FMI Industry Research


FMI's industry research looks at all aspects of the food retail industry from shopper trends to business operations to provide insightful, relevant and current research. Click on a research report below to access a full copy. 

FMI's Signature Research 

  • 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.
  • 2016 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.

     


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Additional FMI Research

  • Seafood Calendar

    Developed by the FMI Seafood Strategy Committee, food retailers are invited to thematically base their marketing and communications plans on an original calendar aimed at promoting seafood consumption and knowledge among grocery associates and their customers. Download the Seafood Calendar
  • Shopping Bag Restrictions

    This state affairs issue report covers the shopping bag restrictions being developed in states and local areas across the United States. 
  • Best Practices for Processing Chargebacks

    The merchant community has been in the process of migrating to chip card-compliant point-of-sale terminals since the card networks announced the October 2015 liability shift. While a good portion of food retailers have the EMV-enabled hardware in their stores, many have faced delays in getting their terminal software certified due to bandwidth issues of third party vendors tasked with certifying these terminals. As grocers await certification, they have seen unprecedented increases in chargebacks during the months since the liability shift. We expect to see the number of EMV-compliant stores continue to increase in the coming months and years as the certification queue decreases, which will hopefully help mitigate the rise in chargebacks seen at the retail level.

    FMI has compiled best practices for addressing these chargebacks in addition to providing materials from the card networks.
  • Supermarket Department Manager Survey

    Building on the success of FMI’s 2014 Store Manager Survey, FMI teamed up with The Retail Feedback Group and Harold Lloyd Presents to conduct the first-ever Supermarket Department Manager Survey

    The survey provides a view from the eyes of food retail department managers. What do they like about their job? What challenges do they face? How well do they communicate with store management and field supervision? Where are the opportunities to develop the knowledge and abilities of this key management group?
  • On Shelf Availability Root Causes Ishikawa Diagram

    The Best Practices Solutions to Address On Shelf Availability (OSA) Guide and On Shelf Availability Root Causes Ishikawa Diagram were developed to help companies reduce out-of-stock levels. The Root Causes Ishikawa diagram highlights the leading causes of failures across these areas and is tailored for use across the supply chain.

  • Best Practices Solutions to Address On Shelf Availability (OSA) Guide

    The Best Practices Solutions to Address On Shelf Availability (OSA) Guide and On Shelf Availability Root Causes Ishikawa Diagram were developed to help companies reduce out-of-stock levels. The best practices guide addresses root causes - and potential solutions - of challenges across five retail functional domains: Store Execution, Ordering and Execution, Forecasting, Manufacturing, and Category Management and Merchandising.  It also identifies process owners to deal with these product availability issues throughout the supply chain.  The Root Causes Ishikawa diagram highlights the leading causes of failures across these areas and is tailored for use across the supply chain.

  • Shopping for Health 2016

    Shopping for Health, a survey of American grocery shoppers that has been conducted for over 20 years by Rodale, Inc. (publisher of health and wellness lifestyle brands Prevention, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Runner’s World, Bicycling, and Rodale’s Organic Life) and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), examines the various ways in which health & nutritional concerns affect food buying and eating decisions; gauges food shoppers’ awareness, interests & attitudes regarding food, health & nutrition; understands efforts to manage eating & diets; and measures parents’ attitudes and activities regarding meals for children.