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  • The Bipartisan Effect of Providing Jobs and Feeding Families

    Oct 19, 2017
    According to recent analysis released by FMI, our industry pays over $167 billion in wages to its almost five million workers in the U.S. Our significant economic impact includes the $367 million in wages in House Speaker Paul Ryan’s district in ...
  • Challenges and Opportunities: Is the Food Retail Industry Unique?

    Oct 18, 2017
    Just two short months ago I started at FMI as the director of research. Through my first assignment, releasing the 67th edition of The Food Retailing Industry Speaks (Speaks) report, I quickly became immersed in the exciting and evolving food retail ...
  • Preserving Shopper Trust through Health and Wellness

    Oct 16, 2017
    The most recent FMI U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends study found that nearly half of Americans see their “primary food store” as a significant ally in their attempts to achieve their health and wellness ...
  • How Do #GrocersDoingGood Create Youth Development Programs in Communities?

    Oct 13, 2017
    The unique strength of Cooking up Change comes from its power to elevate a meal and a message created by students so that it reaches their peers locally and nationwide. Through the competition, students gain a platform to discuss the importance of ...
  • FMI Family Embraces National Family Meals Month

    Oct 12, 2017
    During the month of September, FMI Staff celebrated National Family Meals Month™ with weekly events. The month kicked off with a pot luck celebration where everyone had the opportunity to share dishes that were special to their families. We also ...
  • Help Needed to Set the Table for Economic Growth

    Oct 12, 2017
    Our industry is in a time of great transition and change. The landscape is evolving in ways that necessitate significant capital expenditures and investments in order for traditional grocery stores and supermarkets to remain ...
  • What Grocers Need to Know About the 2017 State Elections

    Oct 11, 2017
    This November, voters in New Jersey and Virginia will head to the polls. Special elections to fill vacancies will also be held, most notably in the state of Washington, and 22 ballot initiatives will be held in seven states. Though far more limited ...
  • Fresh Food in the Grocery Store and RevenueShield®

    Oct 10, 2017
    I recently sat down with Joel Berrian of Berrian Insurance Group to discuss the advantages RevenueShield® brings to FMI Members particularly around the area of fresh foods....
  • Five Questions to Ask About Your Food Defense Plan

    Oct 6, 2017
    Food defense has long been a priority for retailers. Grocers have established food defense plans to actively prevent intentional contamination in the food supply ...
  • Go For The Gold: Excellence in National Family Meals Month Programming

    Oct 4, 2017
    By all accounts, this September is the best and most celebrated National Family Meals Month™ (NFMM) to date! Celebrate your accomplishments during the month of September through the FMI Foundation's Gold Plate ...
  • Why Now? What Has Changed? RevenueShield® Protecting Members’ Brands and Balance Sheets

    Oct 3, 2017
    FMI has added RevenueShield® to our Member Plus Program to assist members and associate members address these unconventional challenges and exposures. A unique program created exclusively for food retail, RevenueShield provides industry expertise, ...
  • The Unsung Heroes of Local Communities

    Oct 2, 2017
    While I often witness how the stores I frequent are involved in making a difference in our neighborhood, through the awards, I get to glimpse how the oft-unmentioned kindness of grocers throughout the U.S. can change their neighbor’s lives, proving ...
  • Photo Friday: National Family Meals Month Cooks Up on Capitol Hill

    Sep 29, 2017
    National Family Meals Month™ (NFMM) reached Capitol Hill to share how encouraging families to have one more meal a week together has numerous benefits. From tasty sliders to tangy desserts, FMI members shared their favorite Family Meals recipes with ...
  • The American Heart Association Wants Families to Eat More Meals Together Too

    Sep 28, 2017
    Few good habits lead to better health than families preparing and eating meals together at home. That’s why Cordial and the Heart Association were so happy to jump on board with National Family Meals Month. Encouraging families to eat one more meal ...
  • New Partners Celebrate National Family Meals Month

    Sep 27, 2017
    It’s clear that grocery stores, wholesalers, suppliers, the dietetic community, and industry partners are using creative ways to join in on Family Meals Month. What’s really exciting this year is the movement has also reached fellow trade ...