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  • Fostering Grocery Talent

    Sep 20, 2016
    If the Fed was looking for an indicator that the U.S. economy was ready for a rate hike, the August job numbers weren’t any help. After two spectacular months of employment gains, August’s disappointing numbers made one thing clear – we desperately ...
  • USDA Makes Strides in Online SNAP Pilot Programs

    Sep 16, 2016
    On September 15, 2016, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) released the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) online shopping pilot Request for Volunteers (RFV). The online shopping pilot is designed to explore the feasibility of ...
  • FMI on Innovation in Payments Systems

    Sep 2, 2016
    One of Congress’ many responsibilities is to ensure competition in the marketplace. FMI and member companies appreciate the legislative work that has been done to increase innovation in the payments system, specifically debit transactions. The ...
  • What the One-year Anniversary of EMV Means for Food Retailers

    Aug 29, 2016
    FMI member companies spent more than five years and hundreds of millions of dollars to become chip card-compliant before the October 2015 liability shift, and companies continue to dedicate significant resources to become EMV-compliant months after ...
  • FSMA Compliance for Preventive Controls Begins in September: Are You Ready?

    Aug 25, 2016
    Compliance for the cornerstone rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) begins on September 19, 2016. Hopefully this does not come as a surprise and simply as a gentle reminder to complete your Hazard Analysis and Preventive Control Plans ...
  • Online Redemption of SNAP Benefits To Be Piloted

    Aug 18, 2016
    USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s Andrea Gold spoke with FMI members at FMI’s State Issues Retreat earlier this month about a number of updates in the agency’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). There was a particular interest in the ...
  • D-SNAP and Other Emergency Feeding Operations

    Aug 17, 2016
    With historic flooding affecting parts of southern Louisiana, West Virginia and other ongoing disaster-related events in the U.S., FMI wants to ensure your companies are aware of resources available during times of great ...
  • Next Steps on GMO Disclosure Implementation

    Aug 16, 2016
    FMI recently held its State Issues Retreat in Middleburg, Virginia, hosting grocery state associations and representatives from several FMI member companies. Among the speakers at the meeting, participants heard from Doug McKalip, Senior Advisor to ...
  • A Vote for Grocery!

    Aug 15, 2016
    Every day our government relations team works to shape public policy on the federal, state and local levels. I can’t think of a better way to directly affect the way policy is written in the states than to elect grocers to the state legislature....
  • Embracing a New Wave of Information Technology

    Jul 21, 2016
    The legislative achievements last week on GMO have been a win for the value chain in giving food makers and sellers the option to disclose information in a flexible manner, so it was disconcerting that the debate on GMO included accusations that the ...
  • The Journey of an Imperfectly Perfect Bill

    Jul 20, 2016
    The distance from the U.S. Capitol to the White House is approximately 1.5 miles, a mere thirty minute stroll across relatively flat terrain. However, the journey for a GMO labeling bill, escorted through both ends of the Capitol, then down ...
  • Transparency in the Grocery Aisles

    Jul 7, 2016
    In 2014, the Trading Partner Alliance (TPA), a joint industry relationship group made up of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) that focuses on shared retailer-manufacturer supply chain efficiency ...
  • Feeding Hungry Americans = Priceless

    Jun 27, 2016
    When you’re in the business of feeding people, the idea of “food waste” can’t help but leave you feeling a little sick to your stomach. A lot goes into that: Wasted water, energy, and effort; and quality food ending up in landfill. From an ...
  • Congress Can Author a New Information Era for Consumers

    Jun 16, 2016
    The following is a transcript from Sarasin’s participation at today’s press conference with the Coalition For Safe Affordable Food stressing urgency of Senate action on national GMO labeling and costs of ...
  • Anticipating Big Changes to the Food Retail Industry’s Workforce

    May 18, 2016
    We’re thankful that Secretary Thomas Perez listened to our industry’s concerns and didn’t change the duties test at this time, as it is critical that food retail managers are able to perform essential duties and simultaneously lead by example. While ...