• ‘Tis the Season for Grocers Doing Good

    Dec 05, 2016
    WinnersFood retailers do much more than simply provide their customers with food items to purchase; they also feed the spirit of their community in acts of human kindness. The Community Outreach Awards highlight the oft-unmentioned goodwill of grocers that serve and shape our communities. We, at FMI, are continually amazed by the caliber of the nominated programs we receive and 2016 was no exception. The 14 nominated programs made it difficult for our judges to choose the best of the best in each category, but they managed.  Here are the 2016 Community Outreach Awards Winners:
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  • Photo Friday: Bert’s Red Apple Market in Seattle, WA

    Dec 02, 2016
    Store Visit BertsA few weeks ago, Cynthia Brazzel, director of member relations and advocacy for the western region at FMI, visited with board member Roger Croshaw and his son Tyler Croshaw at Bert’s Red Apple Market in one of Seattle, Washington’s historic sections. 
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  • Roadmap to Success: Fresh Prepared Food in Grocery

    Dec 02, 2016
    Fresh Prepared/DeliIn a few weeks another year will have flown by. We’ll soon start getting asked to reflect on 2016, and what we want to achieve in 2017. At some point in life, we’ve all heard the saying, “goals are the roadmaps to success.” The same concept can be applied to our recently released Power of Fresh/Deli report that indicates fresh food areas as the culinary destinations of stores.
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  • The FMI Foundation Presents: Stir It Up!

    Dec 01, 2016
    Stir It UpDrum roll please! The FMI Foundation is accenting the FUN in fundraising with our new event Stir It Up!, a lively cooking competition between food industry executives taking place January 29 at the 2017 FMI Midwinter Executive Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. 
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  • Food Safety Education: How to Talk Food Safety with your Customers

    Nov 29, 2016
    Fight BAC LogoFood retailers have invested tremendous resources in food safety over the past two decades. Food safety is the foundation of food retailers’ relationships with their customers—consumers expect the food they purchase is safe. According to US Grocery Shopper Trends 2016 (FMI), nearly nine out of 10 shoppers have confidence in the safety of the food at the grocery store. Also, an increasing number of consumers are taking personal responsibility for food safety compared to just six years ago.
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  • Government Relations Committee Fall Meeting

    Nov 23, 2016
    GR Committee If you are wondering if the Capitol is still standing post-election, do not worry. It is, and it has been buzzing with activity. FMI understands the importance of staying on top of the ever-changing conversation on Capitol Hill and how crucial it is for our members to be involved directly in those conversations.
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  • 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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