• Undeclared Food Allergens Continue to be the Leading Cause of U.S. Food Recalls

    Apr 03, 2017
    8 Major AllergensWhile tremendous efforts have significantly decreased the number of foodborne pathogens from entering our food supply, such as Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella, the food industry is now facing another momentous challenge – effectively managing food allergens to prevent severe allergic reactions and recalls.  
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  • How do stores align business operations with consumer values?

    Mar 31, 2017
    20151208-FMI-081-WEBShoppers use countless sources to learn or research the fresh foods they’re buying. Today, many factors influence a consumer’s purchasing decision when it comes to food. Reported by 2017 Top Trends in Fresh, last year the top social sentiment drivers for shoppers were seafood sustainability, animal welfare, meat certification, food waste and fair food/wage.
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  • Insightful Strategies for the Supply Chain

    Mar 30, 2017
    FMI-12092014_026_e_WEBIn the world of supply chain operations, the food retail industry continues to struggle with reducing the amount of unsaleable products.In the coming years, there’s no question implications from e-commerce will continue to accelerate across the supply chain. The rise of e-commerce establishes a number of questions for industry leaders across the supply chain and creates various implications on supply chain business operations.
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  • Riding the Local Demand Wave

    Mar 29, 2017
    Heritage Radio NetworkI was recently invited to participate on a Heritage Radio Network “Eating Matters” segment where I was interviewed by the program’s host Jenna Liut about the trend in “local.”
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  • Frozen Foods: A Solution for Healthy, Easy Meals Shoppers Seek

    Mar 24, 2017
    Frozen Food AisleToday’s shoppers are looking for healthy, easy meal solutions, and since March is National Nutrition Month and National Frozen Food Month, it is an excellent time to take a fresh look at frozen foods. Frozen foods currently represent 6.2 percent of sales at food retail. When you consider that frozen foods can offer shoppers A) a nutritious option and B) a convenient meal solution, the opportunity to make frozen foods aisle part of your grocery store’s health and wellness offering is clear.
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  • FSVP Compliance Begins in May and the Key is Communication

    Mar 22, 2017
    Communication is Key for FSVPWith a May 2017 compliance date quickly approaching, it seems that still the biggest question out there regarding the Foreign Supplier Verification Rule is ‘Who is the FSVP Importer?’ Although the rule defines FSVP importer, in many instances more than one party may meet the definition of the FSVP Importer. When there are several parties who can act as the FSVP importer things become more gray and the question becomes ‘Who should be the FSVP Importer?’ rather than ‘Who is the FSVP Importer?’
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  • Celebrating Food from Farm to Plate

    Mar 21, 2017
    20161208-FMI-0619_ed-WEBGrocery stores are fortunate to work with some of the world’s best farmers and ranchers as supply chain partners to ensure that the products we have on the shelf are top quality. Today, on National Agriculture Day, FMI celebrates the entire supply chain from the ground to the refrigerator.
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