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GMA Honors Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association’s Alex Baloga with
Excellence in Government Affairs Award
WASHINGTON, November 14, 2018 — The Grocery Manufacturers Association presented Alex Baloga, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association with the 2018 GMA Excellence in Government Affairs awardat the Food Industry Association Executives Annual Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico yesterday.
“Alex’s leadership and unwavering dedication are the embodiment of a true advocate,” said Greg Costa, senior director of state affairs, GMA. “We are fortunate to have him representing the industry both in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. and honored to recognize him with this award.”
The Excellence in State Government Affairs Award is presented each year to an outstanding state association executive in recognition of their partnership with GMA to advance public policy initiatives in state and local jurisdictions that benefit consumer product manufacturers and retailers alike.
"At PFMA, we serve as the voice representing thousands of businesses and individuals working in the food and beverage industry in Pennsylvania and neighboring states," said Alex Baloga, president and CEO, PFMA. "We work hard every day to promote the industry and drive positive legislative change for our members statewide and in Philadelphia, which currently includes an ongoing effort to repeal a sugar-sweetened beverage tax that's crippling businesses."
During Baloga’s tenure with PFMA, the association has successfully lobbied a variety of issues on behalf of its membership, including taking a lead role in Pennsylvania and contributing considerably to the federal lobbing effort on GMO labeling, which led to preemption of state labeling laws. Baloga and PFMA have also been leaders in the fight to halt discriminatory taxes on beverages in Philadelphia and throughout the state, forming the “Ax the Bev Tax Coalition.”
Baloga joined PFMA in 2013, rising quickly to run the organization. After serving first as director of government affairs and then adding communications to his portfolio in 2014, he was promoted to vice president of external relations in 2015, and then president and CEO the summer of 2017. Baloga leads PFMA’s state, local and federal government relations efforts, Philadelphia Food PACs and PFMA’s Legislative, Pharmacy and WIC Stakeholder’s Committees.
Additionally, Baloga serves on the Classification and Ratings Committee for the Pennsylvania Compensation Rating Bureau, and as a board member on the Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Fund. He also represents PFMA members on the newly created Pennsylvania Lottery Sales Advisory Council.
Mr. Baloga previously served as deputy finance director for Senator Robert P. Casey’s re-election campaign and as a regional field manager in his Senate office.
The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is the trade organization representing the world’s leading food, beverage and consumer products companies and associated partners. The U.S. food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry plays a unique role as the single largest U.S. manufacturing employment sector, with 2.1 million jobs in 30,000 communities across the country that deliver products vital to the wellbeing of people in our nation and around world. Founded in 1908, GMA has a primary focus on product safety, science-based public policies and industry initiatives that seek to empower people with the tools and information they need to make informed choices and lead healthier lives. For more information, visit gmaonline.org.