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  • How Future Leaders Maintain their Brands

    Jun 6, 2017
    If you’re planning to join us, you’ve probably taken the time to log into our interactive networking tool to create a profile, and have download the FMI Future Leaders eXperience mobile app. But, we thought it would be fun to share a few extra tips ...
  • The New Food Safety Testing Gold Standard: Whole Genome Sequencing

    Jun 6, 2017
    While the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (FSMA) has updated U.S. food safety regulations, an emerging technology, known as whole genome sequencing (WGS), is revolutionizing outbreak investigations to more rapidly identify and prevent ...
  • Photo Friday: Store Visit to Martin's Super Markets

    Jun 2, 2017
    Lucas Darnell, director of member relations and advocacy for the eastern region of FMI, visited with Rob Bartels, president and CEO of Martin’s Super Markets, in St. Joseph, Michigan....
  • Food Defense Superheroes: Suppliers and Food Processors to the Rescue

    May 31, 2017
    Arguably, there’s no greater hero to a company in the midst of a disaster or terrorist threat than those who are prepared to handle an emergency and shield your company’s assets from danger. ...
  • Powerful Approaches to Team Building

    May 30, 2017
    When it comes to working on teams, every co-worker or colleague can appreciate strong leadership, clear communication, and being a part of a supportive community. In today’s workforce, an amazing team dynamic is a powerful attribute to create in the ...
  • Are you Prepared for FSVP Compliance? Compliance begins May 30

    May 30, 2017
    The first compliance dates for FDA’s FSMA rule on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for importers of food for humans or animals begin May 30, 2017. The FSVP rule requires importers who are covered by the rule to have risk-based programs ...
  • The Retail Management Certificate Program is Expanding

    May 26, 2017
    Established in 2000 by the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC), the Retail Management Certificate is an industry-led accredited community college business program that provides food retail employees with the most relevant skills and ...
  • What the Tax on Imports Means for Your Business

    May 25, 2017
    The Trump administration is now past the “first 100 days” and looking to engage on longer-term issues. Congressional Republicans and the President have identified tax reform as one of their top priorities and are beginning to firm up plans for how ...
  • Making the Connection with Storytelling

    May 24, 2017
    In any organization, the power of storytelling transcends not only audiences but departments. It’s an effective communication tool that connects individuals to one another through the opportunity to frame relatable experiences. ...
  • Get To Know the Organic Food Shopper

    May 23, 2017
    I’ve combed through our recent research reports on fresh foods and pulled out some of the topline findings around organic for some specific departments. These findings help form an organic shopper persona that can be important to your business ...
  • Nurturing a $127 Billion Business Opportunity in Specialty Food

    May 22, 2017
    A 2017 report by the Specialty Food Association (SFA) indicates that the specialty food category represents $127 billion, up 15 percent since 2014. Specialty foods are outpacing their non-specialty counterparts in nearly every category. And ...
  • Add Value to Your Brand with the SQF Food Retail Code

    May 19, 2017
    Shoppers maintain a high degree of trust and confidence in their grocery store to keep food safe. According FMI’s 2016 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends, nearly 9 in 10 shoppers having confidence in the safety of food at the grocery store. With trust ...
  • The Benefit of Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

    May 18, 2017
    Whether it’s making a career change, pitching a new idea, or implementing a new program, there are times in our careers where we take a leap of faith. As professionals, we seem to learn the most at the crossroads of success and failure, and discover ...
  • Watching Your Language

    May 17, 2017
    There is another area in which the challenge to “watch our language” has relevance for the industry. Again, this is an area of focus for this year’s Trends research. As I share our 2017 Trends findings with the Future Leaders of our industry, I ...
  • Grocers in Government: Why Advocacy is a Key Ingredient for Successful Business

    May 17, 2017
    At the beginning of May, representatives from the grocery industry visited the nation’s capital for our annual supermarket Day in Washington fly-in, which is held in partnership with the National Grocers Association and Food Industry Association ...