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  • The 10,000 Mile FMI Food Safety Summer Tour

    Aug 14, 2018
    Food Safety TourAs I reflect on my 10,640-mile, three-month journey, I realized that food retailers play a crucial global leadership role to advance food safety knowledge. Attending these events not only expanded my knowledge of technical food safety content, but I also gained valuable insights from a diverse professional community, to support all FPC initiatives. 
  • Digital Relationships Forge Engagement with Shoppers

    Aug 13, 2018
    Johnson Fam SmartLabel VideoInfluencers – humans and animals –live in a digital world where they have a strong consumer following based on lifestyle, humor, advice or even culinary skills. There are tiers among influencers; celebrities hold their own, but they can also embody everyday heroes who might give us a simple idea for how to make my avocado toast not so “basic,” for instance. They impart tangible skills or even encourage social or political movements. Like or dislike the concept, PR professionals have found a way to leverage influencers in campaigns that align with their clients’ brand values and create virtual experiences for their potential customers. At the heart of it, these influencers are lifestyle coaches.
  • Brick and Mortar is Alive and Well

    Aug 10, 2018
    20161208-FMI-0873r-WEBAccording to FMI’s U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2018report, brick and mortar grocery stores, the signature channel in the food industry, have stabilize their status despite consumers’ use of other channels. Trends claims, “Consumers do shop across channels and banners, but still recognize the supermarket’s central role in meeting and defining their grocery shopping needs.”
  • A Sneak Peak of FreshForward

    Aug 09, 2018
    20171205-FMI-Store Shoot-0372r-LowResI’m in event planning mode. Our totally new and unique event FreshForward is coming up in just about a month and I’m very excited for the experience. Speakers are getting confirmed, sponsors or coming in and retailers are making travel arrangements. But, amid all the excitement, I wanted to take the time to properly introduce and explain FreshForward and give folks a sneak peak of what to expect. I could think of no one better to help me with this than my old friend, Barb Renner, vice chairman and U.S. consumer products leader with Deloitte.
  • What Do Meal Kits and Multicookers, like Instant Pot, Have in Common?

    Aug 08, 2018
    MulticookerTogether, meal kits and multicookers could provide food retailers with their next great sales growth.
  • Collaboration Is Our Shield Against Cyber Attacks

    Aug 06, 2018
    Shield WallModern day demands a new type of shield, especially when it comes to protecting businesses from one of the most deceptive enemies, a cyber attack. Our best defense is to collaborate and share information about previous attacks to help each other be better prepared and learn from missteps. Food retailers are committed to ensuring their customers’ information remains private and protected. As the industry starts to utilize more technology like robotics, self-driving cars, etc., our technology security professionals need to be ahead of the curve and anticipating potential threats.
  • Photo Friday: FMI's Food Safety Team Attends International Association of Food Protection Annual Meeting

    Aug 03, 2018
    IAFPAt this year’s International Association of Food Protectionin Salt Lake City Utah, Ashley Eisenbeiser, director of food and product safety, Food Marketing Institute, moderated a session discussing how retailers effectively communicate food safety messages with their customers.
  • Is Online Grocery Shopping Eroding In Store Business?

    Aug 02, 2018
    20171129-FMI-Home Shoot-0911_edIn the third webinar of this series, Leading Retailers: E-commerce as a Competitive Advantage, FMI and Rosie engaged in a panel discussion with leading retailers who have successfully launched online shopping at their stores. The discussion quickly shifted to the topic on many food retailers minds—is online grocery shopping eroding in store business?
  • AI Powers The Customer Experience

    Aug 01, 2018
    20151208-FMI-640r-WEBNot a day goes by that I don’t find myself reading about grocery stores rolling out new technologies to engage shoppers. If you happen to Google “technology in grocery stores,” I guarantee you’ll find at least five pages of relevant, interesting articles. I often wonder if we’re closer to living like The Jetsonsthan ever before. 
     
  • Mid-Year Update from Washington: A Productive Year for the Industry

    Jul 31, 2018
    GR Midyear Report 2018For an industry that is regulated from many different angles; as sellers of food, as employers and as business operations, each legislative fix or regulatory relief can provide food retailers with real benefits and cost savings as they focus on selling quality, safe and affordable food to customers across the country.
  • Navigating November: Toss Ups, Tough Races and Strong Holds

    Jul 30, 2018
    US MapThere’s been no lack of drama this primary season. Much of the national media is focused on the federal elections in the U.S. House and Senate, but they’re missing a big part of the story – will Democrats rebuild power in the governors’ races or will Republicans keep their almost record-breaking hold?  
  • Have You Heard? National Family Meals Month Movement Is Trending

    Jul 27, 2018
    NFMMTrendingThis September, the food retail industry celebrates the fourth annual National Family Meals Month™ (NFMM). NFMM and its huge impact is trending among consumers. Eighty-four percent of shoppers who saw the NFMM campaign reported healthier behaviors as a result of the program.  
  • Could Tornado Alley be the Next Silicon Valley?

    Jul 27, 2018
    road to technologyWhen the tech bubble burst at the end of 2000, I was working as a customer business manager at Kraft Foods. The following year, we integrated Nabisco and completed an initial public offering for the company, so we were laser-focused on reinforcing the foundation for a sustainable business model. I can recall how technology was making our lives easier at work – faxes were replaced by emails, I had a cell phone, I regularly got my news online using my laptop computer and this thing called an iPod was making my morning workout routines more enjoyable. While technology was better connecting people, the ill-fated irony was that dotcoms with a business-to-consumer focus were shuttering at rapid rates all around us.
  • Retail Foodservice: A College Student’s Perspective

    Jul 26, 2018
    20171205-FMI-Store Shoot-0489_edAs a college student living off-campus for the first time this past year, I only recently learned to weekly grocery shop on my own. As a newbie, I’m eager to discover the most cost-and time-efficient ways to prepare and enjoy nutritious, fresh meals at home.
     
  • Center Store Primed for The Digital Shopper

    Jul 25, 2018
    20171129-FMI-Home Shoot-0643_edFood retailers hear a lot about the digital shopper and they spend even more time thinking about how they’ll meet consumers growing demand for streamline shopping experiences from the store aisles to their virtual grocery baskets. As it turns out, center store items remain a prime opportunity for food retailers to engage e-grocery shoppers.
  • Industry-wide Initiatives Are Hard, But That’s What Makes Them Great

    Jul 23, 2018
    The Hard Is What Makes It GreatIndustry-wide voluntary initiatives are tough. It takes time to organize and implement change to get on the same page with partners. Inevitably there are bumps in the road, lessons to be learned and wrinkles to iron out. But the result is worth it—a new system that is efficient, effective and satisfies consumer’s needs.
     
  • Meeting Food Safety Standards: Not Impossible for Emerging Companies

    Jul 20, 2018

    Fundamentals Manufacturing Caramel - FMI photo tile_mediumAs an emerging brand, you’re almost ready to move your product to the next stage of assembly. You worked hard to guarantee its greatness  and ensure the packaging catches the consumer’s eye. Production is set to ramp up now that you landed the partner who’s providing capital, market access, and the business advice you need. That new potential partner asks a question you think is easy to answer, “Is your product safe?”


     
  • When It Comes to Private Brands, What Are Shoppers Buying?

    Jul 19, 2018
    20171205-FMI-Store Shoot-1000_edFood retailers increasingly offer a wider variety of private brands options in their stores and are strengthening their private brands value proposition. But it all comes down to which private brands categories shoppers actually purchase. That’s what we examined with IRI in Power of Private Brands: At the Register 2018 report.
  • Top Trends and Our Finds from the 2018 Fancy Food Summer Show

    Jul 18, 2018
    State of the Specialty Food IndustryEarlier this month our team traveled to New York to staff the FMI and SQF food safety attendee information area at the Fancy Food Summer Show. We were excited to talk to companies who might be a good fit in the new FMI Emerge program, a subscription-based service for brands seeking sustainable retail sales growth. The Fundamentals Programs for Food Manufacturing and Primary Producers was also news from our shop. Here what we experienced.
  • Looking to Grow Your Business?

    Jul 17, 2018
    Census Mapping ImageMost Americans know that the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a full count of the U.S. population every 10 years, but few know about the business data they publish. On July 24, FMI will host a webinar that will provide an overview of both the demographic and business data available to food retailers that they can use to get that leg up on the competition. The webinar will provide a live demo of Census Business Builder, an easy to use data tool specifically designed for businesses like yours.