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Triple Pundit: Pepsi True Savaged on Amazon Over Palm Oil Controversy

"Less than two months ago PepsiCo hyped a new soft drink product, Pepsi True, as an alternative to the high fructose corn syrupy sweet and artificially sweetened zero-calorie options the company has long pitched to consumers. This new drink, sweetened with stevia root, promised to be “a new kind of cola that is almost too good to be true” and was rolled out for sale exclusively on Amazon." READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

The Huffington Post: Efforts to End Deforestation Brings Together Strange Bedfellows

"In 2007, the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) launched a campaign to persuade Cargill -- the largest exporter of palm oil into the US, and one of a handful of traders that dominate the industry -- to stop buying oil grown on newly cut forests and peatlands. When Cargill refused to budge, RAN changed its strategy and began targeting the company's clients, the so-called "snack food 20," which includes corporations like Hershey's, General Mills, and Kraft. This new tactic paid off. Some of the high profile brands began demanding that their suppliers get serious about deforestation. And in September, Cargill announced...

The Dallas Morning News: Protest over ‘palm oil’ threatens launch of lower-calorie cola

"An online protest over the use of palm oil by Frito-Lay is threatening to undermine the launch of a new reduced-calorie cola by its sister brand, Pepsi, which uses no palm oil. PepsiCo Inc., the parent company of both Plano-based Frito-Lay and Pepsi, launched its new Stevia-sweetened cola, called Pepsi True, exclusively on Amazon.com Oct. 13. PepsiCo has a lot riding on the product launch, which followed a substantial amount of research and testing. PepsiCo is among the major soft drink players scrambling to find a natural, low-calorie sweetener to help reverse sagging soft drink sales. Earlier this week, a campaign...

The Independent: Pepsi True back on Amazon after product dissappeared from catalogue amid pressure from environmentalist groups

"Amazon has reinstated Pepsi True's page on its website after the listing was flooded with negative reviews from environmentalist groups over its "irresponsible" use of palm oil. The campaign was led by activist group SumOfUs.org and the Rainforest Action Network coinciding with the launch of Pepsi's stevia drink- Pepsi True- which is sold exclusively on Amazon." READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

Palm Oil: Where to From Here?

As Rainforest Action Network’s palm oil campaigners wrap up a full, fast and furious week here at the 12th annual gathering of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, we can’t help but reflect a bit on this pivotal moment. This dispatch is meant to shed some light on what we see next for the responsible palm oil movement.  Let’s be real: palm oil plantations are directly descended from a colonial model that requires artificially cheap (read: stolen) land and artificially cheap (read: slave) labor to be profitable, or at least to be as wildly profitable as it has proven to be. This industrial-scale, scorched-earth style of agriculture has now been violently imposed upon tens of millions of people across millions of acres of forest in Indonesia and Malaysia and is now aggressively seeking to expand into primary...

Leading Manufacturers and Retailers Announce support for Palm Oil Innovation Group

  Joint Press Statement 20th November 2014 Leading Manufacturers and Retailers Announce support for Palm Oil Innovation Group Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Five of the world’s leading consumer goods manufacturers and retailers today announce their support to drive the transformation of their sector towards responsible palm oil production and sourcing. Ferrero, REWE Group, EDEKA, Boulder Brands and Stephenson have all announced their support for the Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG), by joining NGOs and palm oil producers seeking to break the link between palm oil and deforestation, social conflict and carbon emissions. Growing support amongst buyers of palm oil shows a pressing need for the palm oil industry to innovate and meet the new global benchmark for responsible palm oil. Each of these five companies is looking forward to work with NGOs and leading palm oil producers to find solutions to complex supply chain challenges and...

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