"This new arrangement will allow a free exchange of information between NAPAR and FMI," said Gary Lee, NAPAR President. "NAPAR participation on FMI committees will increase understanding of issues surrounding produce distribution and enhance the array of products and their quality at retail."
"Over the years consumers have consistently indicated that high quality fruits and vegetables are very important and drive the decision where they shop for food," said Tim Hammonds, FMI President and CEO. "This alliance between food retailers and produce wholesalers holds great promise for continuing to expand the fresh fruit and vegetable category so popular with today's consumers."
Each organization will maintain its identity and separate form of governance. NAPAR’s administrative operations will be re-located within FMI’s headquarters. Joseph Procacci, CEO, Procacci Brothers Sales Corporation, will continue to serve as NAPAR's chairman. Patrick Davis, FMI Director of Membership, will oversee NAPAR’s administrative function within FMI. Members of each organization will have the opportunity to share member benefits.
NAPAR’s next general meeting will be held Saturday, May 1, in Chicago in conjunction with the 1999 FMI Convention and Educational Exposition.
Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.
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