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BREAKING NEWS: Compass Group pledges to double down on Fair Food commitment!

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World’s largest contract foodservice company releases new Sustainability Platform, promises to “extend the (Fair Food) code of conduct and premium to crops other than tomatoes and beyond Florida”… 

In a surprise move that promises to extend the benefits of the award-winning Fair Food Program to thousands of more farmworkers, Compass Group released yesterday “its new Sustainability Platform which advances its efforts to better protect and manage our food sources and the people who harvest and grow those sources.”  As part of this new initiative, Compass is committing to expand its partnership with the CIW well beyond the boundaries of the Florida tomato industry, and to complete that expansion by 2020.  Compass Group has been an FFP partner since 2009 and is the largest contract foodservice company in the world, serving over 4 billion meals a year in locations ranging from university campuses to museums and hospitals. 

Here is the section from Compass’ new Sustainability Platform pertaining to the Fair Food Program:

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This is a truly exciting new development, and one that is sure to have reverberations well beyond Compass’ supply chain as the proven success of the Fair Food Program continues to drive its expansion to new crops and new states.  With Walmart and Compass now officially on board supporting that expansion, the next phase in the development of the groundbreaking program is poised for launch.

Stay tuned for more as the details of Compass’ promising new initiative continue to take shape!

“If Publix listened to all customers…”

Publix rebuffs Nashville Fair Food, issues strict “No Trespassing” notice for Middle Tennessee… Earlier this month, we shared an exciting announcement from Nashville Fair Food:  On Sunday, April 12th, our indefatigable Volunteer State allies were planning to take Publix manager letter deliveries to a whole new level with what they had dubbed the Amazing Race for Farmworker Justice!  In a strategic response to the team of Publix representatives who crisscross the southeastern United States to monitor Fair Food rallies large and small and fend off dialogue between consumers and their local Publix managers, the Nashville crew planned to visit all 30 stores in the Middle Tennessee area in a single day.  The strategy […]

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Big news out of Ahold’s shareholder meeting in Amsterdam, with more to come…

  We’ll keep this short and sweet for now. As you may remember, last week we posted a report on what was then our upcoming visit to Ahold’s annual shareholder meeting in Amsterdam.  Ahold is the Dutch parent company to several major US grocery chains, including northeastern supermarket icons Giant and Stop & Shop.  This was to be our fifth visit to the annual meeting, and past trips across the Atlantic had never proven boring. This year was no exception, though with a far, far more positive twist!  The video above is from Ahold CEO Dick Boer’s opening remarks, in […]

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Largest screening yet! 300 attend Burlington screening of “Food Chains”…

  Green Mountain State ripe for Fair Food, shows swell of support for CIW and local dairy workers… In honor of Farmworker Awareness Week at the end of last month, the intrepid “Food Chains” team planned sixty screenings across the country, bringing the story of the CIW to campuses, churches and theaters from coast to coast.  In sweeping across the nation with this newest tour, receiving a nomination for the prestigious James Beard Award, and topping the charts on iTunes, the documentary has become one of the Campaign for Fair Food’s key ambassadors this spring, recruiting new waves of Fair Food supporters every week. And nowhere did that growing support for […]

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Nashville Fair Food takes Publix protests to the next level with the “Amazing Race for Farmworker Justice” this Sunday in Middle Tennessee!

Fresh off organizing a spirited delegation of nearly 100 to represent the Volunteer State at last month’s spectacular Parade and Concert for Fair Food — and frustrated by nearly five years of stubborn silence from Publix in response to their protests — the incredible Nashville Fair Food crew has come up with a genius idea to get around stonewalling executives and talk directly to local Publix managers about the Fair Food Program!  It’s called the “Amazing Race for Farmworker Justice” and it’s set to take place this coming Sunday at 30 – yes, 30 — Publix stores in the Middle Tennessee area. We’ll let […]

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CIW prepares to cross the sea to press the case for Fair Food at Ahold’s annual shareholder meeting in Amsterdam!

Action, organized in conjunction with Dutch allies, will be fifth appearance by CIW at Ahold annual meeting; Past actions have had their controversial, educational moments… Whether it was the time the CIW’s representative was cut off as he spoke about the Fair Food Program to company directors and shareholders, or the time the chairman insisted that the CIW’s representative speak in English or not at all, Ahold’s annual shareholder meetings have never failed to highlight the differences between the directors of the European supermarket giant — parent company of the US chains Stop & Shop, Giant, Martin’s, and Peapod — and the workers […]

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“Injustice anywhere…” Farmworker strike in Mexico underscores urgent need for real human rights protections on both sides of the border…

Strike leader’s early years with CIW in Immokalee helped shape role in today’s protests… Two weeks after erupting in an historic strike, farmworkers in Baja California’s fertile produce fields are settling in for the long haul and assessing their options for how best to protect the rights they say have been trampled for years. The strike began on Tuesday, March 17, as thousands of workers left the fields and took to the streets to demand an end to longstanding poverty and abuse in Mexico’s produce industry.  According to a report in the LA Times, “Mexican farmworkers strike over low wages, […]

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Students, young people to Wendy’s: “You’re boycotting the Fair Food Program, so we’re going to boycott you!”

Amidst massive Concert and Parade for Fair Food, Student / Farmworker Alliance declares national Wendy’s boycott! If you had the pleasure of joining farmworkers from Immokalee for last week’s Parade and Concert for Fair Food, you will remember just what a sweet celebration it was.  The parade was resplendent with flapping golden flags and colorful floats representing the farmworker community, their steadfast consumer allies, and the hard-won rights farmworkers now enjoy in the Florida tomato industry under the Fair Food Program.  Onlookers watched with smiles and cheers as floats rolled by celebrating the New Day in Florida’s fields…  The right to work free of modern-day […]

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NEW PETITION: Call on Wendy’s CEO to commit to farmworkers’ human rights!

International online campaign giant Avaaz takes on Wendy’s CEO Emil Brolick, slamming fast food chain’s abandonment of Florida tomato industry… With a fresh injection of energy and momentum from last weekend’s huge Concert and Parade for Fair Food, the Wendy’s campaign is taking off!  First, the Student/Farmworker Alliance announced a nationwide student boycott of the fast-food chain (more to come on that soon).  And now, Wendy’s is feeling pressure from a brand new online petition from Avaaz.org, the online social justice community with millions of members worldwide.   Both of these exciting new developments come on the heels of the company’s indefensible decision to actually shift purchases […]

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NEW VIDEO: How much longer, Publix…

Amidst the stunning artwork and irresistible dance music, the Concert and Parade for Fair Food this past Saturday in St. Petersburg had a powerful new message for the food industry: The Fair Food Nation is not only here, but it is here to stay, and it is growing.   Last Saturday, thousands of new Fair Food allies came into the fold, joining the CIW’s celebration of the progress in Florida’s tomato fields under the Fair Food Program — the elimination of forced labor, the unprecedented strides in combatting sexual violence, the freedom to speak up about abuse without fear of retaliation, and much more. In […]

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“Food Chains” nominated for prestigious James Beard Award, hits No. 1 on iTunes on same day!

Hit documentary on Fair Food movement still making waves months after release with sixty screenings scheduled across the country for Farmworker Awareness Week and a great new article on nationalgeographic.com While thousands of Fair Food activists gathered in St. Petersburg this past Saturday for the huge Parade and Concert for Fair Food — be sure to check back soon for more video and news from that unforgettable action, by the way! — the hit documentary “Food Chains” was quietly making its own news, climbing up to No. 1 on the iTunes charts and garnering a nomination for the prestigious 2015 James Beard Award for Special/Documentary.   […]

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Parade and Concert for Fair Food Photo Report: Bouncing by the Bay!

Massive march, music festival lift Campaign for Fair Food higher; Students shock the world with announcement of Wendy’s boycott! The Fair Food Nation gathered in St. Petersburg, Florida, for Saturday’s big Parade and Concert for Fair Food, and a huge dance party for justice broke out on the shores of Tampa Bay!  But before the party could get started, the Fair Food activists, who had gathered from across the country and around the state of Florida, had some business to attend to, the business of marching in the streets of St. Petersburg — one of Florida’s fastest-growing and most sophisticated cities — and taking […]

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Twitter blowing up as Fair Food activists make their way to St. Petersburg!

Excitement palpable on the verge of Parade and Concert for Fair Food… March 21st is almost here!  And the Fair Food Nation can hardly contain its excitement.  Since early this morning, when long-planned caravans from across the country struck out for Florida, the Twittersphere has been lighting up with updates from the road.  Thousands from Ohio, Washington DC, Nashville, the Northeast and right here in Florida are rolling into St. Petersburg as we write, armed with artwork and joyful energy. We could not resist sending a few of the highlights from social media as one last missive before tomorrow’s much-anticipated Parade and Concert for Fair Food.  We hope […]

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What a buzz! Anticipation for the Parade and Concert for Fair Food is off the charts…

Less than a week out, artists and allies alike counting down for the grand Parade and Concert for Fair Food… Whether you’re hearing about this weekend’s spring action from a CIW member speaking at your church or university, or gathering with your Fair Food Committee to put the final touches on your game plan for getting to St. Petersburg, or skimming the constant chatter on Twitter and Facebook, you can feel it in the air: The Fair Food Nation is buzzing with excitement for this Saturday’s huge Parade and Concert for Fair Food!   In just a few short days, the streets of St. Petersburg will be flooded with beautiful artwork and […]

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Running from Responsibility: Wendy’s flees Florida rather than support Fair Food Program’s human rights advances…

While Fair Food Program farms in Florida continue to raise the bar for human rights in the US agricultural industry, outrageous human rights violations on farms outside the Program continue to fester. Why then has Wendy’s abandoned the Florida tomato industry altogether?  And where are they buying their tomatoes today? Last month, when consumers across the country called on Wendy’s to show farmworkers some love on Valentine’s Day and join the Fair Food Program, many Fair Food activists picked up their phones and called Wendy’s headquarters directly to express their concerns.  What they heard was a bit of a shock, to […]

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La Santa Cecilia: “Straight Outta Olvera Street”…

  If you haven’t met them yet, you need to know our second headliner for next week’s huge Concert for Fair Food! Last week we compiled a quick and dirty music/history brief on Ozomatli for you, a celebration of the inimitable LA-based band that will be headlining next week’s free Concert for Fair Food in St. Petersburg. But Ozomatli will not be headlining the Concert for Fair Food alone.  They will be joined by another Grammy-winning group from LA, the red-hot La Santa Cecilia.  And if you haven’t come across them yet, you are in for a treat! Their official bio captures the remarkable range of musical influences […]

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