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Consumer Affairs IconThe Consumer Affairs Department helps member companies in developing policies and programs on consumer issues and trends. These include areas such as consumer lifestyles, nutrition, health and wellness, and food safety. FMI members may subscribe to receive updates about current events and issues effecting the food retail industry.

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  • 2015 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends

    The Food Marketing Institute has long supported U.S. food retailers through annual surveys of shopper behaviors and attitudes, providing consistent metrics to evaluate the changing market landscape. This year, FMI worked with the Hartman Group to supplement our U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends research perspective with a cultural lens, interviewing Americans in their homes and while shopping, and drawing upon ethnographic research into U.S. food consumption and consumers.


  • 2015 U.S. Grocery Industry Speaks

    In its 65th year, FMI’s The Food Retailing Industry Speaks ("Speaks") provides the industry with important operational and financial benchmarks ranging from sales and profits to shrink, turns and differentiation tactics. The data is drawn primarily from FMI’s annual survey of U.S. food retailers and wholesalers, and was supplemented with information from public company Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) 10K filings.

Capitalizing on the Shifting Consumer Food Value Equation

This joint Deloitte, FMI and GMA study found that roughly half of Americans surveyed (51 percent) weigh “evolving drivers” – health and wellness, safety, social impact, experience and transparency – in their purchasing decisions, in addition to the “traditional drivers” of taste, price and convenience. Moreover, this occurs regardless of demographic factors.

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Overview of State Food Product Dating Laws

The FMI Guide to State Food Product Dating Laws provides a snapshot of  food product dating at the state level. In addition to providing a high-level view of the state-by-state picture, this report is also meant to be a jumping-off point for further in-depth research on any particular state. To that end, this document is “fully clickable,” meaning that we have provided hyperlinks to the relevant sections of code for further exploration, and to any guidance materials the state has provided.
  • NEW Competitive Talent Strategies

    Jan 28, 2016
    NEW Panel at Midwinter ConferenceEmployees want to make connections; they want community and digital experiences that enable both their business and interpersonal relationships. They want to personally relate with their company’s mission statement and contribute to a greater purpose. While these aren’t necessarily new desires, according to a Network of Executive Women roundtable collocated at the FMI Midwinter Executive Conference, executives from some of the most iconic brands and global consulting firms revealed that these employee requirements are contributing to an emerging “war on talent.”
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  • What I Hope FMI Can Do for You in 2016

    Jan 12, 2016
    20151208-FMI-478-WEBFMI has been enhancing all the ways we reach out to you. Through webinars, an improved websitenewsletters, our new Voice of Food Retail blog and the FMI News App with its new push notification feature, we seek to help you separate the wheat from the chaff and find the information you need to have when you need to have it. Through committee calls and emailed updates, the FMI staff seeks to help your team take advantage of the opportunities that will present themselves, prepare for the bumps ahead, stay focused on what matters most and work more effectively to achieve your companies’ goals.
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  • Dietary Guidelines + Grocery Stores = Wellness Destinations

    Jan 07, 2016
    Dietary Guidelines for AmericansThis new dietary guidance is in opportunity for food retailers to remind consumers of their health and wellness offerings as a way of supporting shopper’s dietary efforts. FMI has a number of resources and research reports on how grocery stores can be health and wellness destinations for shoppers. Here are a few
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  • 2015 Year in Review: Top Stories in Consumer Affairs and Health and Wellness

    Dec 29, 2015
    2015 Year in Review Gold Plate AwardsFMI executed some exciting campaigns related to consumer affairs and health and wellness in 2015. As the champion for feeding families and enriching lives, FMI launched a national campaign that encouraged more mealtimes at home using items from the supermarket and also built complementary programming to demonstrate how the grocery store is a wellness destination. FMI continues to defend the reputation of the industry and serve as a spokesperson on industry issues.   
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  • I’m Giving Thanks

    Nov 24, 2015
    IMG_1580_2Thanksgiving remains among my favorite holidays.  Not only does it bring  together two of my favorite things, family and food, but it also - against many assaults - retains the flavor of its roots as a day set aside to reflect on our lives and express gratitude for the bounty of the earth and for the gift of loving relationships. In a world requiring us to move ever faster, a day that allows us the time and carries the explicit expectation that we will use those hours to actually think about, give consideration to and remain grateful for that which matters most in this life is truly a holiday. 
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