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Ahold USA

What if the lion lays down with the lamb… and just tries to eat it?

In the recent merger between Ahold and Delhaize (owner of the Food Lion and Hannaford grocery chains), the jury is still out on whether Ahold’s commitment to the Fair Food Program will pull Delhaize up, or Delhaize’s outdated approach to social responsibility will drag Ahold down…Sometimes when one company merges with another, good things follow.  Greater size and market power provide an increased ability to pursue the principles that underlie the two companies’ brands and, if those principles are harmonious, the potential for doing good while doing well increases proportionally.  But that is not the only possible outcome.  When a company with […]

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Two-page Fair Food Program ad shines in “Savory”, Ahold’s glossy food quarterly!

Beautiful two-page spread on Fair Food Program reaches 13 million consumers through Ahold’s food magazine, “Savory: Fast, Fresh, and Easy” …As Fair Food activists across the Northeast can testify, Ahold USA launched a market-wide Fair Food label promotional campaign in late 2015, planting a beautiful Fair Food Program poster (like that shown here on the right, in a photo from Teaneck, New Jersey) in hundreds of Giant and Stop & Shop locations from DC to Boston.  And now, as we start the new year, Ahold USA has upped its efforts to spread the word about its partnership with the CIW to ensure human rights in America’s […]

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What a year it was! 2015 Fair Food Year in Review…

After a year packed with such spectacular highlights, 2016 promises to be a pivotal year for the Fair Food movement…It’s that time of year again, when we take a moment to look back on the events of the past year — on the remarkable progress we have all made together in just twelve short months — and to reflect on what new advances, and challenges, the year ahead might hold for the Fair Food movement.2015 was a banner year in the fight for Fair Food, so much so that choosing which stories to highlight was no easy task!  The year wasn’t a week old […]

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The Fair Food label is in the produce aisle — and on the air — in stores now!

As fresh Florida tomatoes arrive on the shelves, a beautiful new Fair Food poster hits the aisles — and in-store radio spots air — in Giant, Stop & Shop!The Fair Food Program is ready for its close-up.  Let the mainstream marketing of Fair Food begin!As the Fair Food Program enters its fifth year in the fields, it does so with a solid track record under its belt of eliminating human rights abuses and raising wages for tens of thousands of farmworkers.  The unique power of the program to change farmworkers’ lives is now beyond dispute, and starting this month, that power is on display before […]

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Customer to Publix: “I don’t like Publix’s hardnosed position on farmworkers”…

 Tipping Point Encore: From Florida to New Jersey, consumers continue to applaud recent advances of Fair Food Program, decry failure of remaining corporate holdouts to get on board…Even though we’ve already wrapped up our Tipping Point series — capping off a week of letters and articles from consumers with a round-up of tweets for Publix — messages from the Fair Food Nation continue to stream in! So, once again, we’d like to interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to share two excellent examples of such letters from the past week, one a note from a longtime shopper right here in Florida […]

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Tipping Point, Vol. 5: New Jersey puts Wendy’s in the hot seat after Ahold USA joins FFP!

 “As Wendy’s modernizes its brand and its “Old Fashioned Burgers” marquees fall away, so too must this old fashioned way of doing business…”For much of our weeklong “Tipping Point” series, Publix has taken the brunt of consumer contempt for refusing to join the CIW’s Fair Food Program.  But Publix isn’t the only hold out on the receiving end of consumers’ growing ire.Wendy’s — which stands alone among the country’s five major fast food chains in not joining the Fair Food Program — has also been getting an earful.  As consumers in the northeastern U.S. look forward to seeing the Fair Food label on display in the produce aisles […]

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Tipping Point, Vol. 3: Presbyterian Church USA calls on Publix and other companies to follow lead of Ahold USA!

  “My prayer is that Kroger, Wendy’s and Publix will also join and that there will come a day when we know that behind every tomato we buy stands a farmworker who is respected and fairly compensated…”We continue today with this week’s “Tipping Point” series, documenting the deluge of messages from consumers following last month’s groundbreaking agreement with Ahold USA and last weekend’s extraordinary report on the Fair Food Program by CBS Sunday Morning.Yesterday, we shared a letter from one of the Fair Food Nation’s newest members, Emmy Award-winning TV producer Lisa Moody of Sarasota.  Ms. Moody expressed her disappointment at discovering that Publix — where she […]

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Long-time Publix customers joining a farmworkers for one of thousands of protests outside Publix (2013).

Tipping Point, Vol. 2: “I will now make better and more informed choices when shopping… and will take my business elsewhere.”

  Former producer of Publix video advertisements and longtime customer is “appalled” by grocer’s rejection of Fair Food Program, pledges support for farmworkers…Today, we bring you the second installment of our “Tipping Point” series.  The series will feature a daily letter, email or article penned by consumers who — in the wake the recent groundbreaking Fair Food agreement with Ahold USA and brilliant report from CBS Sunday Morning — can no longer abide the excuses and smoke screens thrown up by Publix, Wendy’s, and Kroger in justifying their rejection of the Program.One of the most striking themes in this flood of recent messages from consumers is that even longtime customers […]

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Worker-to-worker education team wraps up first summer of Fair Food Program expansion in Virginia, New Jersey!

  Local tomato harvesters on the Fair Food Program:  “We’ve never seen anything like this in New Jersey…”Just two short months ago, the Fair Food Program’s worker-to-worker education team broke new ground outside the state of Florida with labor rights education sessions on participating farms in South Georgia.  We were there to bring you a report from those exciting first steps on the summer harvest road north for the Fair Food Program, and since those first days of the season the CIW education team has remained hard at work.  All in all, traversing five additional new states — South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey — […]

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Ahold agreement sparks major buzz in mainstream media, Twitter!

 Take Part: “Buying ethical tomatoes just got a whole lot easier”…Wednesday’s big announcement of the CIW’s newest Fair Food agreement caused quite a stir in the media, mainstream and otherwise, as Ahold became the first mainline grocer to join the award-winning Fair Food Program.  From the Washington Post to Eva Longoria, everyone had something to say about the breakthrough agreement.  With a media round-up this big, we might as well just roll our sleeves up and dig into it, so away we go…First up, the Associated Press sent the story out to hundreds of papers and television stations across the […]

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