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  • A Conversation with Oscar Gonzalez, Northgate Gonzalez Market

    Jan 23, 2020
    Northgate storefrontOscar Gonzalez, co-president and COO of Northgate Gonzalez Market, is chairman of FMI's 2020 Midwinter Executive Conference and a true leader when it comes to creating genuine experiences that hold true to his company’s personality. Under Oscar’s leadership we’ve created a program that pushes the imagination, asks provocative questions and delivers on tomorrow’s promises, but first, I invite you to hear from him on important emerging issues including the new marketplace, workforce, community relations, and health and well-being.  
  • 2020 Outlook on the New Food Marketplace

    Jan 22, 2020
    FMITech TalksTo help you navigate these rapid industry changes and consumer preferences, FMI is advancing to represent the business of food, wherever it is bought, sold or produced.  We’re keeping our eye on evolving trends in the food industry from technology and the new consumer, to health and well-being initiatives and the expanding role of foodservice at retail.  
  • What’s In A Brand?

    Jan 21, 2020
    Grocery Bag with QuoteLife is full of circumstances and situations that prompt us to evaluate our personal brand and make necessary changes, adapting to a new position or setting by shifting our brand. Sometimes these involve small adjustments and sometimes we must undergo a significant overhaul, a complete revamp.
  • 2020 Midwinter Executive Conference by the Numbers

    Jan 16, 2020
    Midwinter 2020 BannerIn a matter of days, the food industry will land in Phoenix for the 2020 Midwinter Executive Conference. Top industry executives will gather to discuss proven and emerging trends, and how it will influence future business operations. 
  • SQF Fundamentals Program Launches in Brazil

    Jan 16, 2020
    Globe - South America - BrazilBrazil is one of the largest importers of food supplies into the U.S. According to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the largest categories imported from Brazil are unroastedcoffee ($934 million), fruit and vegetable juices ($501 million), and red meats ($281 million).
  • Reflecting On Your Supply Chain Performance

    Jan 15, 2020
    Supply Chain Benchmarking Inforgraphic_thmbnailJanuary is a time of reflection and for setting intentions for the year ahead. For food retailers, this includes reviewing how well they met customers’ demands over the holidays. Did your store have what shoppers wanted, when they wanted it, in the right quantity, condition, location and price? And did shoppers enjoy the experience?
  • Technologies Building Smart Supermarkets

    Jan 14, 2020
    technology leveraging dataJanuary is technology season with a series of back-to-back events focused on the latest gadgets and gizmos. While reading about new technologies, it’s easy to begin to wonder how they will apply to your shoppers and your business model. Here are some insights from the January-tech craze to consider.
  • Smarter Food Safety: Emerging Technologies, Smarter Tools for Prevention, Evolving Business Models, and Food Safety Culture

    Jan 12, 2020
    FDA buildingOur “New Era of Food Safety" comments focus on several key principles, including focusing on outcomes; leveraging existing tools; increasing communications with stakeholders; accounting for the food industry’s variable resources and abilities; and how uniformity will promote success.
  • 5 Insights for 2020 Fresh Foods Success

    Jan 10, 2020

    It’s helpful to enter a new year armed with lessons learned in the prior year. This is especially the case for fresh foods, given the wide range of categories and the complexities of the business. In this spirit, I want to raise the profile of a few insights from FMI’s 2019 fresh foods thought leadership. These are all based on reports that leveraged consumer surveys, and the findings will be instructive for 2020.

  • Preparing Our Legislative Strategy for 2020 and Beyond

    Jan 09, 2020
    us-capitol-325342_1920Lawmakers recently returned to Washington to begin the second session of the 116th Congress. While 2020 is often correlated with hindsight, our focus this year will be on laying the groundwork for the future scenarios expected throughout this year and in 2021.
  • Private Brands Positioned to Advance in 2020

    Jan 07, 2020

    The private brands industry is well positioned to gain ground in 2020. Why do I feel so positive about the outlook? It’s because of a growing private brands commitment and strategic positioning by food retailers. These emerged in findings from two 2019 FMI research pieces: The Food Retailing Industry Speaks, and The Power of Private Brands-From the Industry.

  • New Year Food Safety Resolutions with SQF Fundamentals Program

    Jan 06, 2020
    SQF Fundamental CodesHas your company set food safety resolutions for the new year? Well, it all starts with building and nurturing a culture of food safety. Food safety doesn’t begin or end at your food industry site. Food safety is critical at every step in the supply chain.
  • How to Expand Grocery Health and Wellness Programs to Online Shoppers

    Jan 02, 2020
    20171129-FMI-Home Shoot-0779_edOnline grocery shoppers are looking for convenience, but that doesn’t mean they are willing to sacrifice their health and wellness goals. When it comes to serving online grocery shoppers, food retailers can do more to meet shoppers’ health and wellness needs. The 2019 Retailer Contributions to Health and Wellness report finds that while 94% of food retail survey respondents offer online shopping, only 70% extend their health and wellness initiatives to those shoppers.
  • FMI’s 2019 Year in Review

    Dec 20, 2019
    2019 Year in Review Video ThumbnailThere is something particularly noble about accomplishments that have so many ups and downs and surprise developments that they require a special brand of perseverance. Finishing the fight requires overcoming the nagging drag of self-doubt when the path looks bleak; and it means—as a team— avoiding the tendency to blame others or play victim when the circumstances appear to be working against you. Victories achieved in against-the-odds battles that are long and hard have a special flavor to them that are a joy to savor.
  • New Tools in the Fight Against Food Waste

    Dec 19, 2019
    20161208-FMI-1329r-WEBThis week, experts in measuring and reporting food loss and waste from the World Resources Institute (WRI) and ReFED shared new resources companies can use as they start or continue to set targets, measurements and actions in the effort to minimize food loss and waste.
  • SNAP: Work Requirements for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents

    Dec 18, 2019
    SNAP LogoAs a safety net, USDA has historically granted work requirement waivers for those individuals living in states that can demonstrate unemployment rates above 10 percent and/or, a lack of sufficient jobs in their state or within localities in their state. Today, USDA’s new rule tightens this waiver process.
  • Emerging Brands Meet Shoppers’ Desires

    Dec 17, 2019
    Startright photoI work with emerging brands and have found that many of these newer brands focus on health and well-being, sustainable food production and sourcing ethical ingredients. These traits are revealed in the 2019 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends report, which finds the meaning of “eating well” continues to encompass health, enjoyment and social benefits as well as mindful connection with where food comes from. In order to “eat well,” shoppers connect health with eating nutritious food and beverages that are perceived as high-quality. Enjoyment is just as central to eating well ideals, exemplified by having tasty foods and beverages that are hearty and filling with family or friends.
  • Helping Shoppers In-Store With Their New Year, New You Goals

    Dec 16, 2019
    RCHW_Infographic_thumbnailNew Year’s resolutions often start with plans to be healthier. What if a shopper’s new year, new you goal to be healthier could be achieved in a simple way—by doing something they already do regularly—going to the grocery store? That’s right, shoppers’ health and well-being goals can be achieved at their local grocery store.
  • Photo Friday: Der Markt and the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree

    Dec 13, 2019
    Linda and Ted Calhounm Der Markt The Capitol Christmas Tree is a tradition that dates back to 1964 when House Speaker John W. McCormack (D-MA) placed a live Christmas tree on the Capitol lawn. For 2019, Carson National Forest in New Mexico provided a blue spruce for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. Carson National Forest happens to be the backyard of FMI member Ted Calhoun, president of Der Markt Food Store in Red River, NM. 
  • SQF 2019: Embracing Difficult Food Safety Conversations

    Dec 12, 2019
    LeAnn Chuboff, SQFIThe SQF Conference provides a variety of educational opportunities for SQF stakeholders in the auditing, manufacturing, retail and foodservice sectors. The global audience helps FMI and SQFI assess emerging challenges facing our food supply and workforce.