• In Remembrance of Jack Crocker

    Oct 23, 2014
    Jack Crocker and Iving Rabb First Two Chairs of FMII share sad news that the food retail industry recently lost one of its formative leaders when Jack J. Crocker died on October 18th. Jack served as president of Fred Meyer, Inc., and starting in 1972, guided SUPERVALU through a decade of growth as its president and CEO.  I'm told that his savvy wit and engaging spirit served the entire industry as he helped orchestrate the 1976 merger of Super Market Institute and the National Association of Food Chains to become today's Food Marketing Institute.
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  • Freeze Out of Food Retail Refrigerants

    Oct 22, 2014
    EPA proposes changes that would affect refrigeration systems throughout the grocery storeThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed changes that would affect refrigeration systems throughout the grocery store, which could create unnecessary disruptions to store operations and impose costly equipment changes. The proposed rule changes the listing of several hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) from approved to unapproved, some of which are commonly used in commercial refrigeration equipment. The rule also proposes changes to stand-alone self-contained cases, commonly used for soup and salad bars and check-lane beverage coolers, among other uses.
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  • What’s the Active Ingredient in your Private Brands Strategy?

    Oct 21, 2014
    Private Brands Business ConferenceThe FMI Private Brands Strategies Report finds that today’s private brands are facing a new value equation, where customers are looking for their brands to go beyond price, placement, promotion, product and profit. Instead, private brands need more active ingredients that speak to strategy, value and quality.
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  • Photo Friday: Communications and Consumer Affairs Chairs

    Oct 17, 2014
    Consumer Affairs and Communications Committee Outgoing ChairsAt the recent FMI Consumer Affairs and Communications Seminar, FMI recognized its outgoing committee chairs for their dedication and service: Tracy Pawelski, Ahold USA, FMI Communications Committee, and Cheryl Macik, Wakefern Food Corporation, FMI Consumer Affairs Committee.
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  • Collaborating for Care: New Models for Retail Health Care

    Oct 16, 2014
    Grocery Store Health and Wellness CollaborationWhat does your doctor’s office look like? Where did you receive your most recent flu shot? Ten years ago there wouldn’t be much variability in the way Americans answered these questions, but that’s not true for today’s health care consumer.
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  • Food Safety In the Produce Aisle

    Oct 15, 2014
    Produce Safety Best Practices Guide for Retailers FMI has a resource on produce food safety that specifically addresses safe produce handling both in the supply chain and stores.  The Produce Safety Best Practices Guide for Retailers focuses on two main areas of produce food safety—guidance throughout the supply chain, and produce handling best practices in grocery stores.
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  • Supermarkets as Community Cornerstones

    Oct 14, 2014
    FMI Community Outreach AwardsAt FMI, the fall season means the annual kick-off of our Community Outreach Awards program. These awards are FMI’s platform to showcase the goodwill and community programs spearheaded by neighborhood food retailers. Over the years, we have seen creative initiatives from retailers large and small engaging their community and inspiring others with a message of hope and encouragement.
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