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 Plan

We have defined priorities within strategic pillars to strengthen focus on what matters most to the industry. 

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2022 Imperative Issues

Through our Imperative Issues initiative, we identified and prioritized issues that will have the greatest potential to affect the food industry in the next six-to-12 months and over the next 12 to 24 months. What we discovered is a hierarchy to the various issues FMI members face in terms of immediate needs, imperative issues, and underlying enablers.

After synthesizing findings from external research and internal focus groups, FMI has identified six major categories of imperative issues: Labor shortage and workforce challenges, supply chain disruption, evolving consumer behaviors, rising ESG expectations, changing marketplace and societal dynamics, and accelerating technology transformation.

Some of these issues are immediate in terms of need to resolve, and some are far-reaching and intertwined, with the implications from one area having consequences in the others. 

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:

Supermarket Employee Day

FMI proclaims February 22 as 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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White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health

FMI and our members, food retailers, wholesalers and suppliers, are playing an important role in this historic discussion. 

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The Food Industry Navigates an Extreme Obstacle Course

This year’s The Food Retailing Industry Speaks surveys both retailers and suppliers and outlines several challenges that have turned food industry operations into an obstacle course. 

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