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  • Even Albert Einstein Was Confused By His Taxes

    Apr 17, 2018
    Tax Day 2018 is finally here! For those of you who have your paperwork filed and taxes paid, congratulations. For those of you still trying to get this done – or worse yet, filing for an extension – hang in there, for this too shall ...
  • Photo Friday: Associated Wholesale Grocers Showcase

    Apr 13, 2018
    FMI recently attended the Associated Wholesale Grocers Showcase and Annual Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri, as part of membership’s efforts to increase exposure of FMI’s programs and services. In addition to a booth, FMI also provided thought ...
  • Re-Launching the SafeMark® State Food Safety Training Requirements Map

    Apr 11, 2018
    The FMI Center for Retail Food Safety and Defense reinvigorated the SafeMark® State Training Requirements Map to help food managers and food handlers more easily discover their specific state and local training ...
  • Hazardous Waste: What Does This Mean For Food Retail?

    Apr 10, 2018
    You may not think the food retail industry manages hazardous materials; however, if not handled properly, everyday items like bleach, florescent bulbs, aerosol cans, batteries and expired pharmaceuticals can be considered ...
  • Meet the 2018 FMI Store Manager Awards Finalists

    Apr 9, 2018
    As the grocery industry continues to navigate a digital transformation, store managers will be crucial in translating the digital world to employees creating meaningful shopping experiences for ...
  • Retooling Your Resources For National Family Meals Month

    Apr 5, 2018
    This past September, American Heart Association (AHA) promoted National Family Meals Month™(NFMM) through their Healthy For Good program. The Healthy For Good movement aims to help people create sustainable, healthy ...
  • On Display at Natural Products Expo West: Fruit Jerky, Drinkable Vegetables, Overnight Oats - You Had to Be There

    Apr 5, 2018
    When my colleague, Julie Pryor, and I set off for Natural Products Expo West a few weeks ago, we couldn’t imagine the plethora of innovation, entrepreneurism, and the variety of “only what you need” products we would ...
  • Seven Consumer Food Trends from “The Future of Food: New Realities for the Industry"

    Apr 4, 2018
    Disruptors are pervasive in our industry. Although food retailing has already changed dramatically in the last few years, it is certain that the industry will look quite different in the near future. That change is constant and is accelerating. ...
  • Partnerships with Purpose in Risk and Safety

    Apr 3, 2018
    FMI's Doug Baker, Vice President, Industry Relations, had an opportunity to sit down for a conversation about NRF Protect 2018 with Bob Moraca, vice president of loss prevention for National Retail Federation (NRF), concerning our previously ...
  • Small Wins Prove Advantageous

    Apr 2, 2018
    On March 23, when President Trump signed the $1.3 trillion fiscal 2018 spending bill, he also signed into law an important provision in the bill that will save FMI members millions of dollars in SNAP processing fees every year....
  • How Do We Know How The Food Retail Industry Is Changing?

    Apr 1, 2018
    The first ever Food Retail Industry Speaks report appeared in 1949. Sixty eight years later, this report continues to provide the industry with important benchmarks, facts and figures that are used in our advocacy work on Capitol Hill, in ...
  • Campbell’s Family Meals Partnerships: Helping Families Eat Together

    Mar 29, 2018
    Campbell Soup Company, two-time winners of the Gold Plate Award, celebrated National Family Meals Month™ with their 2017 program Campbell’s Family Meals Partnerships: Helping Families Eat ...
  • What Millennials Want in Foodservice at Retail

    Mar 28, 2018
    Millennials. Every business is focused on how to tap into their emerging buying power and identify their needs and wants. In many ways, millennials are driving the trend of foodservice at retail, so understanding this shopper segment is ...
  • Emerging Issues Ahead; Will Your Approach Be to Yield, Shield or Wield?

    Mar 27, 2018
    Our natural impulse when confronted with change is reticence - we might even find we crave to dig our heels in and fight it. But in an age when change is rapidly becoming the normal state of affairs, perhaps the wiser approach to the challenges ...
  • Delivering Transparency in Seafood Supply Chains

    Mar 27, 2018
    The US seafood market is becoming increasingly transparent as seafood-buying companies make use of the tools available to describe where their seafood comes from. Such tools include ecolabels, QR codes, online supplier maps and fishery source lists, ...