About Us

Who We Are

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.


On January 2013, FMI released a board approved strategic plan for the next five years. FMI members are welcome to review the Strategic Plan Executive Summary to understand the process, objectives and future opportunities within the membership. Watch this CEO Update interview with FMI President and CEO Leslie Sarasin as she discusses the process for successful long term strategic planning. 


What We Do

FMI can most easily be defined by taking a look at a sampling of just a few of the many services we provide our members.

  • Government Relations


    FMI's Government Relations Department is the food distribution industry's voice before Congress and the regulatory agencies. With a membership that reaches from the largest chain to the smallest one-store family company to the wholesalers that serve this industry, FMI has the unique ability to unite the entire food distribution community into a common voice.
  • New Technologies


    Do you wait for a new technology to mature before considering adoption or, do you seek a competitive advantage from being first with a promising, yet unproven new technology? Choices food retailers and wholesalers continually struggle with. FMI's Emerging Technologies Website is your resource for discovering emerging technologies and learning how to participate in the development of technology standards benefiting the industry.
  • Research


    The Food Marketing Institute strives to provide its membership and the industry at-large with insightful, relevant and current research. From this page you will be able to access information from three different areas within the FMI website.
  • Events and Meetings


    Attend an FMI event to learn more about current and emerging issues, create connections with industry colleagues, and gain insight into how you can improve business performance.

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Our Members

FMI represents 1,500 food retailers and wholesalers. Our retail membership is composed of large multi-store chains, regional firms and independent supermarkets with a combined annual sales volume of $680 billion

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Our History


FMI was formed in 1977 through the merger of the National Association of Food Chains and Super Market Institute, two organizations that had served the industry since the 1930s 


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Awards and Community Outreach

FMI recognizes the community building efforts of industry leaders and highlight the oft-unheralded contributions supermarkets by offering several awards.


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FMI's Leadership

FMI's executive committee is comprised of industry-leading executives from the top performing businesses in food retail and services.


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The Food Industry


FMI compiles statistics each year to provide Supermarket Facts and the annual Food Industry Overview.


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FMI Foundation

The FMI Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 foundation that seeks continued quality and efficiency in the food retailing system through research and education.


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