Kraft Foods

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• Kraft Food is the leading US food company and the second biggest food multinational corporation worldwide.

• Kraft has been recognized for progress in areas such as supporting diversity in the workplace and signing an agreement to improve environmental and labor standards in the coffee industry.

• Kraft foods contain unlabeled GMOs and the company has fought to prevent the passing of labeling requirements.

• Kraft's coffees, including Maxwell House, are not Fair Trade.

• Trade unions in South Africa have called for a boycott of Kraft for refusing to recognize or negotiate with the Food and Allied Workers Union.

• Look for local, organic, and Fair Trade foods with the help of Go Green.

-- Profile Updated 06/14/2010

About Kraft Foods


Kraft Foods is the second largest food and beverage company in the world. They focus on five core food industries including snacks, beverages, cheese, grocery, and convenient meals. In the United States, Kraft or Kraft subsidiary brand foods can be found in 99 percent of households. The company sold over $34.36 billion worth of goods and employed over 90,000 people in 2006. Kraft Foods spun off from Altria Group (formerly Phillip Morris) and became its own public company in 2007.

Affiliates

- Boca Foods Company
- Kraft Food Ingredients
- Kraft Foods International

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- Kraft Foods International
- Kraft Foods North America
- Veryfine Products, Inc.

Contact Kraft Foods


Kraft Foods
Northfield, IL 60093 USA

Phone: 1-800-323-0768

Web: www.kraft.com

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Health and Safety

In the US, Kraft and its subsidiary Nabisco continue to market unlabeled GMO tainted foods, including products target towards chil…

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In the US, Kraft and its subsidiary Nabisco continue to market unlabeled GMO tainted foods, including products target towards children such as teething biscuits, Kool-Aid and a variety of cookies and cereals. Additionally, in 2002 Friends of the Earth and Sierra Club asked Kraft to stop making dairy products from milk produced by cows treated with genetically engineered bovine growth hormones.

-- Des Moines Register, 02/06/2002

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Labor

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) called its members to boycott products manufactured by Kraft Foods in support …

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The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) called its members to boycott products manufactured by Kraft Foods in support of the 384 members of the Food and Allied Workers Union on strike. The legal strike began on June 9, 2006 after Kraft Foods Inc refused to negotiate or recognize the union. Demands of the workers include:

  • A 12 percent increase to all permanent staff
  • Minimum wage to all workers
  • Severance pay on retirement to be three weeks’ pay for every year worked
  • End to racial discrimination in the company
  • End to the victimization of union members

-- Congress of South African Trade Unions, 07/27/2006

Source URL: www.cosatu.org.za/news/weekly/20060616.htm#3


In October 2002, cheese products made by Kraft Foods were targetted for a boycott by US dairy farmers who say the company is incre…

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In October 2002, cheese products made by Kraft Foods were targetted for a boycott by US dairy farmers who say the company is increasingly using imported milk proteins in its cheese products. The dairy farmers, who were facing the lowest prices for milk since 1978, say the company's use of cheaper imports is crippling the domestic milk industry.

-- Capital Times (Madison, WI), 10/04/2002

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Ethics and Governance

In June 2005, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine filed suit against Kraft, General Mills, Dannon, McNeill Nutrition…

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In June 2005, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine filed suit against Kraft, General Mills, Dannon, McNeill Nutritionals, Lifeway Foods, the National Dairy Council, Dairy Management Inc., and the International Dairy Foods Association for airing commercials that credit the consumption of dairy products with increased weight loss. Plaintiffs in the case argue that such claims lack scientific backing and are irresponsible. Kraft Foods was dropped from a lawsuit surrounding false advertising of dairy products after agreeing to stop running the ads.

-- Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, 08/19/2005

Source URL: www.pcrm.org/news/archive050819.html


In 2002, Kraft donated $ 161,000 to defeat Oregon’s Measure 27, which would have required labeling of GMO food on products sold in…

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In 2002, Kraft donated $ 161,000 to defeat Oregon’s Measure 27, which would have required labeling of GMO food on products sold in that state

-- Food Chemical News, 11/04/2002

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Human Rights

Kraft scored a 38 on Oxfam's rating of the 4 major coffee roasters in 2003.…

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Kraft scored a 38 on Oxfam's rating of the 4 major coffee roasters in 2003. According to Oxfam's report, "Kraft failed to ensure a decent price was paid to farmers" however, the report also states "Kraft worked with others in the coffee industry to address the coffee crisis."

Companies were graded on the price they paid to farmers (70 percent), support for policy alternatives (10 percent), financial contributions (10 percent) and leadership in industry-wide initiatiives (10 percent). Other companies graded are Nestle, Procter & Gamble and Sara Lee.

-- Oxfam, 12/09/2003

Source URL: www.oxfamamerica.org/newsandpublications/press_releases/archive2003/ar...