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USA: GMA: Proposed 'Food Police' Ban on Functional Foods Is 'Over-The-Top Dietary Puritanism'

19 Jul 2000

A proposal to ban a broad array of so called functional foods is a "frenzied overreaction," the Grocery Manufacturers of America said today. GMA's comments came as the Center for Science in the Public Interest expressed its continued opposition to functional foods, which are often described as foods that may provide some type of recognized nutritional or health benefits.

USA: GMA: GAO Recommendations Would Unnecessarily Re-Regulate Functional Foods

14 Jul 2000

A General Accounting Office report provides insufficient evidence to justify new regulations governing so-called functional foods, according to the Grocery Manufacturers of America.The newly released GAO report calls on Congress and the Food and Drug Administration to enact more regulations relating to oversight of functional foods and dietary supplements.

USA: GMA: National Uniformity for Food Bill Takes a Big Step Forward

30 Jun 2000

Legislation to establish nationally uniform science-based food labeling standards received a major boost today as the "National Uniformity for Food Act" was approved unanimously by the Senate Agriculture Committee. The bill, a top legislative priority for the Grocery Manufacturers of America, now awaits action by the full Senate.

USA: GMA - Better Use of Existing Authority, Not More Regulations, Key to Enhancing Food Safety

22 Jun 2000

More effective and efficient use of existing enforcement authority will go a long way to addressing any shortcomings in federal food safety operations, the Grocery Manufacturers of America said today. GMA said it would thoroughly review a report released today by the Agriculture Department's Office of the Inspector General, which assessed the effectiveness of USDA meat and poultry inspection processes.

USA: Leading Consumer Products Companies Unite to Launch Transora.com, Global Business-To-Business e-Marketplace

14 Jun 2000

In an historic move, 49 of the world's leading food, beverage, and consumer products companies have joined forces to announce the formation of the largest business-to-business (B2B) e-Marketplace for their industry - Transora.com.The new company will be the first of its kind owned by the consumer products industry - its new investors are some of the world's best-known companies, including The Coca-Cola Company, Diageo PLC, The Earthgrains Company, Kraft Foods, Inc., The Procter & Gamble Company, Sara Lee Corporation, and Unilever, NV. In total, 49 food, beverage, and consumer products companies, representing more than $500 billion in annual sales, committed nearly $250 million to fund Transora.Transora will enable consumer products companies across the world to streamline business transactions with their suppliers, buyers and distributors via the Internet. Investor companies account for approximately $350 billion of the $900 billion annually spent by the industry on goods and services to operate their businesses."The sheer number of companies coming together is unmatched in the B2B marketplace arena," said Judy Sprieser, Executive Vice President, Sara Lee Corporation and Chairwoman of the steering committee that led the exploratory phase of the Transora initiative. "It has been truly remarkable to witness an industry come together so rapidly to create a vision for transforming our current business practices. We are well-financed and strategically positioned to shape our own destiny in a way other B2B exchanges cannot. With this venture, old economy companies are becoming new economy leaders."

USA: ecFood.com to be Fully Compatible with GMA's B2B Marketplace

14 Jun 2000

ecFood.com ( www.ecfood.com ), a leading provider of Internet-based supply-chain solutions for the industrial sector of the food industry, announced today at PaineWebbers' food-industry seminar its intention to be fully compatible with the Grocery Manufacturers of America's (GMA) B2B marketplace, called eCPG.

USA: CEOS of World's major food companies Join GMA Board; Nabisco Biscuit President to be Chair of GMA Industry Affairs Council

13 Jun 2000

The Grocery Manufacturers of America Board of Directors, during its annual meeting at the GMA Executive Conference, welcomed six executives as new members: Bart Becht, CEO, Reckitt Benckiser plc; Douglas N. Daft, Chairman & CEO, The Coca-Cola Company; H. Robert Hawthorne, President & CEO, Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.; Betsy D. Holden, President & CEO, Kraft Foods, Inc.; David W. Johnson, Chairman & CEO, Campbell Soup Company; C. Steven McMillan, President & CEO, Sara Lee Corporation.Board officers joining GMA Chairman Robert Rich, Jr., President, Rich Products Corporation, for the next year include Vice Chairman Stephen W. Sanger, Chairman & CEO, General Mills, Inc.; Treasurer Joe M. Weller, Chairman & CEO, Nestle USA, Inc.; and Secretary James M. Kilts, President &CEO, Nabisco, Inc.In other news, Richard H. Lenny, President, Nabisco Biscuit Company, will serve as chairman of GMA's Industry Affairs Council. The IAC, which is composed of CEOs and Presidents of North American business units, helps set goals and determine priorities and long-term strategy for GMA's Industry Affairs group. Lenny is also a member of the FMI/GMA E-Commerce Joint Industry Executive Committee.GMA is the world's largest association of food, beverage and consumer product companies. With U.S. sales of more than $460 billion, GMA members employ more than 2.5 million workers in all 50 states. The organization applies legal, scientific and political expertise from its member companies to vital food, nutrition and public policy issues affecting the industry. Led by a board of 44 Chief Executive Officers, GMA speaks for food and consumer product manufacturers at the state, federal and international levels on legislative and regulatory issues. The association also leads efforts to increase productivity, efficiency and growth in the food, beverage and consumer products industry.

USA: GMA Honors Anti-Hunger Partners at National Nutrition Summit

31 May 2000

The Grocery Manufacturers of America today honored three of its major partners in the fight against hunger "to recognize the critical role they play in eradicating hunger and combating malnutrition."At a GMA-sponsored luncheon held during the National Nutrition Summit, GMA presented awards of recognition to Deborah Leff, President & CEO, America's Second Harvest; John Morrill, Executive Director, Congressional Hunger Center; and James Weill, President, Food Research and Action Center."These three groups, in different ways, play a unique role in the war on hunger," said C. Manly Molpus, GMA President and CEO. "GMA and its member companies are very proud of the relationships we have with each of these organizations, including service on their boards of directors."The food, beverage, and consumer products industry is committing millions of dollars in working to stamp out hunger in America and around the world. It is through partnerships with anti-hunger organizations, food banks, food rescue centers, soup kitchens, and other charitable groups that we can make real progress fighting hunger-related problems that affect millions of people."Through a network of more than 200 food banks and food-rescue programs, America's Second Harvest (

USA: GMA: Dietary Guidelines 'Follow the Science,' Wisely Avoid 'The Blame Game'

31 May 2000

Consumers will benefit from newly released federal Dietary Guidelines that are comprehensive and science-based and avoid false and misleading "good food/bad food" arguments, the Grocery Manufacturers of America said today. GMA commented on the release of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which were released today at the National Nutrition Summit.

USA: GMA: Nutrition Challenges Deserve Comprehensive Approaches, Not 'Accusations or Finger Pointing'

26 May 2000

Newly proposed federal Dietary Guidelines offer consumers practical yet flexible advice to promote better nutrition and health without grasping for simplistic solutions to complex issues, the Grocery Manufacturers of America said today.At a briefing to highlight the federal government's upcoming National Nutrition Summit, GMA's Lisa Katic, a registered dietitian, said "accusations and finger pointing at particular industries or foods detract from meaningful efforts" to address issues such as obesity, malnutrition, and physical inactivity.

USA :Richard Wolford Named Chairman of Del Monte Foods

16 May 2000

Del Monte Foods Company (NYSE: DLM), today announced that its President and Chief Executive Officer, Richard G. Wolford, 55, has been named Chairman of the Board of the Company. Mr. Wolford will continue to serve as President and CEO. He succeeds Richard W. Boyce who has served as Del Monte's Board Chairman since 1997, and will remain on the board.

USA: GMA, Industry Groups Asks FDA, FTC to Explain 'Rules of the Road' For Non-Biotech Food Claims

8 May 2000

The Grocery Manufacturers of America and other food industry groups are asking U.S. regulatory agencies to establish guidelines that address claims about modern biotechnology. In particular, a petition to be filed with the Food and Drug Administration will ask the agency to explain some "rules of the road" for manufacturers who may want to use terms such as "GM-Free," "Non-GM," or others in food labeling.

USA: GMA - FDA's Reaffirmation of Biotech Safety Will Help Ensure 'Continued Consumer Confidence' in Regulation

4 May 2000

The Grocery Manufacturers of America today welcomed a proposal by the Food and Drug Administration to enhance openness and transparency in its regulation of food biotechnology, while reaffirming that the technology and its products are safe.GMA also praised the agency for its proposal to make the review process for new biotechnology-derived products mandatory and for deciding to develop voluntary labeling guidelines for products made without the use of biotechnology.

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