The Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association (PFMA) is a statewide trade association advocating the views of convenience stores, supermarkets, independent grocers, wholesalers and consumer product vendors operating in Pennsylvania.
PFMA’s membership consists of national chain stores, regional chains and locally owned independent retailers of all sizes. Our 750 + corporate members operate more than 3,200 retail food stores and employ more than 150,000 Pennsylvanians.
The mission of the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association is to improve the public image, effectiveness and profitability of companies providing products and services in agriculture production, consumer education, consumer packaged goods, food retailing and wholesale food distribution.
On October 29, 1952, a group of independent retailers met in Erie, PA to discuss common concerns. During the meeting, the group officially accepted a charter from the National Association of Retail Grocers (NARGUS), and they selected the name Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association. The association operated from Erie, PA and eventually opened a branch office in Harrisburg to maintain closer relationships with the state legislature. In 1986, PFMA consolidated its offices and moved to Harrisburg. Today, PFMA’s office is located in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, just five minutes from the capitol.
What We Do
PFMA offers legislative and regulatory representation, publications, email and online communication, conferences, seminars, certification programs, coupon processing and webinars to its members.
Pennsylvania Coupon Redemption Services, Inc. (PCRS) -- PCRS 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.
A portion of the profits from PCRS helps fund PFMA programs.