• November 4: A Day of Votes, Views and Voices

    Oct 30, 2014

    Get Out the Vote 2014 Election Day is next week, Tuesday, November 4, and your vote matters.  However you may choose to vote, it is important that you do vote. Close elections appear to be the new normal, and there is no doubt that every vote counts. During the 2012 elections, six U.S. House races were determined by less than one percentage point of the districts’ votes.

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  • Creepy Crawlies Coming To A Supermarket Near You

    Oct 29, 2014
    Insect Protein Making It's Way to Supermarkets Despite the spine tingle bugs give most everyone, there is one place where the idea of bugs shouldn’t make our pulse quicken – it’s on future supermarket shelves. By 2050 we’ll need to feed two billion more people than we are today using more sustainable and move innovative proteins.  According to National Geographic, more than 25 percent of the world’s people eat insects and that number is growing.
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  • Cause-Related Marketing Causing A Stir Among Food Retailers

    Oct 27, 2014
    Cause Marketing for Food RetailersRetailers understand the importance of aligning values and building consumer trust as an integral part of demonstrating competence and deepening customer loyalty. However, short of bragging about their good deeds, which no-one finds acceptable, retailers struggle with finding tangible ways of demonstrating how they share the same social concerns as their customers.
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  • 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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