FMI Emerge is Hosted by Food Marketing Institute (FMI)
FMI 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.
FMI is passionate and committed to helping emerging brands succeed in grocery retail distribution. One of the most valuable success factors for emerging brands is distribution, because the number of stores and amount of shelf space is finite.
We support all players across the grocery retail industry to foster healthy trading partner relationships.
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.
- FMI has a wide range of active member committees and leadership including our Board of Directors.
- Supplier Partners
- Whether you want to develop healthy trading partner relationships, or seek more shelf space, FMI Emerge helps you succeed with our Associate members.
- We have more than 500 FMI Associate members.
FMI Mission Statement
FMI represents food retailers and wholesalers and develops and promotes policies, programs and forums supporting its members, their customers and supplier partners, and other industry stakeholders in the areas of:
- government relations;
- food and product safety and defense;
- industry collaboration and networking;
- health and wellness;
- social, environmental and sustainability programs; and
By pursuing these activities, FMI provides leadership and advocacy for the food and consumer product industry worldwide as the industry innovates to meet the changing needs of its customers. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI Foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.
FMI Staff Thought Leaders
Our staff team, based in Arlington, Virginia, has expertise in a wide-variety of retail areas to include food safety, health & wellness, supply chain, sustainability, marketing, packaging, private brands and more.
Leslie Sarasin, Esq., CAE
President and Chief Executive Officer
Chief Collaboration Officer & Senior Vice President, Industry Relations
Susan Borra, RD
Chief Health & Wellness Officer & Executive Director, FMI Foundation
Chief Member Relations Officer and Senior Vice President, Membership and Education
Chief Food Safety Assessment Officer & Senior Vice President, SQFI
Chief Public Policy Officer & Senior Vice President, Government Relations
Hilary Thesmar, PhD, RD
Chief Food & Product Safety Officer & Senior Vice President, Food Safety Programs
Vice President of Education Program Development
Chief Regulatory Officer & Legal Counsel
Vice President, Private Brands & Technology
Vice President, SQFI Technical Affairs
Vice President, Marketing & Industry Events
Vice President, Communications & Consumer/Community Affairs
Vice President, Media and Public Relations
Specialist, Sales Administration
Director, Emerging Brands
Vice President, Fresh Foods
Chief Business Development & Vice President, Supply Chain
Senior Director, Information Service & Research