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Consumer Packaged Goods Industry Leaders Gather at GMA Executive Conference

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Roger Lowe

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Focus on Innovation, Value and Growth for 2011 and Beyond

(COLORADO SPRINGS, CO) 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.

“The theme for this year’s event, Connecting Today to Grow Tomorrow, reflects what history has proven: that when our industry works together, we are able to achieve more than we can separately,” said GMA President and CEO Pamela G. Bailey. “The Executive Conference is the flagship event for this type of top level collaboration — a gathering of the most influential CPG leaders for trend-spotting and problem solving, all with the goal of ensuring a bright future for our industry, our employees, and the consumers we serve.”  

Featured speakers include:

Brad Alford, Chairman and CEO, Nestlé USA, Inc.

J. P. Bilbrey, President and CEO, The Hershey Company

David Dillon, Chairman and CEO, The Kroger Company

Michael D. Eisner, Former CEO - Walt Disney Company; Founder - The Tornante Company

Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Donald R. Knauss, Chairman and CEO, The Clorox Company

Terry J. Lundgren, Chairman, President and CEO - Macy's, Inc

Dave Peacock, President, Anheuser-Busch, Inc.

Jack Sinclair, Executive Vice President, Walmart US Food Division, Walmart Stores, Inc.

Michael R. Taylor, Deputy Commissioner of Foods, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

The conference program offers an in-depth look at the most pressing issues impacting the consumer packaged goods industry including legislative and regulatory developments in product safety and health, leadership and organizational excellence strategies, consumer insights and market trends, global commerce and environmental sustainability.

More than 800 CPG industry executives are attending the conference at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado, including manufacturer CEOs and top executives; retail trading partners from the grocery, mass, drug and convenience channels; and representatives from allied trade groups based in the U.S. and abroad.



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.

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