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New FMI Board Members Connecting Broad Food Landscape


FMI–The Food Industry Association named additions to its board of directors with a goal of furthering connectivity among food retailers, suppliers and other business partners. FMI introduces another two leaders from its product suppliers, tallying 13 in 2020, along with five new retailer and wholesaler leaders. The appointments were approved at the association’s virtual board meeting, which also recognized significant additions to the FMI member community in 2020.

“I am grateful for the imaginative leadership, the courageous perseverance and the care our companies have displayed throughout this national crisis,” said FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin. “Over the last eight months, our board leaders have had an opportunity to convene for productive, non-competitive dialog on everything from public policy matters to food and product safety concerns, and of course supply chain issues – ultimately keeping this nation fed and cared for during these demanding times. FMI has successfully created an environment in which companies – both retailers and suppliers – can come together for honest exchanges, productive conversation and opportunities to learn from each other, with the consumer ultimately being the beneficiary of this collaboration.”


New board members

Newest retailer/wholesaler board members include:

• Tim Devanney, co-president, Highland Park Market;

• Bob Palmer, CEO, C&S Wholesale Grocers;

• John Laney, SVP, general merchandise manager – packaged goods, Walmart;

• Lisa Roath, SVP, merchandising, food and beverage, Target; and

• Tony Sarsam, president and CEO, SpartanNash.

Newest product supplier board members include:

• Tony Gavin, EVP, Bimbo Bakeries, USA; and

• Shane Grant, EVP and CEO, Danone North America

A full listing of FMI’s Board leadership can be found here.

During her president’s report to the board, Sarasin shared that the association continues to re-evaluate member expectations of FMI and the ways industry participants want to engage with FMI to support its core mission to advocate, collaborate and educate while supporting the food industry’s efforts to feed families and enrich lives. She noted in this context that FMI recruited 12 new, diverse retail members to join the association this year.  These new retail members include: 

• Bodega Latina Corp.; 

• Cantoro Italian Market; 

• Dom’s Kitchen and Market; 

• Fresh Farms Market; 

• Good Ranchers; 

• Jackson Mitchell Holdings Inc.; 

• Plum Market; 

• Ranchr Inc.; 

• Salt & Light; 

• Sprouts Farmers Market Inc.; 

• The Fresh Market Inc.; and 

• Zupan’s Markets. 

Furthermore, the following companies have joined FMI as new product supplier members in recent months: 

• Anheuser-Busch Companies LLC; 

• Bimbo Bakeries USA; 

• Campbell Soup Co.; 

• Kimberly-Clark Corp.n; 

• Mondelez International; 

• Nestlé USA;

• PepsiCo Inc.;

• The Pictsweet Co.;

• The Coca-Cola Co.; 

• The J.M. Smucker Co.y; 

• Treehouse Foods Inc.;

• Unilever; and 

• Danone North America.

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