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Kraft Foods Inc.

Self Description

May 2004: Around the globe, in more than 150 countries, our approximately 109,000 employees are dedicated to bringing the world its favorite foods. Brands like Kraft, Jacobs, Philadelphia, Maxwell House, Nabisco, Oscar Mayer and Post.

Our company is built on a history of quality and innovation that dates backs literally hundreds of years. Over that time, Kraft Foods has grown from modest beginnings to become the second largest food and beverage company in the world. But no matter what our size, we've never lost sight of why we're here -- to help make food a simpler, easier, more enjoyable part of life.

Third-Party Descriptions


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Owned by (partial or full, past or present) Altria Group Organization May 12, 2004
Director/Trustee/Overseer (past or present) Mary L. Schapiro Esq. Person Dec 25, 2008
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Michael "Mike" E. Szymanczyk Person Jul 7, 2011

Articles and Resources

Date Resource Read it at:
Jun 22, 2013 Halving the Portion, but Not the Price (The Haggler)

QUOTE: You’re at a grocery store and pick up your favorite jar of peanut butter — or box of pasta, or can of soup — and realize that something is a little off. Like, 20 percent off....A lot of shrinkage is so subtle that it’s hard to escape the sense — and please forgive the Haggler’s cynicism here — that manufacturers may be trying to sweeten their profits on the sly. Because rarely do these reductions in container size come with proportional reductions in price.

New York Times
Apr 29, 2011 Soft Drink Industry Fights Proposed Food Stamp Ban

QUOTE: They also fear that restrictions on soft drinks would set a precedent for the government to distinguish between good and bad foods and to ban the use of food stamps for other products… The plan is unfair to food stamp recipients because it treats them differently from other customers.

New York Times
Apr 11, 2011 A Scorecard for Companies With a Conscience

QUOTE: The typical pattern for a new, successful, triple-bottom-line company is that it quickly gets gobbled up by a major corporation — usually the leader in its field… The clash of corporate culture can be overwhelming, and the worry is that gradually the mission will erode — at least the parts of it less visible to consumers — in favor of a focus purely on profit.

New York Times
Oct 02, 2009 Dark and Bitter: Food workers increasingly exist in a legal limbo with no protections for wages, benefits, job security, or life and limb. Why are employers like Hershey off the hook?

QUOTE: In this new world, workers are paid only when needed. There are no more messy layoffs -- merely the end of an assignment. All the risks are shifted to workers. Staffing agencies often tout their services as giving employees flexibility and variety, but [Nik] Theodore's research shows they are worse off by many measures.

American Prospect
Sep 04, 2009 For Your Health, Froot Loops

QUOTE: He [nutritionist Walter C. Willett] said the criteria used by the Smart Choices Program were seriously flawed, allowing less healthy products, like sweet cereals and heavily salted packaged meals, to win its seal of approval.

New York Times
Jul 03, 2009 Purity of Federal 'Organic' Label Is Questioned

QUOTE: the USDA [organic food] program's shortcomings mean that consumers, who at times must pay twice as much for organic products, are not always getting what they expect: foods without pesticides and other chemicals, produced in a way that is gentle to the environment.

Washington Post
Jan 10, 2008 Food Allergies Stir a Mother to Action

QUOTE: [Robyn O'Brien] wonders if it’s only a matter of time before Big Food tries to stop her from exposing what she sees as a profit-driven global conspiracy whose collateral damage is an alarming increase in childhood food allergies.

New York Times
Jul 22, 2007 Where does your food come from? Food labels don't tell the whole inside story

QUOTE: Recent reports of tainted imports from China have focused new attention on a little-known trend: In today's global economy, more food items are being produced in this country with some ingredients from other lands. But the FDA inspects less than 1 percent of all food imports - and that means consumers must trust food makers to guarantee the safety of their products.

San Jose Mercury News
May 31, 2007 401(k) Fee Suits Over High Cost to Employees on the Rise

QUOTE: Litigation concerning excessive administrative fees charged to employees by their 401(k) plans is heating up and adding a new twist...more recent suits focus on those [fees--Ed.] charged for annuities.

National Law Journal, The (NLJ)
May 17, 2007 Is Online Marketing Making Kids Obese? A new study highlights ways companies use the Web to promote unhealthy foods to youngsters and asks regulators to step in

QUOTE: The report's authors suggest that a rise in such marketing on sites where kids are spending larger chunks of time is contributing to childhood obesity and diet-related health problems by encouraging kids to make poor food choices.

May 03, 2006 Restraint Urged In Junk-Food Ads Aimed at Kids

QUOTE: In a jointly released report on food marketing and obesity, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal Trade Commission said the industries should voluntarily set minimum nutrition standards for foods that can be marketed to children.

Washington Post
Nov 01, 2005 What Is Organic? Powerful Players Want a Say

QUOTE: But as organic food enters the mainstream, evolving from an idealistic subculture rooted in images of granola and Birkenstocks, a bitter debate has ensued over what exactly the word "organic" should mean.

New York Times
Aug 29, 2004 Is the Food Industry the Problem or the Solution?

QUOTE: A new obsession of America's food, beverage and restaurant companies is thwarting childhood obesity.

New York Times