Food Industry Council

The Food Industry Council (FIC) advocates on behalf of Florida’s diverse grocery industry and serves as the voice in Tallahassee for all of Florida’s grocers. Our mission is to protect your business and ensure Florida’s food industry can continue to grow and thrive. 

FIC is a division of the Florida Retail Federation that represents Florida’s $45 billion grocery industry. Members of FIC include grocers, wholesalers, suppliers, distributors, and convenience stores, ranging from independent, small businesses to national corporations.

The grocery industry is an integral part of neighborhoods across Florida. In times of celebration or emergency, grocers continuously work to meet the demand and provide fresh produce and necessary goods. We will share your voice in Tallahassee on regulatory issues so you can focus on what matters most to your business.

FIC is led by a team of legal and government professionals that understand the complexities of the grocery industry. The team brings more than 22 years of experience in law and public service to the Council ensuring FIC members will receive the assistance they need to navigate the complexities of state regulatory agencies.

Member Benefits

  • FIC advocates for its members on the local and state level in Florida.
  • We will work with the Florida legislature and regulatory government agencies to find solutions that best suit your needs.
  • The government relations team will assist with state-level items including SNAP, WIC, food safety requirements and inspections, and other regulatory issues.
  • FIC provides biweekly publications to its membership detailing industry news, legislative updates, and agency actions.
  • FIC’s grocer network will allow members to interact and share best practices.
  • FIC members receive updated U.S. Department of Labor workplace posters in English or Spanish each year for all store locations.
  • We are committed to helping you improve your business and stay current on food safety rules and regulations.
  • FIC partners with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to produce food safety webinars covering food safety and other operational issues of interest. 
  • These educational tools are accessible to members to improve the industry standard of quality and take preventative action.
  • During a crisis, FIC is a key resource for emergency operations in Florida.
  • FIC members receive real-time updates on closures, emergency declarations, waivers, curfews, emergency rules, price gouging operations, health regulations and protocols, and more.
  • We work with Florida’s Division of Emergency Management to prepare members leading up to natural disasters, throughout the crisis and through re-entry and recovery.