ARLINGTON, VA — December 15, 2009 — Food Marketing Institute president and chief executive officer Leslie G. Sarasin issued the following statement today on the appointment of Michael Jackson as the new president and CEO of the National Grocers Association:

"On behalf of the staff and members of Food Marketing Institute, it is my pleasure to extend warm congratulations to Mike on his appointment as president and CEO of the National Grocers Association. Given his impressive industry background and expertise, he will be a tremendous asset to the association representation for the industry. I look forward to working with Mike to continue to enhance the ways our associations work together to advance the issues, interests and concerns of our great industry that serves Americans and provides for families in cities and towns across the country."