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


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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

Insights into FMI's Education & Conferences 

  • Store Manager Award Winners: Charlynne Stunder Where Are You Now?

    Feb 11, 2016
    Charlynne Stunder_VideoCharlynne Stunder, store manager for Overwaitea Food Group’sVancouver, BC, Canada store, was named Category D grand-prize winner in last year’sStore Manager Awardcompetition. Charlynne’s positive, upbeat personality has been the driving motivation behind the financial success of her store, which has demonstrated a steady increase of 13.1 percent in 2014. Among other things, she and her team members served free snacks to children at a local sports camp each Friday afternoon during the summer of 2014. After one of her customers suffered a tragic accident, she and her team regularly shopped for, and delivered groceries to, that customer free of charge.
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  • NEW Competitive Talent Strategies

    Jan 28, 2016
    NEW Panel at Midwinter ConferenceEmployees want to make connections; they want community and digital experiences that enable both their business and interpersonal relationships. They want to personally relate with their company’s mission statement and contribute to a greater purpose. While these aren’t necessarily new desires, according to a Network of Executive Women roundtable collocated at the FMI Midwinter Executive Conference, executives from some of the most iconic brands and global consulting firms revealed that these employee requirements are contributing to an emerging “war on talent.”
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  • Be a Future Leader in the Food Retail Industry

    Jan 22, 2016
    Future Leaders Committee MeetingWe recently brought together current food retail leaders who are dedicated to the idea of growing today’s professionals into tomorrow’s industry leaders. This group, comprising the Future Leaders Committee, worked to develop a program that equips the food retail industry’s current and future leaders with powerful education, development and networking opportunities to confidently deliver  company and team success now and in the future.
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