RETAIL FOOD STORES
EMPLOYEES IN PENNSYLVANIA
Who we are
The Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association (PFMA) is a statewide trade association advocating the views of the food and beverage retail industry. Our membership includes convenience stores, supermarkets, independent grocers, wholesalers, consumer product vendors, national and regional chain stores and locally owned independent retailers of all sizes operating in Pennsylvania.
Our 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 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.
Today, PFMA offers legislative and regulatory representation, publications, email and online communication, conferences, seminars, certification programs, coupon processing and webinars to its members.