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  • Advocacy: There’s An App for That

    Jun 9, 2017
    The FMI Advocacy app provides members and supporters with resources to successfully advocate to Congress, from Washington, D.C. or back in the home states and ...
  • FDA Provides Protections and Opportunities to Make Menu Labeling Successful in Supermarkets

    Jun 7, 2017
    In early May FDA formally extended the menu labeling rule compliance date until May 7, 2018, due to substantive regulatory and enforcement concerns expressed by many food retailers. But even more important, FDA has opened a 60-day comment period to ...
  • The New Food Safety Testing Gold Standard: Whole Genome Sequencing

    Jun 6, 2017
    While the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (FSMA) has updated U.S. food safety regulations, an emerging technology, known as whole genome sequencing (WGS), is revolutionizing outbreak investigations to more rapidly identify and prevent ...
  • Are you Prepared for FSVP Compliance? Compliance begins May 30

    May 30, 2017
    The first compliance dates for FDA’s FSMA rule on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for importers of food for humans or animals begin May 30, 2017. The FSVP rule requires importers who are covered by the rule to have risk-based programs ...
  • What the Tax on Imports Means for Your Business

    May 25, 2017
    The Trump administration is now past the “first 100 days” and looking to engage on longer-term issues. Congressional Republicans and the President have identified tax reform as one of their top priorities and are beginning to firm up plans for how ...
  • Making the Connection with Storytelling

    May 24, 2017
    In any organization, the power of storytelling transcends not only audiences but departments. It’s an effective communication tool that connects individuals to one another through the opportunity to frame relatable experiences. ...
  • Grocers in Government: Why Advocacy is a Key Ingredient for Successful Business

    May 17, 2017
    At the beginning of May, representatives from the grocery industry visited the nation’s capital for our annual supermarket Day in Washington fly-in, which is held in partnership with the National Grocers Association and Food Industry Association ...
  • Soda Taxes: Coming to a City Near You?

    May 9, 2017
    If you live near Chicago, Philadelphia, Santa Fe, Seattle, or in Northern California, you’ve probably heard a lot about soda or “sugar-sweetened beverage” taxes recently. If not, pay attention, since efforts to tax these items are a growing trend ...
  • FMI In the News: Congress should stand with Main Street, not Wall Street

    May 3, 2017
    The following opinion piece by Leslie Sarasin, president and CEO of Food Marketing Institute and Peter Larkin, president and CEO of National Grocers Association appeared in The Hill on May 3, 2017....
  • Photo Friday: Congressional Happenings on the West Coast with Northgate Gonzalez Market

    Apr 28, 2017
    The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) helped Northgate Gonzalez Market host Congressman Tony Cardenas (D-CA) on April 13 at store #24 in Norwalk, CA, where they showcased the mercado concept and talked through some of the more pressing issues impacting ...
  • 30 Years and Counting: Modernizing the Tax Code

    Apr 18, 2017
    Doing your taxes is probably exceeded only by jury duty on the list of civic responsibilities people dread. The genesis of this anxiety is simple to trace - the United States has an outdated and unwieldy tax system that hasn’t been updated in over ...
  • Forecasting Food Policy

    Apr 12, 2017
    The food retail industry has experienced several years of new rulemakings and other regulatory actions on a scale unlike previous regulatory environments. In addition to the industry-supported Food Safety Modernization Act, new regulations cover a ...
  • Compliance & Enforcement: The Nuts & Bolts of Menu Labeling

    Apr 12, 2017
    Knowing if your grocery store is covered under the menu labeling regulations is the first step in the compliance process, but there are numerous other details affecting whether individual items must ...
  • Food Retailers: Seek out that Next Generation of Leaders

    Apr 5, 2017
    Food retailing is a diverse and remarkable industry that strives to make a difference in each local community it serves every day. The food retail industry employs more than 3.4 million individuals and brims with extremely talented individuals, ...
  • Celebrating Food from Farm to Plate

    Mar 21, 2017
    Grocery stores are fortunate to work with some of the world’s best farmers and ranchers as supply chain partners to ensure that the products we have on the shelf are top quality. Today, on National Agriculture Day, FMI celebrates the entire supply ...