Arlington, VA – Today, FMI – The Food Industry Association member company representatives are descending on Capitol Hill to advocate for legislative solutions to address industry challenges and foster opportunities for economic growth. Dozens of executives from food retailers, wholesalers, and product suppliers who comprise the FMI Government Relations Committee are meeting with lawmakers to discuss Farm Bill reauthorization, food safety regulations, credit card competition, and pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) reform. 

"We are excited to bring FMI members together once again to have important discussions with key elected officials on the industry’s top legislative priorities," said FMI Chief Public Policy Officer Jennifer Hatcher. "The food industry plays a vital role in supplying more than 100 million American households with the foods and household goods they need every day.” 

Hatcher continued, “Food retailers, wholesalers and product suppliers of all sizes support reauthorization of SNAP, a vital program to so many Americans, and advocate for the continued safety and efficiency of the most abundant food system in the world. Our retailer members are also confronted with ever-increasing credit card swipe fees paid to the largest banks and credit card companies at the expense of communities across our nation. Additionally, our members operate 12,000 pharmacies in diverse communities throughout our country that are seriously threatened by the anticompetitive business practices of the largest PBMs.” 

“We appreciate the time our members take to educate lawmakers about these critical issues and relay firsthand the challenges and opportunities before them,” Hatcher concluded. “We look forward to working with elected officials in Congress to identify policy solutions that will make a difference in the lives of so many families.”