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GMA, NACDS to Host Industry Forum on Trading Partner Collaboration at NACDS Marketplace Conference

GMA Press Contact

Roger Lowe

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WASHINGTON, DC – The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) announced today that they will partner to host a seminar to enhance collaboration between food and consumer product manufacturers and retailers in the drug channel.  The seminar, which will be held on June 26, 2011, in conjunction with the NACDS Marketplace Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, will be open to all NACDS Marketplace Conference attendees.  It will be held in the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, 425 Summer Street, in Grand Ballrooms C & D, beginning at 8:00 a.m.

The seminar will showcase trading partner collaboration strategies and model practices, with the goal of serving consumers completely and efficiently – especially those in “food deserts,” which refers to geographic areas that lack food stores. 

Todd Hale, senior vice president, consumer and shopper insights, The Nielsen Company, will offer keynote remarks about how food products are performing in drug and dollar channels.  Hale will be followed by two in-depth panel discussions.  The first panel will focus on the products, services and other tools trading partners are offering to help consumers pursue healthier lifestyles. The second panel will assess the broader landscape of trading partner collaboration opportunities to assist shoppers as they look to drug and other small format stores for food purchases.

Seminar participants include representatives of General Mills, Inc., The Hershey Company, Kraft Foods, Navarro Discount Pharmacies, Rite Aid and Unilever.

“NACDS is pleased to partner with GMA on this food marketing program,” stated NACDS President Steven C. Anderson.  “The NACDS Marketplace Conference is an appropriate venue for this seminar as we strive to provide retailers and suppliers with opportunities to grow their businesses and maximize their conference experience.”  

“GMA and NACDS members share a common goal of helping consumers lead better lives by delivering high-value products and services in a convenient way,” noted GMA President and CEO Pamela G. Bailey.  “Bringing them together in this forum will go a long way towards meeting this goal and speaks to the priority GMA places on facilitating multi-channel trading partner collaboration initiatives on behalf of its members.”

For seminar details, please visit www.gmaonline.org/events.  Please visit the NACDS website for more information about the 2011 Marketplace Conference: www.nacdsmarketplace.org.  GMA members are eligible for a discounted registration.

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Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA). Based in Washington, D.C., the Grocery Manufacturers Association is the voice of more than 300 leading food, beverage and consumer product companies that sustain and enhance the quality of life for hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe.

Founded in 1908, GMA is an active, vocal advocate for its member companies and a trusted source of information about the industry and the products consumers rely on and enjoy every day.  The association and its member companies are committed to meeting the needs of consumers through product innovation, responsible business practices and effective public policy solutions developed through a genuine partnership with policymakers and other stakeholders.

In keeping with its founding principles, GMA helps its members produce safe products through a strong and ongoing commitment to scientific research, testing and evaluation and to providing consumers with the products, tools and information they need to achieve a healthy diet and an active lifestyle.

The food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry in the United States generates sales of $2.1 trillion annually, employs 14 million workers and contributes $1 trillion in added value to the economy every year. For more information, visit the GMA Web site at www.gmaonline.org.

National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS).  The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) represents traditional drug stores, supermarkets, and mass merchants with pharmacies – from regional chains with four stores to national companies.  Chains operate 39,000 pharmacies, and employ more than 2.7 million employees, including 118,000 full-time pharmacists.  They fill nearly 2.6 billion prescriptions annually, which is more than 72 percent of annual prescriptions in the United States.  The total economic impact of all retail stores with pharmacies transcends their $830 billion in annual sales.  Every $1 spent in these stores creates a ripple effect of $1.96 in other industries, for a total economic impact of $1.57 trillion, equal to 11 percent of GDP.  NACDS represents 137 chains that operate these pharmacies in neighborhoods across America, and NACDS members also include more than 900 pharmacy and consumer packaged goods suppliers and service providers, and over 60 international members from 23 countries.  For more information about NACDS, visit www.NACDS.org.