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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) last night presented the group’s highest honor, the Hall of Achievement Award, to Robert E. Rich, Jr., chairman of Rich Products Corporation, and Jeffrey Noddle, executive chairman of the board of SUPERVALU INC. The awards were presented at the opening session of the 2009 GMA Executive Conference at The Broadmoor.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), in conjunction with its Associate Member Council (AMC), today awarded The Hershey Company with its 2009 CPG Award for Innovation and Creativity for its public relations campaign in support of its Hershey’s Bliss chocolate launch. Now in its seventh year, the award is given to companies who have demonstrated uncommon creativity, innovation and have made a significant contribution to the industry knowledge base.

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WASHINGTON D.C. — The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today announced that the last and final implementation step of the GS1 DataBar on coupons, originally scheduled for January 1, 2010, will be deferred until January 1, 2011.

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GMA president and CEO Pamela G. Bailey today commended the members of the United States House of Representatives for passing H.R. 2749, The Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009. The bill passed the House by a vote of 283-142.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today released a whitepaper that identified more than 30 business benefits that grow specifically from using retailer-direct data in business planning and forecasting. The Retailer-Direct Data Report provides a current view of sales, inventory and other data that retailers are sharing directly with their trading partners and identifies successful practices for sharing and using this data and the benefits that result.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today issued the following statement from GMA President and CEO Pamela G. Bailey regarding the Affordable Food and Fuel for America Act (H.R. 3187), co-sponsored by the Honorable Joseph Crowley (D-NY) and the Honorable Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) of the U.S. House of Representatives:

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