This year, the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the FMI Foundation are rallying the retail food industry together around a family meals movement. The goal of the FMI Family Meals campaign is to encourage one more meal at home each week. Our organization has dedicated 2015 to promoting this initiative, and we ask you to join us.
Your customers are hungry for help in the kitchen. FMI research shows that they want to share more meals at home, but meal planning and preparation can be a seemingly insurmountable task. Grocers repeatedly demonstrate a commitment to promoting family meals and providing mealtime solutions. As a trusted ally for your shoppers, you have the power to effect change and help bring mealtime back home to the family table.
FMI retailers are “raising their mitts to commit” to this year-round Family Meals campaign, with a special emphasis in September, as we celebrate the first National Family Meals Month™. It is our hope that the FMI Family Meals Campaign and National Family Meals Month™ will become a part of your operational calendar each year as we grow this movement and bring back family meals.
FMI has built a free online toolkit that retailers and suppliers are using to promote family meals and empower shoppers to have one more family meal at home each week. The toolkit is full of creative assets and campaign ideas to grow or inspire family meal promotions and programs. The program elements are designed to complement what you’re already doing to engage shoppers throughout the year, while providing a unifying theme for the month of September when an entire industry will highlight the importance of sharing one more family meal at home per week. To get started, download the toolkit from www.fmifamilymeals.com.
FMI invites your company to stand together with the food industry as we kick off the family meals movement. Raise Your Mitt To Commit™ to one more meal per week during National Family Meals Month™!
Future Accredited Third-party Food Safety Auditor Scholarships
Food buyers and sellers increasingly rely on accredited third-party certification to ensure that the products they sell are safe. In North America, there is a shortage of well-trained auditors. The FMI Foundation will help fill that gap by offering scholarships, providing funding to university food science programs and administering a college internship program through the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI)
, a division of the Food Marketing Institute. Click here
to download the 2015-2016 FMI Foundation
Evaluation of Control Strategies for Listeria
The Foundation recently approved additional support for its partnership with the American Meat Institute Foundation and the USDA, to identify factors that increase risk for Listeria in retail food establishments and to determine effective prevention strategies. Listeria Action Plan for Retail Delis
The FMI Foundation also supports the Food Safety Research Projects Fund which in turn supports food safety research projects funded by the Center for Produce Safety (CPS) at the University of California, Davis
Health and Wellness/Pharmacy Practice Ideation Awards
In 2014, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the Food Marketing Institute Foundation awarded four pharmacy educators for the AACP/FMI Foundation Health and Wellness/Pharmacy Practice Ideation (HWPPI) Awards. Each awardee receives $5,000 to fund a small conceptualization practice model activity involving pharmacy and nutrition professionals in food retail establishments. The HWPPI Awards provide financial support to pharmacy school faculty members who collaborate with a retail or independent food market to explore a practice model activity involving pharmacy and nutrition. These awards help expand the role of pharmacy in promoting and maintaining health and wellness in today’s evolving healthcare system AACP website
Partnership for Food Safety Education Grows
The FMI Foundation has enabled the Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE)
to develop the only public-private collaborative to focus exclusively on the prevention of foodborne illness in the home. The Partnership created the consumer food safety education campaign, Fight BAC!®. With continuing support from the Foundation, the Partnership will ensure that educators work together to improve food safety education.
If you’re a retailer looking to leverage health and wellness in the retail space and meet your shoppers' health and wellness needs, look no further than this guide Hiring, Leveraging, and Empowering Retail Dietitians. This interactive tool kit brought to you by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), the FMI Foundation and the Retail Dietitians Business Alliance is designed to help retail CEOs, Store Managers, Human Resources and of course Retail Dietitians maximize the opportunity to meet the ever-growing needs of your shoppers.