FMI State Issues Retreat 2019

The FMI State Issues Retreat is an annual event that brings together food retail grocery associations and grocery company professionals from each state to discuss state legislative issues of interest to the food industry. This year's State Issues Retreat will take place at the Four Seasons Hotel in Denver, Colorado, August 12 to August 14.

As more and more policymaking occurs at the state and local level, this meeting provides an important opportunity to learn the lessons of 2019 and strategize for 2020. While the agenda is still being developed, topics will include CBD, Emerging Issues, Plastics, Taxes, Wage & Labor and much more. Please make your reservation directly with the hotel online using the code FMI0919 or by calling 303-389-3300 and referencing your affiliation with the group "FMI State Issues Retreat" to receive the negotiated room rate of $269. The hotel block cut-off date is July 19, 2019. More details are available on the "hotel information" page. 

UPDATEThe FMI0919 Room Block is SOLD OUT! Click here for information on alternative area hotels. 


Monday, August 12, 2019

3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.          Federal Issues Update

5:30 p.m.                             Meet in Lobby for Bus Departure

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.          Reception and Dinner (Denver

                                                    Country Club)

Tuesday, August 13, 2019  

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.          Continental Breakfast (Aspen Room)

8:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.         BUSINESS SESSIONS (All business

                                                    sessions in Cottonwood Ballroom)   

8:10 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.           Executive Overview of 2019 Trends

                                                    Leslie Sarasin, FMI President & CEO

3:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.          Networking/Free Time

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.          Reception (Pool Terrace)

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m           Dinner (Pool Terrace)

Confirmed Speakers for Tuesday, August 13:

  • Regulatory Landscape for Hemp-Derived Products, Samantha Dietle, Esq. Hogan Lovells US LLP
  • SNAP Chat 2019: Latest Updates on SNAP, Andrea Gold, Director, Retailer and Issuance Policy, USDA FNS SNAP 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019  

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.          Continental Breakfast (Aspen Room)

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.        BUSINESS SESSIONS CONTINUED

12:00 p.m.                               Meeting Adjourns        


Thank you to our Sponsors!

Coca Cola

Consumer Healthcare Products Association

General Mills


Plant Based Foods Association