The Food Marketing Institute provides a comprehensive education program for various levels and functions of grocery distribution personnel. From online education to research, webinars to live conferences, FMI provides an opportunity to gain new skills and knowledge in the changing economic, social and governmental environment in which the food retailing industry operates.

Three Ways to Learn:

Conferences & Signature Events

Future Leaders
FMI organizes a wide number of conferences and signature events to include the annual trade show, FMI Connect, as well as smaller conferences covering a range of topics—asset protection, private brands, sustainability, store development, and much more. Learn More


Keyboard 2
FMI hosted webinars connect you with knowledge partner research, regulatory updates, FMI research, and much more. Access recordings and catch up on the latest information available in the webinar archive library. New webinars are posted frequently, so check back often for any events you might have missed. Learn More

Online Education & Training


Based on FMI’s most popular education and training programs, courses for store-level and management associates are available for preview and purchase. FMI and LearnSomething combine forces to create online learning programs for the grocery industry. Browse the extensive catalog of courses to customize your online education needs. Learn More

Specialized Training:

Retail Management Certificate Program

Fresh Foods
The Retail Management Certificate program is an accredited community college business program established in 2000 by the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC) to provide food retail employees with the most relevant skills and competencies needed for managerial success. Learn More

SQF Training & Certification

Food Safety Inspection

Your status as an SQF Auditor, Consultant or Trainer makes your instantly recognizable to clients and peers alike for your advanced knowledge of food safety systems. Learn More

SafeMark Program

Retail Mangement Certificate Program
In the business of food safety, the best protection is prevention, and it begins with the right training program. That's why the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) developed the SafeMark training and certification program. Learn More

Food Industry Management College Programs

Graduation Cap

Several universities and colleges have  food industry management programs in the United States that can help take your career even further. Learn More

Insights into FMI's Education & Conferences 

  • Photo Friday: Store Visit to Northgate Gonzalez Market in Anaheim, CA

    Sep 23, 2016
    Photo Friday Northgate GonazalezA few weeks ago, Cynthia Brazzel, director of member relations and advocacy for the western region at FMI, toured the newest Northgate Gonzalez Market in Anaheim, CA. One unique feature of this vibrant store is its Mercado concept (a variety of food islands and perimeter service counters), which puts an emphasis on fresh foods. Shoppers can take their pick at a sushi bar, house made sausage center, a meals-to-go island, guacamole station, coffee, Aguas Frescas and so on.
    Full story
  • Photo Friday: Store Visit to Gelson’s in California

    Sep 16, 2016
    Photo Friday Gelson'sGelson’s Donna Tyndall, senior vice president of operations, and Tim Mahoney, senior director of operations, welcomed Cynthia Brazzel, director of member relations and advocacy for the western region at FMI, to three of their grocery stores in California. The high chain grocery store in LA has been around since 1951, and places an emphasis on delivering outstanding customer service. Wolfgang Puck’s pizza oven café is a staple for shoppers in search of to-go prepared foods.  
    Full story
  • Photo Friday: Store Visit to Rainbow Acres in Venice Beach, CA

    Sep 09, 2016
    Photo Friday Rainbow AcresCynthia Brazzel, director of member relations and advocacy for the western region at FMI, visited Rainbow Acres  in Venice Beach, CA. The stores unique features include an extensive naturals, supplements and herbs department complete with a certified nutritionist at its pharmacy counter. It also boasts salad bars full of fresh produce and a rather busy cold-press juice bar. 
    Full story