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Grocery Manufacturers Association Urges Congress to Approve Korea-U.S. FTA

GMA Press Contact

Roger Lowe / Brian Kennedy

office: 202-295-3954 / 202-639-5994

(WASHINGTON, DC) The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today issued the following statement from GMA President and CEO Pamela G. Bailey urging Congress to approve the pending Republic of Korea-United States Free Trade Agreement (KORUS):

"Exports of food and other household products manufactured in the U.S. have exceeded imports for three straight years, supporting jobs in thousands of communities across the country.  Expanded access to new export markets for American businesses is vital to the future growth of the U.S. economy.  We fully support the Korea-U.S. FTA, which will help create new opportunities to expand exports of our products to South Korea. We look forward to working with the Administration and Congress to quickly ratify the KORUS FTA."


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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