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  • The Future of Food Safety

    Jun 29, 2017
    Whole genome sequencing, Listeria outbreaks, FSMA deadlines, allergen recalls: the list of emerging issues and regulatory requirements seem to go on-and-on. What does all this mean and how does this impact suppliers, brands, and food ...
  • Sustainability: Local Action, Global Impact

    Jun 28, 2017
    To this day, I can still hear my mom scold, “Make sure you wash your hands before you come to the dinner table.” It’s easy to say the age-old rule of “wash your hands before you eat” has been engrained in many of us. But, what if I told you there’s ...
  • Grocers Thinking Like a Startup #Grocerytalk

    Jun 27, 2017
    The startup mentality is calculated when it comes to risk taking; it’s this confidence that gives a startup a scrappy persona and an optimism that doesn’t appear afraid to fail. Trend spotters suggest that food startups are on the rise, which the ...
  • Food Retail Industry Witnessing the ‘Zation of Fresh Foods

    Jun 23, 2017
    Today, a kaleidoscope of factors, including technology, is driving the atomization of American lives, how they plan and consume ...
  • Buying the Luxury of Time to Think

    Jun 21, 2017
    The luxury of reflection and leisurely consideration is disappearing as we seek to do business in a world requiring us to stay two steps ahead or risk quickly finding ourselves three paces behind. At FMI, we have redoubled our efforts at identifying ...
  • 4D Printing: How Self-Assembly Materials Will Impact the Food Industry

    Jun 21, 2017
    If I had to pick one MIT team to shadow for the day, I’d probably follow Skylar Tibbits, co-director of the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT, TED fellow and speaker at this year’s Global Sustainability Summit August 9 – 11 in Nashville, TN....
  • FMI Board Adopts New Product Code Date Labeling Policy

    Jun 20, 2017
    The FMI Board of Directors adopted a new board policy on Product Code Date Labeling that aligns with the voluntary industry-wide effort to establish standard date-label wording on packaging for shelf-stable and perishable food ...
  • In-Store Pharmacies Are Just What the Customer Ordered

    Jun 19, 2017
    Oliver Wyman reports that more than 1,600 retail locations are now home to healthcare clinics, and an increasing number of pharmacy, supermarket and mass chains have entered the healthcare space. Shoppers desire convenience, access and transparency ...
  • Sanitary Design through Communication and Collaboration

    Jun 16, 2017
    Poor sanitary design coupled with poor cleaning and sanitation practices can lead to harborage areas where pathogens can survive, increasing the risk of contamination. Developing robust equipment and facility designs in your store can reduce the ...
  • K-VA-T’s Omnichannel Approach to National Family Meals Month™

    Jun 16, 2017
    Food City was selected for a Gold Plate Award for their omnichannel campaign that excelled in community outreach. To educate and engage their consumers, Food City used in-store, social media, print, and community strategies to spread the message of ...
  • 17 Companies Demonstrating Thought Leadership in Omnichannel Operations

    Jun 15, 2017
    During the resent Pulse 2017 event, co-hosted with Progressive Grocer and Retailer Leader, I had a chance to get to know some of the companies in the omnichannel arena that are helping food retailers address these pressing questions and more. Here ...
  • What is FMI’s Fresh Foods Leadership Council?

    Jun 13, 2017
    The group to include many thought-leading suppliers, research organizations, and sister trade associations, as well as, members of FMI’s Fresh Executive Committee (FEC), which includes 22 different food retail and wholesale companies. Together, the ...
  • How to Be More Productive At Work

    Jun 13, 2017
    At Future Leaders eXperience, Duhigg offered that human brains could handle multitasking until the 1950s when computers emerged, offering more distraction and making multitasking harder. It has become more critical than ever for people to build ...
  • PHOTO: Happy Customers and the Customer Experience

    Jun 12, 2017
    Who is the CEO or Customer Experience Officer in your company? Gary Magenta, Chief Change Architect and Senior Vice President of Root Inc., engages with with Future Leaders eXperience attendees to literally draw out what makes happy ...
  • Photo Friday: Northgate Gonzalez Market in La Habra

    Jun 9, 2017
    Sue Borra, FMI's chief health and wellness officer, toured the Tortillera Northgate Gonzalez Market in La Habra located in Orange County, California with Teresa Blanco, wellness program manager, and Enrique Sanchez, assistant store team leader.This ...