The Food Marketing Institute provides a comprehensive education program for various levels and functions of grocery distribution personnel. From online education to research, webinars to live conferences, FMI provides an opportunity to gain new skills and knowledge in the changing economic, social and governmental environment in which the food retailing industry operates.

Three Ways to Learn:

Conferences & Signature Events

Future Leaders
FMI organizes a wide number of conferences and signature events to include the annual trade show, FMI Connect, as well as smaller conferences covering a range of topics—asset protection, private brands, sustainability, store development, and much more. Learn More


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FMI hosted webinars connect you with knowledge partner research, regulatory updates, FMI research, and much more. Access recordings and catch up on the latest information available in the webinar archive library. New webinars are posted frequently, so check back often for any events you might have missed. Learn More

Online Education & Training


Based on FMI’s most popular education and training programs, courses for store-level and management associates are available for preview and purchase. FMI and LearnSomething combine forces to create online learning programs for the grocery industry. Browse the extensive catalog of courses to customize your online education needs. Learn More

Specialized Training:

Retail Management Certificate Program

Fresh Foods
The Retail Management Certificate program is an accredited community college business program established in 2000 by the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC) to provide food retail employees with the most relevant skills and competencies needed for managerial success. Learn More

SQF Training & Certification

Food Safety Inspection

Your status as an SQF Auditor, Consultant or Trainer makes your instantly recognizable to clients and peers alike for your advanced knowledge of food safety systems. Learn More

SafeMark Program

Retail Mangement Certificate Program
In the business of food safety, the best protection is prevention, and it begins with the right training program. That's why the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) developed the SafeMark training and certification program. Learn More

Food Industry Management College Programs

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Several universities and colleges have  food industry management programs in the United States that can help take your career even further. Learn More

Insights into FMI's Education & Conferences 

  • Photo Friday: Store Visit to Clements Marketplace in Portsmouth, Rhode Island

    Jul 29, 2016
    Photo Friday Clements MarketplaceLucas Darnell, director of member relations and advocacy for the eastern region at FMI met with Tracy Anthony, general manager at the Clements Marketplace in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. This family owned and community oriented grocer has been in business since 1980. 
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  • Photo Friday: Store Visit to Foods Etc. in Clearlake California

    Jul 22, 2016
    Foods Etc Photo FridayLast week, Cynthia Brazzel, director of member relations and advocacy for the western region at FMI, was in Clearlake California and visited with FMI board member Dennis Darling at his store Foods Etc. IGA One unique feature of this store is the colorful artwork showcasing the local area around Clearlake.
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  • How Did That Get In The Shopping Cart?

    Jul 19, 2016
    Grilled VegetablesThe chances are really good that the shopping responsibility for these backyard grill-fests didn’t fall squarely with just one person, but were a cooperative effort among the household’s multiple shoppers. According to FMI’s U.S. Grocery Shopper Trendsreport, 85 percent of all adults in the U.S. report that they have at least half the household responsibility for grocery shopping. Last year we identified that the “primary shopper paradigm” where one person –usually Mom – handled all the food selecting, planning, cooking, and shopping –was giving way to a new “shared shopper paradigm,” in which households delegate or collaborate on food shopping.
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