Getting to Know FMI

To many, "FMI" is an annual trade show featuring aisles filled with dazzling exhibits, educational workshops offering the most up-to-date ideas on how to manage businesses efficiently and social events providing the chance to make new friends.

But FMI is far more than that.

As the largest trade association of its kind, FMI offers its members a diversity of services that range from helping the small independent operation remain competitive, to assisting wholesalers to develop the latest distribution systems, to identifying consumer attitudes toward food safety, solid waste, new products and the like.

FMI can most easily be defined by taking a look at a sampling of just a few of the many services it has provided its members:

Food Safety:  As consumer concern about food safety has increased, FMI has responded by developing strong programs to help restore consumer confidence. A special task force has been created to develop a four-part strategic plan to strengthen consumer confidence in the safety of the food supply, develop programs to help reduce foodborne illness, provide consumers with knowledge on how to select nutritious and wholesome food, and develop public policies that will improve the safety of our food supply.

Government and Public Affairs: FMI members consistently rank government relations as one of the core functions of FMI and something they would have a hard time handling without FMI. FMI’s “GR” team covers a comprehensive portfolio of policy issues to accommodate the variety of business, consumer and workplace scenarios that the supermarket industry manages on a daily basis. FMI Government Relations includes the subdivisions of regulatory affairs, state government relations, federal government relations and political affairs. Our priorities are set by the Government Relations, Public Affairs, Legal Affairs and PAC Advisory Committees through meetings and conference calls with representatives from FMI member companies. FMI also collaborates with a diverse group of food, retail and other business groups on a wide range of issues that are important to the industry.

Industry Relations: Our objectives are to improve the overall performance of the food industry by assuming a leadership role in coordinating the efforts of all elements of food distribution. We identify areas of opportunity for coordination in such fields as physical product handling techniques, distribution practices, maintenance of produce quality, packaging, inventory management, warehousing and transportation networks, and technological improvements. We will set priorities, based on importance, timeliness, likelihood of success and mutuality of interest for consumers, distributors and suppliers.  FMI defines the best approaches for accomplishing the priority areas of opportunity, based on industry interrelationships and levels of impact in the food distribution system. Employees solicit the cooperation of and stimulate other groups, organizations and individuals within and outside of FMI toward the end of more efficient food distribution through coordination of efforts. Lastly, FMI will collect, organize, develop and disseminate factual information and ideas to all parties concerned to help achieve more efficient food distribution through improved industry relations.

To find out more information, you can e-mail FMI Employment.

FMI is an equal opportunity employer.