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GMO Inside Announces Victory for Consumers: Hershey’s Milk Chocolate and Kisses to Go Non-GMO by the End of 2015

Latest Move by Hershey’s Follows the Removal of GMOs by General Mills, Unilever, Post Foods.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 23, 2015 – In response to tens of thousands of Facebook posts, emails, and telephone calls from consumers who took part in GMO Inside’s campaign calling on Hershey’s to move to non-GMO ingredients, the U.S. chocolate giant released a statement last week (http://www.thehersheycompany.com/newsroom/news-release.aspx?id=2017846 and http://www.thehersheycompany.com/nutrition-and-wellbeing/q-and-a.aspx) that it “will feature a lineup of simple ingredients, and transition some of its most popular chocolate brands, including Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolates and Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars to simpler ingredients.”

Today, Hershey’s confirmed that as part of its commitment to simpler ingredients, its two iconic products will be non-GMO by the end of the year.

Green America Food Campaigns Director Nicole McCann stated: “We congratulate Hershey’s on this important move and great first step. As one of the leading chocolate companies in the U.S., this commitment will help move the rest of the companies in this sector. Hershey’s joins General Mills, Unilever, Post Foods, and other leading companies in responding to consumer demand to make at least some of its products non-GMO.”

Two years ago, in February 2013, GMO Inside began calling on consumers to put pressure on Hershey’s (as well Mars) to make its products without GMOs due to concerns over the environmental and health impacts of GMOs (http://gmoinside.wpengine.com/hershey-mars/). In response, thousands of consumers emailed the company urging it to remove GMOs.

In December 2014, when Hershey’s announced it was exploring transitioning away from high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), GMO Inside mobilized consumers to call the company to urge it not to use any other form of GMO sugar, such as from GMO sugar beets (http://greenam.org/1Bfmbre); and then again in February 2015 called on consumers to post on the company’s Facebook page on Valentine’s Day (http://gmoinside.wpengine.com/hersheys-show-us-love-organic-sugar/).

“Hershey’s needs to take the next step and go non-GMO with all of its chocolates, and get third-party verification for non-GMO ingredients. This includes sourcing milk from cows not fed GMOs and agreeing to prohibit any synthetic biology ingredients, starting with vanilla,” stated John Roulac, co-chair of GMO Inside. “Consumers are increasingly looking for non-GMO products and verification, and Hershey’s and its competitors would be wise to offer third-party verified non-GMO products to consumers.”

 

ABOUT GMO INSIDE

GMO Inside is a campaign dedicated to helping all Americans know which foods have GMOs inside; and removing GMOs and toxins from our food supply. We believe that everyone has a right to know what’s in their food and to choose foods that are proven safe for people, their families, and the environment. GMO Inside provides the information for a growing community of people from all walks of life, to make informed decisions around genetically engineered foods. Join the campaign at http://www.gmoinside.org/, and take part in the GMO Inside community on Facebook and Twitter.

ABOUT GREEN AMERICA

Green America is the nation’s leading green economy organization. Founded in 1982, Green America (formerly Co-op America) provides the economic strategies, organizing power and practical tools for businesses, investors, and individuals to solve today’s social and environmental problems (http://www.greenamerica.org/).

MEDIA CONTACT:  Will Harwood, (703) 276-3255 or wharwood@hastingsgroup.com.

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  1. Dee
    February 24, 2015 at 3:45 pm #

    I’d like to see Soy removed as well. So many of us are sensitive to soy. I realize just about everything has soy in it, but it would be wonderful to be able to eat the foods that I loved and not get ill from it.

  2. sandra atherton
    February 24, 2015 at 4:18 pm #

    Congrats on waking up! First prove it by credible 3rd party , then go organic and I will start buying your products for my huge family and our extended families, and our business gifts to our B & B guests.

  3. Jo-Anne
    February 24, 2015 at 5:45 pm #

    Way to go Hershey’s, thanks and congratulations to GMOInside.org. Keep up the good work and if we all work together we really can change the world for better. Down with Monsanto, Nestle, Dow etc.!!

  4. eileen
    February 24, 2015 at 7:17 pm #

    Thank you to Hershey for going non Gmo!!! I applaude their decision to do this and Hersheys will now be a part of our family!!

    • Dee
      March 25, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

      Hurray! Thank you Hershey for caring enough!!!

  5. Alice C Jones
    February 24, 2015 at 7:26 pm #

    We need third party verification. These big corporations are no match for consumers.

  6. Kat Maguire
    February 24, 2015 at 9:35 pm #

    Wonderful! It’s a great start. Where do they get their cocoa? That’s the next issue… But they definitely deserve kudos for this move!!!

    A hard fight to end child labor abuse on West African cocoa …
    https://newsela.com/articles/cocoa-labor/id/348/

  7. Victoria Yard
    February 25, 2015 at 12:01 pm #

    Hershey is going the right road…

  8. David S.
    February 25, 2015 at 6:48 pm #

    thanks for listening to your customers, if you have any pull with other food corporations please steer them in the direction you have chosen.Thanks

  9. Norene Taylor
    February 26, 2015 at 11:06 am #

    Does this also mean no High Fructose Corn Syrup? I hope so because I am avoiding anything with it in it.

    • Anna Meyer
      March 25, 2015 at 12:00 pm #

      Yes, they are transitioning away from HFCS and replacing the sugar content with non-GMO options.

  10. Norene Taylor
    February 26, 2015 at 11:07 am #

    Does this mean also no High Fructose Corn Syrup. I hope so because I am avoiding anything with this product in it.

  11. William Smith
    March 3, 2015 at 12:44 am #

    Wonderful news. Thank you Hershey’s for your move to non-GMO ingredients in your products.

  12. dan
    March 28, 2015 at 3:01 pm #

    Excellent but that is just one battle.. the chocolate bars will still contain ‘soy lecithin’ (which most likely will be GMO). Once they change to organic / non gmo soy lecithin then the war will be won.

  13. hollie
    June 3, 2015 at 12:07 pm #

    Good job final people and companies are starting to see the light. All it Takeshi us consumers to boycott the GMO products.

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