News & Events section

GMA is frequently an active voice in some of the most popular issues and stories surrounding the food, beverage and consumer goods industry. We also provide a host of educational conferences and training programs throughout the year. Find out more on all of the latest GMA news and events below.

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Americans Baffled by Broken Recycling System

A new report shows that although Americans are more environmentally concerned than ever, a patchwork system of local policies has confounded consumers and damaged recycling efforts. According to the study, released by the Grocery Manufacturers Association, 75% of Americans say they have changed their behavior in recent years to be more environmentally conscious, taking steps to recycle more frequently, buy sustainable products or reduce waste. Despite the growing consumer consciousness of environmental issues, there remains a considerable gap between aspiration and reality. For instance, 92% of respondents are unsure or believe anything with a plastic resin label could be recycled curbside, although only two of the seven codes are consistently recyclable. Another clear disconnect: the codes are designed for employees at sorting facilities, not consumers.

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CPG Industry Responds to Departure of FDA Commissioner Gottlieb

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2019 — The Grocery Manufacturers Association today issued the following statement from President and CEO Geoff Freeman on the departure of FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. “Under the leadership of Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, the Food and Drug Administration was a strong and effective champion of public health. His candor, transparency and willingness to work together was a welcomed approach in the regulatory environment. The consumer packaged goods industry believes in smart, uniform regulation and a strong FDA is a critical partner in building trust in the products Americans use every day.”

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Making a Commitment to America’s Recycling Future

By Meghan Stasz, vice president of packaging and sustainability at the Grocery Manufacturers Association I went into sustainability — like every wide-eyed hopeful starting in the field — to save the world. After more than 15 years, I’m still hopeful, but more aware than ever of the magnitude of the challenge before us. Working on […]

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HGTV or CPG: Open Concept is What Consumers Want

By Karin Moore, senior vice president and general counsel I’ll admit it: I’m an HGTV junkie. Take me through your house-buying process. Show me your before and after. Let me judge you for wanting a tiny house with a finished basement with room for a pool table. After countless hours of analysis, the one thing […]

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