• Two Deservedly at the Top

    Nov 14, 2016
    Top Women In Grocery AwardsFemale leaders from many of FMI's member companies have received the recognition of Top Women in Grocery this year. I salute all of them.  I’m especially honored to celebrate two of my exceptional colleagues who were honored this week at the Top Women in Grocery awards program -- Jennifer Hatcher, chief public policy officer & senior vice president of government relations, and Hilary Thesmar, PhD, RD, CFS, chief food and product safety officer & vice president, food safety program.  These two outstanding members of the FMI team were  recognized for their outstanding contributions to the progress of our industry. 
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  • Looking Ahead: Building a Relationship with Your Elected Officials

    Nov 10, 2016
    Meet with your elected officialWith the 2016 election results and commercials now (mostly) behind us, it is the perfect time to develop and build relationships with the winners of this election in order to get them to understand your perspective on votes they will take in the city council, county commission, state legislature or Congress. Many newly elected or reelected officials will begin putting together offices and priorities and learning which committees and caucuses they will join. A little outreach now can have a big impact.
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  • Grocers Turn Childhood Lessons into Actions

    Nov 08, 2016
    Nominations ExtendedI grew up with my head buried in books. Authors like Dr. Seuss, C.S. Lewis and Shel Silverstein were my guides extolling the merits of curiosity, hard work and goodwill. I can still recall Dr. Seuss’s words in The Lorax, “Unless someone like you cares a whole lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” The meaning of these two short sentences has expanded. The ability to make a difference goes beyond one person. It’s a community striving to be good to their neighbors. We see grocery stores everyday put these ideas into actions. 
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  • Over 150 Initiatives on State Ballots this November – What Grocers Need to Know

    Nov 04, 2016
    Ballot BoxOn November 8, in addition to choosing the next President, voters in 35 states will consider a variety of ballot initiatives, referendums, or other measures. Over 150 total initiatives qualified to appear on state ballots this November.
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  • Photo Friday: Town & Country Markets in Bainbridge Island, WA

    Nov 04, 2016
    Town and Country MarketsRecently Cynthia Brazzel, director of member relations and advocacy for the western region at FMI met with Bill Weymer, CEO and Susan Allen, Director of Town & Country Markets (Central Market) to tour their Bainbridge Island’s Town & Country Market in Washington.
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  • FMI Helps Guide You Through the 2016 Elections

    Nov 03, 2016
    American FlagBelieve it or not, but the seemingly decade-long episode of the 2016 elections is coming to an end next week as the nation heads to the ballot box on November 8. Early voting is already under way in several states. While a significant portion of the attention has been focused on which candidate will be sworn into the Oval Office in January, there is a great deal more at stake this election outside of the presidential race. We compiled an FMI Guide to the 2016 Elections to help everyone better understand what is being decided on Election Day. The guide gives an overview of the current political landscape in the Senate and the House in addition to information on some of the closer races.
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  • Get Out the Vote

    Nov 01, 2016
    Vote ButtonFMI wants to help make it easy for you to be educated about priority election issues, learn more about your candidates, and be able to check the locations of your voting precinct. FMI’s Voting Resources page can help: www.fmi.org/VotingResources
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