Consumer and Industry Trends Influence Legal Landscape in Food Retail Apr 30, 2018 By: Dana Mullen, Regulatory Counsel, Food Marketing Institute 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 industry? Consumer trends influencing new food format such as meal kits and an increase in prepared foods will present new legal challenges. For example, stores will need to understand new labeling requirements for restaurant type foods, and will need to make sure proper precautions are taken surrounding allergens for foods prepared in-store. On the operations front, online sales and home delivery services bring new legal concerns for food retail. In particular, from privacy issues relating to storing online order details to temperature controls in delivery, food retailers need to stay up-to-date on how regulations apply. The FMI Legal Conference offers the unique opportunity to connect with other legal professionals in the food retail business. “Presentations by leading subject matter experts coupled with opportunities to connect with business peers makes this a “must attend” event for your calendar,” said Bryan Granger, senior vice president, operations law, compliance and administration at C&S Wholesale Grocers. This year, the conference will include an interactive session with agency officials, and a chance to discuss priorities for food retail and how the agencies plan to work together moving forward. In particular, we will have Carmen Rottenberg, deputy administrator of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) at United States Department of Argiculture (USDA) and Brian Klippenstein, senior advisor for USDA, alongside FDA officials. For more information on the FMI Legal Conference, visit FMI.org/Legal-Conference.