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We Make More Than Food: Groceries = Jobs, Economic Growth »

October 27, 2011

Yesterday GMA released a new study, commissioned by GMA and conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, detailing the extraordinary contributions of food, beverage, and consumer products manufacturers to the U.S. economy.

In short, grocery manufacturers provided more than 1.7 million jobs and contributed more than 6 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product in 2009.

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Five Thoughts for Food Day »

October 24, 2011

On Food Day, it’s important to remember that food companies make more than healthy and affordable food.

Here are five thoughts for Food Day:

First, it’s never been easier for Americans to build a healthy diet. Since 2002, food and beverage companies have introduced more than 20,000 healthier product choices with fewer calories and reduced fat, sugar and sodium. And, food manufacturers are providing more information than ever by putting nutrition facts about calories, sugar, sodium, and fat on the front of packages. Consumers have never had more choices and information.

Second, Americans continue to spend a smaller share of their disposable income on food at home than any other country on earth. Americans now spend less than 6 percent on at-home food – down from nearly 14 percent in 1961.

Third, Americans are also spending less time preparing food — and more time with their families. The amount of time Mom spends preparing food has fallen by more than half between 1961 and 2010.

Fourth, one in six Americans are struggling with hunger and everyone has a role to play. In recent years, food manufacturers and retailers have contributed at least $1 billion a year in hunger relief and provided nearly half of the contributions to America’s food banks.

Fifth, food and beverage companies support the jobs of more than 15 million Americans from farm to fork and are the largest source of manufacturing jobs in the US. In 30,000 cities and towns, every day is “Food Day” for the 1.5 million Americans directly employed by food and beverage companies.

So, food companies make more than healthy and affordable food — they also create jobs, fight hunger, and make time for families.



    Free Trade Agreements Take Critical Step Toward Passage, Providing Economic Stimulus »

    October 11, 2011

    Last week, President Obama submitted to Congress legislation on free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. As we’ve blogged about before, the agreements are critically important to increasing the exports of the U.S. food and consumer products. Accordingly, the Obama Administration has asked the Senate and House to pass the legislation as soon as possible.

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    US Sugar Policy: Not So Sweet for Consumers »

    September 29, 2011

    If you read last week’s Politico, Roll Call, or CQ Today you may have noticed two great new ads (available here and here) that the Coalition for Sugar Reform, of which GMA is a proud member, is running.

    We have not yet waded into the debate on sugar reform on this blog, but that does not mean we haven’t been long engaged in the issue.  In fact, GMA has been a long time advocate for reforming sugar policies to better reflect and serve the market.

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    Dinner Makes a Difference »

    September 26, 2011

    Today GMA and its member companies are pleased to celebrate Family Meals Day, a day established in 2001 by the good folks at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University to encourage family engagement and foster the many benefits it can yield.

    But at GMA, we also recognize that between working parents and busy children, it’s more challenging than ever for families to find time to break bread together, so we’re doing everything we can to provide the nutritious, convenient and affordable product choices that will help families spend less time in the kitchen and more time around the kitchen table.

    So what’s the big deal about families eating together?

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    Momentum Builds for Ending Ethanol Subsidies »

    September 14, 2011

    Earlier this year, we blogged about the tide turning against the $6 billion corn ethanol tax credit and spending on infrastructure for corn ethanol.   Following a March letter from 90 organizations supporting an end to the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) and steadfast leadership from Senators Coburn (R-OK) and Feinstein (D-CA), in June the Senate voted to end the VEETC and import tariff by a whopping vote of 73-27, a move the Wall Street Journal called “an ethanol miracle.

    This week the chorus grew louder, as 104 organizations sent a new letter to Congressional leaders opposing extension of the VEETC and/or any new spending on corn ethanol.

    Between the overwhelming, bi-partisan show of support from the Senate vote and a growing consensus from organizations representing an incredibly diverse group of interests, we are optimistic that Congress will finally end the VEETC boondoggle this year.  With corn prices nearing record highs, food prices rising, deficits rising, and Americans coping with a struggling economy, the expiration of these unnecessary subsidies cannot come a moment too soon.

    by Geoff Moody



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