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  • Photo Friday: Thank Yous To Grocery Heroes

    Apr 03, 2020
    Thank You Instagram_smAs grocery workers engages in the essential work of feeding families during this crisis, we’ve been honored to be among the many celebrating the work that they do each day. Here are just a few of the many social media posts thanking grocery employees.
  • Grocery Shopping in the Time of COVID-19

    Apr 02, 2020
    20161208-FMI-0653_ed-WEBAs consumers experience the unprecedented realities presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and confront the frustrating truths of supply and demand, once ingrained grocery shopping habits have shifted to some new behaviors. As one would expect, shoppers are highly concerned about the impacts of COVID-19 and those apprehensions are driving some changes in the way they shop for groceries. Many are turning to online grocery shopping.
  • What will Help Consumers Accept Gene Edited Food Products?

    Apr 01, 2020
    The FMI Foundation, in collaboration with American Seed Trade Association, Farm Bureau and the Farm Foundation, recently commissioned Dr. Vincenzina Caputo at Michigan State University to conduct research gauging consumer acceptance of gene edited foods. Some key findings have emerged from this recently released study.
  • Partnering Through A Crisis

    Mar 31, 2020
    FMI-12092014_039_e_WEBAs the food industry focuses on our critical task of supplying grocery products to shoppers during the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s important to have strong partners to back our efforts. This crisis has created many fast and unexpected changes in how we normally do business. That means we need to explore new partners and business operations to meet and adapt to supply chain demands.
  • Re-Writing the Industry’s Crisis Response Playbook

    Mar 30, 2020
    Rewriting the playbookThe food industry is no stranger to responding to crisis. However, when it comes to responding to the national emergency brought on by COVID-19, the industry is rewriting the playbook on crisis response in real-time. This emergency is nationwide and is affecting different regions in different ways.  
  • What’s Real About Coronavirus and Food Packaging

    Mar 29, 2020
    20151208-FMI-258r-WEBInformation around coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is swirling, and each day feels like it brings more information, resources, or questions. We know shoppers may be concerned about the viability and transferability of coronavirus on food packaging. We’ve compiled answers to some frequently asked questions
  • FYI: Additional SNAP Funds Headed to a State Near You

    Mar 25, 2020
    SNAP LogoCongress implemented several changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the recently enacted Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The emergency allotments for current SNAP beneficiaries is one we want to make sure your members are aware of, and ready to be implemented in their states.
  • Keeping the Food Supply Chain Nimble

    Mar 19, 2020
    truck-3401529_1920Last Friday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued an emergency declaration that allows for motor carriers to be exempted from existing hours of service requirements for those responding to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) support. 
  • Grocery Stores Remain Constant in Times of Need

    Mar 18, 2020
    Supply Chain ConferenceEven amidst numerous state emergency declarations relative to mass gatherings impacting restaurants and bars, the White House re-emphasized that grocery stores will remain open during this national emergency. 
  • It's A “SNAP” To Order Online and Pay At Store

    Mar 17, 2020
    20171129-FMI-Home Shoot-0701r-LowResFMI members are watching the pilot closely and awaiting their turn to enter the ecommerce market. While others are experimenting with different ways to serve their SNAP customers, FNS has permitted retailers to enable “click, collect and pay” for SNAP and WIC customers. 
  • The Only Constant Is Change

    Mar 13, 2020

    20171205-FMI-Store Shoot-0017r-LowResThe inevitability of change is especially true when it comes to food production — whether it relates to impactful events ranging from weather extremes to global virus outbreaks or shifting consumer tastes. All of the above have affected the market for fresh produce, to different degrees and concerns. Supply chain disruptions due to world health issues have presented immediate issues, and ones that are still being navigated by growers and farmers, distributors and retailers. Time will tell how it plays out, but efforts will be concerted and ongoing at all levels.

  • You Eat with Your Eyes First

    Mar 12, 2020
    Picture43Visual appeal may be even more important in this category, in fact, than in other types of foods, fresh or packaged. Like many (most?) shoppers, I’ve been known to take my time picking out an avocado or a bunch of bananas, based on what appeals to me at first glance. It’s less about perfection – what is “perfect” produce, anyway? – and more about personal interest.
  • How Is the Grocery Supply Chain Responding to Coronavirus?

    Mar 11, 2020
    supply chain resiliencyWe live in a global economy, which is evident every day in the aisles of a grocery store. In times of crisis, most notably the current situation with increasing cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., shoppers are taking control of their environment – and our grocery supply chain is flexing and demonstrating its resilience.
  • How Skogen’s Festival Foods Created an Award-Winning Food Safety Culture

    Mar 11, 2020
    Food Safety Innovation AwardAt our 2020 Midwinter Executive Conference, we honored Skogen’s Festival Foods with the FMI Food Safety Innovation Award. Festival Foods has demonstrated a responsibility to strengthening its food safety culture using a multi-pronged approach.
  • The 2020 Strategic Playbook For The Food Industry

    Mar 09, 2020
    boardroomFMI and Oliver Wyman’s annual journal publication Boardroom provides a starting point. In fact, volume 5 of the journal is a strategic playbook for the emerging issues a food retailer or supplier should be discussing in their boardrooms—that’s how we arrived at the name. Just look at the breath of topics covered in this year’s journal.
  • It’s Messy, but Worth it: Trial and Error in Food Waste Mitigation

    Mar 05, 2020
    2020 Food Waste Lessons LearnedIn business, trial and error often lead to valuable observations and even successful programs. Trial and error can also be expensive, especially when attempting to shift a cultural norm or make the business case for a new process or philosophy. With the pressure mounting to build more measurable progress on food waste reduction solutions, companies are looking at their current approaches and evaluating a menu of evolving options.
  • What Shoppers Say About Produce Packaging

    Mar 04, 2020
    20171205-FMI-Store Shoot-0379_edShoppers are pushing back on plastic waste, but many consumers do recognize packaging can be important when it comes to product shelf life, food safety, in-store conditions, product information, portability and more. This is particularly true for produce shoppers as we found in our 2020 Power of Produce research.
  • Coronavirus Dual-Preparedness Mode

    Mar 03, 2020
    hand sanitizerI have a bottle of alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol sitting on my desk at work. It’s half-full, and I’ve used it more in the last two weeks than the last two years. I'm also washing my hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. The reports of coronavirus have heightened our awareness regarding personal health and prevention habits, and compounding these challenges, our members also must think about the well-being of their associates, their customers and the overall supply chain as they prepare for a potential public health crisis.
  • Food Industry Leaders Must Learn, Unlearn and Relearn

    Mar 01, 2020
    Omnichannel Supply ChainThe trick to navigating this new landscape is being smart about what you need to learn, what you must unlearn and then what you need to relearn. And the key to effective leadership during this era of evolution is first, knowing the degree to which you need to do each, and second, being prepared to adapt your plan at the drop of a hat on the basis of new intelligence.
  • Current Congressional Rundown of Super Tuesday

    Feb 27, 2020
    Congressional PrimariesWe are just days away from Super Tuesday. Yes, we’re hearing a lot of news about the presidential election but let us not forget that there are 35 Senate seats and 435 House seats up for election, too.