Grocery groups join lobbying efforts

In unity there is strength, particularly in lobbying. Two national grocery trade groups and several state food associations will join efforts to lobby on key federal and state issues affecting the food industry, many of which involve packaging.

The two groups are the Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) and the National Grocers Assn. (NGA). "The industry is going to see increased activity, at the federal, state and local level, in areas from rBST labeling to rigid plastic container laws to snack taxes," said GMA President and CEO C. Manly Molpus. "GMA and NGA grassroots efforts will focus on such other top national issues as regulatory reform, national uniformity on food laws, and tax reform, as well as state issues including discriminatory food taxes, biotechnology labeling, packaging mandates and forced deposit laws."

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