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

  • Third-Party Audits Will Take on Greater Importance in 2021

    Jan 25, 2021
    Food safety holds a critical role in a mutually successful buyer/seller partnership. Securing consumer confidence and loyalty are foundational pillars for retailers as they assess supply chain practices and strategies to enhance transparency and ...
  • 100 Years of Educating Supermarket Associates

    Jan 22, 2021
    It’s not often you get to celebrate a 100-year anniversary, but this past weekend I had the opportunity to salute my colleagues at the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC) who are marking their Centennial ...
  • Embracing New Retail Foodservice Opportunities

    Jan 21, 2021
    Retailers have stepped up throughout the pandemic to help consumers become more creative with meals ­– and now they have new opportunities to serve needs in the coming ...
  • Finding Solutions for Plastics and Packaging Waste Challenges

    Jan 20, 2021
    I joke that my entryway has turned into ‘Marjorie’s MRF’ because I have so many piles of material to find a new home for. There are extra paper bags to reuse or recycle, extra plastic bags to return to the stores with collection bins, cooler bags to ...
  • Fresh Foods Well Positioned in Changing Landscape

    Jan 19, 2021
    This year began with the hope that society will gradually return to pre-pandemic normality — but some things will not revert back. One of the trends likely to stick is increased consumer interest in home-based meals — especially those incorporating ...
  • And the Supper Bowl Contenders Are….

    Jan 15, 2021
    There are only eleven days to go until we crown the first-ever Supper Bowl Champion, and the competition is intense. After two elimination rounds, the voices of 15,000 voters have spoken and the finalists proceeding to the championship round have ...
  • Defining Food as Medicine in Food Retail

    Jan 15, 2021
    The concept of “Food as Medicine” is based on the science of connecting food to improved health. At a time when we know there is growing consumer interest in eating better to strengthen immunity and prevent disease, it is appropriate to talk about ...
  • The Dreaded Words, “We Need to Talk”

    Jan 14, 2021
    Whether you receive them or deliver them, the words “we need to talk” are usually accompanied by a stomach churn. The reason is simple, that phrase usually means there is an area of concern that has been avoided, danced around, or alluded to, but ...
  • Celebrating Supermarket Employee Day

    Jan 14, 2021
    On February 22, 2021, I will be celebrating the hard-working heroes of the supermarket by joining with the industry to proclaim it Supermarket Employee Day. The supermarket has long been acknowledged as the backbone of our communities, but its role ...
  • Lessons Learned and Insights from Albertsons Companies

    Jan 13, 2021
    Susan Morris, executive vice president and COO at Albertsons Companies, is the 2021 Midwinter Executive Conference chairperson and she has proven to be an admirable guide in helping us plan our first-ever virtual Midwinter experience. Susan’s ...
  • The Power of the Annual Meat Conference

    Jan 12, 2021
    For 15 years, the Power of Meat report has been a highly anticipated part of the Annual Meat Conference. For everyone, 2020 was quite a year and for the meat department that was particularly true. As a result, FMI and NAMI decided to break our ...
  • The Future Is Now: The Impact of Technology and Innovation on Global Food Safety

    Jan 11, 2021
    The global food safety community has been adapting to unprecedented business operations and procedures at a breathtaking pace over the past eight-plus months....
  • Who Will Be In The First-Ever Supper Bowl Finals?

    Jan 7, 2021
    The road to the Supper Bowl is getting a bit more intense with the voting now open to determine which two of the eight semi-finalists proceed to the championship round. Go to FMI.org/SupperBowl for a snazzy video describing the remaining eight ...
  • “Make Every Bite Count” with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

    Jan 4, 2021
    The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans were released as anticipated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) just before the end of 2020. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue emphasized that, “good food ...
  • Announcing The Class of 2020

    Dec 30, 2020
    As this calendar year ends, so does the FMI membership cycle. Active members in all FMI membership categories are asked to renew their affiliation with a fresh start on January 1st. But before we allow this year to pass, it’s important for us to ...