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GMA’s President’s Note United We Stand Collaboration is the foundation of a genuine partnership with policymakers at all levels. 1,000. We expect that number to continue to grow as policymakers at all levels seek to improve their conuring a time of great economic and politi- stituents’ quality of life. deliberation and analysis, Through thoughtful cal change, the food, beverage and consumer GMA’s state affairs team evaluates each piece of legispackaged goods industry has stayed the course, lation and works collaboratively with its champion to working closely with policymakers in Washing- share our industry’s perspective, help shape or improve the proposal, or, sometimes, to point out its flaws. ton to develop and promote innovative and responsible Our policy experts and state advocates crisscross public policy solutions to the important challenges fac- the nation, working with policymakers to develop innovative approaches to these and dozens of other ing our industry, the nation and the world. important issues. In the past year alone, GMA has proFrom obesity and food safety, to hunger and environmental susvided testimony on dozens of bills dealing with food tainability, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and its and beverage ingredients, taxes, packaging, and chemicals, just to member companies are using their substantial resources, knowl- name a few. In addition, the association has submitted written tesedge and expertise to help federal policymakers shape the future. timony to state and local authorities 115 times since January 2010. Industry is doing its part on these important issues, and has also An important part of GMA’s success at the state level is the fostered a genuine partnership with public-sector leaders that unprecedented coordination we foster between and among allied benefits those who consume our products, and makes the world industries, retailers and trade associations. Last year, GMA worked a better place. with the Connecticut Retail Merchants Association (CRMA), a But there’s another, less familiar story about how this industry longtime ally, to change the terms of the debate surrounding a also helps provide responsible solutions in states and communi- chemicals management bill. The GMA state affairs team and the ties across the country. State-level policymakers look to GMA and CRMA worked hand in hand to craft and execute an education its members for information and leadership on issues that are as campaign that gradually captured the attention of rank-and-file vitally important as those being determined in Washington. Tax Connecticut legislators. Ultimately, the bill’s shortcomings bepolicy, solid-waste management and chemicals management are came widely known, and alternative, commonsense measures are just a few of the issues that are at the top of the list in states and now under consideration. localities throughout the country. This is just one example of GMA’s leadership in the states. From States and communities are essential to the public policy debate solid-waste management legislation in Maine to food safety legin this country, providing new ideas and thought leadership away islation in Georgia, GMA has deployed its experts, advocates and from the bright glow of the national spotlight. States often serve as allies to help policymakers get it right. a laboratory or proving ground for policy solutions, where successes In our interdependent world, and in an era of limited faith in are magnified and quickly move onto the national agenda. government to get the job done, it’s imperative that our industry While cable news and the blogosphere often focus on the ac- and its leaders develop constructive relationships with policymaktions of the 100 senators and 435 members of Congress, it’s easy ers at all levels: federal, state, local and international. GMA, in conto overlook the contributions of governors and thousands of elect- cert with its members, is using its vast expertise and resources not ed officials in the states — but these contributions are just as only to influence public policy, but also to shape the future for our important to our country’s representative form of government. children and grandchildren. ■ GMA maintains a seasoned state and local government affairs team in three regional offices around the country. Between 2007 Pamela G. Bailey is president and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturand this year, the number of bills that could potentially affect the ers Association, a Washington-based trade association representing food, beverage and CPG industry grew from 575 to more than more than 300 food, beverage and consumer products companies. By Pamela G. Bailey • Progressive Grocer • January 2011 A H E A D O F W H AT ’ S N E X T D 26

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Progressive Grocer - January 2011
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Nielsen’s Shelf Stoppers/ Spotlight: Medications and Remedies/antacids
Mintel Global New Products: Salty Snacks, Meat Snacks and Popcorn, Q2-Q3 2010
Best Practices: Are We There Yet?
Store of the Month Special Edition: My H-E-B
Marketing: Circular Paradox
Gma President’s Note: United We Stand
Pg Special Events: Pg Honors 2010 Top Women, Green Grocers at Gala Event
Retailer Spotlight: Winn-Dixie’s Awakening
Category Management: Mutual Benefi Ts
Special Section: Progressive Grocer Independent: For Retailers, by Retailers
Condiments: A Matter of Taste
Butter/margarine: Promise for the Future
Desserts: Sweet Solutions
Energy Drinks/shots: Energy Drinks Get a Jolt
Winter Produce: Season of Plenty
Meat Merchandising Study: Meat to Meals
Candles/Air Fresheners: Beyond Common Scents
Front End: The Front End Checkout: A Microeconomic Model of the Store
Cough and Cold: A Tissue Please?
Whole Health: Feeling Good in 2011
Futuretech: It’s a Mad, Mobile World
Progressive Voices: Retailers’ Value Equation = Customer-Benefit Costing
Ovens and Rotisseries: Heating Up
What’s Next: Editors’ Picks for Innovative Products

Progressive Grocer - January 2011