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  • Stir It Up! 2019 Delivers Top Awards for Best in Family Meal Fare and Raises $1.2M for the FMI Foundation

    Feb 15, 2019
    Gold MittEach year at the FMI Foundation’s signature fundraising event, Stir It Up!, we replicate the culinary adventures that shoppers can experience every day in food retail stores across the nation. The 2019 Stir It Up! competition winners exemplified these trends, and each category highlights the experiences that customers want out of their grocery store trips.
  • SQF Code Recognized as a Procurement Standard for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games

    Feb 14, 2019
    Tokyo olympics and SQFIThe five Olympic rings aren’t the only thing food retailers will notice at 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo, Japan. The SQF Food Safety Code for Primary Production has been recognized as a procurement standard for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.  
  • FMI Food Safety 2019 Initiatives

    Feb 14, 2019
    Food Safety PrioritiesThe year ended up being a challenging one with a series of devastating foodborne outbreaks to hit retailers and our communities. As the FMI Food Protection Committee (FPC) looked at initiatives for 2019, public health and preventing additional outbreaks was at the top of the list.  
  • Stories of Leadership in Food Retail

    Feb 13, 2019
    Executive Leadership AwardsThe food retail industry is fortunate to have a number of formidable leaders, and during times of uncertainty and transition, there’s nothing more comforting than to have courageous and nurturing leaders at the helm. 
  • Smart Retailers Make It Fresh and Make It an Experience

    Feb 12, 2019
    20171205-FMI-Store Shoot-0249r-LowResSmart retailers realized there is a new and very good reason for shoppers to visit a physical store - the incredible real-time experience that comes with the foods and beverages they enjoy.
  • Let Us Begin to Unpack the Romaine Crisis

    Feb 11, 2019
    FDA Tracking DiagramWhen the government issued a nationwide consumer advisory on all romaine lettuce just days before the biggest food holiday of the year, the operational impact was massive, and the repercussions continue today. Compounding the situation, this was the second consumer advisory to affect Romaine in one year.
  • Finds from the Fancy Food Show San Francisco 2019

    Feb 08, 2019
    Food Horizons at Fancy Food ShowOn the first day of the Fancy Food Show, I read the Show Daily lead story pointing me to highlights of global flavors, cuisines and functional ingredients that the article said I'd find throughout the show. Within minutes, while staring on the New-to-the-Shelf section, I found exactly what the article highlighted with flavors from Africa, Latin America and South Asia. Here are some of my discoveries and takeaways.
  • Store Managers On The Front Line of Food Retail's Changing Landscape

    Feb 07, 2019
    Store Manager AwardsDirector of Talent Development, Kroger Co., Dawn Gilmore shares why store managers are creative and dynamic leaders. 
  • Defense Wins Championships

    Feb 06, 2019
    Tom_Brady_with_Vince_Lombardi_trophyIf there is anything Sunday’s lowest scoring Super Bowl proved it’s that Bear Bryant’s legendary quote, “Offense sells tickets, but defense wins championships,” still stands true in the glitz and glamour of today’s NFL. With that same mentality, FMI is looking forward to another year partnering with National Retail Federation (NRF) to host the PROTECT 2019 conference and further our defense against theft and cyber risk.
  • A Proactive Approach to On-shelf Availability

    Feb 05, 2019
    20161208-FMI-1246r-HRWe know the On-Shelf Availability (OSA) rate, the measure of products that are not available to buy right now, has been stuck at a stubborn eight percent for some time. If that doesn’t sound like much to you, translate it into dollars. If your company records $100 million in annual sales, that’s $8 million you’re leaving on the table.
  • Showtime Becomes Real Time in the New Omnichannel World

    Feb 04, 2019
    StageFor more than 20 years, a store’s operations team has worked all day toward that 4 p.m. “showtime” when they present a fully stocked store to their customers. Only now, many of those click-and-collect orders are coming in during morning hours, leading to out-of-stock (OOS) situations once the crowds arrive or, more typically, the following day.
  • Be the Food Safety MVP this Super Bowl

    Feb 01, 2019
    Food Safety Super BowlThis weekend when you are getting your food line-up strait and preparing for the big game, Don’t Wing It! Make sure you have a food safety game plan.  
  • Surpassing the Expectations of the New Normal

    Jan 31, 2019
    Stage_FMI MON these rapidly changing times, the food retail industry is demonstrating the ability to rise to the challenge. Our enhanced ability to adapt, adopt and evolve is preparing us for the next golden era of food retail, doing what we do, smarter and better. We stand poised to be the Da Vincis and the Michelangelos, leading the emerging renaissance of retail. 
  • Building A Culture of Trust and Transparency in Food Retail

    Jan 30, 2019
    20171205-FMI-Store Shoot-0962r-LowResI love to ask participants to fill in the blank to this sentence, “I trust my grocery store to ______.” For a while, I got responses like “sell safe food,” “be clean” and “have a good assortment of food.” But in recent years, I hear more answers along the lines of “give me product information,” “know where my food comes from,” and “be good to their employees.” 
  • Creating Life-Long Learners in Food Retail

    Jan 29, 2019
    Future Leaders MapMy kids are in college and while they are enjoying their campus experience, they can’t wait to graduate. I tell them all the time that graduation will come and go, but you’ll never stop learning. In today’s fast-pace food retail industry professionals need to be life-long learners—always seeking new skills and fine-tuning their knowledge.
  • Portland State University – The Proving Ground for Retail

    Jan 28, 2019
    PSU ImagePortland State University, home of the Vikings, first established the Center for Retail Leadership (CRL) in the 1990s and around the same time started the Food Industry Leadership Certificate (FILC) in response to industry demand for a pipeline of talent. The Center has evolved as the industry has changed and today prides itself on being the testing ground for innovation in retail. Today’s program is called the Food, Beverage & Goods Leadership Certificate and provides undergraduate students with an educational foundation in the field of food distribution, marketing, and management. 
  • 2019 State Legislative Outlook Ready for Dog-Earing

    Jan 25, 2019
    50 State Map_largeThe 50 State Legislative Outlook report contains a snapshot of budget fitness and anticipated legislative and regulatory actions for each state, and where available, local information is also included.
  • The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard – Top Takeaways for Food Retailers

    Jan 24, 2019
    BE LabelFMI has worked alongside our member companies and our coalition partners throughout the legislative and regulatory process to help establish a national standard for bioengineered (BE) food. On Friday, December 21, 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) released its National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (BE Rule) final rule just before the start of the partial government shutdown. The final rule largely mimics the proposed rule, with slight modifications and clarifications in the final version. A detailed discussion of the final rule is available to FMI members on our National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard Webinar; however, we provide some main takeaways for food retailers.
  • FMI Year in Review from Washington: 2018 Accomplishments and Next Steps

    Jan 23, 2019
    GR Year End ReportWhile we help our members navigate through the effects of the government shutdown and meet with the newly elected members of Congress, we also wanted to look back and highlight the industry’s achievements from 2018 in our recently released 2018 FMI government relations end of year report.
  • Five Things Companies Do Right When Preparing for the Digital Shopper

    Jan 23, 2019
    20171129-FMI-Home Shoot-0574r-LowResA.T. Kearney’s work with clients has shown this 15 percent threshold is when that company’s digital business really begins to accelerate even more quickly, and it doesn’t always do so in a comfortable linear fashion.