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  • Photo Friday: Amazon Go Store Tour

    Nov 9, 2018
    This week, Hannah Walker, senior director, technology and nutrition policy, Food Marketing Institute, immersed herself in a digital shopper experience at the newest AmazonGo store in Chicago with Lee Foley, a member of the Amazon Public Policy team. ...
  • The Top Ten Ballot Measures Grocers Should Be Tracking

    Nov 5, 2018
    It is important not to let the high drama over control of the U.S. Congress distract from several equally important policy questions that will be determined at the state level....
  • Growing Optimism – Tax Law to Boost Food Retailers’ Investments in Stores and Employees

    Nov 5, 2018
    Retailers have another source of optimism: the recent passage of the tax reform law. At the end of 2017, lawmakers passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which lowered the U.S. tax rate for corporations, passthrough entities and individuals. The ...
  • New Opioid Law Headlines Recent Policy Actions Impacting Pharmacies

    Nov 1, 2018
    At a time when pharmacies are more important than ever to supermarkets and our customers because of their link to wellness, they are also increasingly important to federal policy efforts – from combating the ongoing, nationwide opioid epidemic, to ...
  • Is a Blue Wave Coming? The Answer in a 1 Minute Read

    Oct 30, 2018
    Early voting is already underway in many states. The talk of a “blue wave” coming in November dominants many 24-hour news stations. So, what is a “wave” election? Reality is no one can agree on what a “wave” election actually ...
  • November Is Coming – Over 150 Initiatives On State Ballots November 6th

    Oct 15, 2018
    Although the sheer volume of initiatives has declined since then, this November, voters in 38 states will consider over 150 initiatives, referendums or other measures on their state ballots. And many of these will directly impact the food retail ...
  • Hurricane Florence: What’s the Status of Your Stores?

    Sep 14, 2018
    We need your support to ensure our supply chain can respond and stabilize. As soon as physically possible, please contact FMI via our crisis resources page to alert us on the status of your stores. With this basic information, we can work together ...
  • Hurricane Preparedness and Response Resources

    Sep 11, 2018
    Hurricane and storm season is upon us and the first potential major storm of the years, Florence, is threatening the Eastern coast of the United States. To help our members prepare their stores, associates, supply chains and communities we’ve put ...
  • Photo Friday: National Family Meals Month™ Featured in Times Square

    Sep 7, 2018
    To kick off the fourth annual National Family Meals Month™, this new infographic with the message "More Matters at the Table and On Your Plate" appeared in Times Square on September 4. This represents a unique collaboration to combine the September ...
  • FMI Kicks-Off National Family Meals Month™

    Aug 31, 2018
    FMI and AFFI staff kick off the fourth annual National Family Meals Month with a staff family potluck ...
  • A Standard of Identity Crisis

    Aug 30, 2018
    This transient nature of vocabulary – where words can shift and take on additional definitions or shades of meaning -- is becoming a significant issue in the world of food ...
  • Partnerships Provide Family Meal Month Momentum

    Aug 27, 2018
    The movement is gaining momentum, and our country’s elected officials are joining the party, thanks to the efforts of FMI members and state grocery and retail associations....
  • Photo Friday: National Family Meals Month™ Visits FMI's State Issues Retreat

    Aug 24, 2018
    This year at FMI’s State Issues Retreat, participants celebrated National Family Meals Month™ by enjoying dinner together as a family! Mitty, the National Family Meals Month spokesmitt, made an appearance and celebrated with the group that included ...
  • Eating Healthy: The Intersection of Consumer and Regulatory Trends

    Aug 23, 2018
    While many eaters have contrasting views on what exactly they mean when they “eat well,” food retailers across the country continue to implement new programs and abide by new standards that help the industry’s and consumers’ goals of promoting ...
  • Mid-Year Update from Washington: A Productive Year for the Industry

    Jul 31, 2018
    For an industry that is regulated from many different angles; as sellers of food, as employers and as business operations, each legislative fix or regulatory relief can provide food retailers with real benefits and cost savings as they focus on ...