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  • You Are Essential: COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Toolkits

    Jan 25, 2021
    covid vaccineFor nearly a year, we have been navigating a national health emergency in response to the coronavirus pandemic. As part of an industry deemed essential to the nation’s COVID-19 response, FMI members have been and continue to be a critical component of ensuring the availability of food, pharmacy and health care services in communities across the nation.  
  • Third-Party Audits Will Take on Greater Importance in 2021

    Jan 25, 2021
    Picture43Food safety holds a critical role in a mutually successful buyer/seller partnership. Securing consumer confidence and loyalty are foundational pillars for retailers as they assess supply chain practices and strategies to enhance transparency and traceability. 


  • 100 Years of Educating Supermarket Associates

    Jan 22, 2021
    Top Women in GroceryIt’s not often you get to celebrate a 100-year anniversary, but this past weekend I had the opportunity to salute my colleagues at the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC) who are marking their Centennial year.
  • Embracing New Retail Foodservice Opportunities

    Jan 21, 2021
    FMI-12092014_269_WEBRetailers have stepped up throughout the pandemic to help consumers become more creative with meals ­– and now they have new opportunities to serve needs in the coming months.
  • Finding Solutions for Plastics and Packaging Waste Challenges

    Jan 20, 2021
    iStock-1048321178_webI joke that my entryway has turned into ‘Marjorie’s MRF’ because I have so many piles of material to find a new home for. There are extra paper bags to reuse or recycle, extra plastic bags to return to the stores with collection bins, cooler bags to reuse or donate. And this is before I get to my leftover food packaging.
  • Fresh Foods Well Positioned in Changing Landscape

    Jan 19, 2021

    This year began with the hope that society will gradually return to pre-pandemic normality — but some things will not revert back. One of the trends likely to stick is increased consumer interest in home-based meals — especially those incorporating fresh foods.

  • And the Supper Bowl Contenders Are….

    Jan 15, 2021
    Supper Bowl BlogThere are only eleven days to go until we crown the first-ever Supper Bowl Champion, and the competition is intense. After two elimination rounds, the voices of 15,000 voters have spoken and the finalists proceeding to the championship round have been determined.
  • Defining Food as Medicine in Food Retail

    Jan 15, 2021
    Picture64The concept of “Food as Medicine” is based on the science of connecting food to improved health. At a time when we know there is growing consumer interest in eating better to strengthen immunity and prevent disease, it is appropriate to talk about the role of food in the context of medicine as food can be used to prevent disease and promote health, manage chronic conditions and simply nourish. Food can fit responsibly into a more proactive and holistic approach to healthcare that starts at the grocery store.
  • The Dreaded Words, “We Need to Talk”

    Jan 14, 2021
    Jan2021_CFI_Digital_Dialogues_PromoWhether you receive them or deliver them, the words “we need to talk” are usually accompanied by a stomach churn. The reason is simple, that phrase usually means there is an area of concern that has been avoided, danced around, or alluded to, but not covered in previous exchanges and now needs to be brought out into the open and faced head-on.
  • Celebrating Supermarket Employee Day

    Jan 14, 2021
    SED National_pngOn February 22, 2021, I will be celebrating the hard-working heroes of the supermarket by joining with the industry to proclaim it Supermarket Employee Day. The supermarket has long been acknowledged as the backbone of our communities, but its role has never been more essential than it has been for the past ten months. Here are some of our reasons for proclaiming February 22 Supermarket Employee Day.
  • Lessons Learned and Insights from Albertsons Companies

    Jan 13, 2021
    Midwinter 2021 videoSusan Morris, executive vice president and COO at Albertsons Companies, is the 2021 Midwinter Executive Conference chairperson and she has proven to be an admirable guide in helping us plan our first-ever virtual Midwinter experience. Susan’s leadership has inspired a dynamic online program that supports our members’ business objectives and networking needs. Susan shared some initial insights with me as we prepare for our event in late January.
  • The Power of the Annual Meat Conference

    Jan 12, 2021
    Meat Shopper During COVID-19For 15 years, the Power of Meat report has been a highly anticipated part of the Annual Meat Conference. For everyone, 2020 was quite a year and for the meat department that was particularly true. As a result,  FMI and NAMI decided to break our trend of annual reports to conduct a Midyear Power of Meat.
  • The Future Is Now: The Impact of Technology and Innovation on Global Food Safety

    Jan 11, 2021
    SQFGlobalPanelThe global food safety community has been adapting to unprecedented business operations and procedures at a breathtaking pace over the past eight-plus months. 
  • Who Will Be In The First-Ever Supper Bowl Finals?

    Jan 07, 2021
    Supper Bowl semifinalsThe road to the Supper Bowl is getting a bit more intense with the voting now open to determine which two of the eight semi-finalists proceed to the championship round. Go to for a snazzy video describing the remaining eight companies in contention along with a mouth-watering description of the menu they concocted to vie for best family meal.
  • “Make Every Bite Count” with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

    Jan 04, 2021
    DGA_2020-2025_The4GuidelinesThe 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans were released as anticipated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) just before the end of 2020. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue emphasized that, “good food leads to good health” during the announcement on December 29th, noting that the guidelines will serve to, “help all Americans lead healthier lives.”
  • Announcing The Class of 2020

    Dec 30, 2020
    happy new yearAs this calendar year ends, so does the FMI membership cycle. Active members in all FMI membership categories are asked to renew their affiliation with a fresh start on January 1st. But before we allow this year to pass, it’s important for us to recognize the new members welcomed to the FMI family in 2020.
  • A COVID Carol

    Dec 21, 2020
    wreathThis year my traditional revisiting of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol resulted in an even more poignant experience given the COVID-19 context. I discovered some surprising parallels and lessons learned from this classic tale that surfaced by reading it through a COVID-19 colored lens.
  • Resolutions Re: Solutions for 2021

    Dec 18, 2020
    Picture89I found it refreshing to read David Orgel’s recent article How to Be Ready for Anything in 2021 in Drug Store News. It isn’t so much a piece about predictions and resolutions for a new year. It’s more of a preparedness “how-to” for retailers as they emerge from a pandemic into an era that is likely to be a bit erratic and filled with more changes and likely some surprises.
  • Grocery Store or Community Center?

    Dec 17, 2020
    iStock-1213920280_croppedGrocery stores are offering a holistic experience for shoppers—almost a community center approach—by delivering the full spectrum of services from food and supplies to prescriptions from the pharmacist, tips from the registered dietitian, and meal inspiration from the culinary team.
  • 5-Tips to Improve Energy and Refrigerant Management

    Dec 16, 2020
    light switchFor store operators concerned about implementing costly new systems and procedures, there are many low or no-cost options to tackle energy leakage and manage refrigeration costs.