About Us

FMI is the champion for feeding families and enriching lives with nutritious, safe and affordable food at retail.
About us

Who We Are

As the food industry association, FMI works with and on behalf of the entire industry to advance a safer, healthier and more efficient consumer food supply chain.

FMI brings together a wide range of members across the value chain — from retailers who sell to consumers, to producers who supply the food, as well as the wide variety of companies providing critical services — to amplify the collective work of the industry.

We provide members, from independent operators to the largest national and international players, a unique forum for actively coming together to engage in dialogue, collaboration and problem-solving as a community. We work together closely to understand the topics that matter most to our members and where FMI can provide the greatest value to them.

Our advocacy yields a powerful voice around public policy and serves as a beacon for elevating the food industry’s stature and relevance. Our extensive research, insights and knowledge resources provide an instrumental educational platform for helping prepare and propel our members and their employees forward.

FMI is a champion for the food industry and the issues that make a difference to our members’ fundamental mission of feeding and enriching society. The reach and impact of our work is extensive, ultimately touching the lives of over 100 million households in the United States and representing an $800 billion industry with nearly 6 million employees.

FMI is not an acronym and is correctly referenced as FMI, The Food Industry Association, upon first reference. FMI is our organization’s formal name.

Our Mission

For food retailers, wholesalers and suppliers of all types and sizes, FMI leverages expertise to:




And support the food retail industry efforts to feed families and enrich lives.

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Our Strategic Priorities and Imperative Issues

At FMI, we have defined priorities within strategic pillars to strengthen the focus on what matters most to the industry. Our Strategic Plan outlines long-term goals, strategies, and resource allocation to fulfill member and stakeholder needs. We embrace Imperative Issues to stay ahead, navigate challenges, and make informed decisions.

 Strategic Plan      Learn More

Imperative Issues

We identified and prioritized issues that have the greatest potential to affect the food industry in both the immediate and long term. After synthesizing findings from external research and internal focus groups, six major categories of imperative issues were identified:

  • Labor shortage and workforce challenges
  • Supply chain disruption
  • Evolving consumer behaviors
  • Rising ESG expectations
  • Changing marketplace and societal dynamics
  • Accelerating technology transformation

Explore Our Latest Work

Our industry experts work tirelessly to address our members’ priority issues and support their long-term business goals. Here are some of our latest initiatives:

Celebrating Excellence: 2024 Store Manager Awards

Store Manager Awards are given to outstanding managers who generate sales growth, effectively communicate company goals and objectives, demonstrate team leadership, provide exceptional customer service through in-store programs and improve community relations.

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February 22 is Forever Supermarket Employee Day

In the spirit of giving thanks, we at FMI have proclaimed February 22, Supermarket Employee Day – a time for the food industry to recognize employees at every level for the work they do feeding families and enriching lives. 

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Sorting Through The Value Matrix

Shoppers weigh more than just price and quality while grocery shopping. FMI's U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2023 series explores the food shopping value matrix.

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