• Retail Stockpiling: Inventory Taxes, Just-in-Time and Beyond

    Jul 30, 2021
    Stockpiling and Inventory TaxesIn the grocery industry, inventory stockpiling can be an important hedge, but it can also be a costly one. Apart from production issues and supply chain bottlenecks that make securing large quantities of products more challenging for retailers, one important reason grocers don’t typically stockpile large quantities of products is because of the tax implications of doing so. Put simply, big inventories mean big money left on the table.
  • Infographics: A Window into How People Grocery Shop Online

    Jul 29, 2021
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    We continue to dive into insights from 2021 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends and explore online grocery shopping via an infographic series. In our third infographic we look at how consumers grocery shop online. Research finds consumers are experimenting with deliver, pick-up and third-party shopping services.

  • Witnessing the Rise in Retailer Contributions to Health and Well-being

    Jul 28, 2021
    Retailer Contributions to HWThis year’s Retailer Contributions to Health and Well-being report tells the story behind the dramatic increase in food retail health and well-being initiatives over the past two years. In parallel, I can tell my own story as I witnessed firsthand the dramatic growth in programs and enhanced focus on health and well-being, employee wellness, multi-channel outreach, pharmacy services and community engagement. 
  • The New Climate of Food Retail

    Jul 27, 2021
    ESD 2021 Website imageWe have all witnessed large scale changes to the design and layout of our favorite grocery stores since the start of COVID-19. Most of the in-store dining experiences were dismantled, and the salad bars turned into grab-and-go stations for pre-made meals. I noticed myself hurrying through my favorite stores, less willing to linger in front of the freezer aisles trying to pick out my new favorite type of ice cream. Instead, I navigated in-store changes with an eye towards health and safety, instead of my normal slow pace. 
  • Fresh Food Insights in Bite-Sized Portions

    Jul 26, 2021
    fresh forward_smFresh foods at retail is such a big topic — a full meal, if you will — that sometimes it’s easier to understand this subject in bite-sized chunks. All the better if those chunks are available on demand.
  • Can We Get to Zero Food Waste?

    Jul 21, 2021
    Produce on shelvesLast night at dinner, a family friend asked if it was true that around one-third of the food in this country is wasted. It was sobering to say yes. Estimates vary, but approximately 25-40% of food grown, processed and transported in the U.S. will never be consumed. The United States government has set a goal of halving food waste by 2030, spurred on with resources and recognition from NGOs, businesses and industry associations including the Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA), of which FMI is a founding member. The question is, can we really get to a 50% reduction in food waste, or even to the ultimate goal of zero food waste?   
  • Infographics: A Window into Where People Grocery Shop Online

    Jul 20, 2021
    WHERE Trends 2021  Infographic_croppedWe continue to dive into insights from 2021 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends and explore online grocery shopping via an infographic series. In our second infographic we look at where shoppers grocery shop online. When it comes to online grocery shopper, we see a rise in the use of Mass stores among shoppers.  
  • COVID-19 Pandemic: The Grocery Store Was My Reprieve

    Jul 19, 2021
    grocery shopping in personFor me, the trip to the grocery store was the only “normalcy” I experienced. While I had friends and family that moved their entire grocery experience online, I held on to the in-store trip like it was a lifeline.
  • Infographic: A Window into Who is Grocery Shopping Online

    Jul 14, 2021
    WHO infographic_V2_croppedOver the coming weeks, we’ll dive into insights from 2021 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends and explore online grocery shopping via an infographic series. First, we look at who is grocery shopping online. The number of online grocery shoppers grew during the COVID-19 pandemic and includes newcomers across generations.  
  • The Most Powerful Tool in the Kitchen

    Jul 13, 2021
    Thermometer_croppedA sanitized and calibrated food thermometer is arguably the most powerful tool in the kitchen because of its ability to reliably verify a product’s safety against pathogenic bacteria.
  • How Food Industry Leaders Learn Virtually

    Jul 12, 2021
    Future Leaders Virtual This past year and a half brought differences in all aspects of life, including education. But these differences have brought opportunities to become stronger. Our summer intern had his college curriculum go virtual, and there are benefits to this model that remain true. For example, he shared how virtual learning rebuilt his work ethic, and established connections between peers. FMI’s Future Leaders eXperience has used this different environment to our advantage and we continue to improve our virtual playing field.
  • Race Matters on the Food Aisle

    Jul 09, 2021
    Social Issues in FoodFMI’s consumer trends paint the portrait of an American public emerging from the pandemic fog with a heightened sensitivity to social justice issues – especially as they apply to food. Whether that gets manifested in a commitment to waste less food, a promise to eat healthier, a pact to support fair labor practices, or a pledge to pay more attention to the social implications of food choices; the past 16 months of COVID-19 influenced living has fertilized the social justice consciousness of today’s grocery shopper.
  • Plant-Based: Practical, Personal and Popular

    Jul 07, 2021
    Image of Grocery Shopper ProduceOur recent U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2021 report indicates that 48% of people claim to follow at least one dietary approach to eating for better health with plant-based among the most popular (10%).
  • My Grocery Shopping Habits Are Starting To Resemble My Mother’s

    Jul 06, 2021
    cookingI could be classified as either a Millennial or Gen X based on my birthday, but my habits tend to be a mix of both generations. My mom is a Baby Boomer. Therefore, you would think we would have very different habits—especially when grocery shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic—but it turns out these days we’re becoming more alike.
  • Unconventional Grilling is Hot this Summer

    Jul 02, 2021
    grill imageThe Independence Day holiday conjures up all the senses associated with fire – the summer heat, the warmth of family and community gatherings, the smell of fireworks, and the permeating aroma of meat on the outdoor grill.
  • Lessons Learned: How to Strengthen the Supply Chain against Future Crises

    Jul 01, 2021
    iStock-108683811_webFMI sprung at the chance to provide thorough feedback on behalf of the industry. Food retailers and wholesalers have been uniquely positioned during much of the pandemic, particularly as part of what became known as “critical infrastructure.”
  • Permission to Innovate? Consumer-Centric Private Brand Strategies

    Jun 30, 2021
    shutterstock_1382315081_webFor the last several years, we have been hearing private brand acceptance is at an all-time high. And for only the second time in history, the first being the great recession, consumer trial of private brands hit record highs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Consumer trust is strong and growing.
  • COVID-19 Shines a Spotlight on the Importance of Preserving Local Pharmacies

    Jun 25, 2021
    pharmacy on Capitol HillDespite their essential role in serving communities, pharmacies nationwide continue to be threatened by hidden “clawback” fees charged by drug middlemen that are both shuttering pharmacies and costing patients more at the pharmacy counter. 
  • Charting a Path Forward for the Food Industry

    Jun 24, 2021
    LGS Midsummer PresentationAs the food industry takes the important initial steps of learning from, building on, and moving beyond the novel challenges and circumstances COVID-19 has presented, FMI believes it is crucial that trading partners undertake a candid sharing of their unique perspectives and experiences.
  • The Power of Health and Well-being… More Powerful Than Ever

    Jun 18, 2021
    power of health and well-being 2021_smThis year’s Power of Health and Well-being in the Food Industry 2021 report provides a roadmap to the new health and well-being landscape from the food industry perspective, sharing insights on everything from consumer trends to transparency imperatives to retailer initiatives.