Government Relations

Our Voice of The Food Industry blog offers commentary from FMI subject matter experts on timely and important topics to the food industry.
  • Ensuring a Best in Class Food Safety System

    Feb 1, 2023
    The FDA Food Code is a reflection of the alignment of stakeholders on food safety and represents the agency's best advice for a uniform system of provisions that address the safety and protection of food offered at retail and in food ...
  • 3 Easy Ways to Jumpstart Your Plans for Supermarket Employee Day 2.22.23

    Jan 9, 2023
    There are more than 40,000 stores that sell food and grocery items in the U.S. alone. Millions of supermarket employees come to work daily to keep shelves stocked and to provide communities with essential services that help them survive and ...
  • Get Started on Food Traceability Compliance

    Dec 8, 2022
    Food traceability is all the buzz these days, especially since the release of FDA’s much anticipated Final Food Traceability Rule last month. Find out how you can take some initial steps toward compliance with these questions and ...
  • The Next Ice Age in Grocery Will Be Green

    Oct 25, 2022
    Given recent improvements in refrigeration technology and growing consumer preference for businesses that demonstrate their commitment to sustainability, more and more grocers are exploring how to make their refrigerant systems more cost-effective ...
  • Loose Change Counts: We Need Your Coins!

    Oct 14, 2022
    Our country has a major coin circulation problem. There is not enough coin – pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters – in circulation to make change at the registers.​ This isn’t a problem we can mint our way out of, and it wasn’t all caused by the ...
  • The Food Industry Advocates for Needed Change

    Sep 21, 2022
    Advocacy work enables the food industry to foster mutually beneficial relationships with state and federal government to inform and shape policy that best enables our industry to effectively feed families and enrich communities. Few understand this ...
  • From Soup to Nuts: Competition Benefits Grocery Stores and Customers

    Sep 12, 2022
    It’s astonishing to think that the average supermarket carries about 50,000 different products and that every single one of these products – from the varieties of chicken noodle soup to the sizes of bags of pistachios – is negotiated with suppliers ...
  • Why the Senate Must Act on Pharmacy Benefit Manager Transparency Legislation

    Aug 31, 2022
    This summer has been anything but quiet for those of us advocating for reforms to pharmacy policy. Case in point: the recently introduced bipartisan Pharmacy Benefit Manager Transparency Act would address the anticompetitive practices of pharmacy ...
  • Why Credit Card Fees Are Costing Grocery Customers More Dough for a Loaf of Bread

    Aug 22, 2022
    Every time a credit card is swiped at the grocery checkout, the retailer is levied processing fees by the credit card networks, Visa and Mastercard, and the handful of big banks that issue most of the credit cards in the ...
  • Food Prices – What Goes Up Must Come Down, Right? YES, But…

    Aug 18, 2022
    Many of the current challenges facing the economy as a whole have been aggravated and accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. But the recent increase in grocery prices is not something that simply happened overnight or that is entirely pandemic ...
  • The Food Industry is Working to Improve Nutrition Security

    Aug 15, 2022
    Food retailers, product suppliers and manufacturers are working to improve nutrition security with creative solutions and partnerships, making it easier for consumers to access and afford nutritious foods and beverages. Across the country, FMI ...
  • Developing a Roadmap to End Hunger and Improve Health

    Jul 20, 2022
    The food industry has an important role to play in ending hunger and improving the health of all Americans. We are pleased to share our collective report to the White House which outlines action recommendations for the government, noted challenges ...
  • Collective Journey to the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health

    Jul 8, 2022
    As we find ourselves busily interacting with so many dedicated folks across the country, all focused on the many topics and issues swirling around the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health, we have decided to take a moment to pause ...
  • Why the FTC’s PBM Industry Study Is a Big Deal for Supermarket Pharmacies

    Jun 24, 2022
    Earlier in the month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the launch of an inquiry into pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) to provide information and records regarding their business practices. But, what are PBMs exactly and why is this a big ...
  • Calling FMI Members: Engage in Discussions on Hunger, Nutrition and Health

    May 26, 2022
    Over 50 years ago, the first White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health was held with the goal to “put an end to hunger in America for all time.” The report included over 1,800 recommendations to influence nutrition policy over the next ...