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GMA Executive Conference Focuses on Growth Through Greater Value Chain Collaboration

CPG Executives Gather to Develop and Share New and Innovative Ways to Serve Consumers

(COLORADO SPRINGS, CO) - The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) Executive Conference will open tonight at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The conference brings together more than 700 of the most influential leaders from the consumer packaged goods manufacturing and retail industry, drawn by the conference’s exclusive networking opportunities and exceptional educational content.

“Because the world is getting smaller and moving faster than ever, this year’s conference is designed to provide the content and networking that will help our members achieve their personal and professional goals during a time of great change,” said GMA President and CEO Pamela G. Bailey. “Whether developing responsible public policy solutions, helping to reduce costs or fostering growth, the Executive Conference has always been a laboratory for manufacturers, retailers and suppliers to tackle together the most challenging issues facing us.”

The 2012 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.

The lineup of thought leaders who will speak range from General Stanley McChrystal, who will impart his field-tested leadership lessons, to Peter Diamandis, a pioneer in incentivizing innovation, who will explain how businesses can reinvent their industry. A diverse cross-section of speakers from companies including Sam's Club, American Express, Meijer, Publix Super Markets, Wakefern Food Corp., Starbucks Coffee, and numerous GMA manufacturer member companies populate the two-day program.

“Few industry forums can match the GMA Executive Conference in terms of thought leadership and collaboration opportunities, and in January, the 105 year history and tradition of the GMA Executive Conference will continue, when we pair the Chairman’s Lecture and Hall of Achievement Award presentation with the FMI Midwinter Executive Conference in Arizona,” concluded Bailey.


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.