Food Policy Center
The Food Policy Center serves to drive workable policies and solutions to public health issues involving the food industry. Guided by marketing research and business principles, the Center develops policy approaches that engage both corporate stakeholders and consumers. Founded in 2008 as the “Obesity Solutions Initiative,” the Center focuses on realistic, market-based solutions that address critical public health concerns.
Groundbreaking studies produced by the Food Policy Center include:
• The first business case study demonstrating the financial benefits to food and beverage corporations by selling healthier, better-for-you products;
• A 5-year calorie reduction accountability initiative to address obesity, whereby the leading confectioner corporations have committed to reducing calories per package; and
• A landmark study utilizing consumer segmentation to examine the unexplored translation of consumer purchase behavior to targeted, obesity-based strategies and policy development
The Center’s research has impacted multiple public health constituencies, including the White House, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and food industry associations.
The Center is directed by Senior Fellow Hank Cardello, the author of Stuffed: An Insider’s Look at Who’s (Really) Making America Fat. He is a former food executive with Coca-Cola, General Mills, Anheuser-Busch and Cadbury-Schweppes, and co-Chair of the Global Obesity Business Forum sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Cardello is a frequent contributor to Forbes on food policy, industry and obesity matters and has moderated expert panels at the White House, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Partnership for a Healthier America among others. His perspectives have been shared in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Washington Post, The Economist, and TIME magazine, as well as in major broadcast media, such as CNN, NPR, the BBC, CNBC, and the major television networks.
Policy Center News
Hank Cardello is quoted in NPR on possible band of new fast-food drive-throughs.
Hank Cardello speaking at Combating Childhood Obesity Summit sponsored by U.S. News & World Report on May 16, 2019
Hank Cardello moderated a panel of food industry experts at the annual Partnership for a Healthier America Summit on April 2, 2019.
Hank Cardello spoke on a panel at the Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network on March 6, 2019.
Hank Cardello spoke at the Together for Nutrition conference in Rome, Italy on November 9, 2018.
Hank Cardello to appear on “The Food Chain” on BBC, Thursday, October 18, 2018
Hank Cardello speaking at Natural Products Expo East 2018 on September 13, 2018
Hank Cardello quoted by UPI on obesity and food policy
Hank Cardello quoted in Food Navigator on portion control as a means to combating the obesity epidemic
Hank Cardello spoke at the annual Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago on May 23, 2017 about Hudson’s role in structuring the confections industry commitment to adopt more transparent labeling and to sell more items 200 calories or less
Hank Cardello quoted in Food Navigator on industry efforts to delay added-sugar labeling
Hank Cardello will be moderating an expert panel at the 2017 Partnership for a Healthier America Summit
Hank Cardello was a panelist at the 2017 Grocery Manufacturers Association Science Forum.
Hank Cardello spoke at the Health Means Business National Summit at the Chamber of Commerce
Hank Cardello will moderate a panel of food industry executives and experts for the Partnership for a Healthier America (Michelle Obama is the Chairman) at the White House
Hank Cardello quoted in ecosalon on food activists taking on the role previously held by brand managers
Hank Cardello will moderate the “Executive Tell-All” panel at the First Lady’s Partnership for a Healthier America Summit in Washington, DC
Hank Cardello will moderate a panel event with food industry analysts for the White House Food Policy Director in New York City.
Hank Cardello was the keynote speaker at the National Confectioners Association’s State of the Industry Conference in Doral, Florida
Research by Hank Cardello and Hudson’s Obesity Solutions Initiative on convenience stores offering healthier food options recommended in Food Politics
Hank Cardello interviewed by BBC on how to change Mexico’s sugary soda consumption
Hank Cardello quoted in Quartz on Nestlé making their pizzas healthier
Hank Cardello quoted in International Business Times on McDonald’s breakfast menu
Hank Cardello quoted in The New York Times on public policy efforts to discourage customers from consuming sodas
Hank Cardello quoted in the New York Times on obesity rates
Hank Cardello quoted in Prepared Foods on public and private sector opportunities to improve the health of the U.S.
Hank Cardello featured on Food Marketing Institute’s blog with questions food retailers need to ask themselves
Hank Cardello quoted in Reader’s Digest on lower-calorie food sales
Hank Cardello spoke at the American Frozen Food Institute – Board of Directors Convening
Hank Cardello spoke at the LiveWell Colorado – Colorado Healthy Restaurants Initiative
Hank Cardello spoke at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation – 2015 Health & Wellness Forum. His remarks begin at 16:00.
Hank Cardello spoke at the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business – Food for Thought Lecture Series
Hank Cardello interviewed by FMI on Hudson Institute’s Obesity Solutions Initiative’s newest study The “Better-For-You” Business Case: How is The Supermarket Sector Shaping Up?
Hank Cardello’s Obesity Solutions Initiative research quoted in Foot Navigator after an event at the Partnership for a Healthier America Summit
Hank Cardello moderated a panel at Building a Healthier Future Summit 2015 at the Washington Hilton, Lincoln West
Hank Cardello spoke at the Worlds of Healthy Flavors conference on January 23, 2015 at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone (St. Helena, CA).
Hank Cardello featured in an article on Future Food 2050 Online
Hank Cardello quoted on National Public Radio on how healthful foods can be good for a food company’s sales growth
Hank Cardello quoted in LA Times on the increasing sales of “better for you” versions of popular foods
Hank Cardello quoted in ConscienHealth on obesity and food policy
Hank Cardello quoted in USA Today on consumers’ healthy eating choices
Hank Cardello quoted in Minnesota Public Radio News on consumer interest in healthy ingredients
Hank Cardello quoted in Christian Science Monitor on the link between lower-calorie products & profits
Initiative research cited in the Economist.
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Hank Cardello discusses cities banning new drive-through windows.
Best Practices in Public Health - Industry Commitments, Together Counts, May 13, 2016
How Do You Sell Healthy?, Convenience Matters Podcast, March 21, 2016
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