jessica Adelman, Kroger's group VP corporate affairs.
The remaining support was raised through the support of partners like Wrigley's and Coca Cola, and the generosity of customers and associates who contributed at check stands, purchased special gift cards to be delivered to USO centers, or donated online throughout Kroger's year-long Honoring Our Heroes campaign.
Through the program, Kroger's family of stores has donated nearly $18 million since 2010 to help support USO programs, which represents the largest cumulative gift to the USO in its 75-year history.
In support of Veteran's Day, the company is currently inviting customers to Salute Their Service by sending words of gratitude to our men and women in uniform by visiting http://www.honoringourheroes.com. And throughout the month of November, for each pack of Wrigley's Extra gum purchased at Kroger's family of stores, a pack will be donated to a service member.
Mondelez International details new palm oil guidelines
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Mondelez International has laid out new milestones and requirements for suppliers to work toward a sustainable supply of palm oil as part of its updated Palm Oil Action Plan.
The update advances the company's goal to make sustainable palm oil the mainstream option, based on the principles that production should be on legally held land; not lead to deforestation or loss of peat land; respect human rights, including land rights; and not use forced or child labor.
Mondelez International was the first multinational consumer goods company to require suppliers to track oil sourced from third-party suppliers as well as their own farms, and says this was a critical step in catalyzing systemic change in sustainable palm oil.
"Our suppliers have done great work to align their policies and make their palm oil more traceable," said Walter Nobles, VP-Global Raw Materials. "But more is needed to drive real progress on the ground, so we're asking them to improve practices across their entire operations and engage their third-party suppliers — who supply much of the oil they trade — to implement the same practices. "
Key new provisions in the updated plan require suppliers to:
• Map and assess the risk for all supplying mills on Global Forest Watch
• Provide assurance that no deforestation occurs on their own concessions and exclude third-party suppliers who do not immediately cease deforestation
• Work with recognized third-party experts to protect labor rights
The updated palm oil action plan complements Mondelez International's wider commitment to sustainably source key agricultural commodities. In 2013, the company achieved RSPO coverage for 100 percent of the palm oil it bought, two years ahead of its commitment.
Bai Brands unveils the next generation of carbonated drinks
HAMILTON, N.J. — Innovative beverage company Bai Brands is launching a line of carbonated beverages with traditional soda flavors but also clean ingredients.
Available nationwide in January, the new Bai Brands Black lineup includes Kohala Kola, Simbu Citrus, Rioja Root Beer, Jambi Ginger Ale and Colombia Cream.
Bai Black is made from the ingredients such as natural cola, vanilla and sassafras. As with all Bai products, Bai Black is infused with antioxidants from the coffeefruit. Each can has five calories, zero grams of sugar and no artificial sweeteners. Bai Black also contains about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of green tea.
"Bai was built on larger idea: to change the way the world drinks," said Bai Founder and CEO, Ben Weiss. As we continue this quest, we are excited to introduce a new line of carbonated beverages that daringly defies convention. With Bai Black, we're reinventing the way classic flavors can be consumed. We've created a product that satisfies soda lovers' desire for bold, delicious flavor without the guilt."
Bai Black will be available nationwide in single 11.5 FL oz. cans with a suggested retail price of $1.99. Bai Black is non-GMO certified, gluten free, kosher, vegan and soy free.