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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


  • Looking for Sales Growth? Reconsider Your GM & HBC Categories

    GMHBCProgressive Grocer recently reported about new research released during the FMI 2017 Midwinter Executive Conference that outlines the opportunity for grocery stores to increase sales by reconsidering their store’s General Merchandise (GM) and Health and Beauty Care (HBC) categories. 
  • The FMI Worry Index Then and Now

    Then and NowArguably, nothing registers the changes confronting the industry better than the Worry Index feature in The Food Retailing Industry Speaks (Speaks) research. Comparing and contrasting the worry index lists from various years provides a real sense of what is changing, what is staying the same, what may be shifting in intensity or in some cases what appears to be remaining the same, but in truth, is different because the context has changed.
  • Connecting Strategies for Boundary-Less Commerce

    Digital ShopperFMI’s U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2016 suggests that shoppers are using digital tools prior to and during shopping trips. No surprise, Millennials are most likely to engage with retailers using social media or other digital tools, such as apps. The Trends analysis makes a strong case that our rapidly changing food culture demands more creative ways to integrate new technologies into how shoppers plan, browse, curate, purchase and ultimately eat.
  • What Bob Dylan and FMI’s 20 Research Reports Have in Common

    Bob Dylan and FMI ReserachNobel Prize winner Bob Dylan proclaimed more than fifty years ago that “the times they are a changin’.” Today that phrase resonates in the food retail industry as we witness increasingly different ways consumers shop for food, and the many ways grocers are adapting to stay relevant. Always mindful of capturing industry trends, FMI once again this year delved into the minds of consumers and food retailers to make sense of this rapid pace of change to offer the food retail industry tools to understand today’s shopper and improve grocery operations.

  • FMI Grocery Industry Research You Might Have Missed

    Grocery CartsSpeaks and Trends. These are the nicknames of the best known, long-standing research reports produced by FMI.  The Food Retailing Industry Speaks report is an annual survey sent to FMI members and other food retailers in the food industry that benchmarks supermarket operations data and includes the FMI Worry Index. The U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends report, prepared for FMI by the Hartman Group, provides data on the U.S shopper and changes to shopping habits over time.