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  • Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 10/18/2022 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    In this session, attorneys from Steptoe and Johnson LLP will review the current legal landscape for green claims for packaging at the federal and state level, and how companies can develop compliance programs to ensure liability exposure is minimized.

    Seminar Description: 

    As consumers continue to demand that the food they purchase meets certain production and transparency criteria, there has been increased pressure for companies to consider various factors and claims related to sustainability. These factors can range from compostability, recycling, and other sustainability claims to bans on certain materials such as phthalates and PFAS. 

    In part two of this series, attorneys from Steptoe and Johnson LLP will review the current legal landscape for green claims for packaging at the federal and state level, and how companies can develop compliance programs to ensure liability exposure is minimized. This session also will cover recycled content mandates and a discussion of the SEC’s proposed rule for climate-related disclosures, with a focus on steps public companies, and private companies within their value chains, can take to ensure compliance. Please join us.


    UPCOMING FMI WEBINARS

    Coy Garrison

    Partner

    Steptoe

    Coy Garrison, a former SEC counsel and career staffer, advises private fintech companies, public companies, and financial institutions on how to navigate challenging legal and regulatory issues related to crypto and blockchain technology. Drawing on more than eight years of experience at the SEC and his technical understanding of federal securities laws, he provides regulatory counsel and unique insights to clients on the securities law implications of their business plans. He also advises public companies and their boards on compliance with SEC reporting and disclosure requirements, including the growing area of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) matters.

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    Joseph Dages

    Associate

    Steptoe

    Joe Dages helps clients successfully navigate the complex US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory requirements that apply to food, food additives, and food contact materials. He advises companies on all aspects of the premarket review requirements and pathways to market for these materials, as well as post-market compliance, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), labeling, marketing, risk, and litigation avoidance issues. In addition, he provides advice to clients seeking to establish the compliance of their products in other jurisdictions, including Canada, the European Union, and South America.

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    Surya Kundo

    Associate

    Steptoe

    Surya Kundu focuses her practice on retailers and manufacturers, including leading fashion brands, emerging retailers, department stores, cosmetics, e-commerce retailers, and other consumer products companies. She advises clients on a range of retail issues including pricing, promotional advertising, and the FTC’s green marketing guidelines. She litigates false advertising, unfair competition, and consumer class actions in state and federal courts.

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  • Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 10/12/2022 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

    In this session, attorneys from Steptoe and Johnson LLP will review the current legal landscape for green claims for packaging at the federal and state level, and how companies can develop compliance programs to ensure liability exposure is minimized.

    Seminar Description: 

    Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for packaging is a relatively new issue for food retailers and producers in the United States, with Maine becoming the first state to adopt in 2021 (and quickly joined by California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington). But to our North, Canada has been in the process of legislating and implementing packaging EPR for over a decade. To date, five provinces have implemented it: British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Québec. 

    In this digital seminar, FMI will be joined by Alain Brandon, Vice President, Government Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility for Loblaw Companies. He will discuss the EPR Packaging experience in Canada, including the lessons he has learned during his decade implementing various packaging EPR programs and key takeaways for U.S. retailers as they face state legislation and regulation on this topic. We hope that you can join us on October 12 at 4:00pm Eastern. 

    Seminar Objectives

    • Summarize the EPR Packaging experience in Canada.
    • Identify key takeaways that may be applicable for the United States.


    UPCOMING FMI WEBINARS

  • Contains 2 Component(s)

    View this session for an overview of the industry transformation related to sustainability and some of the related initiatives at the federal, state, and local level that companies may need to consider moving forward.

    Seminar Description: 

    As consumers continue to demand that the food they purchase meets certain production and transparency criteria, there has been increased pressure for products to consider various factors and claims related to sustainability. These factors can range from compostability, recycling, and other sustainability claims to bans on certain materials such as BPA for PFAS. 

    In part one of this two-part series, attorneys from Keller and Heckman provide a general overview of the developments associated with Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) as well as chemical-specific restrictions and prohibitions that are emerging at the federal, state and even local level.  These issues impact not only food packaging materials and a variety of other products, but also supply chain relationships that your companies may need to consider moving forward.  

    Seminar Objectives: 

    • Identify sustainability claims consumers are looking for.
    • Summarize developments associated with Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).

    Jeff Keithline

    Partner

    Keller and Heckman

    Jeffrey (Jeff) Keithline practices in the area of food and drug law.

    Jeff assists companies in establishing the suitable regulatory status of their products under the requirements of various federal agencies, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    Jeff also assists clients with compliance issues under state and local requirements relating to the manufacture, labeling, and disposal of products and packaging, including toxics in packaging, legislation, and various state right-to-know acts. In addition, he advises clients regarding the requirements for these products throughout the world, especially in Canada, Mexico, the European Union, Central and South America, and the Pacific Rim.

    Prior to law school, Jeff served as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy aboard the USS West Virginia (SSBN 736), a nuclear submarine. 

    Jean-Cyril Walker

    Partner

    Keller and Heckman

    Jean-Cyril (JC) Walker counsels clients on a wide range of matters, including compliance with U.S. requirements governing the safe management and disposal of chemical and hazardous substances under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and state analogues. He advises industry and trade association clients on regulations of hazardous air pollutants under the federal Clean Air Act (CAA) and state and local air pollution statutes, as well as emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in adhesives, paints, and other industrial and consumer products.  

    JC helps clients navigate product safety issues. This includes assessing compliance with the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA), other Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) requirements, and state consumer product requirements.

    Additionally, JC counsels a broad range of industries on compliance with the U.S. Energy Policy and Conservation Act and California’s energy efficiency regulations. Representative clients include manufacturers and distributors of consumer appliances; commercial refrigeration equipment, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment; and computers and consumer electronic devices.  

    In addition to compliance advice, JC regularly represents clients in actions brought by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Energy (DOE), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and other Federal and state regulatory agencies.

    Mark Thompson

    Partner

    Keller and Heckmen

    Mark Thompson counsels companies and trade associations on global compliance requirements applicable to finished foods, food additives, food packaging materials, cosmetics, industrial chemicals, and associated labeling in Asia, the U.S., and the European Union. He also advises clients on the regulation of drugs and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Asia. 

    Mark began his career at Keller and Heckman in the Washington, DC office. From 2009 through 2016, he was based in the firm’s Shanghai Representative office, where he gained extensive experience and perspective on the regulatory scheme in China and throughout Asia. During that time, he assisted foreign and domestic companies in evaluating and securing new clearances for products in China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and other Asian countries.  

    Mark is a contributing author to PackagingLaw.com, which provides news and analysis of worldwide packaging regulations, and is frequently invited to speak at international regulatory conferences.

    While in law school, Mark was a contract law teaching assistant and an Associate Editor for the Commlaw Conspectus. These experiences enhance his practice by providing a deeper insight into contract law and policy matters, respectively.

  • Contains 1 Component(s)

    Attend this session to explore how to implement two strategies to improve communication and enhance the investment of your workforce.

    Seminar Description:

    Attend this session to explore how to implement two strategies to improve communication and enhance the engagement of your workforce by creating a people-first culture.

    A T.E.A.M. Meeting (Thoughts Exchanged between Associates and Management) is a focus group session conducted with 7 – 15 associates monthly or quarterly.  If recognition and communication are so critical in building a strong store culture, you must learn how to conduct this great employee “benefit.”  This session includes 8 strategies to apply for meaningful team meetings.

    A SUCCESS Plan is an extremely well developed, old-fashioned performance review.  Nothing comes close to letting your associates know how much you care than to administer a Success Plan Program.  Learn the critical nuances of conducting this strategic interview.

    Seminar Objectives

    Store operations professionals should attend in order to:

    • Improve communication with employees.
    • Increase the effectiveness of team meetings.
    • Identify strategies to create a people-first culture.
    • Capture employee feedback through focus groups.
    • Implement a more effective and positive employee review process.


    Upcoming FMI Webinars

    Harold C. Lloyd

    Harold is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA with honors from the University of Chicago.  He has been the president of a company with 1000 employees and 14 stores and was a franchisee of a 3-unit, award-winning family restaurant group. 

    For the last 34 years, Harold has been the featured speaker at the food industry’s most popular events.  He has created 30 top rated seminars and written 4 books.  He has also created and currently facilitates nine industry related share groups.

    Harold is a proud father of 3 and grandfather of 2 and lives in Virginia Beach, VA with his wife, Deanna.

    Harold says, “I’d rather see the audience taking notes than to hear their applause.”  This remark speaks to his intense desire to make a meaningful connection with his audience, which is his ultimate objective.

  • Contains 1 Component(s)

    View this session for an update on the FDA Total Diet Study (TDS) Report which helps FDA prioritize food safety and nutrition efforts.

    Seminar Description: 

    Recently, the FDA released the agency’s Total Diet Study (TDS) Report: Fiscal Years 2018-2020 Elements Data and associated data tables. The TDS is a tool the agency uses to help FDA prioritize food safety and nutrition efforts. This report is the first in a series on FY2018-FY2020 TDS data and summarizes the most recent data on nutrients and toxic elements from the agency’s on-going survey of the U.S. Food Supply. FDA officials joined us to discuss the TDS and answer any questions members had about the report.

    Seminar Objectives: 

    • Summarize the most recent data on nutrients and toxic elements.
    • Explain what foods are collected and how dietary exposure is estimated using TDS data.


    UPCOMING DIGITAL SEMINARS

  • Contains 1 Component(s), Includes Credits

    It’s not just the foods we eat that impact our mental and physical health; it’s also the company we keep when eating. Research shows that family meals, however you define family, are associated with better overall individual nutritional intake, better weight management, and stronger social interactions.

    Seminar Description: 

    It is widely understood that eating a nutritious diet is positively correlated with optimal physical health. Increasingly, science also is showing that a healthy diet is linked to mental health. In fact, the impact that food has on mood and other aspects of mental health is being researched, and opportunities for food to be used as clinical interventions for patients who suffer from depression and anxiety are being further explored. 

    It’s not just the foods we eat that impact our mental and physical health; it’s also the company we keep when eating. Research shows that family meals, however you define family, are associated with better overall individual nutritional intake, better weight management, and stronger social interactions.   

    Nutritional psychiatry is a rapidly growing field that explores the relationship between diet and mental health.  Dr. Drew Ramsey, a psychiatrist, leading proponent of Nutritional Psychiatry and author of Eat To Beat Depression and Anxiety (HarperWave 2021) will share the crucial ways that nutrition can help boost mental health. His presentation will cover the key concepts that contribute to optimizing mental health and fitness including: the nutrients associated with lowering depression and anxiety and where to find them; the role of inflammation; the microbiome; and the effects of increasing family meals.

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    UPCOMING DIGITAL SEMINARS

    Drew Ramsey, M.D.

    Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

    Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

    Dr. Drew Ramsey is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He founded the Brain Food Clinic in New York City, offering treatment and consultation for depression, anxiety and emotional wellness concerns. The clinic incorporates evidence-based nutrition and integrative psychiatry treatments with psychotherapy, coaching, and responsible medication management. Using the latest in brain science, nutrition and mental health research, and an array of delicious food, the clinic helps people improve their mental health and mental fitness. His team offered the first Nutritional Psychiatry Clinician Training helping hundreds of mental health clinicians learn the evidence and clinical methods to effectively use nutrition. 

    Dr. Ramsey is a compelling keynote speaker and conducts workshops nationally. He co-hosts Friday Sessions, an IGTV series on male mental health for Men’s Health Magazine and delivered three recent TEDx talks, a video series with Big Think, and the BBC documentary Food on the Brain. His work and writing have been featured by The Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Lancet Psychiatry, and NPR. He is on the editorial board of Medscape Psychiatry and the advisory board of Men’s Health.

    He is the author of four books concerning food and mental health, including the award-winning cookbook Eat Complete: The 21 Nutrients that Fuel Brain Power, Boost Weight Loss and Transform Your Health (HarperWave 2016), the bestseller 50 Shades of Kale (HarperWave 2013) and The Happiness Diet: A Nutritional Prescription for a Sharp Brain, Balanced Mood and Lean, Energized Body (Rodale 2011) which explores the impact of modern diets on brain health.

  • Contains 1 Component(s)

    FMI Briefing - Peering Into Food Inflation's Black Box

    Seminar Description: 

    This briefing discussed some of the lesser known or little understood causes, effects, and impacts of inflationary pressures on the price of food at the grocery store.

    FMI’s Vice President of Tax, Trade, and Sustainability Andy Harig was joined by Dr. Ricky Volpe, an Associate Professor of Agribusiness at Cal Poly who specializes in food retail and supply chain management, transportation and logistics, and food prices and data analysis. 

    During the presentation, Mr. Harig and Dr. Volpe discussed:

    • How the rising cost and increasing volatility of fuel prices has caused food manufacturing and retail input costs to increase dramatically
    • How a lack of critical workers and the inability to attract and retain employees impacts the supply chain and food costs
    • How limited truck capacity and increases in transportation costs affect the price of food on store shelves

    Palova Dieter Marques

    SQFI – Representative AMERICAS

    SQF Institute

    Dr. Ricky Volpe, Ph.D.

    Professor

    Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA

  • Contains 1 Component(s)

    Sustainability is increasingly on the radar of consumers and food industry companies, and the fresh foods sector is heavily focused on this topic. The fresh foods industry has opportunities to enhance its sustainability strategies, practices and metrics to drive more success.

    Seminar Description: 

    Sustainability is increasingly on the radar of consumers and food industry companies, and the fresh foods sector is heavily focused on this topic. Areas of emphasis range from food waste to packaging and continue to expand in number. The fresh foods industry has opportunities to enhance its sustainability strategies, practices and metrics to drive more success.  

    Seminar Objectives: 
    This FreshForward Conversations episode covers this topic by addressing the following points:   
    • Sustainability efforts on energy, waste, packaging, and food accessibility will gain even more attention as company approaches evolve into ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) frameworks. 
    • Communicating sustainability efforts is key to achieving success and getting credit from stakeholders.  
    • Making use of certifications and ESG reports can enhance how companies communicate efforts.  
    • Over time retailers and suppliers will gradually get a better handle on how goals are coming to life and how consumers are reacting.  
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    Rick Stein

    Vice President, Fresh

    FMI-The Food Industry Association

    Wyatt Maysey

    Director of Sustainability

    Taylor Farms

  • Contains 1 Component(s)

    The inaugural Power of Plant-Based Foods and Beverages report aims to shed light on the rapid evolution of all things plant-based, literally from soup to nuts.

    Seminar Description: 

    FMI recognizes the growing interest among consumers in plant-based foods and beverages and set out to explore everything under the “plant-based” umbrella. The inaugural Power of Plant-Based Foods and Beverages, report aims to shed light on the rapid evolution of all things plant-based, literally from soup to nuts.  

    View this session to discuss some of the report findings and insights as we look at the plant-based topic broadly, addressing not just products considered alternatives to traditional animal-derived items, but also naturally plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains.  

    Seminar Objectives: 
    • Understand consumer perceptions, attitudes and motivations around plant-based foods and beverages.  
    • Gain insights from the discussion about all the particular plant-based food and beverage categories explored in the report.  
    • Inform your business strategy for plant-based foods and beverages in-store, online and direct to consumers.  

    Steve Markenson

    Director, Research & Insights

    FMI-The Food Industry Association

    Krystal Register, MS, RDN, LDN

    Senior Director, Health and Well-being

    FMI-The Food Industry Association

    Sherry Frey

    Vice President, Total Wellness

    NielsenIQ

  • Contains 1 Component(s)

    This briefing, conducted by the Groom Law Group, provided an overview of the Court's decision and what it means for employers and employees.

    Seminar Description: 

    The Supreme Court Dobbs decision on abortion has raised many questions for employers and their ability to offer services to their employees. This briefing, conducted by the Groom Law Group, provided an overview of the Court's decision and what it means for employers and employees. Issues covered in the briefing included impacts to ERISA self-insured plans, rules around providing travel benefits, and possible state actions on access to services and employee benefits.

    Brigen Winters

    Principal, Chair Policy Practice

    Groom Law Group

    Brigen helps clients achieve compliance and obtain favorable outcomes through amendments from Congress and regulatory guidance from the IRS and Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services. He counsels clients on all aspects of tax-qualified and individual retirement plans, including plan design and administration, tax and ERISA, and pension plan funding issues.

    His practice also includes the full range of laws that affect the administration of health and welfare benefit plans, cafeteria plans, health reimbursement, health savings and flexible savings accounts, retiree medical plans, private exchanges, and health funding arrangements. He works extensively on health care reform compliance, reporting, product design, and public policy matters related to the Affordable Care Act and American Health Care Act.

    Kathryn Amin

    Groom Law Group

    Christine Pollack

    Vice President, Government Relations

    FMI-The Food Industry Association

    Peter Matz

    Director, Food & Health Policy

    FMI-The Food Industry Association