Target: Hershey’s CEO, John P. Bilbrey
Goal: Thank Hershey Company for its decision to make its chocolate GMO-free.
Hershey is among the most recent companies to remove GMOs from its products due to consumer requests. The company announced that it will be phasing out GMOs from their chocolate bars and Kisses as part of plans to make the products more natural. Hershey deserves praise for these health-conscious and consumer-friendly actions.
In 2014, Hershey announced that it planned to make its chocolate with simpler ingredients, beginning with the removal of high fructose corn syrup. Soon after, activists from the group GMO Inside campaigned for the company to stop using sweetener derived from genetically modified sugar beets. These efforts resulted in Hershey’s recent announcement. The company says it plans to have all of its chocolate bars and Kisses be GMO-free by the end of 2015.
GMO Inside is pleased with this announcement but it is still asking Hershey to work on improving its chocolate.
John Roulac, GMO Insiders co-chair, said “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,” in a recent statement.
While Hershey still has steps to take in improving the health and authenticity of its chocolate, the recent actions it has been taking are very honorable. Please sign the petition below to thank all Hershey employees involved in making efforts to improve the quality of their products.
Dear John P. Bilbrey,
Thank you for your recent actions to make Hershey chocolate bars and Kisses more natural by removing GMOs. Hershey is one of the world’s most loved brands, and any steps to improve its quality will result in greater success for the business.
Frequent studies citing the risks of artificial ingredients and GMOs have sparked activism, which has prompted several companies to remove unnatural ingredients from their food products. These types of actions are both beneficial to consumer health and the company’s success. You will see that the more you cater to consumer requests, the more loyal your customer base will be.
There are still many steps you can take to make your products more healthy and natural, but the gradual improvements you are making are very honorable. Thank you again for your actions to remove GMOs from your chocolate, and we encourage you to continue to make healthy decisions in the future.
[Your Name Here]
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