(Washington, D.C.) The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) issued the following statement from Pamela G. Bailey, president and CEO, on the agreement reached in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations:
“This agreement offers an historic opportunity to advance American trade relationships with some of the world’s most dynamic economies, expand economic growth, and create new jobs in industries across the United States. The food, beverage and consumer products industry supports nearly 1.5 million American manufacturing jobs and accounts for more than $45 billion in U.S. exports each year. GMA applauds the conclusion of negotiations and supports the most ambitious, highest standard agreement possible.”
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.