It is very good news to see Coca-Cola stepping away from another of those dark money-funded fake front groups promoting disinformation about science.
LSI was founded by a former Coca-Cola executive Alex Malaspina and has deep ties to Big Food and Soda.
Coca-Cola’s decision follows other major corporations, like Mars, Inc. and Nestlé, cutting ties with ILSI in recent years. But there are still massive corporations like PepsiCo, Cargill, and Kellogg’s supporting this group and we can expect consumer and investor pressure on them as well.
Coca-Cola Co. has ended its long association with the International Life Sciences Institute, a blow to the powerful food organization known for its pro-sugar research and policies. The beverage giant ended its membership at the “global, regional and country level” as of this month, Coke said in a statement in response to inquiries from Bloomberg News.
The decision was made after a routine review, the company said without offering additional details. The departure is a major setback for ILSI at a time when health-conscious consumers are increasingly turning away from sugar-laden beverages. The group, which was created in 1978 by a former Coke executive, still lists companies such as PepsiCo Inc. and Kellogg Co. as members, but Coke had been a prominent supporter and financial backer.Coca-Cola Severs Longtime Ties With Pro-Sugar Group – Bloomberg