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Leslie Sarasin

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