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GMA Conference: CPG Execs Discuss Ways to Serve Consumers


The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) Executive Conference opened Aug. 25 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo. The conference brings together more than 700 of the most influential leaders from the consumer packaged goods manufacturing and retail industry, drawn by the conference’s exclusive networking opportunities and educational content.

“Because the world is getting smaller and moving faster than ever, this year’s conference is designed to provide the content and networking that will help our members achieve their personal and professional goals during a time of great change,” said GMA President and CEO Pamela G. Bailey. “Whether developing responsible public policy solutions, helping to reduce costs or fostering growth, the executive conference has always been a laboratory for manufacturers, retailers and suppliers to tackle together the most challenging issues facing us.”

The 2012 conference program offered an in-depth look at the most pressing issues impacting the consumer packaged goods industry, including legislative and regulatory developments in product safety and health, leadership and organizational excellence strategies, consumer insights and market trends, global commerce and environmental sustainability.

The lineup of thought leaders who spoke ranged from Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who imparted his field-tested leadership lessons, to Peter Diamandis, a pioneer in incentivizing innovation who explained how businesses can reinvent their industry. Speakers from companies including Sam’s Club, American Express, Meijer, Publix Super Markets, Wakefern Food Corp., Starbucks Coffee and numerous GMA manufacturer member companies attended the two-day program.

“Few industry forums can match the GMA Executive Conference in terms of thought, leadership and collaboration opportunities and, in January, the 105-year history and tradition of the GMA Executive Conference will continue, when we pair the Chairman’s Lecture and Hall of Achievement Award presentation with the FMI Midwinter Executive Conference in Arizona,” Bailey added.

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