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Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association is a statewide trade association with more than 900 supermarket and convenience store members, operating nearly 4,000 retail food stores throughout Pennsylvania and parts of the mid-Atlantic. Pennsylvania Coupon Redemption Services, Inc. (PCRS), also a wholly-owned PFMA subsidiary, is the nation's largest coupon clearinghouse operated by a state trade association. More than 800 retailers in Pennsylvania and adjoining states entrust their coupon processing needs to PCRS. The corporate office is located at: 1029 Mumma Road, Wormleysburg, PA 17043. A group of independent retailers met in Erie, Pennsylvania on October 29, 1952 with a plan to start a statewide trade association. They officially accepted a charter from the National Association of Retail Grocers (NARGUS) at that meeting. The new group was named the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association. In 1984, the Pennsylvania Convenience Store Council was developed to meet the growing needs of the convenience store industry. PFMA offers many member services, including legislative representation, conferences, seminars, certification programs, industry publications and member insurance programs. In addition to those services, the Association operates business subsidiaries that help generate revenue for Association services. Merchants Express Money Order Company (MEMO) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of PFMA. Retailers act as agents of MEMO through the sale of money services products to their customers. MEMO currently offers its products to a variety of retailers in 32 states. Our membership represents all segments of the retail food industry, including locally-owned stores of all sizes, convenience stores and regional and national chains. The mission of the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association is to improve the public image, effectiveness and profitability of companies in the retail and wholesale food distribution industry.



Thinking About Joining PFMA?
Join PFMA and its board of directors for cocktails and conversation on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at the West Shore Country Club, Camp Hill, PA, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (More)

Scott Karns to be Honored at Tribute Dinner by Volunteers of America
Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania will honor Scott Karns, owner of Karns Quality Foods, for his outstanding service to the community at its upcoming Tribute Dinner on September 10, 2014. (More)

Governor Corbett Requests Presidential Emergency Board in SEPTA Rail Strike
June 14, 2014 - Governor Tom Corbett today requested the convening of a Presidential Emergency Board in response to the SEPTA Rail strike that began at 12:01 this morning. (More)

2014 Thomas R. and Laura Ridge Scholars Announced
The Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association is pleased to announce the 2014 Thomas and Laura Ridge Scholarship recipients. (More)

PFMA Praises Governor Corbett's Action on SNAP
Governor Corbett has committed to increase federal energy aid from $1 to $20, which will preserve $3 billion in SNAP benefits over the next decade. (More)

Corbett Administration Announces $8 Million
in Alternative Fuel Vehicle Incentive Grants

The grants will be available March 1 to purchase or convert alternative fuel vehicles. (More)

The 2014 Calendar and Vacation Planner Are Available to Download

XEROX SNAP EBT Retailer Policy & Procedures Manual - Pennsylvania
Xerox has designed the SNAP EBT Retailer Policy and Procedures Manual for Pennsylvania food retailers to provide the information needed to understand and participate in the EBT Program. (More)

Study: Retail Ads for Tobacco Products & Sugary Beverages in Philadelphia

National Associations Applaud Courtís Decision to Reject Swipe Fee Rules
U.S. District Judge Leon rules that the Fed did not have the authority to institute a 21-cent cap on debit-card transactions. Read more

Is a Ban on Plastic Bags Responsible for an Increase in Shoplifting?
Dain Fitzgerald, staff writer for Politix, says there is evidence from across the country. Learn more

Corbett's asset test finds little abuse in $2.6 billion food stamp program
Reinstituted test examines applicants' personal wealth and income to determine eligibility... (More)

Alcohol Privatization

TribLive - Pennslvania Liquor Licenses Are Considered 'Better than Gold'
Pennsylvania businesses that hold a liquor license can be in for a big payback should they decide to sell it to another business. Visit the Tribune Live website to read the article.

Does Beer Belong in Convenience Store Coolers? is taking a poll to get a conversation started. (More)

UFCW Ad Exploits Family Tragedies to Further Agenda
A recent ad produced by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1776 provides a disturbing and factually inaccurate depiction of retailer's intentions for the privatization of adult beverage sales in Pennsylvania. (More)

Liquor privatization: Now's the time
When will the Pennsylvania Legislature get serious about privatizing the commonwealth's archaic Prohibition-era wine and spirits monopoly? Perhaps budget and private-sector pressure finally will force its hand... (More)

Business Coalition Floats Plan to sell Pa. Liquor Stores

Beer, Wine & Liquor Would be Sold in the Same Store Under Proposal to Privatize Pa. Sales

Op-ed: PA Deserves More than a Small Attempt at Alcohol Sales Reform
After more than 80 years the consumers and businesses of our Commonwealth deserve more than a small attempt to correct an archaic system that is in desperate need of reform... (More)

Liquor Reform in Pennsylvania Still Brewing
Free My Beer campaign urges consumers to push for historic change in beer laws... (More)

PFMA Submits Written Testimony to Senate Hearing focusing on Retailing & Alcohol Sales Privatization
PFMA was not invited to testify at the committee hearing, but its members wanted to ensure that key points regarding HB 790 were relayed to the Senate. (More)



Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association members, family, friends and guests enjoyed a fantastic two-day conference at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort, June 9-10, 2014, in Bedford, PA.

Thank you to everyone who attended, presented seminars, introduced guests and sponsored the conference. Special thanks to Louie Sheetz and the Sheetz team for providing a tour of the Sheetz Distribution Center and Kitchen in Claysburg, PA.


Food Safety Information

Do You Need Recall Information?
Get updates on the latest recalls... (More)

Which Agency To Contact During A Food Tampering Incident
In 2008 there were a number of food tampering incidents that took place in Pennsylvania. In each case there was confusion as to which agency to contact to report an incident... (More)


PFMA/PCSC Announce Energy Provider Endorsement
We have selected an energy provider to help save you money on electricity as the rate caps expire. (More)

WIC Program Information

Quarterly WIC Maximum Allowable Prices
Prices effective July 1 - September 30, 2014. (More)

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