• Governors Outline Their Budget Priorities in "State of the State" Addresses

    Mar 09, 2017
    Map of USAWith President Donald J. Trump’s recent address to a Joint Session of Congress, there is no better time to highlight the similar speeches occurring across the states. With the exceptions of Louisiana and Ohio, whose governors will address their constituents later in the year, 48 governors have laid out their budget plans either through a “State of the State” speech or simply a “Budget” address. These speeches offer a glimpse into the Governors’ priorities for the legislative session.
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  • Put your Best Fork Forward – Celebrating National Nutrition Month 2017

    Mar 08, 2017
    Best Fork ForwardThis year’s National Nutrition Month theme, Put Your Best Fork Forward, is a nice reminder that making small shifts in food choices, one forkful at a time can result in big changes towards a healthy diet. 
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  • Promoting the Importance of Debit Reforms in Your Networks

    Mar 08, 2017
    Unfair Swipe FeesThanks to modern technologies, engaging with customers, friends, elected officials and the media has become much easier, more efficient and more powerful. Retailers can use social media as a powerful driver to share their perspectives on the impact these hidden swipe fees have on their business operations, and we know that for some, these fees constitute one of their highest operating expenses.
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  • Meat, the Most Fascinating Dinner Guest

    Mar 07, 2017
    Power of MeatMeat has been the traditional center-of-the-plate feature for years, but no one bothered to ask it where it’s from, how it feels or even who invited it to the party. Consumers must think they’ve been rude dinner guests – satisfied by a superficial relationship with their food without really getting to know it. As consummate hosts, food retailers increasingly seek opportunities to share more information about the proteins that their shoppers desire, and in the meantime, inspire sincere dinner conversations.
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  • Advice from FMI Store Manager Award Winners to Future Nominees: Brian Hayes

    Mar 03, 2017
    Brian HayesBrian Hayes, a store director for Super Saver in Lincoln, Nebraska, earned recognition as an outstanding store manager in 2015. As a previous winner, Hayes shared his advice with rising food retailers.
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  • Stopping by Product Date Labels on a Snowy Evening

    Mar 02, 2017
    Product Code Date LabelsBringing the industry together to agree on a common date-label language was a crucial first step, but it was only that; a first step. Much work remains to be done to bring this acclaimed initiative to fruition. There will be cross- industry task forces assembled to continue the work in three important areas.
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  • 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.
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