Pharmacies are now a mainstay in the supermarket industry, with FMI member companies operating more than 22,000 retail pharmacies nationwide.

FMI works to promote the value and role of community retail pharmacy in the health care system, ensure that legislators and policy-makers understand the retail pharmacy perspective, and assure that rules and guidelines made by federal and state agencies work in the best possible way to advance community retail pharmacy.

The pharmacy is becoming increasingly important to how grocery stores can become health care centers. 

Grocers As Health Care Centers

Pharmacy, Nutrition and Lifestyle Education 

FMI provides online education, training programs and courses for store-level and management associates for preview and purchase. Classes include Introducing Lifestyle Modifications to Pharmacy Patients; Nutritional Needs and the Healthful Diet; and Recommendations for Common Wellness Concerns. These offerings are cost-effective and can be conveniently used at any time. Learn More

Food Retail Pharmacy Resources 

  • Collaboration 2.0: Unlocking the Benefits of Collaboration

    The Collaboration 2.0 project is a multiyear initiative, developed with Market6®, to help the grocery industry improve how grocers and their suppliers work together around key shared business processes to grow sales, profits and customer satisfaction/loyalty. This initiative was launched in response to the recognition that there is tremendous unrealized value in improved collaboration in the industry and that by bringing expanded focus on collaboration best practices and the associated organizational, business process and technical changes needed to effect improved collaboration, FMI could help the industry improve performance and outcomes in this area. - View More
  • 2015 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends

    The Food Marketing Institute has long supported U.S. food retailers through annual surveys of shopper behaviors and attitudes, providing consistent metrics to evaluate the changing market landscape. This year, FMI worked with the Hartman Group to supplement our U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends research perspective with a cultural lens, interviewing Americans in their homes and while shopping, and drawing upon ethnographic research into U.S. food consumption and consumers.


  • 2015 U.S. Grocery Industry Speaks

    In its 65th year, FMI’s The Food Retailing Industry Speaks ("Speaks") provides the industry with important operational and financial benchmarks ranging from sales and profits to shrink, turns and differentiation tactics. The data is drawn primarily from FMI’s annual survey of U.S. food retailers and wholesalers, and was supplemented with information from public company Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) 10K filings.
  • Washington Food Industry Celebrates Family Meals

    Nov 24, 2015
    DSC_9960 Mitty Bagging_smMitty the Mitt, our resident National Family Meals Month champion, recently took a trip to the west coast to join the Washington Food Industry Association for the 2015 WFIA Best Bagger Battle. Here's Mitty the Mitt enjoying the action and spreading the family meals message. 
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  • Playing Supermarket Myth Whack-A-Mole

    Oct 30, 2015
    Whack-a-moleThe rationale behind the myth busting web page is to provide our members with resources to confront the misperception being perpetuated every time they hear or see it, so we don’t have to play whack-a-mole on an ongoing basis. If we challenge the myths with facts, we lesson the likelihood of repetition.  Also, because most myths have a glimmer of truth about them, if we provide a balanced response perhaps it will highlight the facts, inform the public and address an issue rather than distort it.
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  • Why We Love Grocery Store Pharmacists

    Oct 28, 2015
    Grocers As Health Care CentersOctober is American Pharmacists Month and a great time to recognize the important role grocery store pharmacists play in creating supermarkets health care centers for customers. But they are not alone. I recently spoke at the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo about how my professional colleagues, dietitians, are joining pharmacists in making food retail healthcare the new norm.
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  • Myth or Treat: Correcting Food Retail Misconceptions

    Oct 14, 2015
    Supermarket Myths BustedThe food retail industry is accessible and customer-service-based, which are positive attributes that sometimes make a supermarket a susceptible target for unsolicited criticism. FMI remains your spokesperson on the public relations challenges that are often bigger than one business, and this October, we are launching a new resource to help FMI members set the rumors straight: Supermarket Myths. . . Busted. This online destination is designed to help you and your associates mitigate untruths that ultimately confuse shoppers or get perpetuated online.
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  • Mars’ Supports Family Meals Connecting Parents and Children in the Kitchen

    Sep 30, 2015

    Gold-Plate_MarsParticipating in September National Family Meals Month is certainly not restricted to food retailers. Winning the 2015 Food Manufacturer Category Gold Plate Award, Ben’s Beginners™ is a national program from the UNCLE BEN’S® Brand that takes an interesting approach to helping families commit to family meals.  The program promotes healthier eating habits by providing opportunities for children to learning how to cook. By emphasizing the child’s role in family meals, the Ben’s Beginners™ program inspires children to want to participate in home-cooked meal prep and teaches them valuable life lessons regarding dietary decision making. In addition to learning skills, this program’s approach also helps create beneficial amounts of family quality time during meal preparation and even while dining.  

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