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Grocery Manufacturers Association Appoints Robert Burns Vice President, Health and Nutrition Policy

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Brian Kennedy

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) President and CEO Pamela G. Bailey today announced the appointment of Robert Burns, Ph.D., as GMA Vice President, Health and Nutrition Policy.

"I am very pleased to welcome Dr. Burns to GMA,” said Ms. Bailey.  “Health and nutrition policy is critically important to GMA and its member companies and Dr. Burns clearly has the scientific expertise and proven leadership skills to take our work in this area to an even higher level of success.”

Dr Burns most recently was owner of Nutrition Implications, LLC, a consulting business, where he helped food organizations and companies develop strategic approaches to nutrition and health, including engagement with external stakeholders and development of research programs and communication initiatives.  Prior to that, he held nutrition leadership roles in Cadbury Schweppes and Mead Johnson where he worked with cross-functional business and technical partners to develop and execute nutrition and wellness strategies. 

Dr. Burns is a recognized leader in the nutrition community.  He has authored numerous consumer education articles and peer-reviewed scientific publications.  Most recently, he co-authored articles in the Journal Food Science and the Journal of The American Dietetic Association on translating the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans to bring about real behavior change.  Dr. Burnsis also an active member of the American Society for Nutrition, Institute of Food Technologists and The Obesity Society.

“I am thrilled to join the GMA team,” said Dr. Burns.  “GMA’s accomplishments and leadership in the health and nutrition policy arena are truly impressive and I look forward to working with the GMA staff and its member companies to build on that record of success.”  

Dr. Burns has a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry and a B.S. in Biochemistry, both from Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland.  Subsequent to his graduate studies, he conducted postdoctoral research fellowships at Nottingham University, U.K., and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Burns will report to Leon Bruner, GMA Senior Vice President for Scientific and Regulatory Affairs and Chief Science Officer.  He will begin his duties at GMA on November 14.


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.