Advocacy work enables the food industry to foster mutually beneficial relationships with state and federal government to inform and shape policy that best enables our industry to effectively feed families and enrich communities. Few understand this critical role better than the recipient of FMI’s 2021 Glen P. Woodard, Jr. Award for Public Affairs, Todd Schnuck, CEO of Schnuck Markets, Inc.
It’s astonishing to think that the average supermarket carries about 50,000 different products and that every single one of these products – from the varieties of chicken noodle soup to the sizes of bags of pistachios – is negotiated with suppliers on quantity and price. And this is just one of many operational expenses that grocers negotiate on – everything from store shelving to grocery carts to mobile app designers to delivery service providers. The list of operational needs and negotiations is endless.