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  • Eating Healthy: The Intersection of Consumer and Regulatory Trends

    Aug 23, 2018
    While many eaters have contrasting views on what exactly they mean when they “eat well,” food retailers across the country continue to implement new programs and abide by new standards that help the industry’s and consumers’ goals of promoting ...
  • Mid-Year Update from Washington: A Productive Year for the Industry

    Jul 31, 2018
    For an industry that is regulated from many different angles; as sellers of food, as employers and as business operations, each legislative fix or regulatory relief can provide food retailers with real benefits and cost savings as they focus on ...
  • Navigating November: Toss Ups, Tough Races and Strong Holds

    Jul 30, 2018
    There’s been no lack of drama this primary season. Much of the national media is focused on the federal elections in the U.S. House and Senate, but they’re missing a big part of the story – will Democrats rebuild power in the governors’ races or ...
  • Five Questions Shoppers Ask About The Food They Buy

    Jul 9, 2018
    Technology and digital services can offer a viable solution to the information-hungry customer by providing access to the targeted information they want in the way they prefer to consume it. It’s also a way for grocers to provide transparent ...
  • It’s Time for Food Retailers to Take the Lead on Card Security

    Jun 7, 2018
    Here is what we do know; on its current trajectory U.S. payment fraud is expected to reach a whopping $14.41 billion by 2025, and as a country we are lagging behind our competitors. American consumers, retailers, financial institutions and our ...
  • NAFTA Saved You $3.09 on Today’s Purchases

    May 23, 2018
    For many of us, it is hard to appreciate the role this free trade agreement plays in making our lives better; after all, we don’t get a receipt that says “NAFTA saved you $3.09 on today’s purchases” in the way we do for membership in store clubs or ...
  • Proclaim September as Family Meals Month in Your State

    May 11, 2018
    A unique way for State Grocery and Retail Associations to support this cause is to have your state proclaim September as Family Meals Month. Beyond benefits to consumers, NFMM helps the food retail industry encourage consumers to have more meals ...
  • Your Right To Vote

    May 4, 2018
    FMI’s Voting Resources website has all the tools you need to learn more about election dates, hours, polling locations, as well as, your elected officials. Voting in elections is essential to make sure your preferred candidate represents you in the ...
  • Tips for Menu Labeling Rule Compliance on May 7

    May 3, 2018
    To ensure you have all available FMI compliance resources for the menu labeling rule that requires grocery stores with 20 or more locations to provide calorie counts (and nutritional information upon request) for “restaurant-type foods” beginning ...
  • Consumer and Industry Trends Influence Legal Landscape in Food Retail

    Apr 30, 2018
    The food retail industry faces new regulatory challenges related to both changes in the industry and revisions to the regulations themselves. As customer demands and industry trends continue to change, what legal concerns will arise in the grocery ...
  • Even Albert Einstein Was Confused By His Taxes

    Apr 17, 2018
    Tax Day 2018 is finally here! For those of you who have your paperwork filed and taxes paid, congratulations. For those of you still trying to get this done – or worse yet, filing for an extension – hang in there, for this too shall ...
  • Photo Friday: Associated Wholesale Grocers Showcase

    Apr 13, 2018
    FMI recently attended the Associated Wholesale Grocers Showcase and Annual Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri, as part of membership’s efforts to increase exposure of FMI’s programs and services. In addition to a booth, FMI also provided thought ...
  • Small Wins Prove Advantageous

    Apr 2, 2018
    On March 23, when President Trump signed the $1.3 trillion fiscal 2018 spending bill, he also signed into law an important provision in the bill that will save FMI members millions of dollars in SNAP processing fees every year....
  • Help Amplify Your Voice in Washington

    Mar 19, 2018
    We look forward to hosting over a hundred grocers next month as part of our annual Day in Washington fly-in. Participants will meet with their lawmakers on Capitol Hill to discuss the many issues that they think about on a regular basis as they run ...
  • SNAP: A Private/Public Partnership That Works

    Mar 14, 2018
    One area in which the supermarket industry invests specifically in the communities it serves is USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The supermarket industry is the proud private sector partner with the federal government by ...