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  • What Will the Role of Store Development Be In The Digital Age of Food Retail?

    Dec 11, 2017
    ESD Retail InterviewFood retailers know that digital and mobile technology are influencing shoppers’ expectations for experiences and convenience. Meeting consumer needs will ultimately transform the size, layout and offering in retail spaces.
  • Store Managers Ingrained in the Success of a Community

    Dec 11, 2017
    2018 SMA It’s undeniable that these food retail professionals possess a unique quality of leadership, and an incredibly diverse skill set that, in a single day, ranges from being a professional circus ringleader to a strategically, savvy business operator. But, above all else, it’s clear that they’re ingrained in the hearts of the communities they serve.
  • Legislative Relief Remains Necessary for Food Retail Implementation of “Menu Labeling” Rule

    Dec 08, 2017
    FMI-12092014_223_WEBWithin the last two weeks, U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and conservative watchdog groups declared that now is the time for Congress to finally fix FDA’s “menu labeling” rule.
  • Fresh Grocery, the Digital Frontier and Supply Chain

    Dec 07, 2017

    Infographic Executive Insights Grocery in 2017In thinking through the conversations at the FMI Executive Forum Roundtable discussions last June, and in other conversations with fresh grocery leadership since then, it has struck me that there was a lot of consensus on the issues of the day, and how solutions to the challenges are a lot more difficult to find that same level of consensus.

  • Food Retailing, Meet Silicon Valley

    Dec 07, 2017

    Food Retailing Meet Silicon Valley There is little doubt that the leading high-tech producers have discovered the consumer goods and food retailing marketplace. In some cases, technology providers are working as our partners, working together to find automated solutions to problems and analytical tools to fuel growth. In other cases, they are developing business models that can appear to be in competition with the industry models we have grown accustomed to.

  • Pork Quality Could Top a Retailer’s Holiday Wish List

    Dec 06, 2017

    Pork QualityAs we approach the holidays, your stores are bustling with shoppers trying to find the perfect meal for their family and friends. Pork tenderloin is a staple for many holiday tables, as evidenced by Google yielding nearly 1.6 million results for recipe ideas. While the pork dish itself might earn rave reviews, the topic of pork quality and the new pork grading proposal for pork tenderloin won’t likely come up in dinner conversation unless you’re a retailer.

  • Do You Have an Appetite for Change?

    Dec 01, 2017

    Tecnology in the Grocery AislesThe lineup of sessions at the upcoming 2018 FMI Midwinter Executive Conference is organized to provide answers to questions you have about how to meet challenges and take advantage of the opportunities of a fast-changing industry. We have assembled a great group of thought leaders and experts who have their fingers on the pulse of the food retail industry for dynamic education sessions in Miami. You’ll be able to evaluate the disruptive changes throughout retail and ecommerce and see that now is the time to innovate, collaborate and partner in new ways.

  • Recapping 2017 Unprecedented Change

    Dec 01, 2017
    End of Year Forum BannerThe retail industry is experiencing unprecedented change. The decisions and investments that consumer goods and food retail businesses make now will determine future winners and losers. Change is everywhere and we all can adapt. Based on PlanetRetail RNG research, consider the following.
  • How Industry Trends and Technology Will Influence the Future of Physical Stores

    Nov 29, 2017
    MetroMuch like an evolving Metro system, the retail marketplace is witnessing a convergence of new consumer preferences and technologies that are shaping its own landscape.
  • Cooking Classes Support Family Meals

    Nov 28, 2017
    Common Threads Blog PhotoThe grassroots partnership with food retailers is the reason why Common Threads is such an active partner in the FMI Foundation’s National Family Meals Month campaign to encourage families to eat one more meal together every week.
  • Food Retail at a Digital Tipping Point

    Nov 27, 2017
    EcommerceWe recognize that our industry will reach digital maturity and saturation more quickly than other industries that went online earlier, and we’re predicting that the grocery industry will reach $100 billion in online sales by 2025. Digital will reach across age groups and the growth curve will accelerate over the next five years, which will require more experimentation, effectively using stores as laboratories to better understand demand and fulfillment. 
  • Are You Ready for a Trading Partner Conversation Focused on Food Safety?

    Nov 22, 2017
    SQFI at fancy food showConsumers today demand food safety to be in place. So how retailers instill confidence to the consumer that the products they are buying from us are at the safest and highest level quality they can be? This is where the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI) comes in. SQFI manages the SQF program, which is recognized by retailers and foodservice providers around the world as a rigorous, credible food safety management system.
  • Can Consistent Quality Drive Repeat Pork Sales?

    Nov 21, 2017

    20161208-FMI-1213_ed-WEBYou may have heard that the USDA is reviewing, and has opened for public comment, a plan to revise the voluntary pork standards in place today. For the fresh pork industry, this is a monumental shift and it may directly impact retail meat cases across the country. From my perspective, it’s a great opportunity to improve the tasting experience for consumers who purchase pork loin cuts.

  • Keeping Food and Families Safe for Thanksgiving

    Nov 20, 2017
    SafeCookTempMagnetCROPAs food retailers, our highest priority is food safety. We understand the importance of sourcing safe, quality ingredients from vendors and ensuring prepared foods are pathogen free. The holidays offer a special opportunity to share the significance of food safety with our customers. 
  • Photo Friday: FMI Western Regional Legislative Meeting in Newport Beach, California

    Nov 17, 2017
    Photo Friday Western MeetingOn Monday, members and state association partners met in Newport Beach, California at the FMI Western Regional Legislative Meeting.
  • Tax Reform: One Last Legislative Gift Before Year’s End?

    Nov 16, 2017
    Legislative GiftClearly, we’re living in different times these days, but unfortunately our tax code has not evolved to reflect this reality. It is so complex that some tax lawyers make a good living specializing in only one or two specific provisions. 
  • SafeMark®: Nearly 15 Years of Food Safety Retail Training and Counting

    Nov 15, 2017

    Chicken ThermometerFood safety is a very important issue for the success of the retail food industry and finding the training program that meets the unique aspects of the grocery industry is no small task. As the manager for SafeMark®, the only comprehensive food safety training and certification program created BY retailers, FOR retailers, I spend a lot of my time answering questions from trainers in food retail companies looking for a training system that checks off all their needs. Luckily for them, SafeMark® is the perfect fit.

  • A Spoiler Alert on Broiler Issues

    Nov 14, 2017
    Broiler ChickensFood retailers can soon expect being contacted by their friendly neighborhood animal activist regarding concerns with broiler chicken production. Five specific areas of concern will be named. However, as a means of getting retailers to address everything on their wish list, the activist request will be that food retailers adopt/endorse Global Animal Protection (GAP) standards.
  • Grocery Stores Explore More Social Media and Digital Advertising

    Nov 13, 2017
    Social Media and Grocery Stores A couple of years ago, I wrote about how grocery stores used social media with findings from our 2015 Food Retailing Industry Speaks report to make the case that the food retail industry was just beginning to dip their toe in the digital marketing and communications pool. In the 2017 edition of Speaks we again look at the channels grocery stores use for advertising and customer outreach and my how the times have changed!
  • Photo: Heinen's Fine Foods, Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio

    Nov 09, 2017
    Baker - Photo FridayDoug Baker, vice president of private brands, technology, industry relations, joined members of FMI’s Manufacturer Share Group to explore opportunities in food service at Heinen's in Cleveland, Ohio.