• Celebrating Family Meals

    Sep 01, 2015
    NFMM Consumer Websitex45To celebrate family meals and kick off this month long movement, we’ve launched a consumer website with resources and fun ways to get involved. Visitwww.NationalFamilyMeals.org for more details and look for updates on social media using #FamilyMealsMonth and #RaiseYourMitt.
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  • Celebrating with Leftovers

    Aug 28, 2015
    Celebrating LeftoversWe've all got them. Containers pushed to the back of the refrigerator, cans in the pantry providing the foundation of the tottering lego of food items on the shelves and perfectly good mystery packages of food whose original purpose has long been forgotten. Now there is an imaginative and tasty use for those odd, ignored food items that have been sitting in the cupboard like the playthings on the island for misfit toys.They can be the genesis of a tasty, palate expanding adventure.  With a little help from Supercook Keith Cooperman you can engage friends, family and neighbors in a meal extravaganza that transforms old food stuffs into new menu possibilities.
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  • Turning our focus toward “Feeding the Future”

    Aug 27, 2015
    Feeding the FutureIn a thematically crucial scene in the movieDead Poet’s Society, instructor John Keating – captivatingly played by Robin Williams – shocks his literature students by leaping atop his desk telling them that he does this “…to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way.” Then, in a maneuver hauntingly revisited in the film’s final scene, Keating invites his students to also stand on his desk, sharing in this adventure of viewing life from a refreshingly different vantage point. Keating’s point is well taken. Each of us should periodically leave our familiar settings to see our world from a new perspective.
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  • September is almost here—Have you planned your Food Safety Month activities yet?

    Aug 25, 2015

    PFSE Be Food SafeSeptember 2015 marks the 21st National Food Safety Education Month.The focus of National Food Safety Education Month is to educate and increase consumer awareness on the importance of proper food safety practices. Communicating food safety information to consumers can be challenging. Consumers expect the food they purchase is safe. Sharing food safety information, such as proper preparation and storage techniques, with customers helps ensure the safety of the food continues once it leaves the store. Retailers can help consumers take action to reduce the risk of foodborne illness by 4 simple steps:  Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill.

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  • What Makes a “Best Seller” in Private Brands?

    Aug 24, 2015
    Grocery AisleThe moniker “best seller” is often used to tout and elevate a brand’s status on the shelf, and for many shoppers, it is a purchase motivator. For private brands, the “best seller” category is something to aspire to, but if you’re a brand owner, you often find yourself competing with your own shelf space. What’s a private brand owner to do – or at least that’s a question I often ask of my private brand community. Here are some questions that you can use as thought-starters in your own company.
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  • Inside Collaboration 2.0

    Aug 20, 2015
    FMI-Collaboration-2-0-Logo-FINALCollaboration 2.0 is FMI’s multi-year initiative, developed withMarket6®, to help the grocery industry improve how grocers and suppliers work together around key shared business processes. I sat down with Market6® to dig deeper into what Collaboration 2.0 is all about.
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  • Looking Ahead at 2016: Business Building Opportunities One at a Time

    Aug 17, 2015
    HandshakeIn the food retail business community, there is intense competition among product manufacturers to reach food, drug and mass retailers. FMI aims to create a wider collaboration network that’ll allow suppliers both small and large to connect with individuals responsible for making business decisions.
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