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  • Is Your Company Prepared for a Cyber Crisis?

    Apr 26, 2016
    I spoke with Raj Bector, partner in Oliver Wyman’s Strategic IT and Operations Practice, on the importance of retailers being prepared for cyber crises and understanding how to implement effective cyber risk management. I also caught up with Hannah ...
  • A Sign of the Times

    Apr 21, 2016
    This week, more than 250 grocery and supermarket executives came to the nation’s capital to participate in the Food Marketing Institute and National Grocers Association and Food Industry Association Executives “Day in Washington.” The number is ...
  • FMI in the news

    Supermarket News Op-Ed: Common sense key ingredient for menu labeling law

    Apr 20, 2016
    From family dinners to neighborhood potlucks, food has always been at the center of such gatherings, making grocery stores an important partner in every community. The hundreds of grocers on Capitol Hill for the joint Day in Washington meeting this ...
  • Future of the Roberts Bill

    Mar 23, 2016
    I fear there may be some confusion regarding the vote last week on Senator Pat Roberts' bill to set up a federal, voluntary GMO labeling system. By a 48 (yes) to 49 (no) count, the bill fell short of gaining the 60 votes necessary to invoke cloture ...
  • April Fly-Ins Bring May Legislative Wins

    Mar 10, 2016
    FMI will be hosting its annual Day in Washington fly-in next month, and the timing to make the trip to the nation’s capital could not be better. Our industry has several important legislative initiatives this year, and nothing is more important for ...
  • Q and A with Jim Gerlach from BiPAC

    Mar 2, 2016
    The Honorable Jim Gerlach, president and CEO, Business-Industry Political Action Committee (BiPAC), is speaking at a joint general session at FMI’s Financial Executive/Internal Audit Conference and co-located Asset Protection Conferencewhere he’ll ...
  • Labels, Legislation and Limits to Both

    Feb 17, 2016
    While I thought 2015 would go down as the “year of the label,” it appears that labeling will continue to be the center of our attention for months to come. In a world of multi-channel communication, many of us question the efficaciousness of labels, ...
  • Becoming a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual

    Feb 12, 2016
    This week, FMI hosted a three-day training session that allows food retailers and other interested parties to become preventive controls qualified individuals (PCQI) as defined by FDA through a curriculum developed through the Food Safety Preventive ...
  • New Year, New State Legislative Sessions – What Grocers Need to Know

    Feb 10, 2016
    FMI monitors over 80 issues at the state level. Currently, more than 7,000 bills have been introduced for discussion this New Year. To help prepare for this onslaught of state legislative and regulatory activity, FMI releases the 50 State ...
  • Today is the Iowa Caucus, Tomorrow is Groundhog Day

    Feb 1, 2016
    Today, February 1, is the day of the Iowa Caucus, a day when Iowa voters meet in their various electoral precincts or “caucuses” to begin the process of electing a nominee for the Democratic and Republican parties. While Iowa only represents a small ...
  • 2015 Year in Review: Top Stories in Government Relations

    Dec 30, 2015
    Government relations activities in the food retail industry had significant cross-over with the Food Safety Modernization Act and other regulatory issues, such as chain restaurant menu labeling, but blog readers in 2015 were much more interested in ...
  • COOL and the WTO: Are We Finally At the End of the Road?

    Dec 18, 2015
    There are lessons to be gleaned from the road we’ve taken on COOL, not the least of which is that government needs to work with and listen to industry as it seeks to regulate areas where it has little expertise and specialized knowledge. As the FDA ...
  • How New Jersey’s Liquor Law Can Be Changed to Reap Economic Growth

    Dec 18, 2015
    Based on the success of the Massachusetts law, as evidenced by the FMI study, New Jersey should enact legislation to increase the amount of liquor licenses that are currently allocated. This will allow for more equity in the marketplace and reduce ...
  • New Recordkeeping Requirements for Retailers that Grind Raw Beef Products

    Dec 15, 2015
    On Monday, December 14, 2015, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) released a final rule amending its recordkeeping regulations for all official establishments and retail stores that grind ...
  • Thanksgiving Without Turkey?: No Need to Fear, There is Plenty for Everyone

    Nov 20, 2015
    It is important to remember, though, that turkey is pretty much the star of Thanksgiving dinner, and like any celebrity it gets treated a little bit special. Supplies of turkeys destined for Thanksgiving tables are locked in early in the year, and ...