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  • 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 ...
  • The View from Washington

    Jan 31, 2018
    FMI recently published its end-of-year report to emphasize the value of our government relations and advocacy successes in 2017....
  • Celebrating 2017 Legislative, Regulatory, Judicial Success and Laying the Groundwork for the Future

    Dec 19, 2017
    While tax reform is probably the most significant legislative item for 2017, the broad range of legislative and regulatory items that FMI and the industry were able to influence – both offensively and defensively – demonstrates the diverse portfolio ...
  • The Lego Legacy of 2017

    Dec 18, 2017
    2017 has been a year of big accomplishments for FMI, but something of a Lego-experience since these huge achievements are the sum of many, many small steps and tiny pieces coming together. Over the next few weeks, FMI will devote its blog platform ...
  • To Speak with One Voice

    Dec 15, 2017
    We refer to this new program as the Unified Voice Protocol and it is FMI’s most recent effort to establish a model approach to proactively perpetuate the environment of trust consumers tell us they enjoy with food retailers and to enhance that trust ...
  • Legislative Relief Remains Necessary for Food Retail Implementation of “Menu Labeling” Rule

    Dec 8, 2017
    Within the last two weeks, U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and conservative watchdog groups declared that now is the time for Congress to finally fix FDA’s “menu labeling” ...
  • 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....