• The Year of the Grocery Underdog

    Nov 21, 2016
    Percent of Sales Each holiday Represents of Total Holiday SalesCNN recently reported that 2016 was the year of the underdog in sports – baseball, English football, golf, and certainly the Olympics. While there are multiple allusions to sports we make in business, I’m reminded that you don’t always have to be a category captain; the unsung underdog can actually help drive sales, especially during the holidays.
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  • Photo Friday: Exploring Food and Culinary Trends at Time Inc. Food Studios

    Nov 18, 2016
    Time Inc VisitJoe Bivona, Time, Inc., hosted FMI staff to an all-day culinary experience at the Time, Inc. Food Studios in Birmingham Alabama. Here is Chef Robby Melvin preparing a quick and healthy meal in one of their many demonstration kitchens.
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  • The Timely Diplomacy of Thanksgiving

    Nov 17, 2016
    Thanksgiving DinnerThe timing could not be more fortuitous. After a particularly contentious and vicious political season that exposed the depth and severity of every divide and difference across the American civic landscape, the nation is hungry – in body and spirit - for the healing diplomacy of a good Thanksgiving meal.
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  • It Is Time to Re-Register Your FDA Inspected Facilities: Why It’s Important and What You Need to Do

    Nov 17, 2016
    Food Facility RegistrationUnder the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires biennial registration of all domestic and foreign food facilities engaged in manufacturing, processing, packing, or holding food for consumption in the United States (originally established under the Bioterrorism Act). Re-registration occurs every even numbered year from October 1 through December 31. New facilities must also register with the FDA. Farms and retail operations, such as grocery stores, do not have to register, while retailer-owned distribution centers must register as “holding” facilities, and retailer-owned commissaries and central kitchens that are not part of a retail location must also register.
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  • The Feel Good Stories of Life

    Nov 16, 2016
    Community Outreach Awards NomineesThe truth is that uplifting stories of good deserve more than a 30 second news segment. That’s why FMI developed the Community Outreach Awards, to showcase the good that grocery stores across the country are doing in local communities. From neighborhood improvement programs to youth development and hunger relief programs, the stories of grocery stores contributing to the communities they service are true examples of feel-good stories. In reading through our 14 nominations this year, one thing is clear—the good grocery stores do makes a long-lasting impact on the people in their communities and that is a story to proudly share.
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  • Voters have spoken:The Impact of State Ballot Initiatives on the Grocery Industry

    Nov 16, 2016
    Vote SignThe 2016 Election is over, and while the world is still discussing and speculating what the results of the 2016 U.S. presidential election will mean, state ballot outcomes can give us an idea for possible trends looking ahead.
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  • Winners and Losers in the Grocery Industry from Deflation

    Nov 15, 2016
    USDA DeflationWe’re in the midst of one of the longest periods of food price deflation in more than 50 years. USDA reports that the consumer price index has been negative on a year-over-year basis since December 2015, causing severe pressure on same-store sales growth. Retail beef prices have declined in some areas by nearly 8 percent, with pork and poultry on a similar (but slightly less steep) downward trend. USDA predicts we could see up to a 19 percent decline in the CPI for eggs in 2016, and the dairy sector is in dire enough straits that USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has authorized two rounds of government purchases of surplus cheese. It doesn’t look like this trend is likely to let up in the near future.
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