Food Marketing Institute (FMI) presented its inaugural Food Safety Innovation Award in conjunction with the International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) to Publix Super Markets Inc. for demonstrating “a commitment to the advancement of food protection through performance, practice, creation, sustainability and leadership.”
Hilary Thesmar, Ph.D., RD, CFS, chief food and product safety officer and SVP of food safety programs at FMI, said:
“We created this award to recognize companies that have made an innovative contribution and commitment to food safety and to encourage others in the industry, government and academia to search for creative solutions and implement new practices in continuing to keep our food the safest it can be.
“The award selection committee concurred that Publix maintains the highest standards for food safety, and the company’s commitment transcends supply chain, distribution facilities, retail stores and customer education. Publix understands that food safety is a shared responsibility and effectively collaborates with its association in addition to government agencies.
“Food safety remains a priority for the food retail industry, and FMI regularly works with partners like IFPTI to promote the advancement of food protection. In addition, we offer comprehensive food safety training materials designed for food retail, resources on food safety best practices and food safety advice and guidance throughout the supply chain.”
Publix garnered recognition for its achievement at a Capitol Hill Reception honoring IFPTI senior fellows.
FMI advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. Its U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the U.S. and around the world.