Voice of The Food Industry Blog

Our blog offers commentary from FMI subject matter experts on timely and important topics to the food industry.

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  • Why the FTC’s PBM Industry Study Is a Big Deal for Supermarket Pharmacies

    Jun 24, 2022
    Earlier in the month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the launch of an inquiry into pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) to provide information and records regarding their business practices. But, what are PBMs exactly and why is this a big ...
  • Supply Chain Pressures to Persist in 2022

    Jun 23, 2022
    Building long-term capacity and resilience in the food industry supply chain is an imperative issue for retailers and suppliers alike. Collaboration and communication are key to determining root causes, addressing current roadblocks, and building ...
  • Shoppers Take a Fresh Look at Private Brands

    Jun 22, 2022
    What do you know about shoppers’ views on grocery private brands? Consumer attitudes have evolved in the last couple of years, and food retailers and manufacturers can no longer rely on long-held ...
  • Not Remaining Silent on Juneteenth

    Jun 17, 2022
    I am a firm believer that you can’t heal something you can’t name, and you can’t do better without first acknowledging your failures. Juneteenth affords us all an opportunity to face up to an embarrassing issue and acknowledge the need to find more ...
  • What’s Next for Sustainable Packaging

    Jun 15, 2022
    When you think of innovation, what comes to mind? It’s not often we think about the innovation that goes into creating a more efficient design for the packaging that protects the goods and products we buy and use every ...
  • Lessons Learned from Trailblazing Grocery Consumer Affairs Professionals

    Jun 14, 2022
    Often, you must look back in order to move forward. I recently had the opportunity to reflect on FMI’s consumer affairs accomplishments over the past several decades with a group of trailblazing grocery consumer affairs professionals that met in ...
  • Glory to Grocery Do-Gooders: The 2022 Community Uplift Awards

    Jun 13, 2022
    Food retail is not just about stocking shelves and bagging groceries. The work of the industry reaches far beyond the physical parameters of grocery stores and into the very heart of communities they serve. Food retailers go to great lengths to ...
  • Photo Friday: Consumer Affairs Reunion

    Jun 10, 2022
    More than 20 food retail consumer affairs professionals recently met in Washington, D.C. to share insights from their storied careers. Six of these professionals were recipients of the Esther Peterson Award for customer service and in 2021, FMI ...
  • Math Question: Does the 80/20 Principle Apply to Online Grocery Shopping?

    Jun 9, 2022
    As we launch our third report in our ongoing journey of U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends series, Navigating the Hybrid World, some of the data prompted memories of my college days when one semester it seemed all of my professors lectured about the 80/20 ...
  • Spotlight: Grocery Stores Provide Access to Disease Management and Treatment

    Jun 8, 2022
    Retail registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) meet with both customers and employees to shop the aisles, both in the store and virtually online to provide nutrition education and practical tips while also providing Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) ...
  • Promoting and Celebrating Food Safety Culture

    Jun 7, 2022
    As we celebrate World Food Safety Day, we recognize the meaningful relationships between food suppliers, retailers and food safety professionals who ensure the products our industry sells to consumers are safe. Today and every day, we are thankful ...
  • Necessity, the Mother of Invention

    Jun 3, 2022
    Our U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends series explores the food shoppers’ journey and offers insights into the hybrid shopper landscape we’re currently experiencing. As we get to know this new consumer, it is clear they have an appetite for technology that ...
  • Why Paying Attention to Gene Editing Is Important

    Jun 2, 2022
    If we are slow to address the issue of gene edited food products, other voices will control the narrative, potentially crippling consumer acceptance to the point that we are delayed in reaping the environmental, improved food production, disease ...
  • Weathering Industry Challenges and Trends at the 2022 FMI Energy & Store Development Conference.

    May 26, 2022
    After a two-year hiatus, FMI is welcoming attendees in-person for the Energy & Store Development Conference September 19-21, 2022, in Orlando, FL. The food retail industry has shifted drastically, with changing consumer trends and habits driving ...
  • Calling FMI Members: Engage in Discussions on Hunger, Nutrition and Health

    May 26, 2022
    Over 50 years ago, the first White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health was held with the goal to “put an end to hunger in America for all time.” The report included over 1,800 recommendations to influence nutrition policy over the next ...