We Provide Safe, Healthy, Convenient and Affordable Food Choices that Work for Everyone
America’s food and beverage companies have a strong commitment to providing consumers with the products, tools and information they need to achieve and maintain a healthy diet. Obesity is a serious public health problem. Everyone – industry, government, schools, parents, employers, communities and non-governmental organizations – must do their part if we are going to meet First Lady Michelle Obama’s goal of solving childhood obesity within a generation. GMA and its member companies enthusiastically support the First Lady’s goal and are doing our part to empower consumers to live healthy and active lifestyles.
We are providing more of the healthier product choices consumers want than ever before.
- Since 2002, food and beverage companies have given consumers more than 30,000 healthier product choices that have fewer calories and reduced fat, sugar and sodium. Click here for details on industry product reformulation efforts.
- Through the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF), food and beverage manufacturers have removed 6.4 trillion calories from the food supply.
- The Commitment to Healthy Communities (CHC) is a collaborative effort between HWCF and the City University of New York School of Public Health (CUNY) to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of participating food and beverage company’s community-based health and wellness programs. The latest report can be found here and click here to view the infographic.
- America’s food and beverage companies and retailers developed Facts Up Front, a front-of-pack nutrition labeling initiative to help busy consumers, especially parents, make informed choices while they shop. Facts Up Front is the most significant reform of food labels in 20 years and is being supported with a robust consumer education campaign.
- In addition to offering healthier products, food and beverage companies have spent more than $300 million in nutrition and health-related activities and grants to communities across the country since 2002.
We don’t just make food; we make time for families.
- In 1900, the average American woman spent seven hours a day cooking and cleaning up from cooking for her family. Today, moms spend just over an hour a day cooking for their families, thanks in large part to industry’s commitment to innovation. Since 1961, we’ve saved moms 18 days a year in food prep time.
- Today the average American family spends less than 6 percent of its income on food, compared to nearly 14 percent in 1961.
We are providing safe, healthy and affordable food.
- America has the safest food supply in the world and it has never been easier to eat healthy.
- The average American spends less than 6 percent (5.5 percent in 2010) of their income on food, which is less than half of what they spent 50 years ago (13.6 percent in 1961), thanks in large part to the food and beverage industry's culture of continuous improvement and innovation.
- Our industry offers consumers more product choices than ever before. In 1949, the average grocery store carried 3,750 product choices. In 1965, that number grew to 7,300 and ballooned to 14,145 by 1980. Today, the average store carries nearly 39,000 different product choices for consumers to choose from.
- Learn more about how food and beverage companies are helping families make affordable, nutritious and convenient meals: click here and here for analysis conducted by Beth Johnson, MS, RD, on how a meal prepared with a combination of fresh and packaged foods stacks up against a meal made from scratch.
We’re doing more to feed hungry Americans than anyone else.
- We estimate that in the past three years, the food sector contributed at least $3 billion in food and cash to fight hunger. Of that amount, we estimate that food manufacturers contributed at least $1 billion in food and cash. (Source: Georgetown Economic Services.)
- Through our partnership with Feeding America, the nation’s largest network of community food banks, we help feed 37 million hungry Americans by donating 1.5 billion pounds of food.
- Forty-four percent of Feeding America’s food donations come from America’s food and beverage manufacturers and retail grocers. They are the largest source of contributions.