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  • Reversing the Spotlight

    Jun 20, 2018
    Dagmar Farr, senior vice president, membership and education, was recently honored at a board meeting of the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) for her many, many years of committed and extraordinary service to the organization as a member of its ...
  • FMI Summer Blockbuster Preview, the Sequels and the Trilogy

    Jun 20, 2018
    Maybe I am a little “old-school,” but when I go to the movies I still try to get to my seat (with my popcorn) in plenty of time to see the previews of upcoming movies. And, I always look forward to seeing what is coming to a theater near me during ...
  • Virtual Reality: The Unsung Hero of Brand Packaging

    Jun 19, 2018
    If there’s one constant in the CPG industry, it’s that brands are always searching for the best ways to get their products noticed on the store shelf. It’s more important than ever to create packaging that can stand out in a (very congested) crowd. ...
  • Fundamentals Programs for Food Manufacturing and Primary Producers

    Jun 18, 2018
    SQFI released their Fundamentals Program for Food Manufacturing and the Fundamentals Program for Primary Producers. Each program has both basic and intermediate levels, and provides a step-by-step approach to improve food safety management....
  • Photo Friday: FMI at NRF Protect 2018

    Jun 15, 2018
    FMI was pleased to partner with the National Retail Federation to bring food retailers to NRF PROTECT 2018 this week. Here’s a collection of photos from the ...
  • Transparency and Social Alignment: Two Top Trends in Fresh That Are Paying Off

    Jun 14, 2018
    As I walk around the perimeter of the grocery store today, two big trends are paying off. One is transparency—the shopper’s desire to know more about where their food comes from and how it was made. The second is social and cultural alignment, or a ...
  • Leadership Disruption: Discussions With CEO Update

    Jun 13, 2018
    CEO Update Live recently hosted a panel of association CEOs addressing the topic of leadership disruption, with FMI President and CEO Leslie Sarasin among the contributing panelists. The following is an excerpt of the questions posed by moderator ...
  • Serving Up Health and Wellness in the Fresh Department

    Jun 12, 2018
    Like cheese and wine, peanut butter and jelly, and fish and chips, consumers pair health and wellness with fresh ...
  • What Do We Know About The Meal Kit Consumer?

    Jun 11, 2018
    According to the Power of Foodservice at Retail 2018 report, awareness of meal kits is high (86 percent), but only 22 percent of shoppers have actually used meal kits. According to Nielsen, the opportunity for meal kids is large with more than 30 ...
  • A Model Collaboration to Address a Significant Public Health Problem Ends with Some Major Wins

    Jun 8, 2018
    Food and food handlers have been linked to a number of Norovirus outbreaks over the past decades. In fact, food handlers infected with Norovirus are responsible for 70% of reported Norovirus outbreaks from contaminated food (CDC)....
  • It’s Time for Food Retailers to Take the Lead on Card Security

    Jun 7, 2018
    Here is what we do know; on its current trajectory U.S. payment fraud is expected to reach a whopping $14.41 billion by 2025, and as a country we are lagging behind our competitors. American consumers, retailers, financial institutions and our ...
  • Why Are Established Brands Creating Investment Vehicles and Incubators?

    Jun 6, 2018
    The well-established companies know why they need to be on constant lookout for the next winning product: Consumer tastes and interests are quickly shifting towards higher quality, more unique and in some cases artisanal food solutions; new ...
  • It’s About Food – But Also Disruptive Business Models

    Jun 5, 2018
    Food, beverage, and related product preferences are still the key draw, but today a company’s business model also figures into consumer purchase decisions. That’s because grocery business models are being reinvented in ways that provide specific ...
  • Oh, The Places Our Products Will Go

    Jun 4, 2018
    I’m feeling like the proud parent of a grad (again) because FMI recently launched a subscription-based online community for emerging food and beverage brands that will offer education, mentoring, nurturing and access to investors. It’s called FMI ...
  • You’re Invited to Celebrate National Family Meals Month™

    May 31, 2018
    Have you ever felt like you missed out on the party? If you haven’t been participating in National Family Meals Month™ in September, a growing movement in food retail, you have been missing the party! ...