• Frozen Foods: A Solution for Healthy, Easy Meals Shoppers Seek

    Mar 24, 2017
    Frozen Food AisleToday’s shoppers are looking for healthy, easy meal solutions, and since March is National Nutrition Month and National Frozen Food Month, it is an excellent time to take a fresh look at frozen foods. Frozen foods currently represent 6.2 percent of sales at food retail. When you consider that frozen foods can offer shoppers A) a nutritious option and B) a convenient meal solution, the opportunity to make frozen foods aisle part of your grocery store’s health and wellness offering is clear.
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  • FSVP Compliance Begins in May and the Key is Communication

    Mar 22, 2017
    Communication is Key for FSVPWith a May 2017 compliance date quickly approaching, it seems that still the biggest question out there regarding the Foreign Supplier Verification Rule is ‘Who is the FSVP Importer?’ Although the rule defines FSVP importer, in many instances more than one party may meet the definition of the FSVP Importer. When there are several parties who can act as the FSVP importer things become more gray and the question becomes ‘Who should be the FSVP Importer?’ rather than ‘Who is the FSVP Importer?’
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  • Celebrating Food from Farm to Plate

    Mar 21, 2017
    20161208-FMI-0619_ed-WEBGrocery stores are fortunate to work with some of the world’s best farmers and ranchers as supply chain partners to ensure that the products we have on the shelf are top quality. Today, on National Agriculture Day, FMI celebrates the entire supply chain from the ground to the refrigerator.
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  • The Mystery of Private Brands

    Mar 20, 2017
    pantryNext time you’re visiting a friend or family member’s home, I dare you to take a peek in their pantry or refrigerator and see how many private brand products you find. My guess is you’ll discover quite a few. You may even lose count. That’s because, according to the recently released Power of Private Brands report, nearly all U.S. households (96 percent) are purchasing some form of private brand product at retail outlets that sell food.
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  • Are You a Grocery Trailblazer?

    Mar 15, 2017
    FMI Executive Leadership AwardsStatesmanship, humanitarianism and entrepreneurialism are qualities we associate with great leaders who help to cultivate corporate purpose.  In the food retail industry, these attributes define the type of leader who can advance his or her career from a motivated grocery bagger to the visionary in the corner office. Not all industries offer the caliber of self-evolvement opportunities that is such a vital part of the tradition of the food retail industry.
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  • How Do You Trace Imported Produce?

    Mar 14, 2017
    Supply Chain ComplexilityFor the supply chain, the pressure to meet consumer demand for high quality produce that contains product information that’s transparent and traceable coincides with new regulations and legislation that drive food safety decisions for retailers. This complex situation is causing retailers and supply partners to ask, “How does the food industry provide product information that’s transparent and traceable?”    
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  • A Pitmaster on the Power of Meat

    Mar 13, 2017
    Lucas Darnell PitmasterAs an award winning and competition BBQ pitmaster, it’s always an exciting time for me at FMI when we release the Power of Meat report. In the 2017 report, the concept of “getting meat right” is evident in the way retailers and stores are focusing on the powerful meat category.  As someone that is in the meat department in different channels almost every day, this focus is exciting!
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