The Food Marketing Institute ( FMI ) is an American food marketing organization that conducts food safety , public affairs , education, research, and industry relations programs for food retailers and wholesalers. FMI’s US members operate nearly 40,000 retail stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $ 770 billion. [ when? ]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 retailers and wholesale members in the United States and around the world. IMF membership covers the spectrum of various places where we sell, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores.
FMI’s stated mission is to develop and promote policies in the areas of government relations and advocacy , food safety , consumer protection , research, education and industry cooperation. IMF also conducts conventions, most notably FMI Connect (formerly the IMF Show), an annual product exhibition and educational conference, and Future Connect, an industry leadership program.
IMF’s associate members include the suppliers of its retail and wholesale members. IMF sits on the advisory board for the International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI). [ when? ] IMF was founded as the Supermarket Institute. 
IMF is based in Arlington, Virginia .
IMF made $ 406,277 in contributions in the 2008 US election cycle.
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