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  • FSMA Compliance Dates Continue to Arrive and FDA Clarifies Certain Provisions

    Jan 17, 2018
    With the FSMA Produce Safety Rule compliance date later this month, the FDA continues to educate and clarify how they expect the industry to comply with FSMA regulations. On January 4, 2018, the FDA announced their intention to exert discretionary ...
  • Holidays and Grocery Industry: Gifts That Keeps On Giving

    Jan 16, 2018
    Ask any food retailer and they will tell you that Thanksgiving through Super Bowl Sunday is their busiest time of the year. It’s true, there are a number of holidays crammed into a short time period between November and early February, but is this ...
  • The Power of Foodservice At Retail: What Comes After Rotisserie Chickens?

    Jan 12, 2018
    Retail foodservice has experienced robust growth in recent years that many retailers hope to build upon. FMI’s Power of Foodservice at Retail, sponsored by Hussman and The Shelby Report, strives to provide insights as to how to capitalize on this ...
  • Strategic Questions for the Last Mile Challenge in the Digitally Engaged Marketplace

    Jan 12, 2018
    That last mile, from the retailer to the consumer - indeed, the most expensive mile - is the puzzle we are working to solve. Throughout the industry, a number of models are being tested and questions are being ...
  • Food Retail’s Golden Age of Experimentation

    Jan 11, 2018
    Just as the Golden Ages of art, literature and even television helped to shape society and stimulate a culture of creativity; this era of digital experimentation will further transform the future of food and enable food retailers to ...
  • Next-Generation Loyalty: Get it Right in Food Retailing

    Jan 10, 2018
    Having a loyal customer base is one sure-fire way to effectively compete in today’s ultra-competitive marketplace, but too often loyalty is viewed as a card, program or an initiative. Loyalty is not something you do—loyalty has to be earned, ...
  • Catfish Is Now Regulated as Meat

    Jan 9, 2018
    Historically, catfish food safety inspection fell under the responsibility of the FDA (along with all other seafood) until Congress, in the 2008 Farm Bill, directed USDA to develop an inspection process and regulate catfish ...
  • The Speed of Food Product Recalls

    Jan 8, 2018
    Change is occurring in our industry at a rapid pace, but one thing hasn’t: food retailers’ commitment to food safety and communicating relevant recall information to their customers wherever – and however – they shop....
  • Answers to 3 Simple Questions about FMI’s Finance and Administration

    Jan 5, 2018
    The infinitely complex game of baseball can actually be reduced to three simple components; hit the ball, throw the ball and catch the ball. Likewise, finance can be very complicated, but it too can be reduced to the answer to three simple questions:...
  • Meeting Members Where They Are

    Jan 4, 2018
    On the road again. This phrase embodies the commitment of FMI staff to meet our members where they operate in order to share FMI programming and to learn what we can do to serve them better. FMI staff wrapped up a successful 2017 with more than 120 ...
  • Transparency, Research and A Visit to The Ukraine: Private Brands in 2017

    Jan 3, 2018
    The private brands work FMI performed in 2017 focused on transparency, research and exploring lessons learned and opportunities from other countries. While perhaps not as catchy as Julius Caesar’s “Veni, vidi, vici - We came, we saw, we conquered,” ...
  • FMI Education Programs Evolve with the Industry

    Jan 3, 2018
    In much the same way that shoppers no longer interact with stores as they once did, FMI members want different ways to learn. They seek experiences that will help them master practical tools, exposure to trends with insights they can apply quickly ...
  • Digital Transformation Takes Food Retail By Storm in 2017

    Jan 2, 2018
    The grocery industry is at a critical tipping point. In January 2017, Nielsen and FMI embarked on a multi-year initiative to explore this unprecedented digital transformation. Initial findings from FMI’s The Digitally Engaged Food Shopper study ...
  • Emerging Issues: Identifying Challenges to Food Retailing

    Jan 2, 2018
    This is where FMI adds significant value to its members and their trading partners. Through our Emerging Issues initiative, we identify issues that have the greatest potential to affect the food industry in the next three to five ...
  • The Future Is Now: Food Retail Establishments Becoming Health and Wellness Destinations

    Dec 29, 2017
    While food trends may change as quickly as your Instagram feed refreshes, health and wellness in food retail continues to grow into a mainstay in food purchase decisions. Food retailers report the top two trends they believe will most positively ...