COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) kicked-off its annual Executive Conference last night at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The 2010 conference features insights from the nation’s most respected thought leaders, visionaries and policymakers on current and emerging trends impacting the food, beverage and consumer products industry.
Built around the theme Connecting with Consumers, Providing Responsible Solutions, this year’s conference, boasting over 720 attendees including more than 40 retail trading partners and representatives from more than 30 allied trade groups, aims to create a forum in which retailers and manufacturers can collaborate to address issues influencing consumers, the industry and the global economy.
“The theme for this year’s event was carefully chosen to reflect the tremendous leadership the CPG industry has shown in the marketplace and the public policy arena,” said GMA President and CEO Pamela G. Bailey. “Despite a challenging economic environment, our companies have retained their steadfast commitment to their consumers. They provide the innovative products consumers want, the value they need and have found more and more creative and cost-efficient ways to get their products to market. That is what this conference is all about.”
The conference program was constructed to highlight industry’s innovation, creativity and responsible solutions on key issues, including health and wellness, food safety, innovation, delivering value to consumers in a challenging economy and manufacturer-retailer collaboration.
Keynote speakers include: • Charles Gibson, former anchor, ABC’s “World News Tonight” • Craig Matters, managing editor, MONEY Magazine • Bob Woodward, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, best-selling author • Jenna Bush, Chair, UNICEF Next Generation, NBC “Today” Show correspondent
“Developing responsible solutions to the important issues affecting the CPG industry while meeting consumer needs through collaboration and innovation has never been more important to our industry. This annual gathering of industry leaders provides the opportunity for manufacturers and retailers to join forces and discover new ways to tackle critical issues and meet our shared goal of serving consumers,” concluded Bailey.