Food Marketing Institute Statement on California Voting ‘No’ to Proposition 37

November 7, 2012
ARLINGTON, VA – November 7, 2012 – Yesterday, California consumers rejected a significant ballot measure on a California-specific labeling system that would have limited food choice at grocery stores. By rejecting Proposition 37, California voters effectively reinforced the consistency and role of science in our national food labeling system, which is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Food Marketing Institute (FMI) members – the nation’s grocery stores – believe that food labels should meet national standards to provide meaningful and consistent information to consumers for the food they purchase and how it is made. FMI supported its supply chain partners, California Grocers Association and the Grocery Manufactures Association, on No on Prop 37 campaign efforts.

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 and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit