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  • FMI Government Relations Overview of the Past Week and Future Outlook

    Sep 21, 2015
    Update on government relations issues facing the food retail industry. It is mid-September, and Congress still has a number of deadlines ahead as we close out the fiscal year. Government funding is front and center with September 30 less than two ...
  • Photo Contest: Member of Congress Grocer Store Tours

    Aug 13, 2015
    As elected officials return to their hometowns during the August recess, it is a great opportunity to invite your members of Congress to tour your stores and distribution centers. Take a photo with your lawmakers and share it with FMI, and we’ll ...
  • What Policy Gridlock? August Recess Begins with a Full Schedule Ahead

    Aug 7, 2015
    Thursday night's GOP debate marked the end of the presidential primary preseason, just in time for the beginning of the congressional August recess. On Wednesday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the chamber would not ...
  • Five Years Later: Swipe Fee Reform is a Success

    Jul 29, 2015
    As a body, the Senate is known for its decorum and more thoughtful collegiality than its neighboring lower body, the House of Representatives. Senators refer to each other as their “esteemed colleague” or “good friend,” no matter how vehemently ...
  • More Time for Proper Guidance on Menu Labeling

    Jul 20, 2015
    As supermarkets, FMI members have been challenged with the business implications of implementing a rule designed for restaurants and still face many unanswered questions. FDA’s announcement will hopefully give our members time to get more clarity ...
  • What We Can Learn from Country of Origin Labeling and the WTO

    Jul 7, 2015
    Perhaps the most frustrating part of this process – which has dragged on for more than six years – is that some of COOL’s most vociferous supporters are expressing surprise at this turn of events. For the food wholesale and retail community, the ...
  • Payment Security Front and Center in Kansas City

    Jun 29, 2015
    Last week, I joined over 100 payments professionals for an International Payments Policy Conference hosted by the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank. The two-day conference focused on protecting the retail payments system and included a series of ...
  • Time to Move Forward with Addressing Supermarkets’ Concerns with ACA Implementation

    Jun 25, 2015
    We hope that today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision on King v. Burwell will prompt Congress to move forward and the Administration to properly consider needed changes to the Affordable Care Act that are currently impacting supermarket associates. FMI ...
  • “Made in Italy” at FMI Connect

    Jun 9, 2015
    The Italian Trade Agency, a government agency promoting internationalization of Italian companies, today hosted a press conference in the FMI Connect Expo’s Italian Pavilion to launch a U.S. campaign in four major markets to raise awareness of the ...
  • One of These Things Is Not Like the Others

    May 21, 2015
    Chain restaurants and supermarkets are not the same. Their fundamental differences are many, but among the important ones is that the vast majority of grocery stores do not have menus or menu boards for most of their products. Unfortunately, the ...
  • President and CEO of K-VA-T Food Stores on Menu Labeling

    May 5, 2015
    Last week, FMI President and CEO, Leslie Sarasin, joined Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), Renee Ellmers (R-NC), Steve Womack (R-AR), NGA and Dominos at a press event to more publicly introduce the Common Sense Nutrition ...
  • FMI hits back on menu labeling

    May 4, 2015
    The following appeared in Politico on May 1, 2015: The Food Marketing Institute is not pleased with the National Restaurant Association’s recent suggestion that leaving grocery and convenience stores out of the national menu labeling mandate would “...
  • Recognizing Our Food Retail Public Affairs Leaders

    Apr 30, 2015
    Model T creator and innovator Henry Ford once said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” This quote comes to mind when I consider the two recipients of this year’s Donald H. MacManus Award. ...
  • Grocers on the Hill: A Successful Day in Washington

    Apr 23, 2015
    Last week, over 200 grocers traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in FMI’s annual Day in Washington fly-in on Capitol Hill, held in partnership with the National Grocers Association and the Food Industry Association Executives. Participants ...
  • Off to the Races

    Apr 14, 2015
    Just 24 hours apart, two prominent political figures announced their respective bids for the Presidency in 2016 – former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sen. Marco Rubio (FL-R). FMI is always looking for opportunities to connect our ...