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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.
  • 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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  • How Are Grocery Stores Using Social Media?

    Nov 19, 2015
    Social Media EngagementIn our series interviewing food retail social media managers we’ve gotten a better idea of the day-to-day operations of these brand managers and storytellers. We’ve also seen how social media is being used creatively by grocery stores.  But how are grocery stores using social media overall and what benefits, if any, are they seeing from it?
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  • Our 2015 Community Outreach Awards Winners

    Nov 16, 2015
    Community Outreach Award WinnersWe had an exceptionally strong field of candidates this year and our judges complained of wanting hazard duty pay because their task so taxed their brains. In a contest where all are winners it was difficult to determine the cream of the crop, but the final tally did reveal leaders in each of our categories. Our winners in our youth development, food insecurity and health improvement categories truly demonstrate the dedication and generosity grocery stores give to their communities. And the winners are…  
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  • Store Manager Award Winners Show Their Appreciation

    Nov 10, 2015
    Store Manager Appreciation Lunch and Winn DixieWe’ll be launching the 2016 Store Manager Awards on November 16, 2015. But before we do that, we wanted to check in with our FMI Store Manager People’s Pick Award winners to see how they celebrated with their employees.
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  • Help a Grocer Doing Good Win Big

    Nov 03, 2015
    FMI Community Outreach Awards Facebook ContestFrom November 2 – 6, 2015 all our 2015 Community Outreach Award nominees will be posted to the FMI Facebook page under the tab: Grocers Doing Good. We invited you to visit, read through the extraordinary stories of how grocers are making the world a bit better and vote for your favorite. The story with the most votes come Friday, November 6 at 5:00 pm ET will receive $1,000 donation to help their program grow
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