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  • Governors Outline Their Budget Priorities in "State of the State" Addresses

    Mar 9, 2017
    With President Donald J. Trump’s recent address to a Joint Session of Congress, there is no better time to highlight the similar speeches occurring across the states. With the exceptions of Louisiana and Ohio, whose governors will address their ...
  • Promoting the Importance of Debit Reforms in Your Networks

    Mar 8, 2017
    Thanks to modern technologies, engaging with customers, friends, elected officials and the media has become much easier, more efficient and more powerful. Retailers can use social media as a powerful driver to share their perspectives on the impact ...
  • Shaping Our Policy Priorities for the Year

    Feb 23, 2017
    Each year, FMI’s Government Relations department surveys its member companies to understand their policy and legislative priorities and how FMI can enhance our voice for food retail in Washington D.C. With a new presidential Administration and a new ...
  • Sharing the Grocers’ Perspective of SNAP with Congress

    Feb 17, 2017
    The U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee held a hearing on the pros and cons of restricting SNAP food choice. FMI’s President and CEO Leslie Sarasin served as a witness for the hearing and shared the food retailer perspective on the ...
  • Where does Menu Labeling Fit into the White House and Congressional Agenda?

    Feb 13, 2017
    There has been a flurry of activity in the first month of the Trump administration and the 115th Congress with a corresponding need to figure out how all of these actions and issues affect food retailers. One question to ask: Where does FDA’s menu ...
  • An “Outlook” Into the 50 State Legislatures

    Feb 1, 2017
    In 2017, FMI expects to sift through some 5,000 state bills of relevance to the grocery industry. To help our members wade through this yearly tsunami of bills, coupled with political changes, FMI releases the State Legislative Outlook every January....
  • Two Weeks In: A New Congress and New Priorities

    Jan 18, 2017
    The world still has two days before the new administration takes office, but the 115th Congress was sworn-in over two weeks ago. Republicans held on to majority control of both the House and Senate, and lawmakers reelected Paul Ryan (R-WI) as ...
  • What Can We Expect of a Trump Administration?

    Jan 17, 2017
    President-elect Donald Trump’s successful campaign for the office of President was marked by its unconventional tenor and free-wheeling populist spirit that challenged the existing political protocols. As a result, his first 100 days in office will ...
  • FED up with Credit and Debit Card Swipe Fees

    Jan 10, 2017
    Americans pay the highest card swipe fees in the world every time they use a credit or debit card. The credit and debit card companies collect nearly $79 billion each year in these fees. What’s more, consumers may not even realize they are paying ...
  • 2016 Was More than Just an Election Year

    Dec 20, 2016
    It is safe to say that most people will remember 2016 for tweet policy, hacked emails and then its surprising election results at the federal level, but we wanted to fill you in on what we did on your behalf this ...
  • Not the Group We Wish to be Gifting this Season

    Dec 15, 2016
    Each of us would like to be able to predict what we can expect during the first 100 days of a Trump administration, but in the midst of this speculation, there is one issue food retailers must ensure doesn’t get lost in the media frenzy. When the ...
  • Visa and MasterCard Delay EMV Liability: A Win for Retail

    Dec 6, 2016
    No matter how big or small, when merchants get a victory, we run with it. That is what last week’s announcement from Visa and MasterCard is—a win for retail. The two biggest card brands announced they are delaying EMV implementation from the ...
  • The Timely Diplomacy of Thanksgiving

    Nov 17, 2016
    The timing could not be more fortuitous. After a particularly contentious and vicious political season that exposed the depth and severity of every divide and difference across the American civic landscape, the nation is hungry – in body and spirit -...
  • It Is Time to Re-Register Your FDA Inspected Facilities: Why It’s Important and What You Need to Do

    Nov 17, 2016
    Under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires biennial registration of all domestic and foreign food facilities engaged in manufacturing, processing, packing, or holding food for consumption in the ...
  • Voters have spoken:The Impact of State Ballot Initiatives on the Grocery Industry

    Nov 16, 2016
    The 2016 Election is over, and while the world is still discussing and speculating what the results of the 2016 U.S. presidential election will mean, state ballot outcomes can give us an idea for possible trends looking ...