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 covering a range of topics—asset protection, private brands, sustainability, store development, legal, supply chain, meat 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

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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 

  • How to Sell More and Waste Less Food

    Retail Food Waste - Sell More, Waste LessThe challenge of reducing food waste has never been more in focus for the food wholesale and retail industry. By some estimates, as much as a third of all food produced is lost or wasted from farm to fork.
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  • FMI Focuses on Future Generations with Future Leaders in June

    Future Leaders In ActionNearly anytime two or more food retail leaders have gathered, the conversations seem to steer toward talent: from participants in the Retail Management Certificate Summit and webinars this summer to conversations during the Annual Business Conference last month to session recommendations at planning meetings for 2017 conferences. The topic is top of mind.
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  • Taking a New Path In Enriching the Food Retail Community

    fmi_connect_refocus_hero_adAll these factors tally up to a wholesale change in the ways we do business. Your association recognizes this quite clearly and today we made a strategic announcement about the relevancy of our events moving forward. After much deliberation and guidance from FMI’s Executive Committee, we have decided to no longer host FMI Connect 2017. As you can imagine, a decision of this magnitude was not reached easily.
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