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  • 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 ...
  • The Poetry of Public Policy

    May 18, 2016
    Love or hate my rhyme, it is still critical that you keep up to date on the legislative and regulatory actions that could impact your business. Sign-up now to start receiving FMI’s weekly GR Report newsletter and visit our webpage to learn about ...
  • Food Retailers Get Their Turn to Talk SNAP

    May 13, 2016
    It is a rare occasion on Capitol Hill when both parties agree on something. This week, we got a rare glimpse of bipartisanship at a House Agriculture Committee hearing on retailers’ perspectives on USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (...
  • Talking Food Waste on Capitol Hill

    May 12, 2016
    Last week, I joined members of the Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA) – representing the nation’s grocers, food manufacturers and restaurants – to brief staff from the U.S. House of Representatives on the alliance’s mission and progress to ...
  • Improve Your Policy Aptitude and Your Fridays: Sign-Up for FMI’s Government Relations Updates

    May 6, 2016
    FMI plays an important role on behalf of the industry to educate lawmakers and policymakers about the impact of certain policies on the operations of your business. We also develop compliance tools and alerts for you and your team, but your company ...