Government Affairs

FMI 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 and the 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 supermarket 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.

Write Your Member of Congress

Ask Your U.S. Representative to Co-Sponsor H.R. 1249 to Prevent Expansion of Menu Labeling to Grocery Stores

Ask your U.S. Representative to co-sponsor H.R. 1249 the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act, to ensure that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not expand “Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items at Chain Restaurants” to mainstream grocery stores. FDA’s proposed rule would regulate grocery store chains with 20 or more locations under menu labeling. FMI has been urging FDA to adopt the agency’s “Option 2” to implement the menu labeling law, which would exclude grocery stores unless the majority of their business is derived from restaurant-type foods.

Click here to access FMI's menu labeling issue page.

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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.

Federal Affairs

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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Fox News segment with FMI Board member Tom Heinen, Heinen's Fine Foods, Inc. and FMI's Regulatory Counsel Erik Lieberman (February 6, 2013)

FMI Board of Directors members Art Potash, Potash Markets, and Christy Spoa, Ellwood City Save-A-Lot, while attending the Day in Washington reception at the U.S. Botanic Gardens on Capitol Hill.

FMI President and CEO Leslie Sarasin introducing House Committee on Agriculture Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) at the Day in Washington breakfast session. Chairman Lucas addressed the group on a number of upcoming legislative issues before conference participants left for a busy day of visits with congressional offices.

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