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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) issued the following statement by its President and CEO Pamela G. Bailey in response to draft food safety legislation released today by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman, Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA):

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(Washington, D.C.) The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today highlighted three private sector initiatives that will improve the safety and security of the nation’s food supply.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The relationship between retailers and consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies has significantly changed and CPG companies need to broaden the skills of their sales forces to meet retailer expectations, according to a new study released today by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), the Network of Executive Women (NEW) and A.T. Kearney. Titled Talent Triage: Raising the Bar on CPG Sales Force Talent Management, the study also reports that CPG sales and human resource executives rated their talent management activities as “highly effective” only 9 percent of the time, but 68 percent of these executives plan to increase investment in their sales force talent management programs.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fifty-four percent of shoppers demonstrated that they actively consider environmental sustainability characteristics in their buying decisions, according to a new study released today by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and Deloitte. But while shoppers are often thinking green, they actually bought green products on just 22 percent of their shopping trips. More than 6,400 shopper intercept interviews were conducted for the survey, which is the basis of a larger GMA-Deloitte report released today titled Finding the Green in Today’s Shoppers: Sustainability Trends and New Shopper Insights.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) this week urged members of the Unites States House and Senate to make school children’s health a priority in the 111th Congress by cosponsoring the Fitness Integrated with Teaching (FIT) Kids Act of 2009 (S.634/H.R.1585). The FIT Kids Act is sponsored by Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI) and Zach Wamp (R-TN) in the House, and by Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and John Ensign (R-NV) in the Senate.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - As part of its ongoing effort to improve the safety and security of the nation’s food supply, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today gathered over 200 of the industry’s top scientists and quality assurance experts to assess its current food safety practices, share successful practices and develop a comprehensive plan for preventing food-related health outbreaks.

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