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  • 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....
  • Providing Opportunities for Veterans

    Nov 8, 2017
    As our recently released economic impact analysis emphasized, the supermarket industry is a major employer for U.S. workers, providing almost 5 million jobs across the country. FMI member companies hire workers of varying ages and backgrounds, ...
  • Recasting Disruption As Growth Opportunity

    Nov 6, 2017
    If we continue to characterize all things driving change as disruptors, we paint all change in the darker, more negative hues, suggesting that we view it as something we are being thrust into against our ...
  • A Long Called for Retirement Finally Announced

    Oct 20, 2017
    MasterCard has announced it is officially retiring signature authentication for credit and debit card transactions. This is a huge step in the right direction of once and for all putting signature out to pasture to never be seen ...
  • The Bipartisan Effect of Providing Jobs and Feeding Families

    Oct 19, 2017
    According to recent analysis released by FMI, our industry pays over $167 billion in wages to its almost five million workers in the U.S. Our significant economic impact includes the $367 million in wages in House Speaker Paul Ryan’s district in ...