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  • Photo Friday: FMI Western Regional Legislative Meeting in Newport Beach, California

    Nov 17, 2017
    On Monday, members and state association partners met in Newport Beach, California at the FMI Western Regional Legislative ...
  • Tax Reform: One Last Legislative Gift Before Year’s End?

    Nov 16, 2017
    Clearly, we’re living in different times these days, but unfortunately our tax code has not evolved to reflect this reality. It is so complex that some tax lawyers make a good living specializing in only one or two specific provisions....
  • Photo: Heinen's Fine Foods, Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio

    Nov 9, 2017
    Doug Baker, vice president of private brands, technology, industry relations, joined members of FMI’s Manufacturer Share Group to explore opportunities in food service at Heinen's in Cleveland, Ohio....
  • Providing Opportunities for Veterans

    Nov 8, 2017
    As our recently released economic impact analysis emphasized, the supermarket industry is a major employer for U.S. workers, providing almost 5 million jobs across the country. FMI member companies hire workers of varying ages and backgrounds, ...
  • Recasting Disruption As Growth Opportunity

    Nov 6, 2017
    If we continue to characterize all things driving change as disruptors, we paint all change in the darker, more negative hues, suggesting that we view it as something we are being thrust into against our ...
  • A Long Called for Retirement Finally Announced

    Oct 20, 2017
    MasterCard has announced it is officially retiring signature authentication for credit and debit card transactions. This is a huge step in the right direction of once and for all putting signature out to pasture to never be seen ...
  • The Bipartisan Effect of Providing Jobs and Feeding Families

    Oct 19, 2017
    According to recent analysis released by FMI, our industry pays over $167 billion in wages to its almost five million workers in the U.S. Our significant economic impact includes the $367 million in wages in House Speaker Paul Ryan’s district in ...
  • Help Needed to Set the Table for Economic Growth

    Oct 12, 2017
    Our industry is in a time of great transition and change. The landscape is evolving in ways that necessitate significant capital expenditures and investments in order for traditional grocery stores and supermarkets to remain ...
  • What Grocers Need to Know About the 2017 State Elections

    Oct 11, 2017
    This November, voters in New Jersey and Virginia will head to the polls. Special elections to fill vacancies will also be held, most notably in the state of Washington, and 22 ballot initiatives will be held in seven states. Though far more limited ...
  • The Unsung Heroes of Local Communities

    Oct 2, 2017
    While I often witness how the stores I frequent are involved in making a difference in our neighborhood, through the awards, I get to glimpse how the oft-unmentioned kindness of grocers throughout the U.S. can change their neighbor’s lives, proving ...
  • Photo Friday: National Family Meals Month Cooks Up on Capitol Hill

    Sep 29, 2017
    National Family Meals Month™ (NFMM) reached Capitol Hill to share how encouraging families to have one more meal a week together has numerous benefits. From tasty sliders to tangy desserts, FMI members shared their favorite Family Meals recipes with ...
  • Promote Employee Voter Registration Week, September 25-29, 2017

    Sep 25, 2017
    FMI has joined with dozens of other organizations and companies to support Employee Voter Registration Week Sept. 25-29. This is a national initiative in which employers encourage their employees to become registered voters. The goal is not to tell ...
  • From Customer to Partner

    Sep 21, 2017
    Shoppers are on a quest to become more deeply connected to the food experience, and the retailer is a vital part of facilitating that connection – not just by providing the product, but also by providing the surrounding story about the product....
  • How Millennial Shopping Habits Relate to U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2017

    Sep 15, 2017
    Two Millennials in FMI’s office, compared their grocery shopping habits to FMI's 2017 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends report....
  • Going the Distance for Consumers – Beyond the Label

    Sep 12, 2017
    Customers are looking for more and more information about the products they buy – the kind of detailed information that will not fit on the package, but can be conveyed electronically. ...