Retailer members of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and National Grocers Association (NGA) gathered in Washington, D.C., this week to participate in close to 200 meetings with members of Congress for the annual Day in Washington Supermarket Industry Fly-In.
Photo (left to right): Bob King, Associated Food Stores; Aubriana Martindale, The Kroger Co.; Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah); Neal Berube, Associated Food Stores; and David Davis, Utah Food Industry Association.
Key issues included advocating for bipartisan support on the Restoring Investment in Improvements Act, the permanent implementation of tax reductions and the need to make payments more secure in the marketplace.
Photo: Todd Schnuck, president and CEO of Schnuck Markets, and Jed Penney, associate general counsel for compliance, regulatory affairs and government relations for Schnuck Markets, meet Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Missouri).
Attendees heard remarks from Deputy Secretary of Treasury Justin Muzinich, who advised on the recent tax reform legislation.
Photo: Retailers meet with Sen. Richard Burr (R-North Carolina). From left to right: TeRoss Young, Ahold Delhaize; Lindsey Kueffner, Carolina Food Industry Council; Burr; Brian George, Alex Lee Inc.; John Orgain, Alex Lee Inc.; Kimberley Lyda, Food Lion LLC; Jennifer Gardner, Retail Business Services LLC; and Anthony Hucker, Southeastern Grocers Inc.
Leslie Sarasin, FMI president and CEO, said coming face to face with representatives is the “single most effective means for educating new and established congressional offices about challenges grocers face.”
Photo: Leslie Sarasin presents Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Massachusetts) with the FMI 2019 Esther Peterson Award for Consumer Service Award. McGovern was unable to attend FMI Midwinter Executive Conference in January when the honors were given.
NGA President and CEO Peter Larkin added that with a new majority in Congress, and important issues such as payment security and the retail glitch likely to come up for debate, “it’s vital that Main Street grocers engage in the political process.”
Photo: Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) meets with Mike Green, manager of FMI state government relations (left), and Nick Graham, owner of Heartland Markets (right).
“By taking part in the legislative process, grocers can ensure their voices have been heard and their members of Congress have a better understanding of how their actions impact the bottom line,” Larkin said.
Photo: Rudy Dory, chairman, Newport Avenue Markets, checks his schedule for Day in Washington.