FMI Jennifer Hatcher: We are disappointed on the passage of San Francisco Ordinance #170763

ARLINGTON, VA, 2017-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) released the following statement from Jennifer Hatcher, chief public policy officer and senior vice president of public affairs, on the passage of San Francisco Ordinance #170763 that will require food retail establishments to require recordkeeping regarding the use of antimicrobials in animals produced for food:

“Today, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance that will require expensive, duplicative reporting and recordkeeping requirements for certain food retail establishments in the city. We are disappointed that in the passage of this ordinance, the Board did not take into consideration the concerns of the city’s grocers, their customers, or the commonsense modifications proposed by FMI to exempt products marked as USDA certified organic, ‘Raised without Antibiotics’ or an approved variation of this nomenclature.”

“Under the ordinance, certain food retail establishments, including both traditional grocers and specialty food retail establishments with 25 or more stores nationwide, will be forced to produce and maintain redundant paperwork about antimicrobial usage or non-usage in meat. As FMI stated in its letter submitted to the Board and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, this information is already prominently provided on the package as it is federally regulated and must appear on the fresh meat label for those consumers who seek products from animals raised without antibiotics. This includes meat labeled “organic.”

“While FMI is displeased with the ordinance and that the Board neglected to even consider our proposed commonsense changes to the ordinance requirements, exempting previously labeled products, we will continue to be highly engaged through the rule-making process.”

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.

SOURCE: Food Marketing Institute

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Food Marketing Institute and the supermarket industry welcome approval of the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act

ARLINGTON, VA, 2017-Jul-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute and the supermarket industry appreciate Chairman Greg Walden’s (R-OR) leadership and the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s approval of the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act (H.R. 772).  H.R. 772 is a bipartisan bill led by Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Congressman Tony Cardenas (D-CA), and others on the House Energy & Commerce Committee to build some needed flexibility into FDA’s final menu labeling rule, which was expanded to regulate grocery stores without making accommodations for the variety of formats, food offerings or other local initiatives in a grocery store setting.

“The committee’s strong bipartisan vote demonstrates both Congress’ and supermarkets’ continued interest in getting the FDA “menu labeling” standards fixed and implemented in a common sense way that fits the variety of foods and formats of grocery stores,” said Jennifer Hatcher, FMI Chief Public Policy Officer.  “We appreciate Reps. McMorris Rodgers and Cardenas for co-leading this effort.”

The bill includes sensible modifications that the supermarket industry has continually requested, such as preserving the ability to sell locally-made and locally-sourced foods, allowing for the use of a central menu board for a salad bar, and providing the ability for corrective actions and liability protections for good-faith compliance efforts.

Enacting this legislation would direct and provide FDA with the ability to incorporate these critical changes into the current menu labeling rule and finally resolve some of the problems that we have been encountering.  In addition, the bill demonstrates supermarkets’ commitment to a federal menu labeling standard and ensures that the process moves forward to successful final implementation.

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.

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FMI honored industry veteran Peter V. “Greg” Gregerson with Glen P. Woodard Award for Public Affairs

FMI honored industry veteran Peter V. “Greg” Gregerson with Glen P. Woodard Award for Public Affairs

 

Chicago, 2017-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) today (Jun 12, 2017) recognizes Peter V. “Greg” Gregerson, president and CEO of Gregerson’s Food and Pharmacy Inc., for two decades of government relations advocacy for FMI and the food retail industry on Capitol Hill in both Washington, D.C., and Montgomery, Ala. FMI honored Gregerson with its Glen P. Woodard Award for Public Affairs at the organization’s professional development event, Future Leaders eXperience.

Gregerson’s three-store operation with a stand-alone drug store has been a mainstay in Gadsden, and consistent with the Woodard Award, Gregerson has been committed to his community and the greater industry at large by serving in a significant leadership capacity with the FMI Board of Directors as its vice chairman of FMI Public Affairs.

FMI Chief Public Policy Officer & Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Jennifer Hatcher recalled, “Greg was the first FMI member who greeted me personally when I came to work for FMI, as I had already known him and his stellar reputation from my work on Capitol Hill, and I’m witness to his deep dedication to our organization and the food industry – notably, in the two decades I’ve known him, he has not missed a single Day in Washington advocacy event.” Hatcher said, “He is devoted to critical industry issues such as swipe fee reform, most evident in his willingness to come back to Washington for a special plea to then Senate Banking Committee Chairman, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) to preserve the 2010 debit reforms, which we argue have increased competition, fostered increased security and helped to contain costs.”

Hatcher further commended Gregerson’s sense of community in rallying around industry issues, even when some regulations he advocated for and against in Washington may not directly and immediately apply to his business. She said, “Greg doesn’t hesitate to wear a broad industry hat when he represents FMI in Washington. For instance, even though Greg is an independent operator, he remains resolute in his stance against the application of a chain restaurant menu labeling rule that has sweeping business implications for establishments with 20 or more locations. Since his representative is a key member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Gregerson continues to play a strategic role in advocating for legislation that offers solutions for less costly and more flexible ways of sharing nutrition information with customers.”

Gregerson’s successes have been well documented. He received the Community Impact award in 2010 from the Gadsden Chamber of Commerce. He’s been named both Alabama Grocer of the Year (2011) and Retailer of the Year (2012) by the Alabama Grocers Association and Alabama Retail Association, respectively. He was also the Rotary Club’s Paul Harris Fellow.

In addition to his role with FMI, he continues to serve on a diverse set of boards that represent both business and community: the Alabama Grocers Association, WinSouth Credit Union, Gadsden Etowah Industrial Development Authority, Greenville, S.C., Shriners Hospital for Children and was recently reappointed by the Governor to the Alabama Small Business Commission.

Gregerson and his wife Marcy have four daughters and eight grandchildren.

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Heather Garlich
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202-220-0616

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FMI supports legislation Death Tax Repeal Act of 2017

ARLINGTON, VA, 2017-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) issued the following statement in support of legislation, Death Tax Repeal Act of 2017, introduced by Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) that would repeal the death tax once and for all.

”The death tax represents the most pernicious form of double taxation in the U.S. tax code – one that hits survivors again in their time of grief. It threatens the very existence of many family-owned grocers.” said Jennifer Hatcher, chief public policy officer & senior vice president of government relations. “The death tax forces business owners to spend any profits they make on hiring lawyers to design a plan to keep the business running in the event of their untimely death, rather than expanding their businesses and creating new jobs. FMI fully supports the legislation introduced and looks forward to working with Congress to see that it is passed.”

“Sen. Thune and Rep. Noem are strong advocates for keeping family-owned supermarkets in business and creating more jobs,” Hatcher said. We want to thank them for their leadership on this issue.”

The death tax poses a unique threat to America’s family-owned businesses. Although designed to impact only the very wealthy, it has just as frequently been applied to the kind of small and medium-sized businesses that are at the core of the U.S. economy. Long considered the most confiscatory tax imposed by the U.S. government, the rate has risen in the past to as high as 55 percent, and it is imposed following an owner’s death, at a time when businesses are most in need of all available resources.

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.

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Food Marketing Institute strongly opposes House Financial Services Committee provision on ‘No-Choice’ act

ARLINGTON, VA, 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) strongly opposes the provision in House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling’s (R-TX) so-called “CHOICE” Act (H.R. 5983), which eliminates choice for Main Street businesses and repeals debit card reforms that have fostered  competition in the marketplace for the past five years.

In 2010, Congress took the first step to address the broken payment card market by including debit reforms in the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. This Act required debit networks to actually compete for both bank and merchant routing business, breaking up monopolies.

“H.R. 5983 would be more appropriately named the ‘No-Choice’ act as it eliminates competition in the debit routing market and essentially ensures a return to a monopoly for one player,”  said Jennifer Hatcher, chief public policy officer & senior vice president, government relations. “I urge members of Congress and the House Financial Services Committee to stand with Main Street businesses in support of a competitive marketplace and oppose Chairman Hensarling’s legislation. Congress should not waste time attempting to repeal a successful competition-promoting reform when it has an extremely long to-do list of important items awaiting action.”

The 2010 debit reforms finally brought stability, transparency and even competition into the debit routing market.  Repealing the successful debit reforms would remove competition and increase merchants’ operating costs; with a 1.5% industry profit margin, any increases will have a direct impact on prices for consumers. The largest card networks should compete with each other and regional players to bring the best value and efficiency to customers, just like Main Street retailers do every day.

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.

Contact:

Tel: 202-452-8444
Fax: 202-429-4519

Source: Food Marketing Institute