Voice of The Food Industry Blog

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

Popular Posts

  • How Food Retail Ecommerce Got Ready for Prime Time

    Oct 22, 2020
    In hindsight, it’s interesting how food retailers described their ecommerce sophistication a year ago in the FMI Food Retailing Industry Speaks report. Only 4% of responding companies with online sales considered themselves to be very sophisticated ...
  • Elevating the Role of the Supermarket Pharmacist During COVID-19

    Oct 21, 2020
    Throughout the pandemic, FMI has worked closely with federal agencies and Congress to both elevate the critical role of supermarket pharmacists and advocate for our industry’s other essential workers, who together touch the lives of more than 100 ...
  • Are You Ready for Some Food Ball? The Road to Supper Bowl I

    Oct 20, 2020
    Baseball has its World Series, hockey has the Stanley Cup, tennis has its Wimbledon and football has its Super Bowl. Now the food industry has its Supper Bowl! All of these landmark competitions offer teams the chance to prove they are the best of ...
  • Four Common Misconceptions About Food Prices

    Oct 16, 2020
    A number of misconceptions regarding grocery prices regularly permeate both the news and our water cooler conversations. These are due to a combination of outdated ideas that should have been put to rest long ago and high profile “examples” that are ...
  • And Now for Some Good News on the Family Meals Front

    Oct 15, 2020
    The number of partners and stakeholders continues to grow and the creativity with which they have embraced and shared the good news of family meals is yielding incredible results. I am pleased to share that we’ve made another leap, and in 2020, 33% ...
  • A Tale of Two Years: A Look at The Food Retail Industry in 2019 and Early 2020

    Oct 14, 2020
    The most recent The Food Retailing Industry Speaks report identifies a striking similarity between ”A Tale of Two Cities” and a tale of two years, 2019 and 2020, for the food industry. Both relay the story of how stark change and challenging times ...
  • Making A Difference: It’s What Grocers Do

    Oct 12, 2020
    It’s these acts of goodwill that are in the very fabric of a food retailer’s being. Grocers strengthen their communities with programs designed to keep kids busy and engaged; offer useful information about nutrition and health; and assist in ...
  • Considering the Importance of the WTO and Its Leadership

    Oct 8, 2020
    One of the things the COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us is that our supply chains are no longer regional or even national, but international. In the U.S., we depend on trade to help increase efficiency, keep product flowing year-round and lower ...
  • Five Fresh Foods Essentials for the COVID-19 Era and Beyond: FreshForward 2020 Recap

    Oct 7, 2020
    Fresh foods are the accelerator for food retail success — but what is the accelerator for fresh foods? That question is at the heart of what the industry explored during the recent FMI FreshForward event. Retailers, manufacturers and other senior-...
  • I Am Running Out of Ideas, Somebody Help!

    Oct 6, 2020
    As I made my way by the deli section, I was forced to follow a different path than normal because of the new one-way signs on the floor. As I explored this new area of the store that I did not know existed, I saw an array of chicken, seafood and ...
  • Goodwill for Hard Times: 2020 Community Outreach Awards

    Oct 5, 2020
    We need more stories of comity that feed our spirits in acts of human kindness. Our Community Outreach Awards highlight the oft-unmentioned goodwill of grocers that serve and shape our ...
  • Consumers Need Help Cooking Frozen Foods

    Oct 2, 2020
    On September 23, 2020, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a press release highlighting new consumer research on the preparation of frozen ...
  • Voter Resource Tools to Help You Navigate the 2020 Election

    Oct 1, 2020
    We have launched a voting resources page making sure everyone has the necessary information on how to vote. In response to COVID-19, many states have issued vote-by-mail options and altered in-person voting ...
  • A Fly on The Wall: A Look at The Food Industry’s Performance

    Sep 30, 2020
    FMI is about to release our 71st annual The Food Retailing Industry Speaks report, which tracks operations and strategic initiatives of the food retail industry. This year’s Speaks report reviews performance for 2019, but it also incorporates ...
  • Family Meals Month – Helping our Industry Stay Strong

    Sep 29, 2020
    Americans are using family meals to stay strong – physically and emotionally – during the pandemic; and they plan to continue this positive practice when a new normal is established. The FMI Foundation conducted a national survey confirming that ...