• Havana Daydreaming ….Not So Fast

    Dec 18, 2014
    EggnogWhen President Obama announced yesterday that he was taking steps to begin normalizing relations with Cuba, many Americans no doubt abandoned their seasonal “vision of sugar plums” in favor of  a decidedly more adult dream – shelves overflowing with Cuban cigars, rum and cheap sugar.  The President’s actions, however, are unlikely to make these dreams a reality – at least in the near term.
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  • 2014 in State Legislatures: What Grocers Need to Know

    Dec 18, 2014
    State Legislative IssuesWith the holidays right around the corner, the vast majority of state legislatures have closed up shop, their business complete for the year. In just a few short weeks, though, many will reconvene for the 2015 legislative session, and the fun will start all over again. But before it does, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the chaotic year that unfolded in statehouses across the country.
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  • Ask the FMI Librarian: A Food Retail Research Present

    Dec 17, 2014
    Ask the FMI Librarian As 2014 comes to an end, now is a good time to review research produced by FMI. This year we produced four major reports focused on the consumer. As a group, this research provides insight into shifts in the consumer universe and yields some important implications for food retailers. 

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  • Q and A with John Zogby Speaker at FMI’s Midwinter Executive Conference

    Dec 16, 2014
    John Zogby John Zogby, founder of the "Zogby Poll" and the Zogby companies, is an internationally respected pollster, opinion leader and best-selling author. His 2008 book, the Way We’ll Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream foretold many aspects of today’s consumer. John will be joining us at FMI’s2015 Midwinter Executive Conference to discuss societal impacts of the new consumer and I took some time before the event to get to know him a bit better. 
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  • Clearing Up Fish Fears

    Dec 15, 2014
    Clearing Up Fish FearsIt’s a myth heard often—pregnant women need to watch the amount of seafood they eat. But nutrition science today tells us that the benefits for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding from eating seafood far outweigh any risks. In fact, in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010, HHS and USDA recommend that “women who are pregnant or breastfeeding consume at least 8 and up to 12 ounces per week of a variety of seafood per week, from choices lower in methyl mercury” taking into account evidence relating to fish consumption to improved infant health and developmental outcomes.
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  • What is the Future of Food?

    Dec 11, 2014

    Future of FoodHave you seen the new movie Interstellar yet?  Will we have to go to a different galaxy to feed the future?  Not if we’re smart. Lately, there is an incredible escalation of interest from individuals and all public sectors about how we will provide food security for the 9 billion people we’ll need to feed in by 2050.  I’ve been on calls, webinars and running to meetings all over the country on sustainable agriculture, food security and food waste and in my mad dash from plane to plane, I’ve collected a potpourri of interesting tidbits to share.

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  • Food Retailers SPEAK: Fresh is a Market Differentiator

    Dec 10, 2014
    Fresh is a Market DifferentiatorSimilar to The Street, when the food retail industry speaks, we certainly listen at FMI. Our Food Retailing Industry Speaks report is in its 64th year, and an emphasis on perishables has been consistently the top retail differentiation strategy by virtually all retailers and received a rating of 8.3 out of 10 as their most successful strategy. 
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