About Us

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

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For food retailers, wholesalers and suppliers of all types and sizes, FMI leads the way in providing comprehensive programs, resources, guidance, advocacy and services for the food, pharmacy and grocery retail industry. 

Strategic Mission

On January 2013, we released a board approved strategic plan for the next five years. FMI members are welcome to review the Strategic Plan Executive Summary to understand the process, objectives and future opportunities within the membership. Watch this CEO Update interview with FMI President and CEO Leslie Sarasin as she discusses the process for successful long term strategic planning. 

Our Members

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry, which employs nearly 5 million workers and represents a combined annual sales volume of almost $800 billion. FMI member companies operate nearly 33,000 retail food stores and 12,000 pharmacies. FMI membership includes the entire spectrum of food retail venues; single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains, pharmacies, online and mixed retail stores. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education, health and wellness and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to almost 1,000 ­­­food retail and wholesale member companies and serves 85 international retail member companies. In addition, FMI has almost 500 associate member companies that provide products and services to the food retail industry.  
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Mission Statement

FMI represents food retailers and wholesalers and develops and promotes policies, programs and forums supporting its members, their customers and supplier partners, and other industry stakeholders in the areas of:

  • government relations;
  • food and product safety and defense; 
  • education; 
  • industry collaboration and networking;
  • research; 
  • health and wellness; 
  • social, environmental and sustainability programs; and 
  • communications. 

By pursuing these activities, FMI provides leadership and advocacy for the food and consumer product industry worldwide as the industry innovates to meet the changing needs of its customers.