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Our Voice of Food Retail blog offers commentary from FMI subject matter experts on timely and important topics to the food retail industry.

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  • NAFTA Saved You $3.09 on Today’s Purchases

    May 23, 2018
    For many of us, it is hard to appreciate the role this free trade agreement plays in making our lives better; after all, we don’t get a receipt that says “NAFTA saved you $3.09 on today’s purchases” in the way we do for membership in store clubs or ...
  • Proclaim September as Family Meals Month in Your State

    May 11, 2018
    A unique way for State Grocery and Retail Associations to support this cause is to have your state proclaim September as Family Meals Month. Beyond benefits to consumers, NFMM helps the food retail industry encourage consumers to have more meals ...
  • Your Right To Vote

    May 4, 2018
    FMI’s Voting Resources website has all the tools you need to learn more about election dates, hours, polling locations, as well as, your elected officials. Voting in elections is essential to make sure your preferred candidate represents you in the ...
  • Tips for Menu Labeling Rule Compliance on May 7

    May 3, 2018
    To ensure you have all available FMI compliance resources for the menu labeling rule that requires grocery stores with 20 or more locations to provide calorie counts (and nutritional information upon request) for “restaurant-type foods” beginning ...
  • Consumer and Industry Trends Influence Legal Landscape in Food Retail

    Apr 30, 2018
    The food retail industry faces new regulatory challenges related to both changes in the industry and revisions to the regulations themselves. As customer demands and industry trends continue to change, what legal concerns will arise in the grocery ...
  • Even Albert Einstein Was Confused By His Taxes

    Apr 17, 2018
    Tax Day 2018 is finally here! For those of you who have your paperwork filed and taxes paid, congratulations. For those of you still trying to get this done – or worse yet, filing for an extension – hang in there, for this too shall ...
  • Photo Friday: Associated Wholesale Grocers Showcase

    Apr 13, 2018
    FMI recently attended the Associated Wholesale Grocers Showcase and Annual Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri, as part of membership’s efforts to increase exposure of FMI’s programs and services. In addition to a booth, FMI also provided thought ...
  • Small Wins Prove Advantageous

    Apr 2, 2018
    On March 23, when President Trump signed the $1.3 trillion fiscal 2018 spending bill, he also signed into law an important provision in the bill that will save FMI members millions of dollars in SNAP processing fees every year....
  • Help Amplify Your Voice in Washington

    Mar 19, 2018
    We look forward to hosting over a hundred grocers next month as part of our annual Day in Washington fly-in. Participants will meet with their lawmakers on Capitol Hill to discuss the many issues that they think about on a regular basis as they run ...
  • SNAP: A Private/Public Partnership That Works

    Mar 14, 2018
    One area in which the supermarket industry invests specifically in the communities it serves is USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The supermarket industry is the proud private sector partner with the federal government by ...
  • Standard Menu Labeling Signage for Commonly Sold Items

    Mar 12, 2018
    The food retail industry has long supported transparency, and works hard to provide customers with the information they want in order to make informed purchasing decisions. As such, we have also received feedback from members who are not covered by ...
  • The Significance of Primary Elections in 2018

    Mar 6, 2018
    With 435 U.S. House seats up for re-election this November, Texas’ primary is just the beginning of the 2018 Midterms. According to election analyst Charlie Cook, only 72 of those 435 seats are “swing districts”- meaning electoral analysis shows ...
  • New Year, New FMI Tool to Access State Legislative Information

    Feb 16, 2018
    “Chaotic” seems almost too mild a word to describe the frenetic pace of legislation at the state level. To help prepare for this onslaught of state legislative activity, FMI releases the 50 State Legislative Outlook every January. Like the report, ...
  • Seeking Common Sense Solutions to an Irrational Rule

    Feb 2, 2018
    I’ve worked with our food retail and wholesale members on a gamut of labeling issues – from nutrition facts to Facts Up Front to bioengineering – but no issue has been more confusing for food retailers than menu labeling, a regulation originally ...
  • Photo Friday: Publix Super Markets Recognized for 2017 Food Safety Innovation Award

    Feb 2, 2018
    Publix Super Markets was recognized for receiving the 2017 Food Safety Innovation Award at FMI’s Food Safety Committee meeting held on Friday, January 26 prior to the 2018 Midwinter Executive Conference. Publix was selected by the award selection ...