About Us

Who We Are

FMI is the trade association that serves as the voice of food retail. We assist food retailers in their noble role of feeding families and enriching lives.


For food retailers, wholesalers and suppliers of all types and sizes, FMI leads the way in providing comprehensive programs, resources, guidance, advocacy and services for the food, pharmacy and grocery retail industry. 


Strategic Mission

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. 

Our Members

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. LEARN MORE

Mission Statement

FMI represents food retailers and wholesalers and develops and promotes policies, programs and forums supporting its members, their customers and supplier partners, and other industry stakeholders in the areas of:

  • government relations;
  • food and product safety and defense; 
  • education; 
  • industry collaboration and networking;
  • research; 
  • health and wellness; 
  • social, environmental and sustainability programs; and 
  • communications. 

By pursuing these activities, FMI provides leadership and advocacy for the food and consumer product industry worldwide as the industry innovates to meet the changing needs of its customers.

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. LEARN MORE