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Leslie Sarasin

Video Forum: Leslie Sarasin, FMI

Video Forum: Leslie Sarasin, FMI

This week’s Video Forum examines developments in the supermarket sector with Leslie Sarasin, president and chief executive officer of FMI: The Food Industry Association. Sarasin talks about the FDA’s recent move to improve food safety, the industry response to COVID-19, and the impact of shifts in consumer behavior.

FMI supports proposed liability relief plan

FMI supports proposed liability relief plan

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Food Industry Association strongly supports liability relief protections that have been proposed by Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and John Cornyn (R-TX) for the next COVID-19 relief bill, the trade association said Monday. “Nine in ten voters agree that grocery store workers (93%), agricultural and food production workers (90%) and farm workers

Bill would provide tax break for frontline workers

Bill would provide tax break for frontline workers

WASHINGTON – Retail industry groups are voicing support for federal legislation that would provide tax relief for “essential” workers during the coronavirus pandemic. Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst on July 21 introduced the FRNT LINE Act, which provides income tax relief for workers who meet criteria set forth by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Rebranding of FMI goes beyond modernizing its image

ARLINGTON, Va. — Leslie Sarasin, president and chief executive officer of FMI — the Food Industry Association, is intent on ensuring that the group’s recent name change signifies more than an update of its image. Formerly the Food Marketing Institute, the newly rechristened association represents an industry far more diverse and complex than it was

Food industry groups partner to ensure food is available

Food industry groups partner to ensure food is available

ARLINGTON, VA – The International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) and FMI-Food Industry Association have formed an ad-hoc  partnership aimed at addressing consumer needs for food, water and cleaning products in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.  The partnership will connect foodservice distributors with excess capacity (products, transportation services, warehousing services) with food retailers and wholesalers

FMI rebrands as Food Industry Association

FMI rebrands as Food Industry Association

ARLINGTON, Va. – The former Food Marketing Institute on Tuesday officially rebranded itself as FMI – The Food Industry Association. The change reflects a strategy to “more broadly represent the food marketplace and embrace a more interconnected supply chain, the trade association said. “FMI provides the most productive forum for connecting and holding constructive dialogue

FMI’s 2019 shopping trends examines personalized grocery shopping

FMI’s 2019 shopping trends examines personalized grocery shopping

ARLINGTON, Va.— Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Tuesday released the 45th edition of U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends, an annual look at grocery shopper attitudes and behavior. The 2019 report, prepared by The Hartman Group, Inc., studies what consumers want from their retailers when personalizing their grocery shopping. “One third of households have at least one family member

Grocers turn bullish

MIAMI — It has been 10 years since Leslie Sarasin became president and chief executive officer of the Food Marketing Institute, and during her tenure  the level of confidence among the association’s members has never been higher. Speaking at the FMI Midwinter Executive Conference late last month, she cited the newfound assurance among supermarket operators

MMR honors Retailing’s Most Influential Women

MMR honors Retailing’s Most Influential Women

NEW YORK — Mass Market Retailers on Tuesday evening honored the outstanding executives who were identified by the publication as the industry’s Most Influential Women in 2018. On hand to receive awards were the following executives: Lisa Badgley, senior vice president of operations at Walgreens Lauren Brindley, group vice president and GMM of beauty and

As food retail market evolves, so do supermarkets

As food retail market evolves, so do supermarkets

Our member chief executive officers often emphasize with us that the heart of customer loyalty is value — but perhaps not in the traditional ways we’ve defined value through taste, price and convenience. In fact, the very concept of value has become increasingly more difficult to describe because it is unique and so personal for

Time for supermarkets to take action

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — If the operators of traditional supermarkets intend to command as prominent a position on the retailing scene of the future as they do today, they must act audaciously to fend off competition from a growing range of sources, in particular e-commerce, and stay in sync with the changing expectations of consumers. Driven

Grocers’ challenge in health, wellness

Grocers’ challenge in health, wellness

During wide-ranging remarks at the recent FMI Midwinter Executive Conference, Leslie Sarasin reiterated an important point about the nation’s supermarkets — the stores are ideally positioned to play a dominant role in meeting consumer demand for products and services that support health and wellness. The Food Marketing Institute’s president and chief executive officer talked about