• The Second Nature of Grocers Doing Good

    Oct 24, 2016
    #GrocersDoingGoodWhile bolstering and building bonds within their communities is in the very fabric of a food retailer’s being, there are times when it is appropriate to celebrate that which grocers do so naturally and quietly.The Food Marketing Institute is excited to kick-off the 2016  Community Outreach Awards as a way of tipping our hat to the longstanding food retailer tradition of serving as cornerstones in their communities and noted supporters of neighborhood civic action. 
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  • Photo Friday: Private Brands DC Summit

    Oct 21, 2016
    Private BrandsLast week we welcomed 30 private brands professions to Washington, DC for the second Private Brands DC Summit. The group enjoyed discussing different legislative and regulatory issues facing the private brands business and an evening reception at the Canadian Embassy, where the photo below was taken. 
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  • Getting Clear on Transparency

    Oct 20, 2016
    Getting ClarityShoppers may also want to know where ingredients originated; whether all its ingredients are healthy; whether the workers who made it were treated fairly; whether it's packaged in the most sustainable fashion possible; the kind of fertilizer the farmer uses; and the distance it traveled to get to the shelf. The list of consumer questions continues to grow. And if we don't supply that information in an easy-to-find place, they will seek answers from sources that may or may not be well suited to provide factual information. 
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  • How to Sell More and Waste Less Food

    Oct 19, 2016
    Retail Food Waste - Sell More, Waste LessThe challenge of reducing food waste has never been more in focus for the food wholesale and retail industry. By some estimates, as much as a third of all food produced is lost or wasted from farm to fork.
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  • Old Wives’ Tales perpetuate Supermarket Myths

    Oct 17, 2016
    SaltI remember hearing dozens of old wives’ tales growing up. Some pertained to superstitions, such as opening an umbrella while still inside would bring 10 years bad luck, or if I spilled salt I would throw a pinch over my left shoulder. Others I remember primarily related to misconceptions about food that were neither scientifically accurate nor rationale, such as eating celery counts as negative calories or drinking coffee would stunt my growth.
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  • Handwashing—Essential to Protecting Public Health

    Oct 14, 2016
    Handwashing stationTomorrow is Global Handwashing Day.  Yes, you heard it. Handwashing Day.  And, it’s not just National Handwashing Day but Global Handwashing Day. Why Handwashing you may ask? Although it may sound simple, handwashing plays an important role in protecting public health throughout the world, whether it’s in grocery store, restaurant, or in a healthcare environment.  
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  • Will a new Congress and Administration bring a new policy agenda?

    Oct 07, 2016
    New Agenda?According to U.S Grocery Shopper Trends 2016, a majority of shoppers visit their local supermarket at least once every week, but how many shoppers stop to think about how policy decisions or elections have an impact on their weekly trips to the grocery store? The supermarket industry is heavily regulated – from the regulations in place to keep our food safe to the policies that influence how certain foods can be labeled – and with each new Congress or administration, we often see new shifts in the focus on how policy decisions influence the industry.
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