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 

  • Food Retailing Industry Speaks 2016

    For 66 years, FMI has been surveying the food retail industry to develop important operational and financial benchmarks ranging from sales and profits to shrink, turns and differentiation tactics. The survey research results in The Food Retailing Industry Speaks (Speaks) report.
  • 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

  • The Power of Meat 2017

    The Power of Meat provides an annual update of shopper habits regarding meat and poultry pre-trip, in-store and at home. Check out the infographic!
  • How to Grow GM & HBC Sales in the Grocery Store

    Research conducted on behalf of FMI by Acosta Strategic Advisors suggests the largest opportunities for grocery stores to increase sales are in General Merchandise (GM) and Health and Beauty Care (HBC).
  • Power of Private Brands 2017

    Conducting numerous forms of research and analysis with partners Information Resources Inc. and Daymon Worldwide, this report looks at the private label business through four lenses:
    From the Register: A deep dive into the wide-ranging implications of sales data across segments and categories
    From the Consumer: A new look at the private brand consumer based on a national survey and analysis of social media
    From the Industry: An insightful perspective on industry attitudes and performance based on a trading partner survey that exposes differing viewpoints
    From the World: An eye-opening view of the forces shaping global retailing and how private brands has unique opportunities with changing shoppers around the world.
  • Power of Fresh Prepared Deli

    The inaugural Power of Fresh Prepared/Deli 2016 documents the biggest trends in consumer purchasing and consumption of deli/fresh prepared, its opportunity, image, store destination and above all, the ways in which stores can meet, and exceed, consumer expectations in this space.
  • Trends in Mass-Market Floral

    Mass-market floral departments make an important and increasing contribution to both individual store and overall chain performance. Beyond the numbers, floral offerings help retailers engage with customers at an emotional level with beautiful, multisensory products that connect shoppers to their loved ones and friends.

    The research findings documented in this report provide a comprehensive industry snapshot of today’s mass-market floral retail business.


  • 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.

  • Power of Produce 2016

    The Power of Produce identifies the biggest trends in consumer purchasing and consumption of fruit and vegetables from planning the purchase, channel choice and preparation all the way through recommendations to improve shopping the produce department.