Leslie Sarasin

FMI to host Midsummer Conference as online forum

FMI to host Midsummer Conference as online forum

ARLINGTON, VA – FMI, the food industry association, said Monday that its Midsummer Strategic Executive Exchange Conference will proceed as an online forum to fuel its members’ crisis planning and operations, accelerating stronger and deeper collaborative partnerships in an evolving food and consumer goods business environment. As the second in FMI’s previously announced three-part series of 2021

FMI applauds role for pharmacies in vaccine roll out

FMI applauds role for pharmacies in vaccine roll out

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

FMI’s Sarasin on crafting the ‘next normal’

FMI’s Sarasin on crafting the ‘next normal’

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

Retailers pledge to work with Biden, Congress

Retailers pledge to work with Biden, Congress

WASHINGTON — Following the inauguration of Joseph Biden as the nation’s 46th President, retailers have vowed to work with his administration, as well as the new Congress, to address the needs of the country, consumers and their industry. “We look forward to working with the newly elected president, vice president and members of Congress on

FMI member pharmacies ready to administer approved COVID-19 vaccines

FMI member pharmacies ready to administer approved COVID-19 vaccines

ARLINGTON, Va. – On behalf of FMI – The Food Industry Association’s member companies operating roughly 12,000 supermarket pharmacies nationwide, Leslie Sarasin, president and chief executive officer, responded to the Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorization of COVID-19 vaccine candidates: “Our members have sustained, bolstered, and at times shifted operations to ensure Americans have access to

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 weighs in on CBD-infused products at FDA hearing

FMI weighs in on CBD-infused products at FDA hearing

WASHINGTON – Food Marketing Institute (FMI) on Friday participated in the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) public hearing regarding products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds, including hemp and cannabidiol (CBD), as the agency considers whether and how to create a legal pathway for such products. FMI both conveyed the seriousness of the regulatory ambiguity facing its

There’s still a lot of life left in trade shows

There’s still a lot of life left in trade shows

The Food Marketing Institute’s recent cancellation of FMI Connect, the trade show that had been scheduled for McCormick Place in Chicago next June, raises some interesting questions about the value and long-term viability of such events. FMI Connect and its predecessors were for many years a staple on the supermarket industry calendar, so, as Leslie

FMI eliminates its annual trade show

ARLINGTON, Va. — Citing the changing needs of its members, the Food Marketing Institute is cancelling its annual FMI Connect trade show. “FMI aims at all times to be as agile and as bold as required to serve the needs of our members as well as the broader food industry,” said organization president and chief

FMI alters its event strategy

FMI alters its event strategy

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Wednesday announced it has decided to shift its events strategy and shut down its annual trade show — FMI Connect. The large-scale trade show format is falling out of step with the rapidly changing food industry, Leslie Sarasin, FMI’s president and chief executive officer, wrote in a

Scenes from FMI Connect 2015

Scenes from FMI Connect 2015

CHICAGO — The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) held its FMI Connect annual conference and trade expo this week, drawing stakeholders from across the food retailing industry. The event, held June 8 to 11 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, drew more than 13,000 attendees and 420 exhibitors, including supermarket and other grocery retailers and distributors, consumer packaged