The Important Contributions of America’s Food and Beverage Companies
There is a great national debate taking place about our food, and everyone has their own personal view of what and how they should eat.
No matter where you fall in the debate, most Americans can support four national priorities: jobs, health, our children and helping those who may be less fortunate.
America’s food and beverage companies couldn’t agree more – which is why we are doing our part to spur economic growth; ensure access to safe, healthy, and affordable foods; market our products responsibly; and tackle hunger relief. That’s the food news Americans really need.
Click below to hear GMA President and CEO Pam Bailey discuss in her own words how America’s food and beverage companies are making a difference for our nation’s families, workers and communities.
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With 1.4 million employees, we are the biggest source of U.S. manufacturing jobs. From farm to fork, the food and beverage industry supports more than 15 million American jobs. We are leaders in global trade, exporting $50 billion worth of products to 215 countries around the world. GMA member companies account for roughly 5 percent of the U.S. GDP and are constantly working to spur economic growth and create jobs.
We provide safe, healthy, convenient and affordable food choices that work for everyone. Since 2002, we have offered more than 20,000 healthier product choices with reduced calories, fat, sugar and sodium. Innovation allows nutritious family meals to be prepared in under 30 minutes, saving parents 18 days a year in food prep time.
We are moving full steam ahead on our pledge to market healthy food to children 100 percent of the time. Recognizing the unique role we play in the health and wellness of Americans – especially children – America’s food and beverage companies implemented voluntary changes to our advertising practices, dramatically changing the marketing landscape. Between 2004 and 2010 alone, the average number of food and beverage ads seen by 2 to 11 year-olds during children’s programming fell by 50 percent.
We’re doing more to feed hungry Americans than anyone else. We estimate that in the past three years, the food sector contributed more than $3 billion to fight hunger. Through our partnership with Feeding America, the largest network of community food banks, we help feed 37 million hungry Americans, donating 1.5 billion pounds of food. Our efforts to combat hunger do not stop at geographic borders. The 15 million people who work in our sector help feed more than six billion people around the globe.