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  • Changes at 2020 FMI Midwinter Executive Conference

    Jun 17, 2019
    midwinter changesIt may seem our 2020 FMI Midwinter Executive Conference is far away, but it’ll be upon us before we know it. At FMI, we continue to address the industry’s most pressing issues and the Midwinter Conference allows us to convene, collaborate and innovate. We received some incredible feedback from our recent event – our most well-attended yet!
  • Photo Friday: Wilke’s Grocery Store in Elkader, Iowa

    Jun 14, 2019
    Wilke’s Grocery Store Wilke’s is the fifth oldest grocery store operating in the United states, and recently celebrated 150 years of being in business.
  • Recommendations for Food Retailers and Wholesalers on Sourcing Leafy Greens

    Jun 13, 2019
    Leafy Greens Some things are out of our control, but as a big believer to control what we can, the food and product safety team along with the FMI Food Protection Committee have put together a plan and Recommended Food Safety Practices for Leafy Greens to help you work with your suppliers and know what to ask for when you are purchasing leafy greens. 
  • In Defense of Food

    Jun 12, 2019
    FDPB_image1_Because of the uncertainty of the world we live in, there has been an increase emphasis on food defense to protect the food supply from these intentional acts intended to cause harm. Food and product contamination can occur at any point in the supply chain—from field to table. 
     
  • Cannabis and Hemp and CBD, Oh My! A Breakdown for Food Retailers

    Jun 11, 2019
    CBDWhether you are walking through the aisles of your local supermarket, convenience store, pharmacy or simply perusing a health magazine, you have probably seen an increase in the number of products and advertisements promoting ingredients such as hemp and especially cannabidiols or “CBD.” 
     
     
  • FDA Support of the Product Code Date Label Initiative

    Jun 10, 2019
    20151208-FMI-385-WEB -FMI Preferred LanguageFrank Yiannis, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deputy commissioner of food policy and response, gave FMI’s and GMA’s joint initiative urging industry-wide adoption of standard date-label language a ringing endorsement in his recent letter to the industry, stating the agency’s strong support of food company’s voluntary efforts.
  • A Look at the Future of Food Retail

    Jun 06, 2019
    Jim FruscianteIt’s no surprise that food retail’s organizational chart of the future will look different than it does today. The exciting part of this change is hearing the many visions of how this structural chart will evolve. Jim Frusciante, head of U.S. sales at Kraft Heinz and co-chair of Future Leaders eXperience, shared his outlook on leadership, talent, and what it takes to succeed in food retail.  
     
  • World Food Safety Day: There is No Food Security Without Food Safety

    Jun 05, 2019
    PFSEWorldFoodtitle-1FMI and SQFI support World Food Safety Day because it promotes awareness of the importance of food safety and inspires actions for safer food. We encourage you to participate in World Food Safety Day raise awareness around food safety at all levels and around the world by joining the conversation #WorldFoodSafetyDay and following food safety guidelines every day.
     
  • Celebrating Grocers Doing Good in June

    Jun 04, 2019
    FMI Community Outreach AwardsFMI is moving its Community Outreach Awards program to be celebrated during the summer months. Community programs running from October 1, 2018 – June 1, 2019 will be considered for the 2019 Community Outreach Awards.
     
     
  • A Unique Approach to Celebrate National Family Meals Month

    Jun 03, 2019
    Kellogg Each family has its own unique challenges to achieving a regular family mealtime. The Kellogg Company, a 2018 Gold Plate Award Winner, focused its National Family Meals Month campaign on helping WIC families have one more meal each week.
  • Let BBQ Season Kick-off a Summer of Hot Sales

    May 30, 2019
    Lucas Darnell PitmasterMost adults are grill owners; a substantial 79% of adults currently own a grill and 32% plan to buy a grill in the next year. May traditionally kicks off the grilling season and gives the grocery store plenty of options to cross merchandise products and inspire their shopper to plan get-togethers.
     
  • Photo Friday: FMI Members Visit Salinas, CA

    May 24, 2019
    Members from FMI’s Food Protection Committee along with FMI’s Food Safety and SQFI teams traveled to Salinas, CA to get a better understanding of the current food safety practices of various leafy greens growers and produce processing facilities.
  • Four Takeaways from Future Leaders eXperience

    May 22, 2019
    FMI_FtrLdrsLast week at Future Leaders eXperience, nearly 400 attendees challenged their leadership skills and perception of food retail to bring new strategies to life.Here are a few key takeaways.
  • ShopRite, Coborn’s Market, and Giant Food Students Complete Retail Management Certificate Program

    May 21, 2019
    books-with-graduation-cap-and-diplomaIt’s graduation season, that time of the year when you watch your children and their friends wear the regalia, show some school spirit, eat cake and advance in their journey. It’s a season of transition. Since partnering with the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC) in 2016, FMI is pleased to join with FMI member companies ShopRite (Wakefern)Giant Food, and Coborn’s who are celebrating with their first graduates from the Retail Management Certificate Program (RMCP).  
  • Beyond the Grocery Store: The Need to Protect Confidential Business Data

    May 20, 2019
    card-reader-paymentThe Retail Litigation Center was one of these industry groups to step forward and explain how its members rely on Exemption 4 of the Freedom of Information Act to ensure that the confidential information their members disclose to the government will not be released to the general public. In its amicus brief, the Retail Litigation Center demonstrates the significance of how FMI’s Supreme Court case and its ramifications extend far beyond the retail grocery industry.
  • For Food Retailers Infrastructure Isn’t Just About Reliable Roads

    May 16, 2019
    roadsThis week kicked-off the seventh-annual Infrastructure Week, with hundreds of organizations and companies coming together to stress the importance of a reliable, well-managed national infrastructure. This year’s iteration comes at a particularly opportune time, as the President and Congressional leadership in Washington, DC began talks for a bipartisan approach toward addressing our aging roads, railways, airports and waterways.
  • Three Local Issues Rising to The State Level in 2019

    May 15, 2019
    Plastic BagsA consistent theme we see in the lawmaking process is that absent state preemption, localities often take matters into their own hands when legislation they think is crucial is blocked at the state or federal level. As the wheel of government turns, these policies that local governments dreamed up and incubated in cities and towns then gradually percolate back to the state level as they gain press attention and popularity
  • The Historic Possibilities of the Landmark Supreme Case that Examines the term “Confidential”

    May 14, 2019
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    To date, the Court has decided 19 cases involving the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), cases involving a wide array of FOIA issues and critical procedural concerns. Not one of those cases, however, has involved the interpretation of FOIA’s Exemption 4, which protects “trade secrets and commercial or financial information obtained from a person [that is] privileged or confidential.” That changed recently. On April 22, the Court heard oral arguments in a case that has far-reaching implications for businesses’ confidential commercial information.

  • An Omnichannel “Choose Your Own Adventure” for Food Retailers

    May 13, 2019
    Omnichannel 7 ImperativesFrom a business perspective, this makes sense—you don’t want to be the turtle or the hare in the race—but that doesn’t mean food retailers should ignore omnichannel. On the contrary, they need to be building the infrastructure and organizational scaffolding needed to reach the digital shopper of tomorrow. FMI and Nielsen have been working together for the past three years to better understand what it takes to meet the digital shopper. We’ve outlined seven imperatives that are needed to help a food retail organization obtain omnichannel success.
  • Retail Food Safety Professional – The Wearer of Many Hats

    May 09, 2019
    20171205-FMI-Store Shoot-0689_edIn honor of International Food Professionals’ Day, today we salute the retail food safety professional who works tirelessly to ensure the food sold to customers is safe.