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GMA Appoints John Hewitt Director State Affairs

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Roger Lowe / Brian Kennedy

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(Washington, D.C.) Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) President and CEO, Pamela G. Bailey today announced the appointment of John Hewitt as Director, State Affairs.

"I am pleased to welcome John to the GMA team,” said Ms. Bailey. “John comes to us with extensive experience and impressive public policy acumen.  His proven leadership skills and strong relationships throughout California make him the ideal person to build upon GMA’s important work in the Golden State and the Western Region.”

Mr. Hewitt comes to GMA from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) where he was General Counsel.

Prior to this appointment to the CDFA, he worked for the California Farm Bureau Federation since 2001, where he served as associate counsel. Previously, Hewitt served as a land and water resource specialist for the California Regional Water Quality Control Board. He is a member of the Natomas Basin Conservancy and former member of the Federal Grain Inspection Advisory Committee.

Hewitt earned a Juris Doctorate degree from McGeorge School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural business from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

He will begin his new duties December, 6th 2010.


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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