FMI Research Resources

When you need the facts and you need them now, the Food Marketing Institute's Information Service is the place to find the answers. FMI conducts the most comprehensive consumer and operations research of the food retailing and wholesaling industry and our Information Service houses the most comprehensive collection of information on this industry.

Shopping for Information on Food Retail?

 Visit the FMI Online Library

FMI Library
Home to 5,000 volumes of publications, research reports, books and more about the food retail industry the physical FMI Library is supplemented by an online database that contains abstracts from a variety of trade and business journals dating back to 1988 and a catalog of multi-media materials about the food distribution industry from FMI and other publishers.

Research Blog Posts


  • Three Trends Worth A Wager

    May 19, 2016
    20151208-FMI-640r-WEBI hope your plans will include joining your industry colleagues and me at FMI Connect where we will reveal and explore the new findings in FMI’s2016 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends.  Among a host of other topics, we will discuss three findings worth your consideration.
    Full story
  • Today is the Tomorrow We Worried about Yesterday

    May 17, 2016
    Ideas and LearningNow in its 66th year, FMI’s The Food Retailing Speaks survey is currently in the field and for the last 12 years, FMI Speaks has asked senior leaders in the food industry about the issues that affect their ability to succeed in the marketplace. Known as the FMI Worry Index, when it was initiated in 2004 only one issue rated highly that year—above 7 on a 10-point scale— and to no surprise that top concern was competition. Each year the impact of individual issues changes but what stays constant are the overall concerns retail executives must weigh to make the best decisions for their business that also meet the needs of their customers.
    Full story
  • Is Your Company Prepared for a Cyber Crisis?

    Apr 26, 2016
    credit card_smI spoke with Raj Bector, partner in Oliver Wyman’s Strategic IT and Operations Practice, on the importance of retailers being prepared for cyber crises and understanding how to implement effective cyber risk management. I also caught up with Hannah Walker, FMI’s senior director of technology and nutrition policy on what she’s hearing from FMI members.
    Full story
  • What the Shopper Is Thinking

    Apr 20, 2016
    Trends at FMI ConnectOne of the most important contributing factors to a company’s success is its ability to spot and act on emerging trends. In the world of food retail, keeping track of evolving consumer behavior and key trends can be overwhelming and that’s why FMI provides signature research including our U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends report, The Food Retailing Industry Speaks report and our latest Grocery Revolution experience that marries the findings of both reports together.  
    Full story
  • Inside Boardroom: The Importance of Food Safety

    Apr 19, 2016
    shopping for rice_240In the fifth part of our Q&A series, I spoke with Hilary Thesmar, PhD, RD, CFS, VP of food safety programs at FMI, and Chris Baker, partner in Oliver Wyman’s Retail Practice, on the importance of food safety to our industry. Food safety has always been a priority for the supermarket industry, and our U.S. Food Retailing Industry Speaks 2015 data suggests that grocers are expecting its impact to only gain attention within their businesses.
    Full story