The Grocery Manufacturers of America today expressed strong support for the International Trade Commission's (ITC) efforts to give trade negotiators new tools to eliminate trade barriers faced by the food and beverage industry. "The processed food and beverage industry provides a key export gateway for our farmers and ranchers," said Sarah Fogarty, GMA director of international trade. "Completion of the ITC study will help us address the trade problems faced by this sector so that it can continue to play a vital role in our agricultural marketing system."