GMA Awards

Our members enhance the lives of consumers with nutritious, convenient and affordable food products. GMA strives to recognize the work they do to advance the industry and serve consumers. Each year, GMA honors exemplary accomplishment and service in the field of consumer packaged goods.

GMA Retail Honors Program

GMA’s Retail Honors Program provides an opportunity for members of GMA, the world’s leading food beverage and consumer products trade organization, to recognize their trading partners in the retail community for sustained excellence in performance, collaboration and innovation. Established in 2010, the awards are presented in the fall at GMA’s merchandising, sales and marketing leadership conference, Shopper Momentum.

Contact: Elise Fennig , efennig@gmaonline.org

GMA Food Safety Award

The GMA Food Safety Award honors those individuals or organizations who have demonstrated a longstanding commitment to improving the safety of food.

The recipient of this award must possess at least 10 years of service in the food safety arena and have successfully demonstrated sustained contributions in research, education and information transfer. In addition, the recipient must display innovative and effective strategies to promote a safer food supply while solving significant food safety problems.

Contact: Audrey Rubio , arubio@gmaonline.org

CPG Award for Innovation and Creativity

The CPG Award for Innovation and Creativity is given annually by GMA's Associate Member Council to recognize the innovation that occurs every day at GMA member companies. The award allows for the broad submission by manufacturer members of innovative ideas, with an emphasis on leading the industry forward in the 21st Century. Submissions will be judged by AMC members on creativity, willingness to take risks, achieving measurable results and creating a valuable knowledge base for the entire industry.

Sample innovative categories include:

  • Collaborating with Trading Partners
  • Product Development
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Supply Chain Improvement
  • Manufacturing Excellence
  • Productivity Improvement
  • Environmental Sustainability 
  • Use of New Technology
  • Product Reformulation

Download the application to learn more.

GMA annually honors two members with CPG Awards. Applications are evaluated in two divisions, with one award given in each:

  • Division A: Manufacturers with total sales below $3 billion
  • Division B: Manufacturers with total sales of $3 billion and above
Past Winners
Year Winner
2013 E. & J Gallo and Campbell Soup Company
2012 E. & J Gallo and PepsiCo, Inc.
2011 BatterBlaster and General Mills Inc.
2010 Diamond Foods, Inc. and Henkel Consumer Goods
2009 The Hershey Company
2008 The Clorox Company and Kettle Foods, Inc.
2007 Unilever
2006 Time Inc. Retail
2005 Campbell Soup Company
2004 Kraft Foods, Inc.

Contact: Jackie Lodge, jlodge@gmaonline.org

Joint Reverse Logistics Collaboration Award

Established in 2010 in partnership with the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, Food Marketing Institute, National Association of Chain Drug Stores, National Grocers Association and Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, the Reverse Logistics Collaboration Award is given annually to three retailer-manufacturer teams. The Award recognizes successful collaborative initiatives among trading partners in one or more areas of reverse logistics management.

Eligible projects or programs must demonstrate significant impacts on either unsaleables or reverse logistics functions in the manufacturing or distributing environments; or show that they have enhanced the state of knowledge about best practices in managing unsaleables and attacking root causes. They should also be relevant and applicable to other companies in the CPG industry. Download the application to learn more.

Contact: Chad Ross , cross@gmaonline.org

GMA Excellence in State Government Affairs Award

The Excellence in State Government Affairs Award is presented each year to an outstanding state association executive in recognition of their partnership with GMA to advance public policy initiatives in state and local jurisdictions that benefit the consumer product manufacturers and retailers alike.

Contact: GMA Information, info@gmaonline.org

GMA Hall of Achievement

For more than two decades, the GMA Hall of Achievement Award has recognized the service and extraordinary contributions of distinguished CPG industry leaders. The award is presented annually at the Executive Conference.

Members of the Hall of Achievement
Year Winner
2014
Michael T. Duke, Former President and CEO, Walmart, Inc.
 
2013
Timothy Smucker, Chairman of the Board, The J. M. Smucker Company
Daniel Wegman, Chief Executive Officer, Wegmans Food Markets
 
2012
Richard Jurgens, Chairman and CEO of Hy-Vee, Inc.
Dean Pappas, CEO of Clement Pappas and Company, Inc.
 

2011

Douglas R. Conant, Former President and CEO, Campbell Soup Company

Richard G. Wolford, Former Chairman, President and CEO, Del Monte Foods

2010

A.G. Lafley, Former Chairman, President and CEO, The Procter & Gamble Company

2009

Jeffrey Noddle, Executive Chairman of the Board, SUPERVALU INC.

Robert E. Rich, Jr., Chairman, Rich Products Corporation

2008

Robert J. Lawless, Chairman of the Board, McCormick & Company, Inc.

Richard Lenny, Former Chairman, President and CEO, The Hershey Company

J. Douglas Quick, Chairman of the Board, Lakeside Foods, Inc.

Stephen W. Sanger, Former Chairman and CEO, General Mills, Inc.

2007

James M. Kilts, Founding Partner, Centerview Partners, Former Chairman, President and CEO, The Gillette Company

2006

C. Manly Molpus, President and CEO, Grocery Manufacturers Association

2005

Thomas Haggai, Chairman and CEO, Independent Grocers Alliance Inc. (IGA)

2004

Joseph Pichler, Chairman, The Kroger Co.

2003

(Award not given)

2002

Richard Shoemate, Chairman and CEO, Bestfoods

2001

John H. Bryan, Chairman and CEO, Sara Lee Corporation

2000

William Wrigley, Chairman and CEO, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company

1999

Paul Smucker, Chairman of Executive Committee, The J. M. Smucker Company

1998

Anthony J. F. O’Reilly, Chairman, H. J. Heinz Company

1997

Byron E. Allumbaugh, Chairman of the Board, Ralphs Grocery Store

D. Wayne Calloway, Chairman of the Board, PepsiCo, Inc.

1996

H. B. Atwater Jr., Chairman and CEO, General Mills, Inc.

1995

(Award not given)

1994

Donald R. Keough, Former President and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company

1993

John G. Smale, Chairman and CEO, The Procter & Gamble Company

1992

William E. LaMothe, Chairman Emeritus, Kellogg Company

Hamish Maxwell, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Phillip Morris Companies Inc.

1991

Lyle Everingham, Chairman and CEO, The Kroger Co.

1990

George W. Koch, President and CEO, Grocery Manufacturers of America

1989

Albert Heijn, President and CEO, Ahold NV

1988

David M. Silverburg, President and CEO, Wakefern Food Corporation

1987

Donald Kendall, Former Chairman of the Executive Committee, PepsiCo, Inc.

1986

R. Burt Gookin, Former President and CEO, H. J. Heinz Company

1985

Jack J. Crocker, Chairman and CEO, SUPERVALU INC.

1984

George W. Jenkins, Founder and Chairman, Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Leadership in Public Policy

2013 George W. Koch