FMI Government & Public Affairs

FMI's Government Relations department brings decades of government and industry experience to provide a voice for the food distribution industry before Congress and the regulatory agencies and to help our state associations amplify the industry’s voice in state capitals across the country.  FMI’s public policy agenda covers a broad and diverse portfolio of policy issues to accommodate the variety of business, consumer and workplace scenarios that the supermarket industry manages on a daily basis.  FMI’s government relations department provides a voice for the supermarket industry to serve our members and represent the industry in Washington.


Priority Issues


FMI is actively engaged on a range of priority legislative and regulatory policy items that could significantly impact the business operations of our food retailer and wholesaler member companies.

Federal Affairs

FMI is actively engaged on a range of priority legislative and regulatory policy items that could significantly impact the business operations of our food retailer and wholesaler member companies.

State Affairs

FMI’s state government relations department provides FMI member companies and state association executives with support to manage the wide range of state public policy challenges that impact the food industry.

Regulatory Affairs

FMI plays a lead role in engaging with the federal regulatory agencies throughout the rulemaking process to ensure that new regulations are not overly burdensome to our members’ businesses.

Political Affairs


FMI’s political programs consist of our efforts through FoodPAC, FMI’s political action committee as well as FMI LEAD, FMI’s political education fund (formerly called FoodPACE). 

FoodPAC

FoodPAC is FMI's Political Action Committee. Established in 1977, FoodPAC provides financial assistance to both Republican and Democratic candidates for Congress who understand and support issues that affect the supermarket industry.

FMI LEAD

FMI LEAD:
Corporate involvement in government relations

FMI Lead: Leadership, Education, Advocacy, Development Fund provides a critical component to FMI’s government relations activity by funding industry research, coalition efforts and advocacy campaigns. FMI LEAD supports coalitions that educate elected officials and customers on important issues and initiatives to the industry.  Formerly called FoodPACE, FMI's political education fund was created in 1998 to expand our industry's reach in the public policy process.

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FMI Advocacy App

FMI has an app for its members to help with advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill.  Users can access a congressional directory, Capitol Hill directions, issue talking points and state legislators, among other things.  The app is available for iOS and Android devices under “FMI Advocacy” on your app store.

 Menu Labeling Press Conference - April 2015

FMI President and CEO Leslie Sarasin joined bill sponsors Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) at a press event to more publicly introduce the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2015 (H.R. 2017), which would address several problems with FDA’s final menu labeling regulations.

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