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  • Hackers and Auditors: A Love Story?

    Feb 14, 2018
    If there were two professions pulled together by unlikely fate, it’s auditors and hackers. This oft-unmentioned relationship always begins unknowingly, but the thrill of the challenge leads two polar opposite roles down a tumultuous path. A love ...
  • A Valentine for Food Retailers

    Feb 13, 2018
    The greeting card companies are also getting savvier in working with retailers. Along with new product offerings, many have developed innovative displays and have an individualized approach to offering in-store marketing capabilities. This ...
  • National Family Meals Month Gains Mentor Power

    Feb 12, 2018
    This past September, Skogen’s Festival Foods celebrated National Family Meals Month™ (NFMM) through new and returning avenues....
  • How to Build a Food Safety Assessment

    Feb 12, 2018
    In October 2017, our food safety team and some FMI members participated in the SafeMark® Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) Exam Review Workshop with Prometric, a leading testing and assessment authority and FMI’s SafeMark exam provider. It ...
  • FMI In the News: Food Marketing Institute Exec Discusses E-Grocery Trends

    Feb 9, 2018
    Mark Baum, chief collaboration officer of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) talks with Mike O’Brien of Multichannel Merchant about trends in the dynamic world of e-grocery, including delivery and fulfillment, M&A activity, issues around perishable ...
  • Your Health: Paying for It Now or Later

    Feb 8, 2018
    You pay for it now or you pay for it later – that is, when it comes to your health. These are the words from a consumer recently interviewed by IRI for our 2018 Top Trends in Fresh, which point to a struggle that is playing out every day in the food ...
  • Coming Clean About Clean Labeling

    Feb 6, 2018
    Our FMI Private Brand Council singled out the trend in clean eating due to consumer’s yearning for transparency, trust, authenticity and integrity in the food system. Still, we recognize that there are numerous inconsistencies relevant to the clean ...
  • How the Role of Store Managers Has Changed

    Feb 5, 2018
    While the role of a store manager still requires a friendly face and a strong work ethic, just like the evolving marketplace, their duties are being ...
  • Setting Our 2018 Food Safety Priorities

    Feb 5, 2018
    FMI members are on the front lines of food safety. Food safety professionals in our industry interact daily with customers to answer food safety questions, train associates on food safety best practices, and work with local regulators to help ensure ...
  • Seeking Common Sense Solutions to an Irrational Rule

    Feb 2, 2018
    I’ve worked with our food retail and wholesale members on a gamut of labeling issues – from nutrition facts to Facts Up Front to bioengineering – but no issue has been more confusing for food retailers than menu labeling, a regulation originally ...
  • Photo Friday: Publix Super Markets Recognized for 2017 Food Safety Innovation Award

    Feb 2, 2018
    Publix Super Markets was recognized for receiving the 2017 Food Safety Innovation Award at FMI’s Food Safety Committee meeting held on Friday, January 26 prior to the 2018 Midwinter Executive Conference. Publix was selected by the award selection ...
  • As Society Shifts, So Too Does Risk Management

    Feb 1, 2018
    At first blush, it would be easy to say that risk management is nothing new to food retail. However, as technology evolves so does the risk management solutions available to supermarkets. Here are some risk management points to ...
  • The View from Washington

    Jan 31, 2018
    FMI recently published its end-of-year report to emphasize the value of our government relations and advocacy successes in 2017....
  • Saluting our Brave, Resilient Grocery Industry

    Jan 30, 2018
    Supermarkets always serve as the cornerstones of their communities, but that role is never seen with more clarity than when the community is in peril, a state of emergency. When the neighborhood stands in the direst of need, the grocery store -...
  • Photo Friday: FMI and SQF Visit Specialty Food Association’s Fancy Food Show

    Jan 26, 2018
    This week, Robert Garfield, senior vice president, and LeAnn Chuboff, vice president of technical affairs, of the Safe Quality Food Institute presented at Specialty Food Association’s Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, California....