Creating Value for GMA Members

The GMA membership team is determined to ensure that all GMA members are receiving the full value of their GMA membership. As a result of GMA’s Hungry for your Thoughts survey, GMA has rolled out its Relationship Manager Program. The program is designed so that each member company of GMA has been assigned a personal Relationship Manager to act as their conduit into the association.

If you have not yet had a preliminary phone call with you Relationship Manager and would like to, please contact: Larry Gray.

Please use the below information as a resource for information about GMA and the work we do.

Organizational Overview

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. Our agenda is segmented into five primary categories, detailed below, and we actively pursue this agenda on behalf of the industry at the international, federal, state and local levels. 

For more information please click here to view the GMA Organizational Overview PowerPoint Presentation.


Councils, Committees & Working Groups 

GMA’s members contribute heavily to the association through involvement in issue-specific councils, committees and working groups. Our committees provide invaluable guidance on important GMA issues in four main categories:

For more information on GMA committee and council eligibility, please contact


Laboratory and Technical Services

GMA helps ensure that our members have the very best and latest scientific knowledge available so they can provide consumers with the products, tools and information they need to achieve a safe, healthy diet and an active lifestyle. 

Access to GMA’s technical staff and laboratories for consulting and troubleshooting is one of the major benefits of membership. GMA can assist your company in: 

  • Cause of product spoilage determination
  • Pathogen evaluation
  • Retort system evaluation
  • Product contaminant (chemical) evaluation
  • Nutritional chemistry
  • Thermal process recommendation
  • Thermal process deviation evaluation
  • Duplicate regulatory sample analysis
  • Risk assessment of chemical residues


GMA Claims Program

The GMA Claims program offers a variety of confidential, cost effective services including forensic lab analysis, full service claims handling, litigation management and crisis management claims support. The Program handles thousands of claims each year, saving members substantial money, time, and resources. GMA’s state-of-the-art laboratory is equipped to perform a wide range of diagnostic, nondestructive tests that are used in investigating a claim. Find out more information about this vital GMA service by contacting Steven Leslie, Manager of the Claims Program, at, or download the brochure.

Sign up for GMA Newsletters & SmartBrief

As part of your new Membership, GMA e-newsletters and updates highlighting and summarizing relevant industry issues are available to you free of charge.  Our newsletters are electronic and you can unsubscribe anytime.  Please click here to be directed to our sign up page.

Research & Reports 

GMA regularly partners with its associate members to provide knowledge and counsel about emerging issues with the aim of improving the business capabilities and results of GMA general member companies. Click here to view a list of these publications.

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.


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