• 140 In-Person Membership Visits in 2016

    Dec 29, 2016
    Membership Visits in 2016Building a strong membership program can be equated to the quote, “Without a solid foundation, you’ll have trouble creating anything with value.” In 2016, the FMI Membership department continued to build a robust and valuable membership program by focusing on new member recruitment, as well as building breadth and depth with existing members. We worked to developed new programs, roles, and communication strategies to meet the needs of our expanding membership base. This year FMI welcomed 21 new retail and wholesale members and 93 new associate members. We’re grateful for the support and engagement of the FMI Officers and Board members who assisted in FMI’s successful recruiting process.
    Full story
  • Changes to the FMI Events Program Put the Focus on Quality Content

    Dec 28, 2016
    Events and Education ImageWhile we carefully monitor the numbers, we also know we serve FMI members best by providing high-quality opportunities for them to learn what they need to grow their businesses and to meet one another face to face. So the “AND” is an important part of the sentence.
    Full story
  • Sustainability and Food Retail: Alive and Kicking

    Dec 27, 2016
    Sustainability Live and KickingConsumers were undoubtedly anxious in 2016, but the “sustainability bandwagon” kept rolling for food wholesalers and retailers. The industry’s commitment to creating sustainable supply chains and proactively engaging on a broad spectrum of corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues is ingrained in business operations; it has become part of corporate culture. FMI’s work on sustainability throughout 2016 mirrored this fact.
    Full story
  • 2016: The Year of the Monkey, SQF to the Rescue

    Dec 22, 2016
    Chinese Year of the MonkeyAccording to the Chinese calendar, 2016 was the year of the monkey.  One could fairly say that there was a monkey on our stakeholders’ back this year, and its name was FSMA.  Sorting through FDA’s Final Rules for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is a time consuming, often frustrating and frequently confusing task.  To help SQFI stakeholders better understand the legal and regulatory complexities of FSMA, SQFI compiled a FSMA Resource page to assist our stakeholders as they worked toward compliance.
    Full story
  • Food Safety in 2016: Regulations, Resources and Relationships

    Dec 22, 2016
    Food Safety Protection CommitteeThe year of 2016 will be remembered for food safety regulations, resources and relationships. These three themes may appear rather divergent, but they served as the strands carefully woven into the life-line the FMI Center for Retail Food Safety and Defense extended to internal and external stakeholders this past year.
    Full story
  • Randy Edeker and the FMI Foundation Stir It Up! at Midwinter

    Dec 21, 2016
    Stir It UpThe countdown has officially begun for FMI’s Midwinter Executive Conference, and so it is time to catch up with Randy Edeker, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer for Hy-Vee, Inc. and the chairman of the FMI Foundation Board of Trustees to discuss the new Foundation fundraising event, Stir It Up!
    Full story
  • What Bob Dylan and FMI’s 20 Research Reports Have in Common

    Dec 21, 2016

    Bob Dylan and FMI ReserachNobel Prize winner Bob Dylan proclaimed more than fifty years ago that “the times they are a changin’.” Today that phrase resonates in the food retail industry as we witness increasingly different ways consumers shop for food, and the many ways grocers are adapting to stay relevant. Always mindful of capturing industry trends, FMI once again this year delved into the minds of consumers and food retailers to make sense of this rapid pace of change to offer the food retail industry tools to understand today’s shopper and improve grocery operations.

    Full story