PARIS, 31st August 2018 — The Consumer Goods Forum is delighted to announce the following new companies have joined our global membership community and, in doing so, have confirmed their commitment to our vision of better lives through better business.

pladis is one of the world’s leading snacking companies and home to beloved brands including McVitie’s and Ulker. pladis is also proud to make and distribute a carefully curated range of GODIVA chocolates exclusively for consumer packaged goods channels around the world. pladis also owns regional brands such as Jacob’s, go ahead!, Carr’s, Flipz, BN, Verkade and many more, delighting consumers with products across the snacking category including sweet and savoury biscuits, wafer, cake, chocolate, gum and candy. Formed in 2016, pladis is the proud steward of over 300 years of family baking and confectionery experience. The expertise of its 20,000-strong global workforce spans 34 factories in 13 countries, and is founded on collaboration, agility and resilience. pladis is one of the fastest growing companies in the sector with annual revenues of £3.5 billion gross sales. As a responsible business, delivering the highest quality products and exceptional service, pladis’ products have the potential to reach more than 4 billion people across the world. pladis people are passionate about collaboration and creation, using consumer insights and trends to fulfil its promise; ‘to bring happiness to the world with every bite’. This, combined with rapid speed to market, enables the company to bring its products from idea to on-shelf quickly, so they are available for consumers all over the world. The company has already delivered a series of successful product innovations in the biscuit and chocolate categories since the group was created, which include GODIVA Masterpieces developed especially for grocery channels, McVitie’s Nibbles and McVitie’s Chocolate Digestive Thins –  all products which have fast become firm favourites in pladis’ anchor markets.

pladis is a new company albeit with a heritage of iconic global brands. pladis wishes to take up a more active role to promote universal values and lend its spirit to the key areas of focus within one forum, the CGF, that it will actively participate in”. –  Cem Karakas, CEO, pladis

SFI® Inc. is a sustainability leader that stands for future forests. We are an independent, non-profit organization that provides supply chain assurances, produces conservation outcomes, and supports education and community engagement. SFI works with the forest sector, brand owners, conservation groups, resource professionals, landowners, educators, local communities, Indigenous peoples, governments, and universities. SFI standards and on-product labels help consumers make responsible purchasing decisions. Additionally, we oversee the SFI Forest Partners® Program, which aims to increase supply of certified forest products, the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program, which funds research and community building, and Project Learning Tree®, which educates teachers and youth about forests and the environment. SFI Inc. is governed by an independent three-chamber board of directors representing environmental, social, and economic sectors equally. SFI believes caring for forests improves everyone’s quality of life.

“The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is excited to join The Consumer Goods Forum. SFI is a leading global sustainability organization focused on future forests. We represent 25% of the world’s certified forests. Products certified to the SFI standards are sold into nearly 140 countries. SFI provides a global supply chain assurance that reduces risk and allows organizations to avoid deforestation and illegal logging. We are pleased to be part of the larger conversations on how forest products from well-managed forests provide a variety of life-sustaining benefits including purifying water, storing carbon, and maintaining and recovering biodiversity”. – Kathy Abusow, President and CEO, SFI Inc.

St Michel, a family-owned and independent company since 1905, the major player in France in the pastry, biscuit and ready-to-garnish market. Our success is based on the quality of our products, constant innovation, the involvement and dynamism of our teams.

“St Michel Biscuits is extremely focused on social, health and environmental sustainability and has faith in its mission for the world’s future. This is the reason why I decided to join The Consumer Goods Forum. The CGF is an essential place to be active in because it offers the best opportunity for collaboration between retailers and manufacturers globally – specifically on issues that are core to St Michel”. – Bruno  Rousseau, CEO, St Michel

As the only association in the consumer goods industry that is truly global, while embracing both retailers and manufacturers, and service providers, our members understand the value of our uniqueness. Many of the opportunities and issues that we face as an industry can’t be addressed by individual companies alone, or just by collaborating regionally. The CGF offers you a seat at the table, and our members know that our global, cross-value chain perspective is critical to helping drive positive change globally and in securing long-term, sustainable business growth. Contact our membership team to learn more or visit our website.

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For more information, please contact:

Oriana Rainuzzo
Manager, Membership & Engagement EMEA

Lee Green
Director, Communications