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.  FMI's state staff provides resources and information, hosts a series of informative regional meetings and helps build broad industry coalitions to mobilize members and other key players to respond to state and local policy initiatives of importance to our members. FMI also engages in grassroots activity to give our members the opportunity to participate in the legislative process.



State Affairs Updates

  • West Virginia Increases Tobacco Tax to Avoid Shutdown

    Jun 15, 2016
    Looking down a $270 million dollar hole in the FY 2017 West Virginia budget, the West Virginia Oil Marketers and Grocers Association reports that the legislature reached a compromise this week in the form of a tobacco tax (S. 1012) to fill it and avoid a government shutdown.
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  • USDA Denies Maine SNAP Waiver Request

    Jun 15, 2016
    Last week, USDA denied  a waiver request that Maine submitted to USDA, asking to exclude certain food categories, deemed as unhealthy by the state, from the SNAP program.
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State Issues Resources

Overview of State Food Product Dating Laws

The FMI Guide to State Food Product Dating Laws provides a snapshot of  food product dating at the state level. In addition to providing a high-level view of the state-by-state picture, this report is also meant to be a jumping-off point for further in-depth research on any particular state. To that end, this document is “fully clickable,” meaning that we have provided hyperlinks to the relevant sections of code for further exploration, and to any guidance materials the state has provided.

2016 50-State Legislative Outlook

FMI collaborates with its members and the state grocery and retail associations to annually compile this comprehensive document. This state-by-state report provides information on priority state issues for the current legislative session to provide members with insights on the issues they are likely to face. It also includes 2016 election information. Full Report

The Impact of Changes in Off-Premises License Allocations in Massachusetts and The Implications for New Jersey

An FMI study finds that of the 50 liquor licenses (out of more than 2,800) granted to holders who already held three licenses in Massachusetts, just 32 percent (16) were for supermarkets. The rest were wholesale clubs, c-stores, package stores, or discount stores. Based on the success of the Massachusetts law, the study finds, New Jersey should enact legislation to increase the amount of liquor licenses that are currently allocated. This will allow for more equity in the marketplace and reduce barriers for new businesses. 

The FMI Wine Study: The Economic Impact of Allowing Shoppers to Purchase Wine in Food Stores

FMI has compiled research on the economic impact of allowing wine to be sold in food stores. The time has come for states to remove barriers and enable food retailers to create more jobs in local communities, help consumers reduce their daily travel needs, and provide new sources of revenues for overburdened state and local budgets.  

Additional State Affairs Resources


Dan Shaul, Missouri Grocers Association

Congratulations to our 2016 Donald H. MacManus Award winner, Dan Shaul of the Missouri Grocers Association.

Please check out the FMI news release for more information.   


Please contact our State Affairs Team with any questions.