Grocery Manufacturers Association

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The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is a trade association of the food industry.[1] It represents the world's largest branded food, beverage and consumer product companies.


The Grocery Manufacturers Association was founded in 1908 as the Grocery Manufacturers of America.[2] It is headquartered at 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C.,[1] and in 2017 announced plans to relocate to Arlington County, Virginia.[3]

On January 1, 2007 GMA merged with the Food Products Association and formed the world's largest trade association representing the food, beverage, and consumer products industry (GMA/FPA). Effective January 1, 2008, the association adopted the single name Grocery Manufacturers Association.

On March 16, 2010 First Lady Michelle Obama called on the GMA to help her with her Let's Move! campaign to reduce childhood obesity.[4][5]

In 2012, it developed the Sustainability Summit with the Food Marketing Institute.[6]

Proposal to label genetically modified products as 'natural'[edit]

On December 5, 2013, the Grocery Manufacturers Association sent a letter to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcing GMA's plan to petition the FDA to establish a rule allowing food made with genetically modified products to be labeled as 'natural'.[7] This has led many in the organic and natural foods movement to call for a boycott of the GMA along with Monsanto because of their support for unlabelled distribution of GMO foods.[8]

Board of directors[edit]






  1. ^ a b BusinessWeek
  2. ^ GMA History
  3. ^ "Grocery Manufacturers Association Bags 34,000-SF Space in Potomac Tower". CoStar Group.
  4. ^ Yunji de Nies, Michelle Obama tells Grocery Manufacturers Association to ‘Step it Up’, ABC News, March 16, 2010
  5. ^ Remarks by the First Lady at a Grocery Manufacturers Association Conference Archived 2012-10-10 at the Wayback Machine., WhiteHouse, March 16, 2010
  6. ^ Food Marketing Institute
  7. ^ Group Seeks Special Label for Food: ‘Natural’, New York Times, December 19, 2013
  8. ^ Organic Consumers boycott Monsanto and GMA
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av GMA Board of Directors
  10. ^ The Coca-Cola Company, Operations Leadership: J. Alexander M. Douglas Jr.

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