The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has announced it will become the Consumer Brands Association (CBA), effective January 2020. The new identity is part of a sweeping overhaul of the 110-year old trade organization, led by President and CEO Geoff Freeman and the GMA board of directors.
GMA’s new advocacy agenda represents the broader interests of a modern CPG company by focusing on four core pillars: enhancing packaging sustainability; championing smart regulation; creating frictionless supply chains and building trust in CPG; and advancing a narrative about the industry’s vast social and economic impact.
“Renaming and rebranding this organization is symbolic of a larger realignment with the CPG industry’s consumer-first priorities and our desire to have a more open and transparent dialogue with policymakers, customers, and consumers,” said Jeff Harmening, chairman of the board and CEO of General Mills. “I’m excited about this defining moment and the tremendous opportunities it presents to champion product innovation, choice, and affordability.”
Freeman also created a new leadership team to drive forward the new agenda, including Bryan Zumwalt, executive vice president of public affairs; Betsy Booren, senior vice president of regulatory and technical affairs; Stacy Papadopoulos, general counsel and senior vice president of operations and special initiatives; Brandon Partridge, senior vice president of member engagement; Mike Gruber, vice president of federal affairs; Tom Madrecki, vice president of supply chain and logistics; Katie McBreen, vice president of communications and research; Bill Pappas, vice president of accounting and finance; and Meghan Stasz, vice president of packaging and sustainability.
Booren is also a member of the Institute of Food Technologists.
The association will continue to operate as the Grocery Manufacturers Association through the end of the year.
The NC Food Innovation Lab (NCFIL) will open on November 14, with a ribbon cutting, facility tour, and open house celebration. NCFIL is a 16,000-square-foot plant-based food processing and product development facility located on the 350-acre North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, N.C.
Cargill has opened a Culinary Experience Hub in its R&D site in Vilvoorde, Belgium, to better serve its customers across the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) region.
Nestlé has entered into a partnership with Corbion to develop the next generation of microalgae-based ingredients, enabling the company to deliver sustainable, tasty, and nutritious plant-based products.
Kemin Industries, a global ingredient manufacturer, has opened an innovation and technology center at its regional headquarters in Zhuhai, China.
Puratos has announced the opening of its newest innovation center in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago.