ARLINGTON, VA — April 19, 2011 — The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Rosado as director of government relations. Rosado will focus on legislation that impacts supermarkets in the areas of food safety, health care, food deserts and the 2012 Farm Bill.

“Rob has a broad range of expertise in food and agriculture that will be very helpful to FMI and its members. His background also includes working with federal agencies on many issues related to the food retail industry,” said FMI President and Chief Executive Officer Leslie G. Sarasin. “We are very excited to have him join our team.”

Rosado joins FMI from the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) where he was policy manager for the food and agriculture issues. Before joining BIO, he served as director of legislative and political affairs for the Foreign Agriculture Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. While at USDA, Rosado managed legislative and communications activities for the agency and USDA on international issues, including the Farm Bill, trade, foreign market development and food assistance issues. He spent five years as senior director of legislative affairs at the American Meat Institute.

Rosado earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from Drew University.