• Photo Friday: Store Visit to Foods Etc. in Clearlake California

    Jul 22, 2016
    Foods Etc Photo FridayLast week, Cynthia Brazzel, director of member relations and advocacy for the western region at FMI, was in Clearlake California and visited with FMI board member Dennis Darling at his store Foods Etc. IGA One unique feature of this store is the colorful artwork showcasing the local area around Clearlake.
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  • Embracing a New Wave of Information Technology

    Jul 21, 2016
    20151208-FMI-332-WEBThe legislative achievements last week on GMO have been a win for the value chain in giving food makers and sellers the option to disclose information in a flexible manner, so it was disconcerting that the debate on GMO included accusations that the food industry was failing to communicate. Conversely, FMI and its coalition partners advocated for a federal system that would offer consistent information to consumers however they wanted to consume it.
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  • The Journey of an Imperfectly Perfect Bill

    Jul 20, 2016
    Google Map of Capitol to White HouseThe distance from the U.S. Capitol to the White House is approximately 1.5 miles, a mere thirty minute stroll across relatively flat terrain. However, the journey for a GMO labeling bill, escorted through both ends of the Capitol, then down Pennsylvania Avenue and delivered to the inbox on the desk in the Oval Office has been a much more circuitous and challenging trip – one filled with many ups and downs, some drama, several detours, and more than a few fretful delays. Without the determined efforts of thousands of people, that journey, so important to our shoppers and to our industry, would not have occurred.
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  • Are You Ready for September National Family Meals Month?

    Jul 19, 2016
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    Again this September, retailers and suppliers are coming together with the FMI Foundation to celebrate National Family Meals Month™ (NFMM). What is National Family Meals Month? This industry-wide movement raises awareness of the benefits of frequent family meals and supports families to share one more meal at home each week. Over 60 retailers and 30 suppliers participated last year, and the excitement is growing for 2016! To help you prepare for this September, the FMI Foundation has created new National Family Meals Month toolkits for both retailers and suppliers. 

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  • How Did That Get In The Shopping Cart?

    Jul 19, 2016
    Grilled VegetablesThe chances are really good that the shopping responsibility for these backyard grill-fests didn’t fall squarely with just one person, but were a cooperative effort among the household’s multiple shoppers. According to FMI’s U.S. Grocery Shopper Trendsreport, 85 percent of all adults in the U.S. report that they have at least half the household responsibility for grocery shopping. Last year we identified that the “primary shopper paradigm” where one person –usually Mom – handled all the food selecting, planning, cooking, and shopping –was giving way to a new “shared shopper paradigm,” in which households delegate or collaborate on food shopping.
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  • What Grocery Stores Can Learn from Pokémon Go

    Jul 13, 2016
    Pokemon Go in a Grocery Store Now I know that you might be thinking what does a video game have to do with my food retail business? Well, besides the fact that the same augmented reality technology is already being used in the industry to help educate store employees about food safety and other in-store trainings, the popularity of the game overnight can also teach grocery stores some lessons. Here are some points to consider.
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  • Top-10 Reasons to Attend the 2016 SQF International Conference

    Jul 12, 2016
    SQF International Conference Designed and developed by your peers in the food safety industry, the annual SQF International Conference provides a unique and valuable opportunity to gain knowledge and skills to strengthen your food safety and food quality assurance programs, collaborate and connect with people who speak your language and enhance your professional career. Here are the top 10 reasons to join us in Orlando, October 25-27.
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