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  • Hy-Vee Sets the Table for National Family Meals Month

    Apr 19, 2019

    Hy-Vee Peanut Butter

    To reach every customer in their stores, Gold Plate Award-winner Hy-Vee provided customers with tips and tools to make mealtime more manageable, and partnered with other organizations to reach customers outside their stores.
  • Cornell University: Requirements for the Future Food Retail Workforce

    Apr 18, 2019
    CornellI recently spoke with two faculty and staff members of Cornell’s FIMP program, Edward McLaughlin, Robert G. Tobin Professor of Marketing, and director of FIMP and Bill Drake, senior extension associate and director, executive education of FIMP and asked them for some insights on the future of the food retail workforce.
  • Blockchain: It’s Not “If” But “When”

    Apr 17, 2019
    blockchainBlockchain is just a way to collect data on the goods that retailers use. The competitive advantage between retailers will be their ability to use that data to transform their business. 
  • Day in Washington 2019: A Time for Education on Capitol Hill

    Apr 16, 2019
    Day_in_Washington_2019_BannerIn just two weeks, FMI will be hosting dozens of its grocery members for its annual Day in Washington fly-in, during which food retail executives will be on Capitol Hill meeting with their members of Congress. 
  • Slice of the Bakery Market

    Apr 15, 2019
    20151208-FMI-038-WEBSlicing into the overall bakery market that racked up $59.7 billion in grocery sales in 2018, there are similar diverging preferences for baked goods of all kinds. The first Power of Bakery report, recently released by Food Marketing Institute and the American Bakers Association, reveals how different drivers are shaping demand for bakery products sold in supermarkets.
  • Photo Friday: International Flare

    Apr 12, 2019
    FMI’s Kudzu Share Group was in Parma, Italy, this week experiencing some international culinary flare, doing store tours, and attending the Cibus Connect Expo. Here are some photos from their trip.
  • Has Food Waste Finally Met Its Match?

    Apr 12, 2019
    Winning on Reducing Food WasteOn Tuesday, the Washington headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hosted a joint event with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to unveil a new strategy to address food waste.  
  • Every Day Community Cornerstones: Celebrate the 2019 Store Manager Awards Finalists

    Apr 11, 2019
    SMA 2019 Logo No longer are these incredibly hardworking individuals just responsible for running brick and mortar operations, they’re running complex, multi-faceted businesses. While navigating the ever-changing needs of consumers online and in-store, they remain consequential cornerstones of their communities. Please meet the 2019 Store Manager Awards finalists.
  • How Does FMI Know the State of the Food Retail Industry?

    Apr 09, 2019
    20151208-FMI-222r-WEBThe first ever The Food Retailing Industry Speaks (Speaks) report appeared in 1949. Seventy years later, this report continues to provide the food retail industry with important benchmarks, facts and figures that are used in our advocacy work on Capitol Hill, in conversations with the media and by our members desiring to make informed business decisions. 
  • Family Meals Newest Spokespeople: Kids!

    Apr 08, 2019
    Festival Foods NFMM For National Family Meals Month™ (NFMM), three-time Gold Plate Award winner Skogen’s Festival Foods took on the challenge that parents face daily: engaging kids.
  • Photo Friday: Proclaim It Family Meals Month

    Apr 05, 2019
    District Fly in raise mittLast week the FMI Foundation attended the House Conference District Director Fly-in, where local district directors gathers on Capitol Hill to hear about national initiatives they can take back to their hometowns.
  • Taking the Relationship to the Next Level: Brand Management for the Millennially Serious

    Apr 04, 2019
    20171205-FMI-Store Shoot-0824_edThe consumer desire for product engagement can also be just as readily identified as a negotiation of the brand relationship; knowing what information to share, when to share it and how to convey it. It is learning the relationship dance steps for the consumer who wants to know what they want to know, when they want to know it and in a way they can understand.
  • We have an EMV, Now What?

    Apr 03, 2019
    Payments TechnologyIt is hard to believe, but October 2019 will mark four years since the card brand-imposed liability shift went into effect, requiring retailers to invest significant time, resources, and capital to accept “chip” cards in their stores. Now that we are mostly over the EMV hurdle, what’s next on the payment’s horizon? 
  • Pharmacy DIR Fee Relief at Last? What Retailers Should Know

    Apr 02, 2019
    FMI-12092014_443-Edit_WEBThe plan advocates for increased transparency throughout the pharmaceutical supply chain, including reforms that would upend the pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) business model, making it harder for PBMs to siphon money away from pharmacies via DIR fees. 
  • Food Retailer or Food Storyteller?

    Apr 01, 2019
    Picture85It has been well substantiated that shoppers today ask more questions about their food than ever before. They want to know its story and are in search of intersections – those places where the details of their food’s story resonate with some aspect of their story, whether it be a shared value, a familiar look, smell or taste, a recognizable point of origin or a fond memory.
  • Photo Friday: FMI At the AWG Innovation Showcase

    Mar 29, 2019
    LGS speaking at AWGWhile exploring innovation and game-changing products, services and solutions showcased at the AWG Innovation Showcase, FMI staff took time to do some local store tours and catch up with some FMI members. Here are some photos from our time in Kansas at the AWG Innovation Showcase. 
  • The Promise of Artificial Intelligence for Food Retail

    Mar 28, 2019

    20171205-FMI-Store Shoot-1061_edAt the recent Annual Meat Conference in Dallas, a roomful of attendees were baffled by what sounded like a simple question: “How often do you interact with artificial intelligence?” The fact is that, increasingly, in our everyday lives we encounter artificial intelligence (AI) tools and don’t even know it.

  • Crashing Tailgate Parties – A Unique Way to Promote More Family Meals

    Mar 27, 2019
    Hy-Vee TailgateEvery September, National Family Meals Month™ is celebrated throughout the US, and in the upper Midwest of America, many families also enjoy meals together at tailgate parties in the parking lots of college and NFL football games throughout the month.
  • “How” Matters As Much as “What” in Produce: Findings from the Power of Produce 2019

    Mar 26, 2019
    20171205-FMI-Store Shoot-0272_edJust as consumers are rethinking fresh produce in their diets as they embrace more plant-based foods, grocers can also take a new look at their merchandising mindset for fresh fruits and vegetables. The opportunity is certainly ripe: the newly-released Power of Produce 2019 report finds that nearly 100 percent of American households buy fresh produce and 97 percent are trying to eat more of it.
  • Key Trends and Products from Natural Products Expo West

    Mar 25, 2019
    World of Chia

    The energy was palpable at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim earlier this month. There was truly a community feel throughout the event. The FMI Emerge team was there to speak with emerging brands wanting to grow their distribution and scale sustainably. Here are some notable trends and themes from Expo West.