WASHINGTON, DC — January 11, 2002 — Seeking to help small and mid-size food retailers enhance pre-employment screening procedures, the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and ChoicePoint (CPS:NYSE) today announced plans for a strategic alliance and access to ChoicePoint’s Web-based background screening service called ScreenNow.

“FMI is excited to announce this strategic alliance with ChoicePoint, the nation’s leading provider of pre-employment screening services,” said Tim Hammonds, FMI president and CEO. “We are also very pleased to offer ScreenNow to our member companies.”

“Through the alliance, ChoicePoint will offer FMI’s member retailers the ability to screen potential employees using the ScreenNow service,” said David Cook, vice president, WorkPlace Solutions for ChoicePoint. “ScreenNow can go a long way toward helping retailers reduce workplace fraud, waste and the high cost of employee turnover.”

ScreenNow is an online pre-employment screening service that provides background information to small and mid-sized businesses, generally those with 50 to 2000 employees. Information searches are compliant with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Accessing national and local databases, ScreenNow offers instant access to criminal record databases in states that make them available, motor vehicle record checks, credit reports and identity verifications, and online ordering of drug screening kits.

Through the alliance, retailers will realize immediate benefits, such as quick and easy access to reliable FCRA-compliant information and automated time-saving screening processes. In addition, ScreenNow can help small and mid-sized employers compete for the most desired candidates.

“ScreenNow will help food retail companies to become more competitive employers,” Hammonds said. “Considering that an estimated 34 percent of resumes and 73 percent of job applications contain falsified or embellished information, and with the cost of replacing employees often ranging in the area of $10,000 to $40,000, ScreenNow will be a tremendous asset to our industry.”


About FMI

Food Marketing Institute (FMI) conducts programs in research, education, industry relations and public affairs on behalf of its 2,300 member companies — food retailers and wholesalers — in the United States and around the world. FMI’s U.S. members operate approximately 26,000 retail food stores with a combined annual sales volume of $340 billion — three-quarters of all food retail store sales in the United States. FMI’s retail membership is composed of large multi-store chains, regional firms and independent supermarkets. Its international membership includes 200 companies from 60 countries.

About ChoicePoint Inc.

ChoicePoint is the leading provider of identification and credential verification services for making smarter decisions in today’s fast-paced world. The Company serves the information needs of insurance, business, government and individual customers, including Fortune 1000 corporations, asset-based lenders and professional service providers, and federal, state and local governments. ChoicePoint is committed to the responsible use of information and the protection of personal privacy as fundamental planks of the Company’s business model. For more information about ChoicePoint, visit the Company’s Web site at www.choicepoint.net.

ScreenNow is a trademark and ChoicePoint is a registered trademark of ChoicePoint Asset Company.