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  • Photo Friday: Thank Yous To Grocery Heroes

    Apr 3, 2020
    As grocery workers engages in the essential work of feeding families during this crisis, we’ve been honored to be among the many celebrating the work that they do each day. Here are just a few of the many social media posts thanking grocery ...
  • Grocery Shopping in the Time of COVID-19

    Apr 2, 2020
    As consumers experience the unprecedented realities presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and confront the frustrating truths of supply and demand, once ingrained grocery shopping habits have shifted to some new behaviors. As one would expect, shoppers ...
  • What will Help Consumers Accept Gene Edited Food Products?

    Apr 1, 2020
    The FMI Foundation, in collaboration with American Seed Trade Association, Farm Bureau and the Farm Foundation, recently commissioned Dr. Vincenzina Caputo at Michigan State University to conduct research gauging consumer acceptance of gene edited ...
  • Partnering Through A Crisis

    Mar 31, 2020
    As the food industry focuses on our critical task of supplying grocery products to shoppers during the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s important to have strong partners to back our efforts. This crisis has created many fast and unexpected changes in how we ...
  • Re-Writing the Industry’s Crisis Response Playbook

    Mar 30, 2020
    ​The food industry is no stranger to responding to crisis. However, when it comes to responding to the national emergency brought on by COVID-19, the industry is rewriting the playbook on crisis response in real-time. This emergency is nationwide ...
  • What’s Real About Coronavirus and Food Packaging

    Mar 29, 2020
    Information around coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is swirling, and each day feels like it brings more information, resources, or questions. We know shoppers may be concerned about the viability and transferability of coronavirus on food ...
  • FYI: Additional SNAP Funds Headed to a State Near You

    Mar 25, 2020
    Congress implemented several changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the recently enacted Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The emergency allotments for current SNAP beneficiaries is one we want to make sure your ...
  • Keeping the Food Supply Chain Nimble

    Mar 19, 2020
    Last Friday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued an emergency declaration that allows for motor carriers to be exempted from existing hours of service requirements for those responding to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) support....
  • Grocery Stores Remain Constant in Times of Need

    Mar 18, 2020
    Even amidst numerous state emergency declarations relative to mass gatherings impacting restaurants and bars, the White House re-emphasized that grocery stores will remain open during this national emergency....
  • It's A “SNAP” To Order Online and Pay At Store

    Mar 17, 2020
    FMI members are watching the pilot closely and awaiting their turn to enter the ecommerce market. While others are experimenting with different ways to serve their SNAP customers, FNS has permitted retailers to enable “click, collect and pay” for ...
  • The Only Constant Is Change

    Mar 13, 2020
    The inevitability of change is especially true when it comes to food production — whether it relates to impactful events ranging from weather extremes to global virus outbreaks or shifting consumer tastes. All of the above have affected the market ...
  • You Eat with Your Eyes First

    Mar 12, 2020
    Visual appeal may be even more important in this category, in fact, than in other types of foods, fresh or packaged. Like many (most?) shoppers, I’ve been known to take my time picking out an avocado or a bunch of bananas, based on what appeals to ...
  • How Is the Grocery Supply Chain Responding to Coronavirus?

    Mar 11, 2020
    We live in a global economy, which is evident every day in the aisles of a grocery store. In times of crisis, most notably the current situation with increasing cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., shoppers are taking control of their environment – and ...
  • How Skogen’s Festival Foods Created an Award-Winning Food Safety Culture

    Mar 11, 2020
    At our 2020 Midwinter Executive Conference, we honored Skogen’s Festival Foods with the FMI Food Safety Innovation Award. Festival Foods has demonstrated a responsibility to strengthening its food safety culture using a multi-pronged ...
  • The 2020 Strategic Playbook For The Food Industry

    Mar 9, 2020
    FMI and Oliver Wyman’s annual journal publication Boardroom provides a starting point. In fact, volume 5 of the journal is a strategic playbook for the emerging issues a food retailer or supplier should be discussing in their boardrooms—that’s how ...