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  • Numbers Don’t Lie: Grocery Remains A Steady Hand in Developing the Workforce of Tomorrow

    Feb 23, 2020
    Numbers don’t lie. The food retail industry knows where its strength lies and is making the investment in upgrading skills and technology to develop the workforce of the future. When it comes to our business model, nothing could be more fundamental. ...
  • Over 250 State and Local Plastics Bills Pending – New FMI Resource Available to Assist

    Feb 19, 2020
    The real story of the 2020 state legislative sessions may be that some states are seeking to move beyond bans on specific products like plastic bags or polystyrene containers to impose comprehensive regulatory frameworks for managing the disposal of ...
  • Our 2020 Government Affairs Priorities

    Feb 13, 2020
    A new year, an updated brand and a forward-looking list of priorities in the public policy arena. FMI’s government affairs team surveys our member companies annually to help us with this review and ensure that our policy priorities reflect the views ...
  • FMI 2020 50 State Outlook Shows Labor, Sustainability Bills Expected and New Issues Too

    Feb 7, 2020
    As of this week, 39 state legislatures are actively meeting and will address many issues as laid out in the FMI 50 State Outlook. An annual publication, FMI interviews state grocer and retail associations as well as FMI members on what issues they ...
  • Monitoring SNAP Policy Implications for Food Retail

    Jan 29, 2020
    Over the past year, USDA and other agencies have announced proposed rules changes for SNAP participation. FMI has tracked these changes and provided commented on key issues that could affect our industry. We highlighted a few proposals we’re ...
  • What’s In A Brand?

    Jan 21, 2020
    Life is full of circumstances and situations that prompt us to evaluate our personal brand and make necessary changes, adapting to a new position or setting by shifting our brand. Sometimes these involve small adjustments and sometimes we must ...
  • Smarter Food Safety: Emerging Technologies, Smarter Tools for Prevention, Evolving Business Models, and Food Safety Culture

    Jan 12, 2020
    Our “New Era of Food Safety" comments focus on several key principles, including focusing on outcomes; leveraging existing tools; increasing communications with stakeholders; accounting for the food industry’s variable resources and abilities; and ...
  • Preparing Our Legislative Strategy for 2020 and Beyond

    Jan 9, 2020
    Lawmakers recently returned to Washington to begin the second session of the 116th Congress. While 2020 is often correlated with hindsight, our focus this year will be on laying the groundwork for the future scenarios expected throughout this year ...
  • FMI’s 2019 Year in Review

    Dec 20, 2019
    There is something particularly noble about accomplishments that have so many ups and downs and surprise developments that they require a special brand of perseverance. Finishing the fight requires overcoming the nagging drag of self-doubt when the ...
  • SNAP: Work Requirements for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents

    Dec 18, 2019
    As a safety net, USDA has historically granted work requirement waivers for those individuals living in states that can demonstrate unemployment rates above 10 percent and/or, a lack of sufficient jobs in their state or within localities in their ...
  • A Guide: Hemp, CBD and the Food Retail Industry

    Dec 11, 2019
    How can your company navigate the emerging and changing regulatory framework while addressing the rising consumer demand for CBD products? Carefully. FMI has compiled a resource guide to help our member companies account for the many federal and ...
  • Feds, States and Localities Continue to Tackle Flavored E-cigarettes

    Nov 25, 2019
    Before the 24-hour coverage of the presidential impeachment hearings, the majority of the news this fall surrounded e-cigarettes, their safety, and the many flavors in which they come....
  • Being Prepared For A Government Shutdown

    Nov 13, 2019
    While we're optimistic that the government will stay open past November 21, we encourage members to be prepared in case of a federal shutdown. Any food retail operation that may need to renew or apply for a new Supplemental Nutrition Assistance ...
  • Hand in Hand Working to Reduce Food Waste

    Nov 8, 2019
    Founding members of FWRA signed an important memorandum of understandingwith three key government agencies – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The ...
  • Tobacco 21 Bills Gain Local, State and Federal Traction

    Oct 31, 2019
    Tweaks to existing laws have dominated the spectrum of tobacco legislation, and none as much as the minimum tobacco purchase age. The 1980s and 1990s saw the states establish a tobacco purchase age of 18, with a handful at ...