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Garlich Named FMI Director of Media & Public Relations

Last updated on June 13th, 2024 at 12:05 pm

The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) announced July 27 the appointment of Heather Garlich as director of media & public relations. She will be responsible for managing communications outreach and information activities related to FMI’s strategic goals, including government relations, food safety, conferences and events and industry relations.

“We are pleased to welcome Heather to the FMI communications team,” says Leslie G. Sarasin, president and CEO of FMI. “Her wealth of experience in consumer, trade and government communications, coupled with her skills in media relations will most decidedly enrich FMI’s presence as the voice of the food retail community.”

Prior to joining FMI, Garlich spent nearly four years at Porter Novelli Public Services in the food & nutrition practice. At the firm, she held management roles on numerous clients such as Welch’s, Almond Board of California and Pharmavite LLC, developing business plans related to nutrition policy, food science and current trends. Garlich’s experience spans multiple communications platforms, including stakeholder relations, traditional press and digital media strategies.

In addition, Garlich’s history includes trade associations, as she previously served as manager for member communications at the Grocery Manufacturing Association (GMA) and was an integral part of the 2006 merger of GMA and the Food Products Association (FPA).

Garlich holds a bachelor’s degree in English with a journalism concentration from the University of Delaware.

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