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  • A Conversation with Oscar Gonzalez, Northgate Gonzalez Market

    Jan 23, 2020
    Oscar Gonzalez, co-president and COO of Northgate Gonzalez Market, is chairman of FMI's 2020 Midwinter Executive Conference and a true leader when it comes to creating genuine experiences that hold true to his company’s personality. Under Oscar’s ...
  • 2020 Outlook on the New Food Marketplace

    Jan 22, 2020
    To help you navigate these rapid industry changes and consumer preferences, FMI is advancing to represent the business of food, wherever it is bought, sold or produced. We’re keeping our eye on evolving trends in the food industry from technology ...
  • What’s In A Brand?

    Jan 21, 2020
    Life is full of circumstances and situations that prompt us to evaluate our personal brand and make necessary changes, adapting to a new position or setting by shifting our brand. Sometimes these involve small adjustments and sometimes we must ...
  • 2020 Midwinter Executive Conference by the Numbers

    Jan 16, 2020
    In a matter of days, the food industry will land in Phoenix for the 2020 Midwinter Executive Conference. Top industry executives will gather to discuss proven and emerging trends, and how it will influence future business operations....
  • SQF Fundamentals Program Launches in Brazil

    Jan 16, 2020
    Brazil is one of the largest importers of food supplies into the U.S. According to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the largest categories imported from Brazil are unroasted coffee ($934 million), fruit and vegetable juices ($501 million)...
  • Reflecting On Your Supply Chain Performance

    Jan 15, 2020
    January is a time of reflection and for setting intentions for the year ahead. For food retailers, this includes reviewing how well they met customers’ demands over the holidays. Did your store have what shoppers wanted, when they wanted it, in the ...
  • Technologies Building Smart Supermarkets

    Jan 14, 2020
    January is technology season with a series of back-to-back events focused on the latest gadgets and gizmos. While reading about new technologies, it’s easy to begin to wonder how they will apply to your shoppers and your business model. Here are ...
  • Smarter Food Safety: Emerging Technologies, Smarter Tools for Prevention, Evolving Business Models, and Food Safety Culture

    Jan 12, 2020
    Our “New Era of Food Safety" comments focus on several key principles, including focusing on outcomes; leveraging existing tools; increasing communications with stakeholders; accounting for the food industry’s variable resources and abilities; and ...
  • 5 Insights for 2020 Fresh Foods Success

    Jan 10, 2020
    It’s helpful to enter a new year armed with lessons learned in the prior year. This is especially the case for fresh foods, given the wide range of categories and the complexities of the business. In this spirit, I want to raise the profile of a few ...
  • Preparing Our Legislative Strategy for 2020 and Beyond

    Jan 9, 2020
    Lawmakers recently returned to Washington to begin the second session of the 116th Congress. While 2020 is often correlated with hindsight, our focus this year will be on laying the groundwork for the future scenarios expected throughout this year ...
  • Private Brands Positioned to Advance in 2020

    Jan 7, 2020
    The private brands industry is well positioned to gain ground in 2020. Why do I feel so positive about the outlook? It’s because of a growing private brands commitment and strategic positioning by food retailers. These emerged in findings from two ...
  • New Year Food Safety Resolutions with SQF Fundamentals Program

    Jan 6, 2020
    Has your company set food safety resolutions for the new year? Well, it all starts with building and nurturing a culture of food safety. Food safety doesn’t begin or end at your food industry site. Food safety is critical at every step in the supply ...
  • How to Expand Grocery Health and Wellness Programs to Online Shoppers

    Jan 2, 2020
    Online grocery shoppers are looking for convenience, but that doesn’t mean they are willing to sacrifice their health and wellness goals. When it comes to serving online grocery shoppers, food retailers can do more to meet shoppers’ health and ...
  • FMI’s 2019 Year in Review

    Dec 20, 2019
    There is something particularly noble about accomplishments that have so many ups and downs and surprise developments that they require a special brand of perseverance. Finishing the fight requires overcoming the nagging drag of self-doubt when the ...
  • New Tools in the Fight Against Food Waste

    Dec 19, 2019
    This week, experts in measuring and reporting food loss and waste from the World Resources Institute (WRI) and ReFED shared new resources companies can use as they start or continue to set targets, measurements and actions in the effort to minimize ...