News Article | May 11, 2017
"Chocolate and candy have always been a treat, and this is a big commitment by the participating companies to keep it that way," John Downs, president & CEO of the National Confectioners Association, said. "We are proud to make this five-year commitment with The Partnership for a Healthier America, a highly regarded nonprofit organization that will help us track and verify this meaningful initiative. This is the first step on our journey to recruit other companies to join us as we work to help consumers manage their sugar intake and ensure that they feel empowered to make informed choices." Progress of the commitment will be monitored and reported by PHA in conjunction with a well-respected policy research organization called Hudson Institute. "Over the next five years, the participating chocolate and candy companies will help consumers better understand the unique role that confections can play in a happy, balanced lifestyle," Downs said. "As we focus and leverage the companies' expertise in marketing, innovation, and distribution, our goal is to reinforce for consumers that chocolate and candy are treats." The National Confectioners Association is the trade organization that advances, protects and promotes chocolate, candy, gum and mints, and the companies that make these special treats. As the leading association for the $35 billion U.S. confectionery industry, NCA educates the public to help ensure that it understands and appreciates the unique role that chocolate and candy can play in a happy, balanced lifestyle. Confections are produced in all 50 states, creating jobs for approximately 55,000 workers in more than 1,000 manufacturing facilities across the country. More than 400,000 jobs in agriculture, retail, transportation and other industries rely in part on the sale of confections for their livelihood. For every one job that is created by confectionery companies, another seven are supported in related industries. Learn more about the "Power of Sweet" at CandyUSA.com, or follow NCA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/leading-global-chocolate-and-candy-companies-announce-commitment-to-transparency-portion-guidance-and-consumer-education-300455283.html
News Article | May 12, 2017
Hank Cardello leads the Obesity Solutions Initiative at Hudson Institute, which develops policy solutions to improve public health through the common and vested interests of all parties, including consumers, regulators, corporations, and the public health community. He has published numerous reports examining trends in the adoption of healthier consumer goods, and is the author of "Stuffed: An Insider's Look at Who's (Really) Making America Fat." He is a frequent contributor to Forbes on food industry and obesity matters and has advised the major food companies and Michelle Obama's food policy office. His efforts have promoted better food and beverage choices being offered by packaged food companies and supermarkets. Members of the press who are interested in interviewing Hank Cardello may contact Hudson Institute Press Secretary Carolyn Stewart, firstname.lastname@example.org and (202) 974-6456. Hudson Institute is an independent research organization promoting new ideas for the advancement of global security, prosperity and freedom. For more information, please visit www.hudson.org. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/hudson-institute-fellow-hank-cardello-to-spearhead-measurement-of-new-confectionary-industry-health-initiative-300456845.html
News Article | May 29, 2017
DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "North America Confectionery Market (2016-2022)" report to their offering. Demand for sugar-free organic products is high in demand. According to Hudson Institute, Inc., 82% of the sales growth amid Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation member companies such as Kraft Foods and Nestle U.S. was due to lower calorie food products in 2013. In the coming years, rising demand for sugar free organic product could help in the growth of Confectionery market. Market competitors are coming up with new strategies; by associating film promoters for the ad campaigns to attract more and more customers. The idea is to increase customer engagement, especially among children. Brands such as Push Pops and Tic Toe have done partnerships with movie releases. On the other hand, another brand Skittles have partnered with Marvel for the Captain America. The idea is providing opportunity for companies in driving consumer engagement. Another trend which is getting popular among the population is vending machine. Huge demand for vending machines has been seen so far. One of the examples is Coke freestyle that is also very popular. It has gained attention of many manufactures and also resulted in completing consumers need. Malls, retail stores, movie theaters, and airports are now putting vending machines rapidly with different ranges of products and categories. The key players operating in the confectionery market are Mars Inc., Nestle, Mondelez International, Inc., Ferrero, Ezaki Glico Co., Ltd., Delfi Limited, Lindt & Sprüngli AG, and Lotte Group. For more information about this report visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/9vpgvm/north_america
News Article | August 7, 2017
"As the architect of several initiatives strengthening economic and military security across the EU, Jonas brings deep expertise in results-oriented diplomacy," said Ken Weinstein, President and CEO of Hudson Institute. "His contributions will be valued and welcomed as the United States and its coalition allies begin preparing for a post-ISIS Middle East." Before joining Hudson, Parello-Plesner was responsible for the Embassy of Denmark's department of security and foreign policy in Washington, where he helped devise policies related to coalition efforts against ISIS. He has long-standing experience in the Danish Foreign Service, and served in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs while studying at the Ecole Nationale d'Administration in Paris. Parello-Plesner served as Denmark's Senior Advisor on China and North East Asia from 2005-2009 and has provided testimony on Chinese investments in Europe to the U.S. Congress and European Parliament's Foreign Affairs and International Trade Committees. He has also worked at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) as a Senior Policy Fellow. His co-authored book, China's Strong Arm: Protecting Citizens and Assets Abroad, was published in 2015 by IISS/Routledge and launched at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. He is a graduate of the London School of Economics, Copenhagen University, and the Ecole Nationale d'Administration in Paris. For additional information, please contact Hudson Institute Press Secretary, Carolyn Stewart, at email@example.com or (202) 974-6456. Hudson Institute is a research organization promoting American leadership and global engagement for a secure, free, and prosperous future. http://www.hudson.org
News Article | February 19, 2017
As noted in an article earlier today, Steve Bannon reportedly said in 2013: “Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.” He apparently described himself as a Leninist to Ronald Radosh, an adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute, a bit before he became the main man behind the real-life Donald Trump puppet. There seems to be a lot of evidence that Bannon was telling the truth in that case — yet, the man is still seemingly the most powerful person in the United States. In case you’re just checking in, note that Bannon is widely speculated to be running the show more than anyone else since Donald Trump took office. Trump, of course, must think that he’s running things, but it’s obvious by now that Trump doesn’t do much actual work. People who have worked closely with him or ghostwritten his most well known prose have said that he can’t stay focused for more than a few moments, won’t read anything at all that is long or detailed, and has an extremely short attention span. Leaks from his White House staff indicate he has a TV obsession and it is reportedly very frustrating trying to get him to stop watching TV and actually do some work. Of course, he is also often based at his “winter White House” now (Mar-a-lago, which has doubled its initiation fee to $200,000 since the election), where he is mingling with rich friends and high-paying customers. Bannon, on the other hand, is obviously an intellectual of some sort and has long been hugely influencing Trump “ideology,” statements, and policy. He apparently even put himself on the “principals committee” of The National Security Council (via Trump’s reportedly unknowing signature) — both the point that he slipped himself onto it and that a person in such a role would be on the council are indeed odd. Not only that, he has created a competing “Strategic Initiatives Group” in his office and his “fingerprints” are all over several of Trump’s initial executive orders and public statements. As with many things #Trump2016, this may all seem too absurd to believe. But the absurd claims and connections from the Trump campaign trail have turned out to be very real, and in some cases even more extreme than expected. Before trying to figure out the implications of Bannon potentially “destroying the state,” let’s first run down a few points playing into his hands (and likely, in large part, orchestrated by him): → The new head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is a person who has long fought the EPA and even sent letters as attorney general of his state that were written by the fossil fuel industry. His goal and that of the Trump administration is widely reported to be essentially crippling, neutering, handicapping, or destroying the EPA. It’s basically what you’d do if your overall goal was to destroy the state. → The new head of the Department of Education had reportedly never set foot in a public school before taking the position. Neither she nor her kids had ever attended a public school. She apparently didn’t know the basics of some common debates regarding educational theory. The department’s policy going forward seems to be crippling public education as much as possible — privatizing it as much as possible. DeVos is apparently already taking a machete to the department. It’s basically what you’d do if your overall goal was to destroy the state. → The former Trump pick for Secretary of Labor was the billionaire CEO of a fast food company who opposed the minimum wage. Again, it’s basically the person you’d want in charge of that department if you wanted to destroy the state. Puzder resigned from the process after a couple of scandals were revealed (including employing an undocumented immigrant). The new nomination seems on the surface to be much more in line with the actual work of the department, but he spent years in the Bush W. administration apparently “intentionally sabotaging” the goals of the department he worked for (Department of Justice). As summarized at the end of that article, “So, if you want to find somebody who can sabotage a federal agency and turn it against its whole purpose, Alex Acosta’s résumé is glimmering. It’s exactly who you want if you’re out to sabotage the Department of Labor.” → Trump’s initial choice for Secretary of the Interior had introduced legislation to sell off public lands (what she’d be managing if she gained that cabinet position). Trump’s eventual pick after extreme backlash doesn’t seem as focused on destroying the purpose of the Department of the Interior, but he did vote for a bill that “would have transferred 4 million acres of public lands to states” just last June. → Trump’s choice for Treasury Secretary? After months of campaigning “against” Goldman Sachs, highlighting Ted Cruz’s connection to the firm and Hillary Clinton’s connection to the firm — and more or less co-opting Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren talking points in opposition to Wall Street and Goldman Sachs — Trump has brought on several Goldman Sachs veterans and chosen notorious former Goldman Sachs banker Steven Mnuchin to head the Department of Treasury. This is completely against Trump’s “drain the swamp” rhetoric. Mnuchin apparently profited off of Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme as well as several other ripoff schemes. He also oversaw 50,000 home disclosures against the disadvantaged, including an 80-year-old man who didn’t violate the terms of his loan. Mnuchin lied during his confirmation hearings but got the job anyway. Thanks, Grand Old Party! Need I write more? It’s 100% clear that the Trump administration (largely controlled by Bannon) is completely focused on destroying the state — that is, destroying the US government in just about every way it can. That includes the Department of Education, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of the Interior, the Department of the Treasury, the Department of the Labor, etc., etc. How far will this go? It’s very hard to say. Career staff in these departments and the court system will probably do what they can to protect what the United States of America has built. There’s the potential that Congress could step in to try to help, but that seems unlikely given that it is largely ruled by Tea Party extremists who for various moronic reasons share the same goals and were guided by Bannon, the Koch brothers, etc. The GOP, once a party of different ideals, now more or less does want to destroy the US federal government, our government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” Aside from all of the above, Bannon’s messaging strategy (which Trump plays right into) is a severe and consistent attack on our democratic system in other ways as well. Here are a few bits of that: → Clearly, “enemy #1” is now the media. This has been an explicit focus of Bannon’s for years, and it is obviously what Trump is most shouting about these days in his unique, insane manner. An article on this is coming, but yes, the independent media is central to a functioning democracy, dictators and fascists attack the media like Bannon and Trump are attacking the media, dictators and fascists want to control the media like Bannon and Trump are working to do so. If you want to destroy our democratic system, you certainly need to get the people believing that the media is the devil. → Approximately 2 years faster than the previous record, Trump’s national security advisor resigned after less than a month on the job. Frankly, there is so much nuance in this and so many questions unanswered that I’m not going to write much about this, but suffice it to say that there is some level of corruption — maybe multiple levels of corruption — at play in this story that seem to be risking US national security and democratic stability. → The chaos in the White House is reportedly unprecedented. Perhaps it is simply the bad luck of someone with no experience and debatable leadership skills being elected president. On the other hand, it very well may be the result of one part of the White House explicitly wanting to destroy the US federal government while other members of the White House are trying to protect it. There could be an ideological civil war of sorts occurring within the White House. Or it could just be that Bannon and/or Trump see chaos as a useful approach to achieve their core goals. Do I think Donald Trump has some grand master plan in all of this? Of course not. Bannon clearly does, but I think Trump is as simple as he seems: He has spent years in a weird bubble watching Fox News and getting worked up by conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones and Rush Limbaugh. He doesn’t have a clue how to actually govern. He is putting that task in the hands of people he trusts (whether that be Bannon, Pence, Flynn, or Priebus). He is also continuing his decades-long focus on pushing/protecting his brand in absurd ways and fighting anyone who criticizes him. But as long as Trump is being played by Bannon, Putin, or others who would like to see the current US government crumble, the White House is indeed trying to destroy the state, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change anytime soon. Because of the vast uncertainty about what is to come, it’s hard to guess what all of this means for solar energy, wind energy, and electric vehicles, but below are a few possibilities. If this insanity (it is insanity … or ignorance) eventually destroys the US economy, it’s rather hard to say what that will mean. That will harm the global economy a great deal as well, at least in the short term, but it could also lead to a dramatic shift in global political and economic power, and it’s hard to know what that would mean. Of course, in the short term, a global economic recession would also cut energy use (which would help cut pollution and stop global warming), but it would likely slow a transition to (new) electric cars and (new) clean power plants, since people, companies, organizations, and governments would delay retiring older and dirtier cars and power plants and making new purchases. Again, the ramifications of such a scenario are so broad and long term that it’s hard to imagine what exactly they would be, but slower growth of these industries seems likely. On the other hand, if more political and economic power shifts to Europe and China (only one possibility), their seemingly more stable strong cleantech focus could end up hastening the cleantech transition in certain ways and regions. Though, US cleantech companies would presumably do worse under such a scenario compared to “business as usual” (I know, we’re long past “business as usual” at this point). If the White House and a pollution-controlled Republican Congress simply slow progress, but don’t demolish the US economy, these fast-growing cleantech industries will presumably keep growing at a strong clip — just not quite as fast as they would have otherwise. With the Clean Power Plan all but dead, some dirty, old, coal power plants will stay open a bit longer. Without strong federal support for clean energy and electric cars, natural gas and gasmobiles will extend their pollution streaks for a few more years. With a dysfunctional Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy, the rich and established fossil pollution industries will pollute more, take a bit longer to be priced out of the market, take a bit longer to retire, and potentially destroy our climate. But the trends are obvious — solar & wind are cheaper, electric cars are quickly becoming cheaper, solar & wind & EVs also protect public health and a livable climate (scientific facts cannot be broken), and EVs are just better cars. The market may transition more slowly if clogged with gobs of pollution corrupting the system, but the transition can’t be stopped. Presumably, if the goal is to destroy the state, Bannon & Trump won’t implement policies that ban clean energy or electric vehicles — they’ll just prevent the government from protecting people from pollution, prevent the government from protecting the world from global warming, and prevent the government from protecting the economy from scam artists. However, given the obvious corruption in this administration and the Republican Party as a whole, it’s clear that, if the government won’t be destroyed, it will just be run by people from the private sector who have their own agenda. These people will definitely “pick winners and losers” and aim to tilt government policies as much as possible in favor of their preferred companies and industries. I would not put it past them to make certain wind and solar projects illegal, make permitting more difficult, make electric cars more expensive, etc. Again, technological progress won’t be prevented forever, but this could slow things down a great deal. Just look at Spain’s sun tax (now repealed). And, yes, if your concern is a genuinely livable climate, that could be enough to extinguish future generations. If semi-functional and non-corrupt Republicans in Congress (and US society as a whole) wake up fast enough, the whole plot to destroy the US government and pollute like there’s no tomorrow could be stopped in its tracks. However, the Republican Party has become extremely extremist in recent years when it comes to energy matters — deeply, deeply, deeply in the pockets of pollution industries — so even if the US government isn’t effectively destroyed, the situation in the EPA and DOE may not get much better as long as they are in power. That said, the backlash from this unprecedented Trump administration (already breaking records for public disapproval) may be strong enough that it swiftly shifts Congress back to the Democrats. Maybe. If that happened in 2018, things would be looking much brighter for cleantech. What If Obama Did This? … & Where’s Trump’s Birth Certificate, By The Way 30 Cases Of Anti-Humanity Extremism From Republicans In Congress & Donald Trump The Links & Lack of Links Between Cleantech & Politics How The Terrorists Won — Part 2, The Economy Help The Rich, Help The Rich, Help The Rich — Republican Policy 101 Do Americans Understand What Government Is For? 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News Article | February 15, 2017
WASHINGTON D.C., Feb. 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Africa Business Center Tuesday hosted the Nigerian Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah (www.FMITI.gov.ng) for a roundtable discussion with U.S. business executives at their office in Washington, D.C. The conversation focused on enhancing trade and investment relationship between both countries. This comes in the context of a telephone call between President Muhammadu Buhari and President Donald Trump Monday, where both Presidents discussed security and economic issues. It is seen as suggesting the U.S. consideration of Nigeria as a strategic partner. “The U.S. has historically been one of Nigeria’s top trading partners; it was the biggest importer of Nigeria’s crude oil at some point. In the last five years, however, the sharp decline in U.S. imports of our crude, on account of rising domestic production of shale, has altered the trade balance between our two countries. This development presents Nigeria with a good opportunity for diversification and to explore and increase non-oil export – especially in agricultural products, services and the digital economy,” said Minister Enelamah. On his part, the President of the U.S.-Africa Business Center and Vice President for African Affairs at the Chamber Scott Eisner, stated that, “With the largest economy in Africa, Nigeria is an important partner for U.S. businesses. Our conversation highlighted the work being done to strengthen the economic relationship between our two countries and how we can continue to build on this relationship.” Enelamah also participated in a Facebook Live conversation with the U.S.-Africa Business Center following the roundtable. Some of the companies that attended the gathering include Google, Microsoft, Blackstone, Procter and Gamble, UPS, Johnson and Johnson, Boston Scientific, Philip Morris International, Lekoil Oil, ITIC, etc. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. Its International Affairs division includes more than 70 regional and policy experts and 25 country-and region-specific business councils and initiatives. The U.S. Chamber also works closely with 117 American Chambers of Commerce abroad. The U.S.-Africa Business Center is the preeminent voice in the global business community advocating for increased trade between the United States and Africa. After the roundtable, the Minister went on to attend events focusing on the Ease of Doing Business and Investment at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Hudson Institute. He answered questions from a mixed audience of business executives, government officials, diplomats and others. He similarly had meetings at the State Department with the outgoing Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas Greenfield and U.S. Trade Representatives for Africa at the Commerce office. Issues on the agenda at the state department ranged from the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), SMEs, Nigeria’s leadership on the Continent and continued engagement with the new administration, while the commerce office focused on trade and the WTO. Minister Enelamah was accompanied by his Trade Adviser and Chief Negotiator Ambassador Chiedu Osakwe, Special Adviser Bunmi Adeoye and Strategic Communications Adviser, Constance C. Ikokwu. Distributed by APO on behalf of Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade & Investment, Nigeria.
News Article | November 29, 2016
WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hudson Institute congratulates Secretary Elaine Chao on her nomination to be the next secretary of the Department of Transportation. Chao is a distinguished fellow at Hudson Institute, focusing on employment, labor mobility,...
News Article | April 7, 2016
Poorly conceived policies could restrict development of abundant domestic natural gas resources and deny the US energy security, economic, and geopolitical opportunities, several speakers at an Apr. 6 Hudson Institute forum warned.
News Article | February 22, 2017
Ladies, can your man make you vice president of a country? Probably not. Unless, of course, you happen to be the wife of the president in Azerbaijan, in which case your husband, Ilham Aliyev, just named you his deputy. Putting all other power couples to shame, Aliyev made his wife, Mehriban Aliyeva, vice president. Coincidentally, she’s the first vice president of Azerbaijan since the position was created by a referendum last year. This lucky lady is now set to succeed her husband should he ever step down from the role. Her man’s been president since 2003, when he took over from his father. And he was reelected in 2008 in an election that opposition parties boycotted. But there probably won’t be any boycotts of this appointment. Khadija Ismayilova, an award-winning investigative journalist who was arrested in December 2014 and released in May 2016, wrote on Facebook, “Wave of arrests preceded Mehriban Aliyeva’s appointment to vice-president position. Just in case if someone would dare to protest. Number of opposition activists were sentenced to one month administrative arrest, siblings of the activists abroad were harassed and blackmailed just days before the appointment.” There’s even more good news for the Aliyev power couple: they’re not likely to meet any resistance from the international community. Between its well-documented lobbying efforts and oil and gas production, Azerbaijan has stayed in good standing in Washington, D.C. And, as a two-part report by the Hudson Institute suggests, Azerbaijan has used “caviar diplomacy” with the Council of Europe. There’s no mountain, valley, activist, or institution charged with watching human rights or preventing rampant nepotism that can stop this dream team from ruling Azerbaijan — currently ranked “not free” by Freedom House and famed for rampant human rights abuses — and from doing so together.
News Article | March 2, 2017
WASHINGTON, March 2, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On March 8, Hudson Institute will launch The Index of Global Philanthropy and Remittances, a report led by Dr. Carol Adelman, director of the Center for Global Prosperity, at a public event at Hudson's headquarters. The report examines...