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 

  • I’m Giving Thanks

    Nov 24, 2015
    IMG_1580_2Thanksgiving remains among my favorite holidays.  Not only does it bring  together two of my favorite things, family and food, but it also - against many assaults - retains the flavor of its roots as a day set aside to reflect on our lives and express gratitude for the bounty of the earth and for the gift of loving relationships. In a world requiring us to move ever faster, a day that allows us the time and carries the explicit expectation that we will use those hours to actually think about, give consideration to and remain grateful for that which matters most in this life is truly a holiday. 
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  • Strategic Executive Exchange: Q&A with AWG’s Steve Arnold

    Nov 23, 2015
    SEE MeetingsI recently had the pleasure of interviewing Dave Jones, vice president of industry initiatives at the Kellogg Company, on the importance of engaging in collaborative business meetings each year. As a longtime participant in the Strategic Executive Exchange (SEE), Dave had great insights and tips to share on ways to make the most of the program. I thought it would benefit our members to hear the SEE perspective from the other side of the trading partner table. Steve Arnold, executive vice president of marketing with Associated Wholesale Grocers offers his perspective on how  AWG lays the groundwork for business building opportunities during SEE and the Annual Business Conference (ABC) meetings.
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  • Shining a Light on Women Leaders in Food Retail

    Nov 17, 2015
    TWIG 2015 Leslie SarasinAs in the previous two years, it was my privilege to serve as the guest host at the formal awards ceremony ofProgressive Grocer’s Ninth Annual Top Women in Grocery (TWIG) last week in Florida.  This soon-to-be decade old event celebrates the notable contributions women make to the grocery industry by recognizing the star performers in three categories – Senior-Level Executives; Rising Stars; and Store Managers. 
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