• Five Years Later: Swipe Fee Reform is a Success

    Jul 29, 2015
    Self-Service Station in Grocery StoreAs a body, the Senate is known for its decorum and more thoughtful collegiality than its neighboring lower body, the House of Representatives.  Senators refer to each other as their “esteemed colleague” or “good friend,” no matter how vehemently they may disagree on an issue.  When a Senator is impassioned enough to say, tear a bill in half, it certainly attracts attention and turns some heads. So last week, as the Senate Appropriations Committee completed consideration of its twelfth and final appropriations bill, FMI and other merchant groups took notice and joined in a collective cheer as Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) tore the FY 2016 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill in half after the committee passed it on a party-line 16-14 vote.
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  • Listeria – Beyond the Deli

    Jul 28, 2015
    ListeriaFor retailers, “Listeria,” “food safety,” and “retail delis” are words that commonly go together.  However the FMI Food Protection Committee Listeria workgroup is developing recommendations to combat Listeria beyond the retail deli and take the proven control measures to other departments in the retail stores. 
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  • Top 5 Stories from FMI So Far This Year

    Jul 27, 2015
    Top 5 Stores from FMIWith full inboxes and busy schedules, sometimes we miss things. That’s why it’s good to recap every now and then. With that in mind, here are the top five blog posts from FMI so far in 2015
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  • How Food Retailers Help Maintain the Produce Cold Chain

    Jul 21, 2015
    Produce Cold ChainFMI had the opportunity to participate in a symposium at IFT 15 titled “Cold Chain for Produce Safety:  The Status Quo and Technologies to Minimize Food Safety Risk.”  For retailers, the produce department is a key differentiator along with other fresh departments.  In fact, according to the FMI U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends Survey in 2014, 38 percent of consumers report shopping at a retailer that is further away because of the quality of the fresh food.  Consumers want fresh, and in order to deliver customers what they want, the cold chain must be maintained. 
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  • More Time for Proper Guidance on Menu Labeling

    Jul 20, 2015
    Salad Bar in Grocery StoreAs supermarkets, FMI members have been challenged with the business implications of implementing a rule designed for restaurants and still face many unanswered questions.  FDA’s announcement will hopefully give our members time to get more clarity and answers without feeling rushed to make difficult business decisions by a compliance date previously set for this December. 
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  • Photo Friday: 3 Photos of SQFI Having Fun at IFT

    Jul 17, 2015
    View of IFT FloorThe Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI) had fun this week exhibiting at the Institute For Food Technology (IFT) Annual Meeting in Chicago and talking food safety.  
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  • One Supermarket Chef’s Keys to Family Meal Success

    Jul 15, 2015
    Chang - PhotoWith National Family Meals Month™ on the horizon, the FMI Foundation sat down to chat with Foodland’s Chef Keoni Chang, winner of the 2014 Supermarket Chef Showdown family meals category and Grand Champion of the 2012 Supermarket Chef Showdown.
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