Food, Beverage and CPG Companies Continue Contributions to Disaster Relief Efforts

In the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, the member companies of the Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) continue efforts to provide major financial contributions as well as truckloads of food, beverages and other essential needs for the victims of this tragedy.

New contributions to date include:

The Coca-Cola Company and its bottling partners have committed a $12 million financial contribution to disaster relief efforts. $6 million of those funds will be directed to the American Red Cross and an additional $6 million will distributed to a variety of local relief organizations in New York and Washington, DC. In addition, The Coca-Cola Company and its subsidiaries are providing beverages to relief organizations.

Del Monte Foods has shipped more than 720,000 containers of fruit cups and single-serve, easy-open cans of fruit to the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

McCormick & Company Inc. has donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross.

McIlhenny Co., makers of Tabasco Brand Products, has provided a financial donation to the American Red Cross.

Nestle USA Inc., has donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross, and is preparing to ship a wide variety of food and beverage products to New York And Washington, DC including power bars, ice cream, and bottled water.

Phillip Morris Companies Inc., has contributed $100,000 to the American Red Cross. Its subsidiaries Kraft Foods Inc. and Miller Brewing Company have donated trailers of food and water to the disaster relief sites.

Ralston Purina Company is providing Purina O.N.E. dog food for search and rescue dogs involved at ground zero.

Sara Lee Corporation, through its subsidiary Hanes, is providing socks and underwear and thousands of Champion sweatshirts and T-shirts to the American Red Cross Relief efforts.

Unilever has donated $2 million to organizations responsible for helping the children of victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. In addition, Unilever is making arrangements to provide food and personal care products to relief organizations.

Among the earliest contributors to relief funds were GMA member companies H.J. Heinz Co., and General Mills, Inc., who each donated $100,000 to the September 11 Fund and the American Red Cross respectively.

Other GMA member companies who made major contributions include: Anheuser-Busch Companies Inc., Dr. Pepper/Seven Up Inc., Kellogg Company, PepsiCo, Inc. and its subsidiaries, Tropicana, Frito-Lay, and Quaker, Perdue Farms Inc., and the Procter & Gamble Company.