Fresh Foods

FMI is committed to the growth and success of fresh food companies and their partners. FMI provides resources and networks that support the interests of member companies throughout the global, fresh produce supply chain, including family-owned, private and publicly traded businesses as well as regional, national and international companies. The following resources are available for food retailers on fresh foods.

Rick Stein

For questions or more information, please contact FMI's Vice President of Fresh Foods, Rick Stein

Top Trends in Fresh Webinar Series

Top Trends in Fresh

IRI, FMI and FMI Fresh Executive Committee are joining forces to unveil the top five trends that will impact the fresh food industry in 2016 and beyond.

Coming Soon:
February 25: Prepared Foods and Specialty  

Supermarket Fresh Prepared Foods Webinar Series

The Sophistication of Supermarket Fresh Prepared Foods

FMI and Technomic conducted a research study to evaluate supermarket prepared foods' practices and metrics. Now we're presenting the top findings in our webinar series. 

Coming Soon:
March 16;
May 12

FMI Fresh Food Resources

  • The Sophistication of Supermarket Fresh Prepared Foods

    The landscape of supermarket fresh prepared foods (FPF) has changed dramatically in recent years and this has had a significant impact on consumers, food retailers, and traditional foodservice operators alike. Many of these changes are directly attributable to the growing sophistication of the people, processes, and preparation methods employed by leading supermarkets. FMI and Technomic conducted this research study to evaluate supermarket prepared foods' practices and metrics. This white paper describes key learnings which support the idea of accelerating sophistication.
  • Power of Produce 2015

    Produce is big business and understanding the consumer perceptions, attitudes and behaviors regarding fresh fruits and vegetables is crucial to optimizing sales and profits. The Power of Produce 2015 is the first report of its kind exploring: Purchasing patterns, including traditional and alternative store formats shopped. Consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables in various meal occasions, including snacking and juicing. Pre-trip preparation and in-store decisions relative to produce. The influence of various marketing and sales techniques, as well as the effect of new items. Interest in organic, local and non-GMO. The use of value-added produce and the interplay between fresh, frozen and canned. Perceptions and ratings of the produce department. Recommended improvements. 

  • Power of Meat 2015

    The Power of Meat 2015 is the tenth in an annual report series exploring consumer perceptions, attitudes and behaviors regarding fresh and processed meat and poultry. Every year, the study explores: - Meat/poultry consumption and purchasing patterns, including store formats shopped. - Nutrition, including labeling on fresh and processed meat. - Frequency of preparing certain types of meat. - Marketing and sales techniques. - Interest in organic and natural meats. - Packaging preferences and influences. - Perceptions and use of the meat case versus the full-service counter. - Recommended improvements. Other topics in the 2015 report include: - The impact of higher meat and poultry prices on the purchase. - Interest in and barriers to shopping for meat and poultry online. - Shopping for meat and poultry at farmers' markets. - The local movement and how it affects the meat department. - The interest in sustainable, non-GMO and value-added meat and poultry. - Measuring the impact of health and wellness on the meat and poultry purchase.

  • Private Brand Strategies 2015

    In 2014, FMI Private Brands Council conducted an extensive research study to identify the distinctions between Grocery Retailers experiencing Store Brands growth versus those with Store Brand sales that are flat or are in decline. While the study was thorough and extremely informative, it did not include the voice of the private brand manufacturer. So the FMI Private Brands Council decided to conduct a research study in 2015 to gain an understanding of the private brand manufacturers' perspective in regards to Store Brands best practices. - View More
  • 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.
  • Top Trend in Fresh Foods: Transparency

    Feb 09, 2016
    FMI-12092014_149_WEBMore than ever before, consumers want to know where there food is from, what is in their food and even how their food will impact their lifestyles over time. The pressure to convey this information is especially relevant to supermarkets’ fresh departments, which recent FMI research demonstrates is continuing to grow and will continue for the next three-to-five years. 
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  • 10 Findings on Fresh Prepared Foods in Grocery Stores

    Feb 05, 2016

    FMI-12092014_184_WEBNew research from FMI and TechnomicThe Sophistication of Supermarket Fresh Prepared Foods, finds that as supermarkets become increasingly skilled in food service, this decision for shoppers becomes more complex. The study details the sophistication of supermarket fresh prepared foods among 28 banners, representing 8,000 stores, and substantiates the $15 billion growth of supermarket fresh prepared foods over the last eight years. The study finds that most stores (64 percent) witnessed 2014 prepared foods category growth of nine percent or higher. Here are the top 10 in-depth findings from the report.

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  • 2015 Year in Review: Top Stories in Sustainability and Fresh Foods

    Dec 29, 2015
    2015 Year in Review Fresh Prepared FoodsFrom hot topics like food waste to research insights into consumer shopping behavior pertaining to fresh foods, FMI’s sustainability- and fresh-food-related blogs offered actionable insights to help grocers improve and strengthen business operations and align with consumer demand.
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FMI Connect

Fresh foods are a key strategy for food retailers to differentiate themselves. At FMI Connect 2015, the Fresh Pavilion was a highlight of the show floor. See these recap videos for other trends discussed and we'll see you in Chicago, June 20-23, 2016!


FMI's Fresh Executive Council includes senior fresh executives from member companies who are working together to identify key issues and develop the forums, tools and resources needed for fresh operations throughout the industry.  We have strong partnerships and collaboration with our sister fresh associations who have excellent resources for the industry as well.

Contact Rick Stein for more information about the Fresh Executive Council.