ARLINGTON, VA — January 27, 2010 — The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) issued the following statement from Leslie G. Sarasin, president and chief executive officer, on Jeff Brown, president and owner of Brown’s Super Markets, Inc., and his invitation to be a guest at the State of the Union address tonight.

“We are delighted President Obama recognizes Jeff Brown’s hard work and commitment to provide his customers in Philadelphia fresh, affordable and nutritious food. Grocery stores provide jobs to people who live in the community and are the cornerstone of many neighborhoods and towns. Brown’s stores exemplify the important role supermarkets play within a community and retailers like Jeff understand the positive impact a grocery store has on a neighborhood and its families.   

The Food Marketing Institute is excited and proud of Jeff Brown’s recognition. We are also pleased that First Lady Michelle Obama is committed to addressing the problem of childhood obesity. Grocers share her concern and look forward to collaborating with the administration on the unique role our industry can play by providing better access to food that promotes healthy lifestyles and educating our customers about nutritious foods.”