FMI Statement on 2008 Election Results

November 5, 2008
ARLINGTON, VA — November 5, 2008 — The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) issued the following statement from Leslie G. Sarasin, president and CEO:

“Food Marketing Institute congratulates president-elect Barack Obama and vice president-elect Joe Biden on their historic victory.

America’s record participation in this election signals our need to welcome new opportunities and forums for addressing and resolving issues.

We look forward to working closely with the White House, the new Administration and Congress on issues of importance to the American people such as ensuring this nation continues to provide the safest food supply in the world, making prescription drugs more affordable and accessible, and reducing run away credit card fees.”

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit