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New Grocery Manufacturers Association Report Highlights Industry Progress, Innovation in Environmental Stewardship

GMA Press Contact

Roger Lowe

office: 202-295-3954

WASHINGTON, DC – The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today released a new report spotlighting progress and achievements by food, beverage and consumer products companies as they seek to reduce their environmental footprints and promote sustainable business practices. Titled Environmental Success Stories in the Consumer Packaged Goods Industry, the report was compiled by PricewaterhouseCoopers and features industry success stories in the categories of air, water and waste management.

“Food, beverage and consumer products companies have a longstanding commitment to improving the lives of consumers, and that includes environmental stewardship,” said Pamela G. Bailey, GMA president and CEO.  “This report showcases not only the considerable progress GMA members are making towards greener facilities, supply chains and products, but also the innovation and creativity that has made this progress possible.”

Each of the stories selected for the report demonstrate some or all of the following elements: innovation in system or product design; a quantifiable return on investment; engagement or collaboration with external stakeholders; and reduction or improvement in efficiency of environmental factors.  The report highlights a diverse cross-section of initiatives from an equally diverse slate of manufacturers.  Among the success stories featured include companies that are converting inedible food waste to energy, reclaiming water from the manufacturing process, and cutting emissions with underground limestone refrigerated storage facilities.

 “GMA member companies believe that sustainability is a journey, not a destination,” added Bailey. “They will continue their drive to find new and innovative ways to reduce their environmental footprint and preserve natural resources while providing consumers with the high-quality products they expect from our industry.”

Environmental Success Stories in the Consumer Packaged Goods Industry is available online at www.gmaonline.org/file-manager/Sustainability/Environmental_Success_Stories.pdf. 

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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, please visit www.gmaonline.org.