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  • Attracting, Exciting, and Engaging with Families

    Feb 27, 2018
    SpartanNash Family Meals MonthSpartanNash Company stated that their goal for National Family Meals Month™  was to “attract, excite and engage with all of the families that shop in our store and encourage them to eat together at home again during the month of September,” according to Nathan Stock, Regional Wellness Specialist at SpartanNash Company. This is one of the many reasons why they were a Gold Plate Award winner.
  • Traceability Today in a Global Food System

    Feb 27, 2018
    Food traceability_croppedFood traceability is not a goal, but rather a backbone to many goals of the food system and plays a critical role in food safety and protecting our global food supply chain. Beyond food safety, traceability plays a role in achieving food security, sustainability, defense, and protection.
  • Energy Trends Reflecting Today’s Shopper

    Feb 21, 2018
    Lighting in GroceryRetailers are working to create energy-efficient and sustainable shopping environments to not only meet the demand of shoppers, but reduce the burden of operating costs.
  • Top Trends (and My Finds) from the 2018 Fancy Food Winter Show

    Feb 21, 2018
    Mushroom products at Fancy Food ShowLast month I traveled to San Francisco to staff the FMI and SQF food safety attendee information area at the Fancy Food Winter Show. We had a great booth experience with many attendees interested in our food safety accreditation program. In addition to assisting with food safety information, I was able to visit the show and pick up on a few trends to share with you.
  • Store Managers Are All Heart

    Feb 20, 2018
    John Snavely_2In a world where social media, digital ads and the latest apps are all accessible, it becomes a point of differentiation to have quality, meaningful connections with people. That’s where store managers come in. 
  • Midwinter in Retrospect

    Feb 20, 2018
    Midwinter RetrospectFMI’s Midwinter Executive Conference always offers a whirlwind of ideas, experiences, exchanges, and activities, and the 2018 version was no exception.  At Midwinter, so much happens so fast, I find it challenging to take in the significance of what I just heard or saw before I am – of necessity -- scurrying off to the next adventure.  As I look back on the time in Miami, here are just a few of my Midwinter meaningful moments.
  • New Year, New FMI Tool to Access State Legislative Information

    Feb 16, 2018
    Map of USA“Chaotic” seems almost too mild a word to describe the frenetic pace of legislation at the state level. To help prepare for this onslaught of state legislative activity, FMI releases the 50 State Legislative Outlook every January. Like the report, the web tool also previews the upcoming November’s state legislative and governors elections, as well as potential ballot measures that would significantly impact our industry.
  • Tackling the Eating Together Challenge

    Feb 15, 2018
    Liz WeissWe know families appreciate the benefits of eating together—71 percent of parents say that ideally, they would like to eat dinner with their children every single night. Unfortunately, families succeed only half the time. Why do families fail at having meals together, even though they want to?
  • Blockchain for Traceability and Independent Operators

    Feb 15, 2018
    metal chainMost food traceability systems are centralized or distributed. Blockchain allows for a decentralized system. It ensures appropriate visibility for each secure, authenticated and verifiable transaction. By getting everyone on the same page and using the same system, food retailers and suppliers alike will be able to provide a full snapshot of traceability in seconds, rather than days.
  • Hackers and Auditors: A Love Story?

    Feb 14, 2018
    HackersIf there were two professions pulled together by unlikely fate, it’s auditors and hackers. This oft-unmentioned relationship always begins unknowingly, but the thrill of the challenge leads two polar opposite roles down a tumultuous path. A love that could only be described by three C’s: charm, confidence, and code skills.
  • A Valentine for Food Retailers

    Feb 13, 2018
    Valentines Day CardThe greeting card companies are also getting savvier in working with retailers. Along with new product offerings, many have developed innovative displays and have an individualized approach to offering in-store marketing capabilities. This customization includes matching product offerings with the demographics of each store.
  • National Family Meals Month Gains Mentor Power

    Feb 12, 2018
    NFMM Mealtime MentorsThis past September, Skogen’s Festival Foodscelebrated National Family Meals Month™(NFMM) through new and returning avenues. 
  • How to Build a Food Safety Assessment

    Feb 12, 2018
    Exam Creation CycleIn October 2017, our food safety team and some FMI members participated in the SafeMark® Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) Exam Review Workshop with Prometric, a leading testing and assessment authority and FMI’s SafeMark exam provider. It turns out that there is a science and a lot of background work that goes into exam and assessment creation.
  • FMI In the News: Food Marketing Institute Exec Discusses E-Grocery Trends

    Feb 09, 2018
    Multichannel MerchantMark Baum, chief collaboration officer of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) talks with Mike O’Brien of Multichannel Merchant about trends in the dynamic world of e-grocery, including delivery and fulfillment, M&A activity, issues around perishable items and Walmart’s latest patent in the space.
  • Your Health: Paying for It Now or Later

    Feb 08, 2018
    berries and holistic healthYou pay for it now or you pay for it later – that is, when it comes to your health. These are the words from a consumer recently interviewed by IRI for our 2018 Top Trends in Fresh, which point to a struggle that is playing out every day in the food retail environment. Sixty-five percent of consumers indicate that holistic health is important to them this year, and the wellness trend is growing across generations, but they need solutions for how to make their aspirational goals more accessible.
  • Coming Clean About Clean Labeling

    Feb 06, 2018
    clean label consultationOur FMI Private Brand Council singled out the trend in clean eating due to consumer’s yearning for transparency, trust, authenticity and integrity in the food system. Still, we recognize that there are numerous inconsistencies relevant to the clean label phenomenon.
  • How the Role of Store Managers Has Changed

    Feb 05, 2018
    Store Managers RoleWhile the role of a store manager still requires a friendly face and a strong work ethic, just like the evolving marketplace, their duties are being redefined.
  • Setting Our 2018 Food Safety Priorities

    Feb 05, 2018
    2018 Food Safety Priority Initiatives FMI members are on the front lines of food safety. Food safety professionals in our industry interact daily with customers to answer food safety questions, train associates on food safety best practices, and work with local regulators to help ensure the safety of the food we sell. It’s a big responsibility and we rely on those food safety experts who are on the ground, day in, day out, to direct our priorities for the year ahead.
  • Seeking Common Sense Solutions to an Irrational Rule

    Feb 02, 2018
    Menu Labeling VoteI’ve worked with our food retail and wholesale members on a gamut of labeling issues – from nutrition facts to Facts Up Front to bioengineering – but no issue has been more confusing for food retailers than menu labeling, a regulation originally designed for the chain restaurant industry.
  • Photo Friday: Publix Super Markets Recognized for 2017 Food Safety Innovation Award

    Feb 02, 2018
    Publix Super Markets was recognized for receiving the 2017 Food Safety Innovation Award at FMI’s Food Safety Committee meeting held on Friday, January 26 prior to the 2018 Midwinter Executive Conference. Publix was selected by the award selection committee for demonstrating a commitment to advance food safety and maintaining the highest standards for food safety.