More than 250 members from the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), the National Grocers Association (NGA), and the Food Industry Association Executives (FIAE) will convene in Washington, DC this week to rally on Capitol Hill.

The industry associations scheduled more than 300 appointments with members of Congress to address their concerns regarding priority business issues such as instituting a national GMO labeling standard and making mandatory menu labeling more workable in a grocery setting.

“Our ‘Day in Washington’ is witnessing its highest attendance in recent years and the increased participation is testament to the mounting frustrations and challenges food retailers face as they strive to operate in a period of intense regulatory activity,” says Leslie G. Sarasin, FMI president and CEO. “We are asking Congress to put aside partisan politics and focus on workable, common sense solutions that allow grocery stores to do what they do best: serve the consumer by feeding families and enriching lives.”