Food Industry Glossary

Like every industry, the food retail industry has special terms we use to describe aspects of our business. This glossary can help newcomers to to the food retail industry learn terminology and help seasoned food industry experts keep up-to-date.  

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Additional Food Industry Knowledge

  • How Did That Get In The Shopping Cart?

    Jul 19, 2016
    Grilled VegetablesThe chances are really good that the shopping responsibility for these backyard grill-fests didn’t fall squarely with just one person, but were a cooperative effort among the household’s multiple shoppers. According to FMI’s U.S. Grocery Shopper Trendsreport, 85 percent of all adults in the U.S. report that they have at least half the household responsibility for grocery shopping. Last year we identified that the “primary shopper paradigm” where one person –usually Mom – handled all the food selecting, planning, cooking, and shopping –was giving way to a new “shared shopper paradigm,” in which households delegate or collaborate on food shopping.
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  • What Do Supermarket Department Managers Think About Their Jobs?

    Jun 30, 2016
    FMI-12092014_368-Edit_WEBNine in ten department mangers love their job, according to findings reported in the inaugural Supermarket Department Manger Survey, conducted for FMI by The Retail Feedback Group and Harold Lloyd Presents and recently released at FMI Connect in Chicago. Other areas that earned high ratings by supermarket department managers include meeting safety/sanitation standards (96%); working well with store managers (95%), supervisors treat me with respect (93%); and store manager practices our values (93%). 
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  • No Two U.S. Households Grocery Shop the Same

    Jun 22, 2016
    Discover Trends If you get five couples together in the same room and ask each person who is the primary grocery shopper for their household, chances are you will get 10 different responses. According to the 2016 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends report released today at FMI Connect, more and more households in America are changing grocery shopping habits due to shifting household roles. 
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