GMA Report Shows Progress, Innovation in Environmental Stewardship

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GMA Report Shows Progress, Innovation in Environmental Stewardship


The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has released a report detailing progress and achievements by food, beverage and consumer products companies that are striving to reduce their environmental footprints and adopt sustainable business practices. Compiled by PricewaterhouseCoopers, Environmental Success Stories in the Consumer Packaged Goods Industry contains industry case studies in the areas of air, water and waste management.

“Food, beverage and consumer products companies have a longstanding commitment to improving the lives of consumers, and that includes environmental stewardship,” noted Pamela G. Bailey, president and CEO of Washington-based GMA. “This report  showcases not only the considerable progress GMA members are making towards greener facilities, supply chains and products, but also the innovation and creativity that has made this progress possible.”

Each case study featured in the report demonstrates some or all of the following elements: innovation in system or product design, a quantifiable return on investment, engagement or collaboration with external stakeholders, and reduction or improvement in efficiency of environmental factors. The report spotlights a diverse cross-section of initiatives from a wide range of manufacturers. Among the profiles featured are companies that are converting inedible food waste to energy, reclaiming water from the manufacturing process, and slashing emissions through underground limestone refrigerated storage facilities.

“GMA member companies believe that sustainability is a journey, not a destination,” continued Bailey. “They will continue their drive to find new and innovative ways to reduce their environmental footprint and preserve natural resources while providing consumers with the high-quality products they expect from our industry.”