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  • Retail Foodservice: A College Student’s Perspective

    Jul 26, 2018
    As a college student living off-campus for the first time this past year, I only recently learned to weekly grocery shop on my own. As a newbie, I’m eager to discover the most cost-and time-efficient ways to prepare and enjoy nutritious, fresh meals ...
  • Center Store Primed for The Digital Shopper

    Jul 25, 2018
    Food retailers hear a lot about the digital shopper and they spend even more time thinking about how they’ll meet consumers growing demand for streamline shopping experiences from the store aisles to their virtual grocery baskets. As it turns out, ...
  • Industry-wide Initiatives Are Hard, But That’s What Makes Them Great

    Jul 23, 2018
    Industry-wide voluntary initiatives are tough. It takes time to organize and implement change to get on the same page with partners. Inevitably there are bumps in the road, lessons to be learned and wrinkles to iron out. But the result is worth it—a ...
  • Meeting Food Safety Standards: Not Impossible for Emerging Companies

    Jul 20, 2018
    As an emerging brand, you’re almost ready to move your product to the next stage of assembly. You worked hard to guarantee its greatness and ensure the packaging catches the consumer’s eye. Production is set to ramp up now that you landed the ...
  • When It Comes to Private Brands, What Are Shoppers Buying?

    Jul 19, 2018
    Food retailers increasingly offer a wider variety of private brands options in their stores and are strengthening their private brands value proposition. But it all comes down to which private brands categories shoppers actually purchase. That’s ...
  • Top Trends and Our Finds from the 2018 Fancy Food Summer Show

    Jul 18, 2018
    Earlier this month our team traveled to New York to staff the FMI and SQF food safety attendee information area at the Fancy Food Summer Show. We were excited to talk to companies who might be a good fit in the new FMI Emerge program, a subscription-...
  • Looking to Grow Your Business?

    Jul 17, 2018
    Most Americans know that the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a full count of the U.S. population every 10 years, but few know about the business data they publish. On July 24, FMI will host a webinar that will provide an overview of both the demographic ...
  • Why This Millennial Mom is Slow to Adopt Online Grocery Shopping

    Jul 16, 2018
    On paper, I’m the definition of an online grocery shopper: I’m a millennial mom with a four-month-old daughter; I live in an urban area; and juggle the responsibilities that go with being a working mom. According to FMI’s U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends ...
  • Private Brands Drive Engagement Across Generations

    Jul 13, 2018
    There are few things in life that span different generations. My kids have never heard of an 8-track tape and my grandkids someday won’t know what a VCR is. That’s the world we live in these days, but it turns out private brands are an exception and ...
  • Working Toward a Consistent Way of Sharing Information About Foods Produced with Bioengineering

    Jul 12, 2018
    With the support of FMI and many of our members, Congress passed Public Law 114-216 on July 29, 2016, which establishes a national standard that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) can use to put in place a bioengineering (BE) ...
  • Driving Home The Benefits of Family Meals

    Jul 11, 2018
    An enormous National Family Meals Month™ movement has grown with an expansive suite of turnkey materials, broad industry awareness, a blossoming list of committed partners, mounting consumer engagement, and most importantly, demonstrated behavior ...
  • Do You Eat Well?

    Jul 10, 2018
    Did you eat well on July 4th? I am guessing food was a key part of your holiday activities, most likely a traditional barbeque. If I ask - did you “eat well?” How would you answer? Did you have tasty burgers and hot dogs? Did you have a fresh, ...
  • Five Questions Shoppers Ask About The Food They Buy

    Jul 9, 2018
    Technology and digital services can offer a viable solution to the information-hungry customer by providing access to the targeted information they want in the way they prefer to consume it. It’s also a way for grocers to provide transparent ...
  • Photo Friday: A Visit To H-E-B

    Jun 29, 2018
    Food Marketing Institute's President and CEO, Leslie G. Sarasin, and Chief Food and Product Safety Officer, Senior Vice President of Food Safety Programs, Hilary Thesmar, visited Craig Boyan, president of H-E-B, last week....
  • How to Make Retail Foodservice Top of Mind for Meal Solutions

    Jun 28, 2018
    It’s 5 p.m. on a Wednesday and you’re driving your two kids back from soccer and ballet practice when your wife calls and asks what you want for dinner. What do you think of first? Pizza? Chinese? Leftovers? Questions of health and nutrition start ...