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  • How To Have A Successful Family Meals Month

    Jul 19, 2017
    Introducing the first edition of Best Practices and Excellence in National Family Meals Month™ Programming—a new resource from the FMI Foundation that highlights different ways retailers and suppliers can take the Family Meals Month concept and run ...
  • FMI State Issues Retreat: Where Grocers Go To Learn About State and Local Issues

    Jul 18, 2017
    To assist our members in making sense of this legislative chaos, FMI holds the State Issues Retreat in August, an annual conference that brings together food retail grocery associations and grocery company government relations professionals from ...
  • Connecting Food Safety Students with Scholarship and Grant Money

    Jul 17, 2017
    Members of the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI) recently spent time at the Institute of Food Technology (IFT) Conference. This conference is a collection of some of the most creative minds in the science of food and technology arenas. Among other ...
  • Photo Friday: Congressional Visit to Stater Bros. Markets

    Jul 14, 2017
    FMI was pleased to help organize a visit to Stater Bros. Markets for Congresswoman Norma Torres (D-CA-35) on July 7th at the Schaefer Avenue store in Chino, California, part of the Congresswoman’s ...
  • IFT17: Empowering Scientific Communication to Feed the World

    Jul 14, 2017
    The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) held the 2017 Annual Meeting and Food Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada from June 25-28, 2017. Industry experts, students and government officials from over 90 countries converged in the scorching 115°F valley to ...
  • Food Retailers Best Offense Could be Food Defense

    Jul 12, 2017
    In today’s world, it’s important to know how to prepare for intentional threats inside and outside of the food supply ...
  • The Transformation of the Farm Bill

    Jul 11, 2017
    In the agriculture and food industries, the Farm Bill is one of the single most important pieces of legislation the industries operate under. To people inside the Beltway and out in the fields, farm policy discussions are commonplace, but what about ...
  • Discovering the ABC’s of Food Retail

    Jul 10, 2017
    One of the most impactful FMI events, the Annual Business Conference (ABC), has brought suppliers and retail partners together for face-to-face joint business planning meetings for years. The event works because it is simple, effective and focuses ...
  • One Thing You Can Do Differently to Improve Your Grocery Business

    Jul 6, 2017
    FMI share groups are one of the premier member benefits for FMI members, particularly for independent operator members. Share groups provide a confidential forum for the open exchange of ideas, strategies and problem solving techniques among owners, ...
  • Cage-free or Not to Cage-free, That is the Question

    Jul 5, 2017
    As anyone with any debating experience can attest, the toughest opponent to counter is the one who is allowed to keep changing the terms, reconfiguring the terminology or moving the vocabulary goal posts. This is an important lesson to remember ...
  • AI, Cultured Coffee and 4 More Food Retailing Trends I Didn’t Know About

    Jul 3, 2017
    Specialty foods and beverages represent the sweet spot in food retailing today. Sales hit $127 billion last year, climbing 15 percent from 2014 to 2016, while total retail food sales grew 2.3 percent, according to the Specialty Food Association’s ...
  • Working with FDA During A Recall

    Jun 30, 2017
    There are endless reasons for product recalls, but no matter what, they are always highly stressful situations. The best way to handle recalls is to be prepared. During a recall, it is essential companies are prepared to communicate and work with ...
  • The Future of Food Safety

    Jun 29, 2017
    Whole genome sequencing, Listeria outbreaks, FSMA deadlines, allergen recalls: the list of emerging issues and regulatory requirements seem to go on-and-on. What does all this mean and how does this impact suppliers, brands, and food ...
  • Sustainability: Local Action, Global Impact

    Jun 28, 2017
    To this day, I can still hear my mom scold, “Make sure you wash your hands before you come to the dinner table.” It’s easy to say the age-old rule of “wash your hands before you eat” has been engrained in many of us. But, what if I told you there’s ...
  • Grocers Thinking Like a Startup #Grocerytalk

    Jun 27, 2017
    The startup mentality is calculated when it comes to risk taking; it’s this confidence that gives a startup a scrappy persona and an optimism that doesn’t appear afraid to fail. Trend spotters suggest that food startups are on the rise, which the ...