FMI: New study reveals that 28% of American jobs are connected the food and agriculture sectors

More than one-fourth of American employment tied to the combined industries

WASHINGTON, 2017-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — A nationwide economic impact study released today (Nov 16, 2017) found that more than one-fifth (or 20.4%) of the nation’s economy is linked, either directly or indirectly, to the food and agriculture sectors and that more than one-fourth of all American jobs (28%) are similarly connected. Twenty-two food and agriculture organizations commissioned this research, available at www.FeedingTheEconomy.com.

Among the most important findings:

Total Jobs: 43,311,057

Total Wages: $1.9 trillion

Total Taxes: $894.13 billion

Exports: $146.32 billion

Total Food and Industry Economic Impact:  $6.7 trillion

“We have long understood that the food and agriculture industries play an absolutely vital role not only in feeding Americans, but also in feeding and growing the nation’s economy. This historic farm-to-fork economic analysis quantifies the impact of the jobs, wages, taxes and exports the industry makes possible,” said Leslie G. Sarasin, president and CEO of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI).  “As policymakers consider tax reform and other means to expand economic activity, I hope they will have a better understanding of how the food and agriculture sector not only feeds Americans, but also feeds the U.S. economy.”

To measure the total economic impact of the sectors, the analysis also includes the indirect and induced economic activity surrounding these industries, which captures upstream and downstream activity. For example, when a farm equipment retailer hires new employees because farmers are buying more tractors, experts consider the new salaries an indirect impact. Similarly, when a retail associate spends her paycheck, an induced economic impact occurs. Together, these have a multiplier effect on the already formidable direct impact of food and agriculture.

“These numbers tell an essential story, reminding us that food and agriculture remain absolutely central to our nation’s well-being. We not only produce three square meals a day for most Americans, that same work supports one in four American jobs — 28% of all U.S. employment can be tied to our industries,” said John Bode, president and CEO of the Corn Refiners Association. “Policymakers should keep this data in mind as they consider changes to tax and trade issues that might affect the food and agriculture sectors.”

“The release of today’s study further illustrates the powerful economic impact of the food and agriculture sector to the nation’s economy that is felt in every part of the country,” said American Bakers Association President and CEO Robb MacKie. “This study reinforces the previous Council for Economic Development study that listed the food and beverage industry as the largest manufacturing sector of our economy and has a significant positive trade balance impact. We hope policy makers will take this powerful economic impact into consideration as they make key decisions.”

The economic data was compiled by John Dunham & Associates and is available at www.FeedingTheEconomy.com. The analysis illustrates the direct impact of food and agriculture on jobs, wages, economic output, exports, and state and local business taxes. The interactive website also breaks out the data at the national, state and congressional district levels.

To learn more about the coalition behind this study visit http://feedingtheeconomy.com/aboutus.

The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) is the national trade association representing the corn refining industry of the United States. CRA and its predecessors have served this important segment of American agribusiness since 1913. Corn refiners manufacture sweeteners, starch, advanced bioproducts, corn oil and feed products from corn components such as starch, oil, protein and fiber.

ABA is the Washington D.C.-based voice of the wholesale baking industry.  Since 1897, ABA has represented the interests of bakers before the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, and international regulatory authorities.  ABA advocates on behalf of more than 1000 baking facilities and baking company suppliers.  ABA members produce bread, rolls, crackers, bagels, sweet goods, tortillas and many other wholesome, nutritious, baked products for America’s families.  The baking industry generates more than $102 billion in direct annual economic activity and employs over 706,000 highly-skilled people.

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry, which employs nearly 5 million workers and represents a combined annual sales volume of almost $800 billion. FMI member companies operate nearly 33,000 retail food stores and 12,000 pharmacies. FMI membership includes the entire spectrum of food retail venues; single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains, pharmacies, online and mixed retail stores. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education, health and wellness and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to almost 1,000 ­­­food retail and wholesale member companies and serves 85 international retail member companies. In addition, FMI has almost 500 associate member companies that provide products and services to the food retail industry.  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 supports Shoptalk’s new program for the grocery and consumer packaged goods industries

NEW YORK, NY and ARLINGTON, VA, 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shoptalk, the organizer of the world’s most important events for retail and ecommerce innovation, announced today the launch of Grocerytalk, a new program for the grocery and consumer packaged goods industries to take place during Shoptalk on March 18-21, 2018, at the Venetian in Las Vegas. Grocerytalk will include content, networking and other unique experiences that focus on the evolution of how consumers discover, shop and buy groceries and consumer packaged goods in a digital age, including the latest technologies, trends and business models. FMI will support the development and marketing of Grocerytalk.

Shoptalk is an unprecedented platform for large retailers and brands, venture-backed direct-to-consumer startups, tech and Internet companies, investors, media, Wall Street analysts and others to come together in an open and friendly environment to learn, collaborate and evolve. Through Shoptalk’s unique Hosted Retailers & Brands Program, individuals from established retailers and brands who engage with Shoptalk exhibitors and sponsors in up to eight 15-minute meetings (that’s just 2 hours over 4 days at Shoptalk) can apply for complimentary tickets to attend Shoptalk as well as a $750 travel/hotel reimbursement. Shoptalk expects more than 1,000 retailers and brands to participate in the Hosted Program, across more than 5,000 meetings.

“Since we launched Shoptalk just over two years ago, we’ve created an entirely new and modern retail and ecommerce narrative and community of innovators, breaking down major, now-stale silos across the industry,” said Anil D. Aggarwal, founder and chief executive officer of Shoptalk. “Our third U.S. event is tracking for over 7,500 attendees up from 5,600 in 2017 and 3,100 in 2016—making Shoptalk the largest American conference for retail and ecommerce innovation.”

Aggarwal continued, “We are excited to partner with FMI, which will support us on all aspects of Grocerytalk as we bring innovation in the grocery and consumer packaged goods industries together with many other verticals for a comprehensive view of disruption. Working with FMI is a breath of fresh air in an industry where many have not even started the critical transition from the legacy normal to an obvious and imminent new normal.”

“In sunsetting our traditional trade show, FMI Connect, FMI promised its members a bolder and more deliberate events strategy. Just as technology evolves, so too will FMI and its portfolio of member services and benefits,” said FMI president and chief executive officer, Leslie G. Sarasin. “Quite bluntly, moving our tech focus into the context of Shoptalk with the launch of Grocerytalk allows us the best of two worlds – maintaining the capacity to focus on the unique retail and ecommerce needs of food, but doing so in the grander, more possibility-rich context of the retail world’s exploration of the topic.”

About Shoptalk

Shoptalk organizes the world’s most important events for retail and ecommerce innovation. Shoptalk events represent unprecedented gatherings of individuals and companies reshaping how consumers discover, shop and buy. Each event provides a platform for large retailers and branded manufacturers, startups, tech companies, investors, media and analysts to learn, collaborate and evolve. The next U.S. event will be held on March 18-21, 2018 at the Venetian in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.shoptalk.com. Follow @shoptalk. Get tickets for Shoptalk here: http://shoptalk.com/register

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.

Contacts:

Rob Wells
Media Relations
rob@shoptalk.com
Berns Communications Group
Stacy Berns/Michael McMullan
(212) 994-4660
sberns@bcg-pr.com / mmcmullan@bcg-pr.com

Heather Garlich
FMI, media@fmi.org
(202) 220-0616

Source: FMI

FMI honors Michael R. Taylor as its 2017 Esther Peterson Award winner

FMI honors Michael R. Taylor as its 2017 Esther Peterson Award winner

 

CHICAGO, 2017-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) today (Jun 12, 2017) honors a stalwart champion of the consumer, Michael R. Taylor, as its 2017 Esther Peterson Award winner. Similar to the award’s namesake, Taylor has long supported the right of every consumer to safe, nutritious, affordable food, a commitment for which he was recognized at an FMI event for future food industry leaders.The Esther Peterson Award for Consumer Service historically has honored influencers across the fields of science, journalism, business, government and consumer advocacy. The award annually recognizes an individual who has served consumers in a significant way, and this year, Taylor becomes its 18thinductee.

Taylor began his public service as a staff lawyer at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and he served later as FDA’s deputy commissioner for policy and, most recently, as the agency’s first deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine.  He also served at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as administrator of the Food Safety and Inspection Service. Taylor led the overhaul of USDA’s meat safety program following the Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak in 1993, including making meat and poultry producers accountable for preventing pathogen contamination in raw products; and he led FDA’s implementation of the sweeping food safety reforms mandated by Congress in the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (FSMA).

FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin paid tribute to Taylor’s commitment to the rigor of food safety protocols saying, “Mike strives to make food safer; he courageously fights for consumer trust and transparency along the supply chain, artfully negotiating with opponents who were not necessarily in favor of change.” Sarasin continued, “We, too, in the food retail industry have definitely had our share of medicine to swallow, especially with regard to the laborious processes associated with the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act, but Mike was committed to understanding our challenges and to finding new ways for us to work with government to identify appropriate remedies to make the regulations work for our businesses.”

Sarasin said, “Mike has consistently demanded accountability in business to meet the demands of the consumer. When he stepped down from FDA in 2016, Food Safety News recounted, ‘When the changes Taylor made during the Clinton Administration are combined with those he’s made during the Obama Administration, he is easily the most significant person in food safety to come along in the last century.’ Today, we celebrate Mike’s significance for the food retail world, and ultimately, the shopper.”

Taylor maintains that food safety, food security, and the overall success of the food system are inextricably linked, which was his rationale for joining the Meridian Institute where he works today on projects that bring people together to make progress on food safety and food security. Taylor currently focuses his efforts in Africa.  He is also on the board of STOP Foodborne Illness, which represents illness victims and their families in the United States, advocates for effective food safety regulatory programs, and works with food companies to support the development of strong food safety cultures.

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:

Heather Garlich
Senior Director, Media and Public Relations
media@fmi.org
202-220-0616

Source: FMI

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FMI recognized Debbie and Rudy Dory of Newport Avenue Market with Robert B. Wegman Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence

FMI recognized Debbie and Rudy Dory of Newport Avenue Market with Robert B. Wegman Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence

 

CHICAGO, 2017-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Jun 12, 2017), in front of several hundred of the next generation of industry leaders, Food Marketing Institute (FMI) awarded Debbie and Rudy Dory of Newport Avenue Market in Bend, Oregon its Robert B. Wegman Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence. With focus on a healthy diet and a sense of humor, the Dorys’ single-store, employee-owned operation epitomizes this award for grocery innovators.

FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin said, “Rudy and Debbie are as colorful as the vision they have for their community and they have kept their shoppers in Bend, Oregon, guessing since 1991. They are a small operation, but mighty in spirit, and they embolden their industry peers to push boundaries and delight consumers in inventive ways.”Sarasin continued, “I would argue that the store’s creative appeal stems from Debbie’s professional background as a florist, and the Dorys’ double-digit growth for five of the last six years could be attributed to the store’s diverse mix of specialty food offerings, housewares and a hands-on approach to delivering fresh products to the consumer.”

Rudy and Debbie epitomize shopper trends with a hyper-focus on local products, featuring more than 200 artisanal items. They remain at the forefront of technology, investing $2.5 million over the course of five years. These investments yielded digital shelf tag technology in the aisles, energy-saving refrigeration technology and total store lighting, and giving their shoppers secure payment options like Apple Pay. The company is also a trailblazer with regard to equal wages and most recently became an employee-owned company in 2015, which provides workers with an ownership interest in Newport Avenue Market.

The two are greatly engaged in the community through environmental, community and industry stewardship. The company reduced its landfill waste by nearly 60 percent in 2012, and it continues to be involved in hunger prevention, fundraising more than $200,000 for the Hunger Prevention Coalition of Central Oregon. In addition to his FMI tenure on the board of directors, independent operator committee and past chair of the public affairs committee and share group, Rudy has been a past board member of the United Way, the Bend Chamber of Commerce, and Rotary Club; and in 2000, he was named the Deschutes County United Way Volunteer Citizen of the Year. In addition, Newport Avenue Market was named Business of the Year by the Bend Chamber in 2014.

Debbie and Rudy have one daughter, Lauren Johnson, who holds the title of CEO at Newport Avenue Market and regularly earns acclaim in her own right.

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:

Heather Garlich
Senior Director, Media and Public Relations
media@fmi.org
202-220-0616

Source: FMI

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Food Marketing Institute releases its U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2017 analysis

Food Marketing Institute releases its U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2017 analysis

 

CHICAGO, IL, 2017-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) today (Jun 12, 2017) released its U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2017 analysis, which reveals shopper demand for dimensions of transparency along the supply chain challenged by an evolving marketplace. The research signaled that U.S. grocery shoppers want more than just information; they desire transparency that engages them, offering assurances of food safety, the pursuit of health and wellness, the appetite for discovery and a closer connection to food.

FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin presented this year’s findings in front of more than 400 of the industry’s future leaders in Chicago at FMI’s professional development conference. Sarasin relayed, “[Consumers] can handle the truth, and the information they do want to know, they want delivered in a clear, forthright, trustworthy and easy-to-find way that conveys some sense of vulnerability and openness. This is a crucial area because I think honest clarity is the currency of trust in the digital age.”

While less traditional retailers enjoy more grocery traffic and shopper loyalty, FMI Trends data note that eight percent of shoppers still claim to have “no primary store.” Limited assortment (25%), natural (17%), convenience (11%), ethnic (11%) and online only (11%) food stores are increasingly frequented by shoppers. This is particularly significant because this year the research suggests how comfortable Millennials have suddenly become with using online shopping for their grocery needs, although they still order only a limited breadth of food products online.

Sarasin insisted that the unpredictable state of the marketplace demands a strategy to help transform a retailer from “just a store” to an ally. According to the Trends findings, overall shopper ratings of how well stores are meeting their needs favor those retail channels that lead in transparency, including natural and organic, online-only, club, fresh-focused, and midmarket  traditional grocery stores. Conversely, retail channels trailing in transparency include discount, convenience, supercenter, limited, dollar, drug and value-focused. Consumers continue to view their primary store also as a primary ally in their wellness pursuits (45%).

The analysis cites dimensions of transparency that can help retailers better connect consumers with the broader context of their food, notably a retailer that demonstrates easy access to relevant information, clear quality standards, proactivity and accountability, fair treatment of employees and openness about business practices. In fact, the findings describe the way consumers rank fresh-focused traditional grocery stores and natural and organic stores, above value-focused traditional supermarkets across all dimensions of transparency.

Emphasizing that transparency lends relevance to the retailer-shopper relationship, Sarasin said, “In the competitive food retail landscape and in an age in which information moves faster and faster, the consumer demand for clear and honest answers offers a zip-line to confidence in the complex food system.”

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:

Heather Garlich
Senior Director, Media and Public Relations
media@fmi.org
202-220-0616

Source: FMI

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FMI announces winners of the 2017 Store Manager Awards

FMI announces winners of the 2017 Store Manager Awards

 

CHICAGO, IL, 2017-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) today (Jun 12, 2017) celebrates the winners of the 2017

Store Manager Awards announced at Future Leaders eXperience. Their commitment to their communities, stores, and remarkable leadership in food retail stood out among 100 nominees.President and CEO, Food Marketing Institute, Leslie G. Sarasin said, “In today’s shifting food retail landscape, store managers must possess a unique mixture of skills to keep their stores on a successful path of smooth operations, quality customer service, meaningful community involvement and inviting shopping atmosphere.  It’s clear the exemplary leadership demonstrated by each of the winners inspires their teams to daily do their best, lean into challenges and stay a step ahead.”

The 2017 Store Manager Awards winners each receive a $1,000-prize and a crystal award. In addition to its traditional awards, FMI continued to host the “People’s Pick” Facebook contest that received more than 6,900 votes. The winner of the “People’s Pick” receives a special trophy and $500 to celebrate his or her store’s employees. Learn more about the finalists and winners at FMI.org/StoreManagerAwards.

The 18th annual Store Manager Award Winners are:

Category A: (1-49 stores)
Gary Casterline, ShopRite of Hunterdon County, Phillipsburg, New Jersey

Category B (50-199 stores)
Ricky Myers, D&W Fresh Markets, SpartanNash, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Category C (200+ stores)
Sally Angulo, Fry’s Food Stores, The Kroger Co., Phoenix, Arizona

Category D (International)
Clive Gould, SPAR Glenacres, Kempton Park, Johannesburg, South Africa

2017 Store Manager People’s Pick
John Snavely, Food 4 Less, The Kroger Co., Coachella, California

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:

Heather Garlich
Senior Director, Media and Public Relations
media@fmi.org
202-220-0616

Source: FMI

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FMI CEO Sarasin on President Trump’s budget proposal to reduce expenditures on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

ARLINGTON, VA, 2017-May-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin issued the following statement regarding the summary of President Trump’s budget proposal that estimates $2 billion in revenue to reduce expenditures on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) would be generated for the first time, by imposing fees on retailers serving as the delivery mechanism for these benefits.

“Yesterday we saw the first summary of the President’s budget proposal.  As the President’s proposal, it is meant to message priorities the Administration views as important, such as additional spending on defense.  The Congress will work through its budget process and will include additional priorities to serve as the basis for an agreed upon framework. As this process goes forward we look forward to working with the Administration, the Budget Committee and the House and Senate Agriculture Committees to address concerns to the food retail industry, including the flawed policy of imposing fees on food retailers in order to reduce the cost of the federal government’s nutrition assistance benefits to the most needy in our society.”

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:
phone: 202-452-8444
fax: 202-429-4519

Source: Food Marketing Institute

The Specialty Food Association and Food Marketing Institute launch strategic partnership

The Specialty Food Association and Food Marketing Institute launch strategic partnership

 

NEW YORK, NY, 2017-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Specialty Food Association (SFA) and Food Marketing Institute (FMI) have announced the launch of a strategic partnership focused on the $127 billion specialty food category.

This relationship will bring together SFA and FMI members to strengthen business development, engage in food safety training, and increase understanding of the growing specialty food industry. The segment offers high-quality, unique products that cater to an increasingly adventurous shopper.

“Specialty foods outpace their non-specialty counterparts in nearly every category, presenting a unique opportunity for a wide variety of retailers and foodservice operators to increase sales,” SFA President Phil Kafarakis said. “SFA looks forward to partnering with FMI in business-building programs with our respective members. We believe this strategic partnership will have a positive impact throughout the industry.”

FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin commented on the partnership saying, “Consumer trends point to continued specialty and organic growth, so it’s imperative that the food retail industry meet this consumer need, while making the necessary investment to secure the food supply by building trusting relationships with specialty product trading partners.”

The SFA’s Summer Fancy Food Show will serve as the stage for the launch of this SFA-FMI relationship. FMI members are invited to attend the new SFA LevelUP attraction at the Show and participate in a customized buyers program with SFA manufacturers – Biz Builders 1:1. The program brings pre-matched buyers and sellers together for one-on-one meetings just prior to the Fancy Food Show, creating sales opportunities that are tailored to each.

Another critical tier for this relationship is awareness building for FMI’s Safe Quality Foods (SQF) Institute Certification programs for manufacturers and the FMI SafeMark™ for retailers. Sarasin noted, “Food retailers are well positioned within their customers’ circle of trust when it comes to food safety and supporting shoppers’ health and wellness goals, so our partnership with SFA is supported by a responsible commitment to evolve and explore new territory that keeps the shopper’s confidence top of mind.”

Food safety experts from FMI will lead educational opportunities at the SFA’s Summer Fancy Food Show, sharing trends in food safety and outlining how new technology affects food safety, brand protection, and consumer confidence.

Kafarakis said, “Engaging FMI members directly in LevelUP and Biz Builders 1:1, and SFA members with core food safety principles will immediately elevate the level of authority at the Summer Show and be a great kick off for the partnership.”

More information on the SFA Fancy Food Show, including details on the LevelUP attraction, are at fancyfoodshows.com. The show is a trade-only event. Journalists who cover the specialty food industry may apply for press credentials. Click here to apply.

The Specialty Food Association is a thriving community of food artisans, purveyors, importers and entrepreneurs who bring craft, care and joy to the distinctive foods they sell. Established in 1952 in New York, the not-for-profit trade association provides its 3,600+ members in the U.S. and abroad the tools, knowledge and connections to champion and nurture their companies in an always-evolving marketplace. The Association (formerly the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc.) owns and produces the Winter and Summer Fancy Food Shows, and presents the sofi™ Awards honoring excellence in specialty food. www.specialtyfood.com

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

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Food Marketing Institute honored Alabama Grocers Association president Ellie Taylor with 2017 Donald H. MacManus Award

WASHINGTON, D.C., 2017-May-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (May 3, 2017) Food Marketing Institute (FMI) proudly awarded Ellie Taylor, president of the Alabama Grocers Association, as the 2017 Donald H. MacManus Award recipient for her outstanding leadership and dedication to the grocery industry.

FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin presented Taylor with the award at FMI’s Day in Washington fly-in event on Capitol Hill.

“Ellie’s passion for the food retail community is evident as she tirelessly dedicates herself to improving her community and the entire industry,” said Sarasin.

Taylor has been a successful champion for the food retail industry for more than twenty years. She was instrumental in creating “Eat At Home Alabama”, a consumer campaign to promote the grocery industry and eating at home. This campaign provided customers with tools on how to save money at grocery stores, how to effectively use coupons, recipes and food safety information. In 2016, she successfully lobbied for H.B. 174 “Alabama’s Uniform Minimum Wage Right-to-Work Act”, which provides the Alabama Legislature with the authority to establish uniform employment policies and regulations under collective bargaining under federal labor laws.

In 2015, she worked with legislature to pass S.B. 260, the Healthy Food Financing Act. This Act establishes the Healthy Food Financing Fund housed under the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Development Affairs and provides loans and grants to grocery stores for the construction, expansion and renovation of grocery stores in lower-income, underserved areas of rural and urban Alabama. In another effort to assist the low-income, she worked with her state to expand the number of days in the month that Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP) recipients could purchase groceries. Because of this, SNAP clients, along with all customers have a better shopping experience. Stores can hire more labor and can provide fresher stocks of perishable items throughout the month.

Taylor has implemented “Buy Alabama Best” that garnered state legislature attention and promotion in their Capitol. The Buy Alabama’s Best campaign will run throughout the year and is designed to inform and educate consumers on what products are made, produced, manufactured and/or headquartered in the state of Alabama. Proceeds from the sales of Alabama products will benefit Children’s Hospital of Alabama.

Ellie Taylor is distinguished among food retail industry executives. She has previously served as the Southern representative on the FMI Government Relations Committee, and has served on the board of directors for the Food Industry Association Executives (FIAE). She is a past award winner of the Grocery Industry “Women Who Make a Difference” award, and is a member of the Food Industry Hall of Fame.

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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: FMI

Contact:

phone: 202-452-8444
fax: 202-429-4519

FMI comments on the House Financial Services Committee consideration of The Financial CHOICE Act of 2017

ARLINGTON, VA, 2017-May-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin issued the following statement regarding the House Financial Services Committee consideration of The Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 (H.R. 10).

“H.R. 10 allows the country’s largest banks to take $10 billion a year out of the hands of Main Street grocers and their customers. At a time when Main Street is looking for ways to create jobs and grow the nation’s economy, it will be unproductive and quite harmful if the House Financial Services Committee approves a bill that would repeal the common sense debit reforms passed in 2010. Main Street grocers, their customers and the American economy deserve better than the negative impact this harmful bill will have.”

“As drafted, this bill would repeal debit reforms that have proven to be successful. These reforms provide competition in debit network routing, helping to keep prices low for grocers and their customers. Repealing the law would allow the country’s largest banks to increase their profits by doubling the average interchange collected on every debit transaction.”

Today (May 2, 2017), U.S. merchants already pay the highest swipe fees in the world. In 2015, the European Union limited debit interchange to 0.2%. So when a U.S. grocer pays 24 cents on a $20 transaction, a European grocer pays four cents on the same $20 purchase. Earlier this year, MasterCard announced it would reduce the swipe fees Canadian small businesses pay by 12%, furthering the divide between fee levels paid by U.S. merchants compared to our northern neighbors. Increasing these hidden fees even more will make it more difficult for U.S. merchants to grow, hire more employees and compete on the global stage. FMI strongly opposes H.R. 10 in its current form.

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:

phone: 202-452-8444
fax: 202-429-4519

Source: FMI

Food Marketing Institute announces keynote lineup for the 2017 Future Leaders eXperience conference

Food Marketing Institute announces keynote lineup for the 2017 Future Leaders eXperience conference

 

ARLINGTON, VA, 2017-Apr-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) today (April 4, 2017) announces its keynote lineup for the 2017 Future Leaders eXperience, the organization’s premier professional development conference. FMI aims to inspire the next generation of industry leaders with an epically different approach to its traditional event.

The keynotes will serve as preludes to more in-depth learning environments related to optimizing peak performance; developing productivity; encouraging team building; providing inventive ways to motivate staff; and highlighting strategic storytelling skills. The speaker lineup includes a best-selling author and Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, an Emmy-winning television personality and author, and a national champion storyteller. They will set the tone for a reinvented event format that breaks down traditional learning environments and encourages cross-industry, cross-company and cross-functional collaboration.

“To prepare our future leaders for the rapidly evolving food retail environment, among the  goals for the 2017 program was to create a safe environment that invites participants to get out of their comfort zones and stretch their leadership aptitude,” Leslie G. Sarasin, FMI president and CEO, said. “Businesses are required to be more authentic than ever before, and in an industry like ours, where customer service is the differentiator, food industry executives must be prepared and confident to engage with business partners and customers in constructive new ways.”

Sarasin continued, “Our goal is to build strong bonds among participants, bonds that may very well last a lifetime. Our Future Leaders eXperience’s new dynamic design presents an opportunity for participants to network with others across different parts of the industry and even those from their own company. In an industry that employs 3.4 million people, just think of the possibilities for new connections and experiences.”

Carol Abel, vice president of education and program development for FMI, echoed the enthusiasm for the new format, saying, “The Future Leaders eXperience co-chairs and program committee sought to construct a unique learning laboratory with hands-on exercises that companies could not host themselves, where their employees could learn in teams with other professionals across regions and areas of responsibility. We feel our event attendees will be challenged and put into practice their experiences when they return to their respective workplaces.”

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: FMI

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FMI and NRF to combine existing risk and safety signature events into one cross-industry gathering

ORLANDO, 2017-Mar-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the National Retail Federation (NRF) will partner on PROTECT in 2018, according to a live joint announcement made today (March 21, 2017) at the Audit, Safety, Asset Protection Conference in Orlando. The two associations will combine their existing risk and safety signature events into one cross-industry gathering starting in 2018.

The association executives for each group offered the following statements about the future of their working relationship and meeting the specialized needs of loss prevention, risk and safety, organized retail crime investigators, risk management and retail operations professionals:

FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin said, “Respecting the changing grocery landscape and the intense consolidation our industry has witnessed over the last several years, our trade groups are making similar strategic decisions to maximize efficiencies and deliver greater value to the audiences we serve. Our partnership with NRF on PROTECT 2018 will afford our food retail members the opportunity to expand their horizons, network in a larger sphere and get at the root of what they seek to do best – mitigate risk.”

NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said, “Securing retail brands, assets, people and profits is the essence of PROTECT’s brand promise. We are enthusiastic to amplify the sphere of influence of this gathering and ultimately help deliver the resources and information necessary to safeguard, prepare, protect and defend the nation’s commerce streams.”

More information about PROTECT in Dallas on June 11-18, 2018 will be forthcoming at this year’s PROTECT being held at the Gaylord in Washington DC June 26 -28.

About FMI
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; for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.

About NRF
NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.

Contact:
Ana Serafin Smith
(202) 626-8189
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

FMI and GMA initiate new standard wording on packaging to reduce consumer confusion about product date labels

WASHINGTON, D.C., 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — In a new industry-wide effort to reduce consumer confusion about product date labels, grocery manufacturers and retailers have joined together to adopt standard wording on packaging about the quality and safety of products.

Currently, more than 10 different date labels on packages – such as Sell By, Use By, Expires On, Best Before, Better if Used By or Best By – can result in confused consumers discarding a safe or usable product after the date on the package.

The new voluntary initiative streamlines the myriad date labels on consumer products packaging down to just two standard phrases. “BEST If Used By” describes product quality, where the product may not taste or perform as expected but is safe to use or consume. “USE By” applies to the few products that are highly perishable and/or have a food safety concern over time; these products should be consumed by the date listed on the package – and disposed of after that date.

The new initiative for common phrasing is led by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), the two major trade associations for retailers and consumer products manufacturing.

Retailers and manufacturers are encouraged to immediately begin phasing in the common wording with widespread adoption urged by the summer of 2018. Broad industry adoption of this new voluntary standard will occur over time so companies have flexibility to make the changes in a way that ensures consistency across their product categories.

“Our product code dating initiative is the latest example of how retailers and manufacturers are stepping up to help consumers and to reduce food waste,” said Pamela G. Bailey, GMA president and CEO.

“The shopper remains the most critical audience in our industry, and as the associations representing major food brands and retailers, we want to encourage a consistent vocabulary so that our customers clearly understand they are purchasing products that are of the highest quality and safety possible,” said Leslie G. Sarasin, FMI president and CEO. “While we all need nourishment, both retailers and manufacturers also want consumers to have the best experience possible in their stores and consuming their products.”

“The customer comes first in our business, and this voluntary industry initiative provides shoppers with clear, easily understood date label information, so our customers can be confident in the product’s quality and safety,” said Joe Colalillo, president of ShopRite of Hunterdon County, Inc. and chairman and CEO of Wakefern Food Corp. “Food retailers and manufacturers are working towards the common goal of bringing consistency and greater clarity in product date label messaging. We want to ensure our customers have meaningful information that helps them make the best decisions for their families, both in the store when they shop and when they enjoy foods at home.”

“Eliminating confusion for consumers by using common product date wording is a win-win because it means more products will be used instead of thrown away in error,” said Jack Jeffers, Vice President of Quality at Dean Foods, which led GMA’s work on this issue. “It’s much better that these products stay in the kitchen – and out of landfills.”

Product date labeling changes may result in reduced consumer food waste, but clearing up this confusion is just one of several ways to combat the issue moving forward.  About 44 percent of food waste sent to landfills comes from consumers, and statistics show that addressing consumer confusion around product date labeling could reduce total national food waste by just 8 percent.

The food industry has stepped up and made considerable progress in reducing food waste. GMA and FMI joined with the National Restaurant Association in 2011 to create the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, which is helping companies find ways to cut food waste. GMA member companies recycled 97 percent of food waste from operations and donated 156 million pounds of food to food banks in 2015. FMI member companies reported 1.5 billion pounds in diverted food waste, including 390 million pounds of food donated to food banks.

Today’s announcement was praised by a range of companies and groups:

“Research shows that the multitude of date labels that appear on foods today are a source of confusion for many consumers,” said Frank Yiannas, Vice President of Food Safety & Health for Walmart.  “As advocates for the customer, we’re delighted with this industry-wide, collaborative initiative that will provide consistency, simplify consumers’ lives, and reduce food waste in homes across America.”

“Clarifying and standardizing date label language is one of the most cost effective ways that we can reduce the 40 percent of food that goes to waste each year in the United States,” said Emily Broad Leib, Director, Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC). “Having worked for several years on this issue, I am thrilled to see GMA and FMI incorporate FLPC’s recommendations and take this critical step towards making date labels clearer, so that consumers can make better decisions and reduce needless waste of food and money.”

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: FMI

ShopRite of Hunterdon County President Joseph S. Colalillo recognized by Food Marketing Institute

Keasbey, NJ, 2017-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) has recognized ShopRite of Hunterdon County President Joseph S. Colalillo for his work as an entrepreneurial and industry leader who helps businesses better serve consumers. Colalillo, a second-generation grocer, owns and operates five ShopRite stores in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and also serves as Chairman and CEO of Wakefern Food Corp., the largest U.S. retailer-owned cooperative in the country and the merchandising and distribution arm for ShopRite stores.

“Joe is a straight-talking, honest broker of goods and services and he inspires our industry to maintain its relevance by his keen commitment to doing what is right for the customer,” said FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin. “Joe is a champion of new ideas and he has consistently embraced new industry initiatives that empower businesses to better serve the consumer.”

Sarasin presented Colalillo with FMI’s Wegman Award at the institute’s mid-winter executive conference late last month. FMI is a leading advocate for the food retail industry and the award recognizes entrepreneurial leadership in the design of retail strategies and imaginative merchandising.

Colalillo’s commitment to the supermarket industry is rooted in tradition and a passion for the business.
Founded nearly 70 years ago by Colalillo’s father, Joseph A. Colalillo, ShopRite of Hunterdon County today owns and operates ShopRite stores located in Flemington, Greenwich, and Clinton, NJ; and Yardley and Bethlehem, PA., and employs more than 1,800 associates.  In addition to his role as president of the family business, Colalillo has also served as chairman and CEO of Wakefern Food Corp. since 2005.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by FMI, and I am accepting this award on behalf of all our associates who work in our stores and help make ShopRite of Hunterdon County a successful company,” said Colalillo. “I’m proud to be part of the grocery industry and to work closely with other members and Wakefern staff in our cooperative to create the very best supermarkets we can for our customers.”

Colalillo serves on the Board of Directors for FMI and he is a past chair and a current member of FMI’s Food Safety committee.  He also serves on FMI’s Member Services, Independent Operator and Strategic Planning committees.

He has been recognized in the past by FMI for launching consumer-facing technologies, initiating seafood sustainability programs, cultivating associate engagement and implementing health and wellness solutions in ShopRite stores. Colalillo is also a member of one of FMI’s non-competitive share groups that exchanges new ideas to better its businesses, the industry and the communities which they serve.

A past member of the New Jersey Food Council’s Board of Directors, Joe received the Food Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005 for his contribution to the food industry and service to the community. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Choose New Jersey, an organization formed in 2010 to recruit new businesses to the state.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University. Colalillo and his wife Jeannie have four children.

PR Contacts:

Karen O’Shea
Communications Specialist
Email: karen.oshea@wakefern.com
Phone: 732-906-5932
Fax: 732-906-5160

Karen Meleta
Vice President
Consumer and Corporate Communications
Email: Karen.meleta@wakefern.com
Phone: 732-906-5356

Source: ShopRite

Bipartisan legislation to address problems with FDA menu labeling

ARLINGTON, VA, 2017-Feb-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) renewed the supermarket industry’s support for the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act (H.R. 772/S. 261). This bipartisan legislation introduced today (February 2, 2017) addresses persistent problems with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) menu labeling final rule. FMI urges support of this legislation to allow these changes to be enacted and implemented prior to FDA’s upcoming compliance date, scheduled to be on May 5, 2017.

FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin stated:

“We applaud Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Angus King (I-ME), and their bipartisan co-sponsors for their continued commitment to addressing the problems supermarkets have been facing with a “square-peg-in-a-round-hole” approach to FDA’s application of menu labeling in grocery stores. The Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act (H.R. 772/S. 261) is exactly what its title indicates: a sensible approach to providing nutrition transparency to customers while providing flexibility for supermarkets to successfully implement the requirements of the regulation. We commit our support to enacting this critical legislation as soon as possible and for actions to be taken so these modifications can be implemented prior to FDA’s moving forward with compliance enforcement.”

Key provisions of the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act:

  • Protects local food items only sold at a few stores
  • Allows the use of a menu or menu board in a prepared foods area
  • Ensures advertisements, signs and other marketing materials are not regulated as “menus”
  • Allows use of a website or app as a means for compliance for ordered items, such as pre-ordered sandwiches, catering or delivery.
  • Secures enforcement and liability protections for good-faith compliance efforts and inadvertent human errors

FMI seeks passage of this legislation because despite the supermarket industry’s numerous meetings, conference calls, and conversations with the agency at all levels over the last six years, FDA did not fix these problems in its final rule or its guidance, which has ultimately led to complications, confusion, and delays. The text of the legislation being introduced today mirrors that passed with broad bipartisan support in the previous congress by the House of Representatives. FMI is very grateful to Representatives McMorris Rodgers and Cardenas, and Senators Blunt and King for their leadership.

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: FMI

FMI honors The Hershey Company veterans with FMI William H. Albers Award

FMI honors The Hershey Company veterans with FMI William H. Albers Award

J.P. Bilbrey and Tom Joyce Recognized for their Contributions to Trading Partner Relations 

 

Scottsdale, Ariz., 2017-Jan-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) tonight (January 28, 2017) honored The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY)  by giving two of its industry veterans an award celebrating excellence in trading partner relations and consumer and community service, the FMI William H. Albers Award.

The Hershey Company executives, J.P. Bilbrey, president, CEO and chairman of the board, and Tom Joyce, retired vice president, global customer and industry affairs, received the Albers award at FMI’s Midwinter Executive Conference. Representing one of the company’s leading customers, Kroger Executive Vice President, Retail Operations, Fred Morganthall paid tribute to their collaboration approach to business, saying in a testimonial: “Gentlemen, as individuals you have each made significant contributions to our industry; but together, you formed a standard-setting team for retailer-supplier relations.”

The Hershey Company is a global confectionery leader. Based in Hershey, Pa., it has revenues of more than $7.1 billion. Hershey offers confectionery products under more than 80 brand names. The company and its executives are strategic advisors to the global food, beverage and retail trade associations.

FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin said, “In food retail circles, the name The Hershey Company has become synonymous with trusted partner; the dependable quality of its products being matched by the reliable caliber of its leadership and its steadfast nurture of the retailer relationship.” She continued, “Each in his own unique way and collectively, J.P. and Tom have made sure the Hershey commitment to community support and trading partner excellence isn’t something just described with words but instead is a tangible reality experienced each day.”

Bilbrey serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Hershey Company (HSY) as well as a member of the Colgate-Palmolive Company (CL) Board of Directors and the Kansas State University Business School Advisory Council.  Bilbrey recently served his tenure as chairman of the Grocery Manufacturers Association Executive Board. Joyce, a 40-year veteran of the company, served as vice president of customer & industry affairs since October 2004. In addition to his tenure at The Hershey Company, Joyce played an integral role at FMI, offering his strategic insights on the FMI Industry Collaboration Council, FMI convention planning committees and the FMI Wholesaler Supplier Advisory Council.

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: FMI

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FMI recognizes Wakefern CEO Joe Colalillo for his entrepreneurial leadership in design and imaginative merchandising

FMI recognizes Wakefern CEO Joe Colalillo for his entrepreneurial leadership in design and imaginative merchandising

 

Scottsdale, Ariz., 2017-Jan-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) tonight (January 28, 2017) honored Joe Colalillo, president of ShopRite of Hunterdon County, Inc. and chairman and CEO of Wakefern Food Corp., with FMI’s Wegman Award for exercising entrepreneurial leadership in the design of retail strategies and imaginative merchandising.

FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin commented on Colalillo’s honor saying, “Joe is a champion of new ideas – he has consistently embraced new industry initiatives that empower businesses to better serve the consumer. For instance, Joe was a leading proponent of the food safety training program, SafeMark™, ensuring all of his employees were trained and certified.” Sarasin continued, “Joe is a straight talking, honest broker of goods and services and he inspires our industry to maintain its relevance by his keen commitment to doing what is right for the customer.”

Colalillo is generous with both his time and counsel, serving on multiple boards and board-level committees, including the FMI Board of Directors and the Food Safety Committee. He has been recognized in the past for launching consumer-facing technologies, initiating seafood sustainability programs, cultivating associate engagement and implementing health and wellness solutions in ShopRite stores. Colalillo is also a member of one of FMI’s non-competitive share groups that exchanges new ideas to better their businesses, the industry and the communities which they serve.

A fellow share group member, Chief Executive Officer of Dorothy Lane Market, Inc., and the 2013 winner of the FMI Wegman Award, Norman Mayne, said, “I can’t think of anyone more deserving than Joe to receive an award that is named in the honor of an industry icon, Robert Wegman.”

Colalillo has maintained his family-owned business, founded in the late 1940s by his father, Joseph A. Colalillo. The Colalillo family owns and operates three ShopRite stores located in Flemington, Greenwich, and Clinton, New Jersey, and together, these stores employ more than 1,100 associates. In addition to his work with FMI, he offers his time to the New Jersey Food Council’s Board of Directors and received its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.

Colalillo holds a Bachelor’s degree from Villanova University. Colalillo and his wife Jeannie have two children.

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: FMI

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FMI honors former Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw with the Rabb Award

FMI honors former Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw with the Rabb Award

 

Scottsdale, Ariz., 2017-Jan-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) tonight (January 28, 2017) recognized former Publix Super Markets Inc., CEO and current chairman of the board of directors Ed Crenshaw with FMI’s highest honor, the Rabb Award.

FMI acknowledged Crenshaw for excellence in serving the consumer, the community and the industry at a celebratory event at the Midwinter Executive Conference. The awards ceremony was further marked by a testimonial from Publix CEO Todd Jones, who recognized Crenshaw’s 42-year career saying, “It’s a reflection of our company culture and the legacy that you have built.  You’ve weathered recessions and fluctuating market trends; you’ve taught us how to be humble; you’ve been a mentor in our careers, a supporter of our communities, and built solid business relationships; and perhaps most importantly, you’ve given us your time and invaluable counsel.”

Crenshaw’s storied career began as a stock clerk for the company, and throughout his corporate journey, he held management, buying and store operations positions until he earned the titles of executive vice president of retail in 1994, president in 1996 and eventually took the helm as CEO in 2008. Crenshaw’s reputation for exceptional leadership is well regarded in the business and trade communities.

“Publix is consistently recognized as one of the top companies to work for 19 consecutive years, and it’s Ed’s remarkable leadership that has nurtured Publix’s reputation for two decades,” FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin remarked. “We honor Ed tonight because he has truly been integral to the strategic development of FMI policies and positions – from the development of industry resources, its health care agenda, labeling issues and its political action committee  –  all while keeping the needs of the consumer in a clear line of sight.”

Crenshaw has served with the Kidney Foundation of Central Florida, the Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center, the Polk Museum of Art, the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, the Polk County School Board Business Commission, and Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center.  He is chair of the Board of Overseers for the Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise at Florida Southern College, and is a member of Florida’s Council of 100. He has served on the board of GS1-US and is a member of FMI’s board of directors.

A native Texan, Crenshaw graduated from Baylor University in Waco. He and his wife Denise have two children.

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: FMI

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CFA recognized FMI president and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin with CFA’s Outstanding Industry Leader award

WEST HARTFORD, CT, 2016-Oct-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Connecticut Food Association (CFA) names Leslie G. Sarasin, president and CEO of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), as the recipient of CFA’s Outstanding Industry Leader award at its 2016 Person of the Year banquet.  Sarasin will be presented the award at an evening reception on October 20th.

“Leslie is a tireless champion for the nation’s food retailers and wholesalers and we’re thrilled to recognize her efforts in advocating on behalf of the food retail industry,” said Wayne Pesce, Connecticut Food Association president. “Leslie fully understands the power the states hold in influencing policy and the broader food community agenda, and her leadership and knowledge has brought a new energy to our industry.”

Pesce described the significance of Sarasin’s award, saying, “Leslie is largely being recognized for her leadership role in the legislative victory that established federal preemption regarding the disclosure of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO). In 2013, Connecticut’s Governor signed the first state law in the nation mandating the labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients, so this year’s legislative victory at a federal level offered Connecticut businesses more flexibility and helped to preserve interstate commerce.”

Sarasin remarked on receiving this honor, “I’m incredibly humbled to receive this recognition from the Connecticut Food Association and to have my efforts acknowledge in a state so dear to the heart of my family is especially meaningful. Some of our most politically active members hail from ‘the Constitution State,’ and their advocacy efforts amplify the voice of food retail so effectively, it is heard well beyond Connecticut’s borders.”

Sarasin’s career in the food industry spans more than 30 years. In October 2008, Sarasin joined FMI during a critical time in the food industry. Her wealth of experience serving the food industry has secured a strong future for FMI and its members. Sarasin remains a staunch supporter of the consumer while advocating on behalf of the businesses FMI represents.

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: FMI

FMI CEO Leslie G. Sarasin comments on U.S. House vote on GMO bill

ARLINGTON, VA , 2016-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) issued the following statement from President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin who applauds the U.S. House of Representatives passage of legislation that would create a national standard for labeling foods with ingredients derived through biotechnology, thereby encouraging more transparency in the grocery aisles than ever before and enhancing U.S. shoppers’ ability to make informed choices with consistent, comprehensive information. Sarasin said:

“Today, the House of Representatives agreed that a national labeling standard is critical to U.S. grocery shoppers’ desire to seek out consistent, accurate information regarding product ingredients. FMI’s consumer trends data indicate food retail customers are confident in the safety of the food they buy in their local supermarkets, but are also increasingly interested in the origins and ingredients of their food. This legislation avoids the consumer confusion and crippling limitations to interstate commerce that already are erupting under the current Vermont law and would be multiplied further by a developing patchwork of differing and therefore confusing state GMO labeling laws.  One single national labeling standard circumvents all disadvantages that a multitude of conflicting state GMO labeling laws would inevitably create.

“This legislation eliminates the need for warehouses to segregate food product based on varying state requirements and allows small business owners to continue sourcing the variety of products their customers want to buy.

“The grocery industry welcomes this historic legislation that will both set a precedent for clarity in commerce and open up new avenues for providing food shoppers access to the information they want about the foods they enjoy and in the manner that is most convenient for them to access it. Every vote today was a vote in support of consumer confidence in the food supply.”

“FMI commends the House approval of this important GMO labeling legislation and we urge President Obama to sign this needed bill into law as expediently as possible. FMI and its member companies join with our partners in the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food to praise this important House action in support of this legislation.”

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Source: Food Marketing Institute