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Grocery Manufacturers Association Statement on IWG Proposed Marketing Guidelines

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today issued the following statement from Pamela G. Bailey, GMA president and CEO, on the Interagency Working Group’s proposed marketing restrictions: “America’s food and beverage companies share First Lady Michelle Obama’s goal of solving obesity within a generation, and are committed to providing consumers with the products, tools and information they need to achieve and maintain a healthy diet.”

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GMA Applauds Obama Administration for Progress on Free Trade Agreements

(Washington, DC) – The Grocery Manufacturers Association today praised the Obama administration for sending to Congress legislation on free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea.  The agreements are critically important to increasing the exports of U.S. food and consumer products, and the Administration has asked the Senate and House to pass the legislation as soon as possible.

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The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) today announced that “Facts Up Front” will serve as the theme for the consumer education campaign in support of the food and beverage industry’s fact-based front-of-pack nutrition labeling system that was launched in January as Nutrition Keys.

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The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and its Associate Member Council (AMC) today awarded General Mills and Batter Blaster with the 2011 CPG Award for Innovation and Creativity. The award is given annually to companies that have demonstrated creativity, innovation, and have made a significant impact on the industry knowledge base.

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The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) Hall of Achievement Award was presented last night to two former GMA Board of Directors Chairmen, Douglas R. Conant, former Campbell Soup Company president and CEO and Richard G. Wolford, former chairman, president and CEO of Del Monte Foods, before more than 800 industry leaders at the annual GMA Executive Conference. The Hall of Achievement Award represents the highest honor given by the more than 100 year-old association.

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Top executives from the consumer packaged goods industry gathered yesterday for the start of the 2011 Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) Executive Conference.  Retailers, manufacturers, and thought leaders from government, academia and the entertainment industry shared new ideas and successful business practices with the goal of serving consumers better, faster and more completely than ever before.

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