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  • February 10, 2022 8:00 AM | Campbell (Administrator)

    This week was a busy week in the Missouri Capitol with a presence of the Missouri Grocers Association. On Tuesday, Mike Beal with Balls Foods took to the halls of the Capitol and met with legislators from the Kansas City area.

    Johnny Hunter with Castor River Farms visited with Senators and Representatives from Southeast Missouri sharing his perspective as a vendor. Agriculture is a major partner of Missouri's grocery industry.
  • January 13, 2022 8:40 AM | Campbell (Administrator)

    The US Supreme Court has blocked the Biden Administration from mandating COVID-19 vaccination at businesses with 100 or more employees, while allowing a similar rule for health care facilities to stand. In a 6-3 ruling just released, the court has blocked the federal government from enforcing the vaccine-or-test mandate. To view the court’s opinion, click here

    The Missouri Grocers Association had strongly pushed back against the Biden administration’s plan, working closely with Missouri's Attorney General and our partners at NGA and FMI. Employers should continue to have the right to establish vaccine policies for their own businesses.

    Here is a memo from OFW Law with more information on the decision and what it means for you. The MGA will provide additional information as it becomes available.

    If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call the MGA at

    (417)831-6667 or email EJ Fleischmann at
  • January 12, 2022 8:42 AM | Campbell (Administrator)

    Starting Saturday, private health insurers will be required to cover up to eight home COVID-19 tests per month for people on their plans. The Biden administration announced the change Monday as it looks to lower costs and make testing for the virus more convenient amid rising frustrations.

    Under the new policy, first detailed to the AP, Americans will be able to either purchase home testing kits for free under their insurance or submit receipts for the tests for reimbursement, up to the monthly per-person limit. A family of four, for instance, could be reimbursed for up to 32 tests per month. PCR tests and rapid tests ordered or administered by a health provider will continue to be fully covered by insurance with no limit.

    President Joe Biden faced criticism over the holiday season for a shortage of at-home rapid tests as Americans traveled to see family amid the surge in cases from the more transmissible omicron variant. Now the administration is working to make COVID-19 home tests more accessible, both by increasing supply and bringing down costs. Learn more here.

  • December 16, 2021 10:55 AM | Campbell (Administrator)

    Kroger is eliminating its two-week emergency leave for unvaccinated workers who contract COVID-19 and adding a $50 surcharge every month for salaried, unvaccinated employees covered under its insurance plan. Vaccinated workers who suffer a breakthrough infection will still get the paid emergency leave, and the health plan surcharge does not apply to hourly or union employees.
    Full Story: 
    The Wall Street Journal

  • December 09, 2021 10:57 AM | Campbell (Administrator)

    Although meat prices are higher and discount deals have dwindled, overall meat sales still reflect the robust performance of the pandemic era, according to recent data from IRI shows. IRI's Ann-Marie Roerink discusses future trends and opportunities for grocers to leverage the continuing strength of the category.
    Full Story: 
    Winsight Grocery Business

  • September 30, 2021 12:30 PM | Campbell (Administrator)
    A snarled supply chain, exacerbated by congested ports, extreme weather issues and a nationwide labor shortage, is creating out-of-stock situations for many food retailers just as shoppers prepare for the holiday season. FMI's Doug Baker said grocers are striving to meet this year's holiday food demand, adding that "[i]f you look at the base of a lot of the issues that we're seeing with supply chain, a lot of it is labor-related and it really creates a domino effect." Full Story: NBC News 
  • August 27, 2021 8:15 AM | Campbell (Administrator)

    Consumers acknowledge family meals as a primary resource to help them stay strong during the COVID-19 pandemic, and identify their time together at the dinner table as their top strategy to cope with what the future brings., as National Family Meals Month,™ provides an excellent opportunity to celebrate the vitality of family life and highlight the many ways the food industry supports families in staying connected and healthy with fast and friendly family meal solutions.

    Find turnkey resources and ideas in FMI Foundation's toolkit, so you can support your shoppers in their effort to Stay Strong with Family Meals!

     Access Family Meals Toolkit

  • August 19, 2021 8:13 AM | Campbell (Administrator)

    USDA announced its plans to permanently increase monthly SNAP benefits by 27% beginning Oct. 1, 2021. The increase follows language in the 2018 Farm Bill requiring USDA to evaluate and update the Thrifty Food Plan (TFP) by 2022. TFP is the basis for calculating monthly SNAP allotments and has not been updated with a major change since 1975. The current 15% increase in SNAP benefits that Congress authorized last year as part of a pandemic relief plan will expire on Sept. 30, 2021, the day prior to the onset of the 27% increase.

  • July 22, 2021 2:12 PM | Campbell (Administrator)

    Yesterday 7/21, during a press conference at the State Capitol, Governor Mike Parson announced the launch of a statewide COVID-19 vaccination incentive program, MO VIP, to encourage vaccination among all Missourians age 12 and up. Over the next three months, 900 Missourians who have or will choose to be vaccinated will win cash or education savings account prizes in the amount of $10,000. 

    "We understand that the some Missourians are hesitant towards getting the vaccine, but we must all take personal responsibility and do right by our own health and that of our friends and family by getting vaccinated," Governor Parson said. "This new program will compliment our existing efforts to educate Missourians about the importance of getting the vaccine. Our current COVID-19 situation is serious. This Delta variant transmits faster than what we have previously seen and is more likely to impact children and the unvaccinated, so now is the perfect opportunity to get vaccinated and earn your shot at $10,000." Learn more here.

  • July 12, 2021 2:14 PM | Campbell (Administrator)

    On July 7, 2021, Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed into law a COVID-19 liability bill (Senate Bill 51). The law, which becomes effective on August 28, 2021, is intended to provide protections to Missouri businesses, the health care industry, religious organizations and others for liability under three types of COVID-19 related causes of action: COVID-19 exposure actions, COVID-19 medical liability actions, and COVID-19 products liability actions.

    The law preempts and supersedes any state, local, or common law causes of actions for damages arising from these COVID-19 related actions and permits plaintiffs to recover punitive damages not exceeding nine times the amount of compensatory damages awarded. While providing injured persons with an avenue for recovery, the law generally protects and limits liability to businesses and health care providers by requiring plaintiffs to prove a heightened standard of conduct –  recklessness or willful misconduct – to maintain the action and limiting liability even further for religious organizations. Read this alert for what you need to know about each COVID-19 related cause of action. READ MORE HERE!


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