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    FMI Hails Signing of Medicare Prescription Drug Bill. "One of the most overlooked and essential benefits of the Medicare drug bill signed today ensures that 40 million seniors can fill their prescription needs at neighborhood pharmacies at affordable prices," said Tim Hammonds, president and CEO of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), who joined with other members of an industry task force at the White House to witness the formal signing of the bill into law by President Bush.

    "For six months, FMI spearheaded an industry task force that worked closely with the White House and leadership in Congress to preserve a competitive and convenient marketplace for seniors," Hammonds said. "We look forward to working with the Administration to ensure that these reforms are reflected as Congress intended in the regulations implementing this law."

  • FMI Accepts Nominations for 2004 Neighborhood Partnership Awards. The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) is now accepting nominations for the 2003-2004 Neighborhood Partnership Awards (NPA). The awards, presented annually to companies that have demonstrated a strong commitment to their communities, will be presented at the FMI Show in Chicago, May 4-6, 2004. All entries for the NPAs must be received by February 29, 2004.

    Now in their eighth year, the Neighborhood Partnership Awards focus on youth development, community partnerships, health initiatives, hunger programs and other efforts that revitalize and invigorate communities.

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