• It’s A Bird! No A Plane! No An Apple?!

    Aug 03, 2015
    Drone DeliveryAccording to the recent Power of Produce research, I’m not alone in this careful selection of produce behavior. The report finds that in the produce purchasing decision, appearance and ripeness are more important than price for shoppers. I can relate. I love New Jersey Beefsteak tomatoes—that crunch when you bite into a slice of it. If the tomato is too soft, I don’t care for it. Same with apples—are they new crop, fresh crop or older? Does the apple have a crunch or a soft mealy feel? I have my preference and I know how to pick out what I want. I am sure most people have their own taste profile.
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  • Kings Food Markets: Leading Shoppers To Better Health Through Family Meals

    Jul 31, 2015
    Bill Hedge Executive Chef Kinds Food MarketThe FMI Foundation is proud to see a growing number of FMI retailer and associate members join the family meals movement by pledging their commitment to helping families share one more meal at home per week. Chief among these supporters is FMI retailer member, Kings Food Markets, whose enthusiasm for fresh, convenient, healthy meal options shines through in their approach to family mealtime solutions. In anticipation of National Family Meals Month™, we interviewed Executive Chef Bill Hedge to get a preview of what we can expect to see from Kings Food Markets this September. Looking beyond September, Chef Hedge shared valuable information about the ways Kings Food Markets connects with their shoppers on mealtime solutions every day of the year.
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  • IdeaXchange: Food retailer as marriage counselor

    Jul 30, 2015
    FMI in the newsFMI’s U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2015 contains the rather compelling statistic that 83% of U.S. adults report they have at least half the household responsibility for grocery shopping. The fact that 203 million people claim the status of primary shopper, when there are only 123 million households in the U.S., clearly indicates that the ratio of grocery shoppers per household has moved from 1:1 to nearly 2:1.
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  • Five Years Later: Swipe Fee Reform is a Success

    Jul 29, 2015
    Self-Service Station in Grocery StoreAs a body, the Senate is known for its decorum and more thoughtful collegiality than its neighboring lower body, the House of Representatives.  Senators refer to each other as their “esteemed colleague” or “good friend,” no matter how vehemently they may disagree on an issue.  When a Senator is impassioned enough to say, tear a bill in half, it certainly attracts attention and turns some heads. So last week, as the Senate Appropriations Committee completed consideration of its twelfth and final appropriations bill, FMI and other merchant groups took notice and joined in a collective cheer as Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) tore the FY 2016 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill in half after the committee passed it on a party-line 16-14 vote.
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  • Listeria – Beyond the Deli

    Jul 28, 2015
    ListeriaFor retailers, “Listeria,” “food safety,” and “retail delis” are words that commonly go together.  However the FMI Food Protection Committee Listeria workgroup is developing recommendations to combat Listeria beyond the retail deli and take the proven control measures to other departments in the retail stores. 
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  • Top 5 Stories from FMI So Far This Year

    Jul 27, 2015
    Top 5 Stores from FMIWith full inboxes and busy schedules, sometimes we miss things. That’s why it’s good to recap every now and then. With that in mind, here are the top five blog posts from FMI so far in 2015
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  • How Food Retailers Help Maintain the Produce Cold Chain

    Jul 21, 2015
    Produce Cold ChainFMI had the opportunity to participate in a symposium at IFT 15 titled “Cold Chain for Produce Safety:  The Status Quo and Technologies to Minimize Food Safety Risk.”  For retailers, the produce department is a key differentiator along with other fresh departments.  In fact, according to the FMI U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends Survey in 2014, 38 percent of consumers report shopping at a retailer that is further away because of the quality of the fresh food.  Consumers want fresh, and in order to deliver customers what they want, the cold chain must be maintained. 
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