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US: GMA criticises “snack tax”

6 Nov 2006

A new industry report has highlighted the negative economic impact of snack taxes on the economy, industry and consumers.

US: GMA/FPA appoints science chief

17 Oct 2006

The Food Products Association (FPA) president and CEO, and president and CEO-elect of GMA/FPA, Cal Dooley has announced the appointment of a new SVP and chief science officer, Pat Verduin.

US: FCC joint task force formed to battle childhood obesity

28 Sep 2006

Kansas senator Sam Bronback yesterday (27 September) unveiled plans to form a new joint task force to tackle the rising problem of childhood obesity and its link to junk food advertising.

US: Coalition to petition for stronger FDA

26 Sep 2006

Cal Dooley, the president of Food Products Association (FPA), has joined former US Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tommy Thompson in announcing the formation of the Coalition for a Stronger FDA, a broad-based coalition which will advocate renewed public commitment to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

US: Study shows benefits of GDS

8 Aug 2006

A report published jointly by consultancy Accenture, the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), Wegmans Food Markets and technology group 1SYNC has shown that accurate global data synchronisation (GDS) brings potential benefits, including improved supply chain efficiency, cost savings and increased revenue, to consumer packaged goods and retail companies.

US: Industry organisations rally behind Food Uniformity Act

27 Jul 2006

With the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee public hearing on the National Food Uniformity Act due to be held today (27 July), food industry bodies have put their weight behind the act, urging the Senate to pass it swiftly.

US: Uniformity act welcomed by consumer and industry groups

26 May 2006

The introduction of the National Uniformity for Food Act to the US Senate today (26 May) has been met with encouragement from consumer groups in the States.

US: Food uniformity act supported by GMA

7 Mar 2006

Ahead of this week's vote by the US House of Representatives on the National Uniformity for Food Act in Washington, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has aired its views on the legislation and the “significant amount of misinformation about the bill”.

US: GMA president and CEO to step down

17 Feb 2006

C. Manly Molpus, president and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association since 1990, will step down at the end of the year.

WTO ruling puts spotlight back on GM

14 Feb 2006

The World Trade Organisation has ruled that the European Union had contravened international trade rules by banning imports of genetically modified food. But will it prove a Pyrrhic victory for biotech producers as European consumers and retailers remain sceptical? Catherine Sleep reports.

US: WTO ruling warmly welcomed by many in the US

8 Feb 2006

The US Government, trade organisations and biotech industry have welcomed the World Trade Organisation ruling supporting the US contention that the European Union had, between 1998 and 2003, constructed an illegal barrier to trade in genetically modified organisms.

WTO: Trade ruling is expected to favour GM foods

6 Feb 2006

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) is expected to deliver its verdict on US accusations that the European Union has illegally restricted imports of genetically modified crops. A pro-US decision is widely rumoured.

US food industry fights rearguard action against obesity legislation

27 Sep 2005

The food industry in the United States has been struggling with accusations that it is responsible for the country’s “obesity epidemic” but companies are now developing strategies to deal with the problem. Some efforts are more genuine than others, as David Robertson reports.

USA: Grocery Manufacturers Association names Hershey CEO chairman of board

14 Jun 2005

The Grocery Manufacturers Association has announced that Richard H Lenny, chairman, president and CEO of The Hershey Company has been elected as the new chairman of the its board of directors for a two-year term.

USA: Industry group calls on Congress to pass trade deal

12 Apr 2005

US food industry lobby group Grocery Manufacturers of America has called on Congress to pass the Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement.

Eating away at poverty

7 Mar 2005

There cannot be many people in our generally affluent world unaware of the discrepancies between their existence and those for whom starvation is still a reality. In some developed countries, the poorest citizens eat the most processed foods while the wealthy eat fresh produce. Well-intentioned government policies and food industry contributions sometimes misfire. It’s a skewed food world we live in, as Bernice Hurst reports.

USA: Food firms, ad agencies create alliance to defend kids' food ads

26 Jan 2005

A group of US food manufacturers has reportedly joined with advertisement agencies to create a lobby group aimed at preventing restrictions on food advertisements to children.

USA: Maryland legislators vote against snack tax

30 Mar 2004

A state tax that would have added 5% to all purchases of snack foods has been voted down by Maryland legislators.

EU: EU commissioner visits US to discuss food safety

16 Mar 2004

The EU’s commissioner for consumer and health protection, David Byrne, is to visit the US later this week to hold discussions with his US counterparts on various current issues including avian influenza.

Not just a phase: Food manufacturers race to tap the low-carb market

10 Mar 2004

The remarkable popularity of the Atkins Diet has had an unprecedented effect on the US food industry. Dismissed by some as a passing phase, low-carb diets are now followed by around 15% of the US population, and many food manufacturers have seized the opportunity to capitalise on this potentially lucrative market, as Philip Fine reports.

US food industry winning favour in government decisions

1 Sep 2003

The food industry offered generous financial backing to George Bush’s presidential election campaign and has continued to support Republicans in Congress. Has this generosity eased the path of regulatory decisions in their favour, possibly at the expense of public health? James C. Webster, former assistant secretary for governmental and public affairs at the USDA, investigates.

USA: FDA proposes anti-bioterrorism food import rules

30 Jan 2003

Companies importing food into the US will have to give advance notice to the Food and Drug Administration as part of proposed measures to protect the US from bioterrorism.

USA: Contamination incidents fuel GM debate

15 Nov 2002

US biotech company ProdiGene is facing federal investigations into two incidents in which the company accidentally contaminated crops in Nebraska and Iowa. ProdiGene has been criticised for its failure to keep separate its plant-produced pharmaceuticals from crops destined for the US food supply.

USA: Senate debates obesity act

6 Aug 2002

The US Senate has introduced legislation to reduce obesity, particularly among American children and adolescents. If passed, the US$215m Improved Nutrition and Physical Activity Act would take on the 'significant problems associated with obesity,' mostly by funding measures to encourage better nutrition and more physical activity; this includes federal funding for research and information campaigns.

USA: Majority of GMA members test CPFR waters

26 Mar 2002

A collaborative planning, forecasting and replenishment (CPFR) baseline survey conducted by GMA, the world's largest association of food, beverage and consumer product companies, found that 67% of the association's members are engaged in some form of CPFR activity. In total, 42 member companies participated in the survey, which was conducted near the end of 2001 by KJR Consulting, and 19% were found to be moving beyond pilot studies to implement CPFR with their trading partners.

USA: Perry Fri joins The Hale Group to launch major food supply chain strategy initiatives

17 Jan 2002

The Hale Group , a strategic consulting firm serving the food and agribusiness industries, has announced that Perry Fri has joined the firm as associate principal to specialize in the development of supply chain management strategies and the management of association-led projects and initiatives.

USA: 89% of Americans blame individuals for obesity problem

16 Jan 2002

A large majority of Americans say individuals themselves, not external circumstances, are responsible for the nation's obesity problem, according to a new survey conducted by the polling company for the Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA), the world's largest association of food, beverage and consumer product companies.

USA: GMA says HHS "call to action" on obesity lays groundwork for preventive action

14 Dec 2001

WASHINGTON, DC – The Grocery Manufacturers of America said today that the “Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity” properly recognizes the complexity of America’s weight problem and called on the Administration and Congress to take concrete steps to address the issue.

USA: GMA's Kristin Power named to California food biotechnology advisory committee

15 Nov 2001

Sacramento, CA, November 14, 2001 – Kristen Power, director of state affairs for the Grocery Manufacturers of America, was appointed today to the California Food Biotechnology Advisory Committee. “It is a great honor to be asked to serve on this important panel,” said Power. “The advisory committee is an opportunity to underscore the many benefits biotech foods offer to farmers, the food industry and ultimately the consumer.”

USA: GMA’s Molpus named to USDA/USTR’s Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee

18 Sep 2001

C. Manly Moplus, president and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers of America, was appointed yesterday to the United States Department of Agriculture and the Office of the United States Trade Representative's Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade (APAC). "It is a great honor to be asked by Secretary Veneman and Ambassador Zoellick to serve on this important panel," said Molpus. "This is clear recognition by the administration that the processed food and beverage industry is an integral and growing part of the agriculture sector and a key export gateway for American farmers and ranchers."

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