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  • Natural Disaster Preparedness Resources

    Apr 16, 2021
    weather developingEach year, hurricanes, tornados, winter storms, floods, fires and a variety of other natural disasters take place, putting food, water and essential energy supplies at risk. Even during pandemics like COVID-19, retailers must consider how to keep workers and customers safe, while remaining operational to keep communities fed. The FMI team has curated resources to support the food industry in preparing, implementing and continuously improving natural disaster response plans.
  • How The Pandemic Has Changed Produce Cooking

    Apr 14, 2021
    cooking produceI had an ongoing debate with my son when he was young. Green beans weren’t his favorite vegetable, but I kept telling him it’s not that he didn’t like green beans, it’s just that he hadn’t found the way he liked green beans cooked. I remember one Thanksgiving when he ate the green bean casserole with cream of mushroom soup and onion rings on top. He wanted seconds and then thirds. I said, “So you do like green beans.”
  • Historical Perception vs. Reality: Industry Attractiveness

    Apr 12, 2021
    Gen Z ReportI bet if you took a moment you could think of at least three people in the food retail industry who started their career as a cashier or bagger and now have a role leading the company. Can you think of three? More?
  • New Life for Older Stores

    Apr 09, 2021
    20161208-FMI-1404_ed WEBAs supermarkets age, they don’t exactly gain value like the fine wines they sell. However, today’s retailers have some new opportunities for their older stores, particularly when it comes to incorporating ecommerce and upgrading to more energy-efficient equipment.
  • What Is Your Meat IQ?

    Apr 05, 2021
    at home meat chefMy co-worker’s husband has become a barbecue aficionado. My son slow cooked a brisket for the first time at home. My grandson was excited to show me his burger-making skills. Is it just me, or has everyone’s meat IQ increased during the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • Advancing Your Career During a Pandemic

    Apr 01, 2021
    food industry certificate screen shotIt’s been an interesting time to be an e-learning professional with events going virtual, learning being reimagined and “zoom fatigue” impacting many of us. At the same time, it’s been exciting to see how many people have used their time during the pandemic to sharpen their skills, build leadership experience and push themselves to learn more.
  • Health and Well-being in the Meat Department – Seize the Opportunity!

    Mar 31, 2021
    home cookingOver the past year, consumers have flocked to the meat department like never before. Retailers and product suppliers have a prime opportunity to ensure consumers are satisfied with their product selections and choices. Research indicates that while consumers appreciate meat products for the taste, they are also interested in the health and well-being benefits meat can provide as part of an overall healthy pattern of eating.
  • Next Steps for Enhancing Meat Industry Strategies

    Mar 30, 2021
    20171205-FMI-Store Shoot-0876_edFast forward to today, a year after lockdowns began, and the picture is brighter. The meat industry has worked hard to address its challenges — and has succeeded in getting past the worst of it.
  • Collaborating Through a Crisis and Beyond

    Mar 29, 2021
    Social Media 2021-Widescreen-1200x630pxCOVID-19 has reminded us more than ever that grocery and supplier collaboration is a vital strand in the social fabric. Beyond the deep-cleaning, shelf-replenishing and physical-distancing tactics that played out at the store level during the pandemic, a brighter light was cast upon the food industry.
  • How Far is the U.S. from COVID-19 Herd Immunity?

    Mar 26, 2021
    Like many of you, I have been following the march toward COVID-19 herd immunity for months. I’ve also been considering the personal considerations for consumers and the business implications for the food industry. I’ve taken note of how the issue of consumer trust in government, non-profit and private sectors has an impact on getting more people vaccinated. I’ve observed some employers offering employees financial incentives to be vaccinated and many more monitoring registrations and vaccine rollouts in their own communities. Through it all, there has been one resource I’ve found invaluable.
  • Set the Table for Mediterranean Family Meals

    Mar 25, 2021
    Oldways Mediterranean Diet PyramidWhen gathering around the table for Mediterranean-style family meals, the connections made between food and health and people and joy can grow even stronger. The Mediterranean Diet is based on the traditional eating habits of the countries surrounding the Mediterranean and is consistently rated as the healthiest diet, #1 plant-based diet and the easiest diet to follow by U.S. News & World Report. 
  • FMI Food Protection Committee Establishes 2021 Food Safety Initiatives

    Mar 24, 2021
    food safety iconFMI’s Food Protection Committee (FPC) establishes annual initiatives to focus work, allow for resource allocation and highlight food safety issues that are topical and need industry collaboration for improvement. This year, the initiatives for the FPC were identified by members and are as follows.
  • What’s the Verdict on Plant-Based Fish Alternatives?

    Mar 23, 2021
    POS 2021 Infographic InstagramOur 2021 Power of Seafood report finds the biggest reason behind an increase in grocery seafood sales is consumers are trying to eat healthier (59%). In fact, 72% of frequent seafood consumers are putting more effort into making healthy and nutritious choices since the COVID-19 pandemic. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend consumers enjoy of two servings of seafood per week and acknowledged the benefits of the healthy fats found in seafood.  
  • Getting Smarter Together

    Mar 22, 2021
    Diversity Tile 760x450 BWe believe that we are smarter together than we are solo. We also believe that the racial issues confronting us are too large and complex to be tackled in isolation and that DEI concerns are a non-competitive issue for our industry. We want to create an environment where we can listen to one another, benefit from each other’s experiences, challenge our perceptions and learn to ask the right questions.
  • How To Remove Friction in the Supply Chain

    Mar 17, 2021
    ecommerce2A year into our collective COVID-19 response, most people now have a more informed view of our global supply chains and know the time and materials involved in moving goods around the world and around our country. As we are wired to ask ourselves: how can we be better/stronger/more prepared next time? There is no better time to come together as an industry and look forward with specific ideas and opportunities to remove supply chain friction and improve our agility and resilience.
  • Staying Strong with Family Meals and Food Safety

    Mar 16, 2021
    Food Safety and Family MealsThe time is right to help families include food safety skills and healthy eating habits at home, especially as they cook and enjoy more family meals together. With registered dietitians and food safety experts taking on greater responsibilities, the food industry is uniquely positioned to help shoppers achieve their health and well-being goals through consumer outreach and education.
  • The Ups and Downs of Food Prices

    Mar 15, 2021
    food prices_mdFood prices definitely did rise in 2020. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s analysis of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) found that prices for “food-at-home” (i.e., purchased from a grocery store or other retail format) increased by 3.5% last year, a significant increase over the 20-year average of only 2% annually.
  • FMI and Harold Lloyd: A New Virtual Store Tour Series and More

    Mar 12, 2021
    ShopRite ExteriorRecently, many events have moved to virtual platforms and now store tours (at least for now) are moving to the virtual world. An insightful experience that is normally featured at the Midwinter Executive Conference and during in-person share group meetings, store tours allow participants to see “behind the curtain” of some best-in-class food retailers.
  • Supply Chain Resilience For The Future

    Mar 11, 2021
    frank-mckenna-252014-unsplashThere’s never been a greater focus on product availability and the logistics that keep the supply chain moving. It is not just the transportation and logistics teams paying attention.
  • Harmful Interchange Fees: The Definition of Insanity

    Mar 11, 2021
    iStock-1049195186_webAt a time when our economy is struggling to recover from the harsh impacts of the pandemic and businesses are fighting to keep their doors open, stores clean and associates safe, the card brands are simply making it that much harder for merchants to stay in business. This April, Visa and Mastercard intend to raise interchange fees by over $1 billion.