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

  • FMI Grocery Industry Research You Might Have Missed

    Sep 19, 2016
    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. 
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  • Are You A Digitally Enabled and Engaged Retailer?

    Aug 24, 2016
    Online Shopping with Grocey CartWe want answers to those questions to better enable our members, which is why FMI is embarking on a multidimensional, multi-year digital shopper and digitally enabled retailing journey with Nielsen. We’ll explore the business imperatives that are crucial to understanding retailers’ positioning today and to have a strategic vision for the future – capabilities among people, processes, and technologies; priorities for connected commerce solutions; and to anticipate the barriers and pitfalls to avoid.
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  • Telling a Local, Fresh Story

    Aug 10, 2016
    20151208-FMI-085-WEBv2Local is big business for food retailers, especially as it relates to the produce aisle.  According to the Power of Produce report, more than three-quarters of shoppers cite their support for the local economy and farmers as a reason for buying locally-sourced produce — edging out “freshness” as the number one factor.
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