• Connecting Strategies for Boundary-Less Commerce

    Jan 24, 2017
    Digital ShopperFMI’s U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2016 suggests that shoppers are using digital tools prior to and during shopping trips. No surprise, Millennials are most likely to engage with retailers using social media or other digital tools, such as apps. The Trends analysis makes a strong case that our rapidly changing food culture demands more creative ways to integrate new technologies into how shoppers plan, browse, curate, purchase and ultimately eat.
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  • Approaching the Future of Food, Fashionably

    Jan 23, 2017
    Fashion ShowI’ve always posited that food should be more like fashion. Similar to the latest trends in lapels and color palettes, consumers’ palates are attuned to what’s hot in the food world. Consumers may be willing to experiment with new foods and flavors, but counter to the world of fashion, what we’ve found in our consumer research is that it’s not necessarily an event or the media, or even food suppliers that influence their purchases. When it comes to a trusted authority on wellness, for instance, U.S. consumers primarily rely on their families, doctors and friends. Still, the primary food store ranks high on the list of supporters, and notably, the top-10 wellness allies are without a pop culture reference.
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  • Lasting Legacies in the Food Retail Industry

    Jan 19, 2017
    2017 FMI Executive Leadership AwardsFood retail is sometimes referred to as a noble enterprise because it incorporates into a business  entity the delicate art of serving communities by engaging people and providing them the food that nourishes their bodies and feeds their spirits.  Today’s food retail persona results from the cumulative efforts of many visionary leaders who have shaped the industry and sculpted it into the high calling that it is.  
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  • 5 Key Areas of the Supply Chain to Focus On in 2017

    Jan 19, 2017
    Supply Chain 2017 As more companies evaluate supply chain initiatives to better meet the needs of consumers living in a digital world, it’s imperative that trading partners come together to engage in a synergistic supply chain transformation. The 2017 Supply Chain Conference offers trading partners the opportunity to collaborate, explore and discuss key areas of the supply chain, including fresh foods, transportation, regulatory, supply chain optimization and plenty of supply chain insights.
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  • Two Weeks In: A New Congress and New Priorities

    Jan 18, 2017
    Capitol Hill in JanuaryThe world still has two days before the new administration takes office, but the 115th Congress was sworn-in over two weeks ago. Republicans held on to majority control of both the House and Senate, and lawmakers reelected Paul Ryan (R-WI) as Speaker of the House, while Senate Democrats have a new leader in Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) following the retirement of Harry Reid.
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  • What Can We Expect of a Trump Administration?

    Jan 17, 2017
    White HousePresident-elect Donald Trump’s successful campaign for the office of President was marked by its unconventional tenor and free-wheeling populist spirit that challenged the existing political protocols. As a result, his first 100 days in office will receive intense scrutiny.
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  • 2017: What Can We Expect in Food Safety

    Jan 11, 2017
    Food Safety 2017For most food safety professionals, 2016 was a busy year.  More than likely, the ‘Food Safety Modernization Act or FSMA’ was the most commonly discussed topic throughout the food industry-that probably won’t change in 2017.  But as we start 2017, we thought we would highlight some things you can expect this year from food safety along with FMI resources that will help you throughout the year.
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