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.  FMI's state staff provides resources and information, hosts a series of informative regional meetings and helps build broad industry coalitions to mobilize members and other key players to respond to state and local policy initiatives of importance to our members. FMI also engages in grassroots activity to give our members the opportunity to participate in the legislative process.



State Affairs Updates

  • FMI State Issues Report: Election Edition - November 3, 2016

    Nov 04, 2016
    In this special "Election Edition": 

    - State Legislatures - 86 of 99 Up for Grabs
    - Over 150 Initiatives on State Ballots this November 
    - 2016 Governors Races
    - No On 97: Onerous Oregon Measure 97 Update
    - Oklahoma Initiative Allows Grocers to Expand Alcohol Sales

    Full story
  • SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot Update

    Oct 25, 2016
    As FMI previously reported to you, USDA is seeking retailer volunteers for a two-year, nationwide pilot to enable SNAP participants to purchase their groceries online. The pilot is slated to begin in summer 2017.  Originally, USDA announced that up to five retailers in three states will be selected for this pilot. Recently, USDA has expanded the list of eligible states significantly, with the exceptions of Alaska, California, Hawaii, North Carolina, Tennessee, US Virgin Islands, West Virginia and Wisconsin, as they will be converting from their current EBT Processor to a new EBT processor during the pilot implementation timeframe.
    Full story

State Issues Resources

State 2016 Ballot Measure Guide for the Grocery Industry

This document is a compilation of certified state ballot initiatives salient to the grocery industry, appearing on the November 2016 general election ballot. 








2016 50-State Legislative Outlook

FMI collaborates with its members and the state grocery and retail associations to annually compile this comprehensive document. This state-by-state report provides information on priority state issues for the current legislative session to provide members with insights on the issues they are likely to face. It also includes 2016 election information. Full Report

The Impact of Changes in Off-Premises License Allocations in Massachusetts and The Implications for New Jersey

An FMI study finds that of the 50 liquor licenses (out of more than 2,800) granted to holders who already held three licenses in Massachusetts, just 32 percent (16) were for supermarkets. The rest were wholesale clubs, c-stores, package stores, or discount stores. Based on the success of the Massachusetts law, the study finds, New Jersey should enact legislation to increase the amount of liquor licenses that are currently allocated. This will allow for more equity in the marketplace and reduce barriers for new businesses. 

The FMI Wine Study: The Economic Impact of Allowing Shoppers to Purchase Wine in Food Stores

FMI has compiled research on the economic impact of allowing wine to be sold in food stores. The time has come for states to remove barriers and enable food retailers to create more jobs in local communities, help consumers reduce their daily travel needs, and provide new sources of revenues for overburdened state and local budgets.  

Additional State Affairs Resources


Dan Shaul, Missouri Grocers Association

Congratulations to our 2016 Donald H. MacManus Award winner, Dan Shaul of the Missouri Grocers Association.

Please check out the FMI news release for more information.   


Please contact our State Affairs Team with any questions.