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FMI Appoints Food Safety, Regulatory Staff To New Positions

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The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) has promoted staff members, recognizing their leadership, achievements and contributions to its regulatory and food safety advocacy work, says FMI.

Ashley Eisenbeiser serves as senior director of food and product safety programs. In her elevated role, Eisenbeiser expands her responsibilities to the FMI product supplier members and provides technical support for retail and wholesale members. In her six years with the organization, Eisenbeiser continues to serve FMI’s retail and wholesale members on food safety training; technical services; regulatory compliance; and industry research and resources. She also works with the FMI Foundation on food safety education and research projects.

Kristie Grzywinski was promoted to technical director of Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI), a division of FMI. For nearly eight years, she has spearheaded all SQFI’s food safety and quality training functions for SQF professionals pursuant to her extensive science and regulatory career. She oversees the development and delivery of seven training programs in more than five languages and three online training courses; she facilitates the execution of training to SQFI’s food industry stakeholders by directing over 30 licensed training centers and 75-plus trainers; and she will continue to support the SQFI team in the update and execution of the SQF code.

Andrew Harig serves as VP of tax, trade, sustainability and policy development. In his 16 years at the organization, Harig has primarily focused on complex issues that affect retail operations, supply chain and social responsibility, including sustainability, agriculture, taxes, trade and pensions. Recently, Harig assumed responsibility for government relations activities regarding labor and transportation, including challenges the industry faces around driver shortages, self-driving trucks and infrastructure needs.

Hannah Walker was promoted to VP of political affairs. Walker leads several initiatives to foster competition in the financial services space and safeguard federal food assistance programs in the retail industry. During her seven years at FMI, Walker has marked several historic wins protecting pro-competitive swipe fee reforms, ensuring the integrity of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and assisting SNAP facilitation in times of crisis. In addition to her advocacy efforts on payments, technology, and data privacy and security issues, Walker will now manage FMI’s political programs, including FMI’s Political Action Committee (FOODPAC) and LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy, Development) Fund.

Arlington, Virginia-based FMI 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.

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Kristen Brissette

Kristen lives on Cape Cod and enjoys working in the food industry. She loves attending food shows and meeting others in the field.

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