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  • 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 ...
  • The Inspiration To Keep Everyone Coming To The Table

    Jun 27, 2018
    We all have them, those lists of things we know we SHOULD do, but for some reason we just don’t, or at least not as often as we should. We’ve likely long been convinced these actions are good for us, but if they require extra effort they slip into ...
  • The Food Retail Industry And Community Organizations Want More of What?

    Jun 26, 2018
    Everyone may not agree on what to have for dinner, but we can all agree on one thing: family meals are important....
  • New Technologies Drive Next-Generation Loyalty

    Jun 25, 2018
    This is not loyalty 1.0 – or even 2.0. Retailer loyalty programs are getting major upgrades in the wake of extreme retail competition and more demanding, tech-savvy ...
  • Photo Friday: Prisco's Fine Foods in Aurora, IL

    Jun 22, 2018
    Recently, Lucas Darnell, FMI's Director of Member Relations and Advocacy (Eastern U.S.) visited with Andy Guzauskas, President and Partner of Prisco's Fine Foods in Aurora, IL. Prisco's has been a member of FMI since 2000 and has been engaged in ...
  • Solving Consumer Needs Requires Innovation and Relevancy

    Jun 21, 2018
    Today, the industry’s compass needs to be pointed directly on how to solve consumer needs. To do that, the future of grocery will employ technology as a tool to help shopper buy more ...
  • Reversing the Spotlight

    Jun 20, 2018
    Dagmar Farr, senior vice president, membership and education, was recently honored at a board meeting of the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) for her many, many years of committed and extraordinary service to the organization as a member of its ...
  • FMI Summer Blockbuster Preview, the Sequels and the Trilogy

    Jun 20, 2018
    Maybe I am a little “old-school,” but when I go to the movies I still try to get to my seat (with my popcorn) in plenty of time to see the previews of upcoming movies. And, I always look forward to seeing what is coming to a theater near me during ...
  • Virtual Reality: The Unsung Hero of Brand Packaging

    Jun 19, 2018
    If there’s one constant in the CPG industry, it’s that brands are always searching for the best ways to get their products noticed on the store shelf. It’s more important than ever to create packaging that can stand out in a (very congested) crowd. ...
  • Fundamentals Programs for Food Manufacturing and Primary Producers

    Jun 18, 2018
    SQFI released their Fundamentals Program for Food Manufacturing and the Fundamentals Program for Primary Producers. Each program has both basic and intermediate levels, and provides a step-by-step approach to improve food safety management....
  • Photo Friday: FMI at NRF Protect 2018

    Jun 15, 2018
    FMI was pleased to partner with the National Retail Federation to bring food retailers to NRF PROTECT 2018 this week. Here’s a collection of photos from the ...
  • Transparency and Social Alignment: Two Top Trends in Fresh That Are Paying Off

    Jun 14, 2018
    As I walk around the perimeter of the grocery store today, two big trends are paying off. One is transparency—the shopper’s desire to know more about where their food comes from and how it was made. The second is social and cultural alignment, or a ...
  • Leadership Disruption: Discussions With CEO Update

    Jun 13, 2018
    CEO Update Live recently hosted a panel of association CEOs addressing the topic of leadership disruption, with FMI President and CEO Leslie Sarasin among the contributing panelists. The following is an excerpt of the questions posed by moderator ...
  • Serving Up Health and Wellness in the Fresh Department

    Jun 12, 2018
    Like cheese and wine, peanut butter and jelly, and fish and chips, consumers pair health and wellness with fresh ...
  • What Do We Know About The Meal Kit Consumer?

    Jun 11, 2018
    According to the Power of Foodservice at Retail 2018 report, awareness of meal kits is high (86 percent), but only 22 percent of shoppers have actually used meal kits. According to Nielsen, the opportunity for meal kids is large with more than 30 ...