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  • 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 ...
  • FMI Testifies on Capitol Hill About Food Prices

    Apr 29, 2016
    Andrew Harig, FMI senior director of sustainability, tax and trade, testified in front of the U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition yesterday, focusing on the issue of food prices and the consumer. He joined Jason ...
  • Is Your Company Prepared for a Cyber Crisis?

    Apr 26, 2016
    I spoke with Raj Bector, partner in Oliver Wyman’s Strategic IT and Operations Practice, on the importance of retailers being prepared for cyber crises and understanding how to implement effective cyber risk management. I also caught up with Hannah ...
  • A Sign of the Times

    Apr 21, 2016
    This week, more than 250 grocery and supermarket executives came to the nation’s capital to participate in the Food Marketing Institute and National Grocers Association and Food Industry Association Executives “Day in Washington.” The number is ...
  • FMI in the news

    Supermarket News Op-Ed: Common sense key ingredient for menu labeling law

    Apr 20, 2016
    From family dinners to neighborhood potlucks, food has always been at the center of such gatherings, making grocery stores an important partner in every community. The hundreds of grocers on Capitol Hill for the joint Day in Washington meeting this ...
  • Future of the Roberts Bill

    Mar 23, 2016
    I fear there may be some confusion regarding the vote last week on Senator Pat Roberts' bill to set up a federal, voluntary GMO labeling system. By a 48 (yes) to 49 (no) count, the bill fell short of gaining the 60 votes necessary to invoke cloture ...
  • April Fly-Ins Bring May Legislative Wins

    Mar 10, 2016
    FMI will be hosting its annual Day in Washington fly-in next month, and the timing to make the trip to the nation’s capital could not be better. Our industry has several important legislative initiatives this year, and nothing is more important for ...
  • Q and A with Jim Gerlach from BiPAC

    Mar 2, 2016
    The Honorable Jim Gerlach, president and CEO, Business-Industry Political Action Committee (BiPAC), is speaking at a joint general session at FMI’s Financial Executive/Internal Audit Conference and co-located Asset Protection Conferencewhere he’ll ...
  • Labels, Legislation and Limits to Both

    Feb 17, 2016
    While I thought 2015 would go down as the “year of the label,” it appears that labeling will continue to be the center of our attention for months to come. In a world of multi-channel communication, many of us question the efficaciousness of labels, ...
  • Becoming a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual

    Feb 12, 2016
    This week, FMI hosted a three-day training session that allows food retailers and other interested parties to become preventive controls qualified individuals (PCQI) as defined by FDA through a curriculum developed through the Food Safety Preventive ...
  • New Year, New State Legislative Sessions – What Grocers Need to Know

    Feb 10, 2016
    FMI monitors over 80 issues at the state level. Currently, more than 7,000 bills have been introduced for discussion this New Year. To help prepare for this onslaught of state legislative and regulatory activity, FMI releases the 50 State ...
  • Today is the Iowa Caucus, Tomorrow is Groundhog Day

    Feb 1, 2016
    Today, February 1, is the day of the Iowa Caucus, a day when Iowa voters meet in their various electoral precincts or “caucuses” to begin the process of electing a nominee for the Democratic and Republican parties. While Iowa only represents a small ...