• Talking Family Meals at FMI Connect

    May 27, 2016
    Mitty at FMI ConnectIn its first year, National Family Meals Month™ achieved significant momentum around its key priorities. We issued a pledge challenge and retailers and suppliers raised their oven mitts at the 2015 FMI Foundation Gala, garnering the support of almost 100 companies and organizations for our inaugural campaign in September.  The success of the National Family Meals Month™ campaign was in large part due to the approachable theme, customizable participation parameters and messaging that could fit into existing programs.
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  • Accurate Information and Effective Communication: Key to Retail Allergen Management

    May 26, 2016
    Allergens in Food RetailFMI recently published a Retail Allergen Resource Guide to address food allergens with store brand products, in-store practices and procedures, employee and customer awareness and engagement. Development of the Retail Allergen Resource Guide was a collaborative effort to provide insight, resources and information on food allergen management at retail.
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  • Solar-Powered Oven and More at FMI Connect

    May 25, 2016
    GoSunGrill_HeroShotMany of this year’s CES Innovation Award winners involve food-related technology—think The Jetsons’ kitchen. We want food retailers to be able to experience some of these new innovations before they become common place in the household. That’s why will be showcasing several of the CES Innovation Award winners in the FMI Connect Tech Zone in June.
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  • A First-Hand Look at Fresh Prepared Innovation: Upcoming Store Tours

    May 24, 2016
    Store Tours at FMI ConnectBeginning Thursday afternoon, FMI Connect will offer two exciting tours that will allow you to visit food retailers who are working to stay ahead of consumer demands by exploring new culinary options, offering the tastes shoppers are looking for, and changing the way shoppers think about the traditional grocery store.
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  • Learn to Walk TALL at FMI Future Leaders at FMI Connect

    May 23, 2016
    3d-Corporate-PersonalityPersonal branding is important to one’s career, and can actually support the company brand at the same time. That’s why I’m pleased to welcome Lesley Everett, internationally-known branding expert to the stage at Future Leaders during FMI Connect. A thought-leader on personal branding and executive reputation management, Lesley will be leading the session “Brand Me”: Developing Your Authentic Brand, on Tuesday, June 21, 11:15 am-12:30 pm. Her session will give relevant insight into how you can build a personal brand and achieve career goals with simple takeaways for improved self-exposure.
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  • 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.
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  • Anticipating Big Changes to the Food Retail Industry’s Workforce

    May 18, 2016
    Department of LaborWe’re thankful that Secretary Thomas Perez listened to our industry’s concerns and didn’t change the duties test at this time, as it is critical that food retail managers are able to perform essential duties and simultaneously lead by example. While the agency did make some improvements in some of the industry’s concerns, there are aspects of the rule that will create new burdens for the industry. First, a rule with changes of this magnitude needs adequate implementation time and starting some thing of this magnitude during the busiest shopping time of the year is a huge concern.
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