CBA Calls on Attorney General to Act on Coronavirus Price Gouging    

The Consumer Brands Association (CBA) has called on U.S. Attorney General William Barr to protect Americans from the price gouging of critical consumer packaged goods (CPG) related to the coronavirus outbreak.

CBD said the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), working through the National Center for Disaster Fraud, can better coordinate with federal, state and industry partners — particularly state attorneys general — to help deter and mitigate this illicit practice.

“Consumer Brands fears price gouging for consumer products — which has been on the rise in recent weeks — could prevent consumers from obtaining the preventative consumer products they need to protect themselves from the spread of COVID-19,” Bryan Zumwalt, executive vice president of public affairs for Consumer Brands, wrote in a letter to Attorney General Barr. “Consumer Brands urges the DOJ to collaborate with federal, state and industry partners to take all possible actions to counteract price gouging of consumer products needed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

Godiva Initiative Empowers Women

Godiva, the global chocolate powerhouse, has launched The Lady GODIVA Initiative, a purpose-driven program designed to support charitable organizations that empower women around the world.

The initiative pays tribute to one of the most empowered women in history, Lady Godiva, by asking its chocolatiers to nominate their favorite charitable organizations that embody the spirit of this heroine. Through this organic strategy, Godiva plans to identify organizations that are in the greatest need of corporate support.

From the nominated nonprofits, Godiva will select five organizations – one in the U.S., Canada, Belgium, England, and China, that will each receive a $25,000 grant to continue their inspirational work to empower women.

New Study Confirms Value of Family Meals

Findings of a new study, released as Americans celebrate the month of March as National Nutrition Month, demonstrate the value of family meals. The study, published in The Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, showed that more frequent family meals were associated with better dietary outcomes and family functioning outcomes.
There are two notable findings to this study:

  • Family meals improve fruit and vegetable consumption – Overwhelmingly, studies showed a positive relationship between family meal frequency and fruit and vegetable intake when examined separately, but also when fruit and vegetable intake were combined.

  • Family meals improve family functioning –Nearly all the studies included in the systematic review and meta-analysis demonstrated a positive relationship between family meal frequency and measures of family functioning. Family functioning is defined as family connectedness, communication, expressiveness, and problem-solving.

National Family Meals Month, created by the FMI Foundation, launched in September 2015. This nationwide annual event every September aims to bring grocers together to advocate for the benefits of family meals and underscore the role grocers play in helping families create and share more meals at home.

What is CBD?

A survey by the Consumer Brands Association shows an alarming lack of consumer knowledge about CBD. While more than six in ten (62 percent) Americans have heard about CBD, most of these consumes are uncertain or mistaken about what CBD actually is, what it does, and whether all products made with CBD are safe to consumer.

CBD is the non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant and does not have the psychoactive properties of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound that give the “high” sensation.

Nearly four of ten consumers (39 percent) believe CBD is merely another name for marijuana. Slightly more than nine of ten (92 percent) consumers incorrectly or have no idea of CBD is federally regulated.

Plant-Based Foods Sprouting Sales

U.S. retail sales of plant-based foods have grown 11.4 percent in the past year, according to data released by the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA) and The Good Food Institute (GFI). The plant-based market value now stands at $5 billion.

The leading drivers of plant-based sales continue to be plant-based milks, meat, dairy alternatives, and plant-based meals.

“Plant-based foods remain a growth engine, up 29 percent over the last two years,” said PBFA Senior Director of Retail Partnerships Julie Emmett. “Growth is fueled by innovation in categories across the store and retailers are responding by expanding shelf space to satisfy the rapidly expanding consumer base seeking more plant-based foods.”



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