Government & Public Affairs

FMI's Government Relations department brings decades of government and industry experience to provide a voice for the food distribution industry before Congress, regulatory agencies and to help our state associations amplify the industry’s voice in state capitals across the country. FMI’s public policy agenda covers a broad and diverse portfolio of policy issues to accommodate the variety of business, consumer and workplace scenarios that the grocery industry manages on a daily basis. FMI’s government relations department provides a voice for the supermarket industry to serve our members and represent the industry in Washington.

Priority Issues

FMI is actively engaged on a range of priority legislative and regulatory policy items that could significantly impact the business operations of our food retailer and wholesaler member companies. Learn More

State Affairs

FMI’s state government relations department provides FMI member companies and state association executives with support to manage the wide range of state public policy challenges that impact the food industry. Learn More

Regulatory Affairs

FMI plays a lead role in engaging with the federal regulatory agencies throughout the rulemaking process to ensure that new regulations are not overly burdensome to our members’ businesses. Learn More

Day In Washington

Day in Washington 2017 logoDay in Washington brings senior level retailer and wholesaler executives together with Members of Congress and administration officials to address critical industry public policy issues. The annual public policy conference is held with National Grocers Association and FIAE.

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Political Affairs

FMI’s political programs consist of our efforts through FoodPAC, FMI’s political action committee as well as FMI LEAD, FMI’s political education fund (formerly called FoodPACE). 


FoodPAC is FMI's Political Action Committee. Established in 1977, FoodPAC provides financial assistance to both Republican and Democratic candidates for Congress who understand and support issues that affect the supermarket industry. Learn More

FMI LEAD: Corporate Involvement in Government Relations

FMI Lead: Leadership, Education, Advocacy, Development Fund provides a critical component to FMI’s government relations activity by funding industry research, coalition efforts and advocacy campaigns. FMI LEAD supports coalitions that educate elected officials and customers on important issues and initiatives to the industry.  Formerly called FoodPACE, FMI's political education fund was created in 1998 to expand our industry's reach in the public policy process. Learn More