History & Our Members



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.  

The bond uniting FMI members is a commitment to maintaining and improving a system to distribute grocery products that is responsive to the changing needs and wants of customers and, at the same time, is sensitive to social, economic and governmental concerns. FMI also helps the industry develop systems and practices to move food from the producer to the consumer in the most efficient possible manner.

Based in Arlington, VA, FMI was formed in 1977 through the merger of the National Association of Food Chains and Super Market Institute, two organizations that had served the industry since the 1930s.