Press Release

CPG Industry Praises California Governor Newsom’s Important Precedent to Keep Plants Open and Americans’ Pantries Stocked


March 20, 2020

Contact: Leslie Lake, 571-378-6757, [email protected]

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Consumer Brands Association today released the following statement from Geoff Freeman, president and CEO:

“Governor Newsom and California have set an important example for states across the country to keep critical infrastructure running throughout the COVID-19 crisis. All states should follow California’s lead – if they deem a quarantine necessary – and operate according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s recommendations on critical infrastructure. In allowing CPG manufacturing and supply chain employees to keep working, California is helping Americans get the food, beverages, cleaning supplies and essential products they need in this time of national crisis.”

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The Consumer Brands Association champions the industry whose products Americans depend on every day, representing more than 1,700 iconic brands. From household and personal care to food and beverage products, the consumer packaged goods industry plays a vital role in powering the U.S. economy, contributing $2 trillion to U.S. GDP and supporting more than 20 million American jobs.