• 2017 Top Trends in Fresh: Holistic Health

    Mar 01, 2017
    Fresh FoodsAccording to 2017 Top Trends in Fresh, 230 million individuals will be living with chronic illnesses by 2030, and it’s no surprise to hear, that healthcare premiums are also soaring. In response, consumers are focusing on self-care and holistic foods. Now when I visit my doctor the conversation is usually around what foods will benefit my health. It’s amazing how many choices in the Fresh Department help consumers prevent and manage disease states, increase nutrition needs, and increase vitamin intake without the need to swallow a handful of supplements. Food is powerful and it’s proving its ability to prevent specific illnesses.
    Full story
  • 12 New Technologies that May Impact the Grocery Industry

    Feb 28, 2017
    11Wearables2of2Our cameras snapped away as we captured innovations that could impact the food retail industry. Here are a dozen technologies we found—in no particular order—that you might find useful or relevant, including a few you might even like personally
    Full story
  • Are You Ready For the Digital Food Shopper?

    Feb 27, 2017
    20161208-FMI-0683_ed-WEBWhen was the last time you purchased a hardcover book? How about a magazine? How many of your adult children have a newspaper delivered to their home every day of the week? Did you do most of your holiday shopping this year in a department store or online? All of these questions should stop and make you think because each of these industries—publishing, news media, retail—are being reshaped by digital shoppers. And as it is happening to these industries, it is also happening to our industry.
    Full story
  • What Makes a Great Store Manager?

    Feb 24, 2017
    FMI Store ManagerI’ve learned there’s no set equation of traits and qualities that make an outstanding store manager. In a single day, these hardworking individuals often wear many hats as they jump from project to project to serve their store and customers. Each store manager hones their own unique skill set that helps their team navigate various opportunities and challenges.
    Full story
  • Shaping Our Policy Priorities for the Year

    Feb 23, 2017
    FMI Members on Capitol HillEach year, FMI’s Government Relations department surveys its member companies to understand their policy and legislative priorities and how FMI can enhance our voice for food retail in Washington D.C. With a new presidential Administration and a new Congress, it is especially critical to focus on new opportunities and challenges for each of these issues so that we can have a measurable impact on the legislative and regulatory fronts of food retail. 
    Full story
  • Tax Talk: Border Adjustment Tax

    Feb 22, 2017
    Border TaxAs Congress begins talks on tax reform, lawmakers have discussed the possibility of including a border adjustment tax (BAT) as a potential part of a tax reform package. A BAT is a kind of consumption tax or value added tax that would be imposed on goods imported into the country while exports are exempt. 
    Full story
  • USDA FSIS Outlines Long-term Plans to Evaluate Control of Listeria monocytogenes in Retail Delis

    Feb 21, 2017
    FMI-12092014_278-Edit_WEBPrevention of Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) in retail delis has been a priority issue of FMI for over a decade and we’ve published several guidance documents, held numerous meetings and presentations on the topic. As a rare, but very serious bacterial pathogen, Lm grows best in moist, cold environments and has an affinity for protein rich foods. The association of Lm with deli foods and the deli environment has been well documented in the food safety literature.
    Full story