Nestle Leaving Grocery Manufacturers Association

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groceryNestle Foods announced it would leave the Grocery Manufacturers Association trade group by the end of the year, following the heels of Campbell Soup Company.

Politico reports that Nestle has been at odds with GMA on some of the most high-profile food issues in Washington, D.C. in recent years. Nestle was one of a handful of companies that backed labeling for added sugars and supported voluntary efforts for food companies to cut back on sodium, both issues GMA lobbied against. Nestle officials also were unhappy with GMA’s opposition to GMO Labeling.

Association spokesperson Roger Lower told Politico the group was “disappointed” by the move. However, he noted that: “Companies decide to join and leave trade associations for a variety of reasons over time.”

Campbell Soup Company announced it would leave the trade group in July, in part due to differences in opinion on GMO labeling.

From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting News Service.