FMI president and CEO Leslie Sarasin

FMI: Food Industry Investing in Customer Experience

FMI: Food Industry Investing in Customer Experience

ARLINGTON, Va. — The food industry is making major investments aimed at addressing shoppers’ evolving tastes, according to FMI—The Food Industry Association. FMI’s annual research report, The Food Retailing Industry Speaks 2022, finds that food retailers are focusing on investments in new technologies (73%) like foodservice ordering and delivery, dynamic pricing, and mobile checkout systems.

FMI launches new GM and HBC initiative

FMI launches new GM and HBC initiative

ARLINGTON, Va. — FMI – The Food Industry Association is launching a new initiative aimed at boosting general merchandise & health and beauty care (GM & HBC) sales in grocery stores. Led by consumer goods and retail industry veteran Tom Duffy, FMI’s new program will aim to “establish community engagement, a portfolio of insights and

FMI presents Executive Leadership Awards

FMI presents Executive Leadership Awards

ARLINGTON, Va. – FMI, the Food Industry Association, presented its annual Executive Leadership Awards on Tuesday, honoring Neal Berube, Jonathan Mayes, Steve Cahillane, Mike Stone, Todd Schnuck and Norman Mayne. Throughout the past year, these six executives displayed masterful leadership in overcoming challenges of the rapidly evolving food industry, FMI said. The 2022 awards were

FMI Midwinter Executive Conference rescheduled

FMI Midwinter Executive Conference rescheduled

ARLINGTON – FMI, The Food Industry Association, has rescheduled its signature Midwinter Executive Conference, after pausing to consider the heightened challenges associated with the Omicron variant. FMI Midwinter is now set to take place in-person from March 28 to March 31 at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Fla. “While we paused our Midwinter event plans

FMI, NAMI cancel Annual Meat Conference

FMI, NAMI cancel Annual Meat Conference

WASHINGTON — FMI, The Food Industry Association, and The North American Meat Institute have decided to cancel the 2022 Annual Meat Conference. The groups said Wednesday that the decision was made “out of respect for the health of our communities and due to the attention and consideration our respective members are putting into their operations.”

FMI to pause Midwinter Executive Conference

FMI to pause Midwinter Executive Conference

ARLINGTON, Va. – FMI – The Food Industry Association said Tuesday that it will pause plans for its Midwinter Executive Conference, slated for later this month, and focus on reconvening the industry, in-person, when it is more feasible to host this type of high-impact, industry dialog. FMI president and CEO Leslie Sarasin offered the following

FMI applauds introduction of DIR reform bill

FMI applauds introduction of DIR reform bill

ARLINGTON, Va. — On behalf of the 12,000 supermarket pharmacies operated by its member companies, FMI – The Food Industry Association said Wednesday that it applauds the introduction of the bipartisan Pharmacy DIR Reform to Reduce Senior Drug Costs Act.  This legislation would work to address the lack of transparency and fairness in hidden “clawback”

FMI: Grocery shopping has ‘fundamentally changed’

FMI: Grocery shopping has ‘fundamentally changed’

ARLINGTON, Va. — The past year has seen big changes in consumer grocery shopping habits that will likely outlast the pandemic that inspired them, according to the latest U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends report from FMI—The Food Industry Association. “Throughout this past year, American grocery consumers have developed a deeper relationship with their kitchens, increased their

FMI’s Sarasin recognized by CEO Update

FMI’s Sarasin recognized by CEO Update

ARLINGTON, Va. – Leslie Sarasin, president and chief executive officer of FMI – The Food Industry Association, has been named the 2021 Association CEO of the Year by CEO Update magazine. This recognition is awarded annually to the outstanding trade association chief executive officer. FMI chairman Randy Edeker, chairman, president and CEO of Hy-Vee Inc.

Food retailers honor employees as ‘grocery heroes’

Food retailers honor employees as ‘grocery heroes’

ARLINGTON, Va. – Food retailers on Monday are celebrating their employees for the “work they do feeding families and enriching lives.” February 22 is Supermarket Employee Day, a new holiday conceived back in November by FMI—The Food Industry Association. “When FMI proclaimed this new holiday to recognize the six million employees that comprise our nation’s

FMI commends role for pharmacies in vaccine push

FMI commends role for pharmacies in vaccine push

ARLINGTON, VA — FMI commended the Biden Administration for its plan to begin distributing COVID-19 vaccine doses directly to retail pharmacies across the nation, including those of supermarket companies, in order to expand access to vaccinations. Leslie Sarasin, president and chief executive officer of FMI — The Food Industry Association, offered a comment on Tuesday

FMI’s Sarasin on crafting the ‘next normal’

FMI’s Sarasin on crafting the ‘next normal’

WASHINGTON — Thomas Wolff famously wrote “you can’t go home again,” and FMI president and chief executive officer Leslie Sarasin said Tuesday that food retailers will face a similar reality when the COVID-19 pandemic finally ends. “There simply is no going back to the normal we knew before the pandemic,” she said. “We’ve changed, the