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$7 Million Contributed To Food Safety Educational Campaign In First Year

May 2, 1999
               CHICAGO, IL — May 2, 1999 — Officials from the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the FMI Foundation (FMIF) announced today that contributions to the industry's Safeguarding our Last Link Campaign reached the $7 million target set for FMI's 1999 Supermarket Industry Convention and Educational Exhibition this week in Chicago. The campaign is expected to continue throughout the year with an overall goal of $10 million.

In its first year, according to James Ukrop, chairman of Ukrop's Supermarkets and the campaign chairman, the campaign has helped fund important initiatives designed to teach children and students important ways to fight fooborne bacteria through the industry-wide FightBacä program, designed by the Partnership for Food Safety Education.

"There is no other issue that is as important as food safety to America's grocers and their colleagues throughout the food chain," said Ukrop. "The response to this program has been incredibly broad – big stores and smaller stores, food companies and agricultural interests – everyone is coming together to provide information about healthful food handling practices.

"This level of funding from the grocery industry for food safety education is unprecedented and inspiring," he added. "Although we have had tremendous fundraising success, our work is not done. We remain committed to food safety education for the long term."

Gifts received during the campaign's first year include:

Platinum Link ($750,000 +)








Kraft Foods, Inc.


$750,000


Coca-Cola


$750,000


Food Marketing Institute


$1,000,000

 

Gold Link ($500,000 +)















Albertson's


$500,000


Ahold USA


$500,000


Marketing Management Inc.


$500,000


Pepsico



$500,000

Silver Link ($250,000 +)






















Loblaw Companies Limited


$250,000


SUPERVALU INC.


$250,000


ConAgra, Inc.


$300,000


General Mills


(new!)$250,000


Tyson Foods


(new!)$250,000


Sara Lee Corporation



(new!)$250,000

Bronze Link ($100,000 +)































Hy-Vee, Inc.


$100,000


Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.


$125,000


IBP, inc.


$150,000


Super Kmart


$150,000


Meijer, Inc.


(new!)$125,000


Schnuck Markets, Inc.


(new!)$100,000


Shaw's Supermarkets, Inc.


(new!)$125,000


Price Choppers


(new!)$100,000


H. E. Butt Grocery Company



(new!)$200,000

Benefactors ($50,000 +)
















K.V. Mart Co., dba Top Value Mkts.


$50,000


Alex Lee, Inc.


$50,000


King Kullen Grocery Co., Inc.


(new!)$50,000


Harris Teeter, Inc.



(new!)$75,000

Partners ($25,000 +)






















Ukrop's Super Markets, Inc.


$25,000


Jax Markets


$25,000


Ball's Price Chopper & Hen House Markets


(new!)$25,000


Stater Bros. Markets


(new!)$25,000


Genuardi's Family Markets


(new!)$25,000


Haggen, Inc./TOP Food & Drug



(new!)$25,000

Sponsors ($10,000 +)
















Martin's Super Markets, Inc.


$10,000


Brown & Cole Stores


(new!) $10,000


Kwik Way, Inc.


(new!) $10,000


Foodland Super Market, Ltd.


(new!) $10,000



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Food Marketing Institute Foundation (FMIF) is a nonprofit corporation affiliated with the Food Marketing Institute. The Foundation seeks to ensure quality and efficiency in the food system and is operated for charitable, educational and scientific purposes.


Food Marketing Institute (FMI) is a nonprofit association conducting programs in research, education, industry relations and public affairs on behalf of its 1,500 members including their subsidiaries — food retailers and wholesalers and their customers in the United States and around the world. FMI's domestic member companies operate approximately 21,000 retail food stores with a combined annual sales volume of $220 billion — more than half of all grocery store sales in the United States. FMI's retail membership is composed of large multi-store chains, small regional firms and independent supermarkets. Its international membership includes 200 members from 60 countries.

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

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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