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  • How Industry Trends and Technology Will Influence the Future of Physical Stores

    Nov 29, 2017
    MetroMuch like an evolving Metro system, the retail marketplace is witnessing a convergence of new consumer preferences and technologies that are shaping its own landscape.
  • Cooking Classes Support Family Meals

    Nov 28, 2017
    Common Threads Blog PhotoThe grassroots partnership with food retailers is the reason why Common Threads is such an active partner in the FMI Foundation’s National Family Meals Month campaign to encourage families to eat one more meal together every week.
  • Food Retail at a Digital Tipping Point

    Nov 27, 2017
    EcommerceWe recognize that our industry will reach digital maturity and saturation more quickly than other industries that went online earlier, and we’re predicting that the grocery industry will reach $100 billion in online sales by 2025. Digital will reach across age groups and the growth curve will accelerate over the next five years, which will require more experimentation, effectively using stores as laboratories to better understand demand and fulfillment. 
  • Are You Ready for a Trading Partner Conversation Focused on Food Safety?

    Nov 22, 2017
    SQFI at fancy food showConsumers today demand food safety to be in place. So how retailers instill confidence to the consumer that the products they are buying from us are at the safest and highest level quality they can be? This is where the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI) comes in. SQFI manages the SQF program, which is recognized by retailers and foodservice providers around the world as a rigorous, credible food safety management system.
  • Can Consistent Quality Drive Repeat Pork Sales?

    Nov 21, 2017

    20161208-FMI-1213_ed-WEBYou may have heard that the USDA is reviewing, and has opened for public comment, a plan to revise the voluntary pork standards in place today. For the fresh pork industry, this is a monumental shift and it may directly impact retail meat cases across the country. From my perspective, it’s a great opportunity to improve the tasting experience for consumers who purchase pork loin cuts.

  • Keeping Food and Families Safe for Thanksgiving

    Nov 20, 2017
    SafeCookTempMagnetCROPAs food retailers, our highest priority is food safety. We understand the importance of sourcing safe, quality ingredients from vendors and ensuring prepared foods are pathogen free. The holidays offer a special opportunity to share the significance of food safety with our customers. 
  • Photo Friday: FMI Western Regional Legislative Meeting in Newport Beach, California

    Nov 17, 2017
    Photo Friday Western MeetingOn Monday, members and state association partners met in Newport Beach, California at the FMI Western Regional Legislative Meeting.
  • Tax Reform: One Last Legislative Gift Before Year’s End?

    Nov 16, 2017
    Legislative GiftClearly, we’re living in different times these days, but unfortunately our tax code has not evolved to reflect this reality. It is so complex that some tax lawyers make a good living specializing in only one or two specific provisions. 
  • SafeMark®: Nearly 15 Years of Food Safety Retail Training and Counting

    Nov 15, 2017

    Chicken ThermometerFood safety is a very important issue for the success of the retail food industry and finding the training program that meets the unique aspects of the grocery industry is no small task. As the manager for SafeMark®, the only comprehensive food safety training and certification program created BY retailers, FOR retailers, I spend a lot of my time answering questions from trainers in food retail companies looking for a training system that checks off all their needs. Luckily for them, SafeMark® is the perfect fit.

  • A Spoiler Alert on Broiler Issues

    Nov 14, 2017
    Broiler ChickensFood retailers can soon expect being contacted by their friendly neighborhood animal activist regarding concerns with broiler chicken production. Five specific areas of concern will be named. However, as a means of getting retailers to address everything on their wish list, the activist request will be that food retailers adopt/endorse Global Animal Protection (GAP) standards.
  • Grocery Stores Explore More Social Media and Digital Advertising

    Nov 13, 2017
    Social Media and Grocery Stores A couple of years ago, I wrote about how grocery stores used social media with findings from our 2015 Food Retailing Industry Speaks report to make the case that the food retail industry was just beginning to dip their toe in the digital marketing and communications pool. In the 2017 edition of Speaks we again look at the channels grocery stores use for advertising and customer outreach and my how the times have changed!
  • Photo: Heinen's Fine Foods, Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio

    Nov 09, 2017
    Baker - Photo FridayDoug Baker, vice president of private brands, technology, industry relations, joined members of FMI’s Manufacturer Share Group to explore opportunities in food service at Heinen's in Cleveland, Ohio. 
  • Providing Opportunities for Veterans

    Nov 08, 2017
    Veterans DayAs our recently released economic impact analysis emphasized, the supermarket industry is a major employer for U.S. workers, providing almost 5 million jobs across the country. FMI member companies hire workers of varying ages and backgrounds, including veterans of the armed services as well as active members of the military.
  • The Ripple Effect of Kindness

    Nov 07, 2017
    Community Outreach Awards WinnersIn today’s world it is far too easy to miss is the powerful ripple effect caused by one kind act, and no one demonstrates this better than food retailers. 
  • Recasting Disruption As Growth Opportunity

    Nov 06, 2017
    Spider WebIf we continue to characterize all things driving change as disruptors, we paint all change in the darker, more negative hues, suggesting that we view it as something we are being thrust into against our will.
  • Photo Friday: Food Retailers in Italy

    Nov 03, 2017
    Photo Friday ItalyLast month, Matt Grizzard, director of member services, and a handful of food retailers visited northern Italy to see and experience food production from the other side of the world.
  • Food Safety Around The World

    Nov 02, 2017
    SQF GlobalWith the 2017 SQF International Conference right around the corner this is a good time to reflect on the fact that food safety has no borders. In today’s world people are migrating rapidly, requiring more diverse products in their diet, and obtaining their food through a variety of different vehicles. Protecting the supply chain has never been more crucial than it is today, and with regulatory and government rules and regulations increasing, implementing the SQF Program has never been more important to your business.
  • Digital Transformation in the Grocery Industry

    Nov 01, 2017

    ecommerce Shoptalk’s third iteration in March is expected to draw 7,500 attendees, and a number of them will be focused on Grocerytalk, a first-ever event in which the food retailing community can engage with each other on topics as timely as “Disruptive Technologies and Pioneering Brands” and “New Direct-to-Consumer Startups Disrupting CPG and Grocery.”

  • Standing at a Crossroads, Private Brands and RevenueShield®

    Oct 27, 2017

    CrossroadsAs we advised earlier this year in our report, The Power of Private Brands, one of food retail’s most effective strategic competitive tools and primary differentiator is under threat. Understanding disruptive consumer behavior as the competitive battle between food retail channels intensifies is critical to the success of your brand. Private brands effectively build customer loyalty when FMI members find the right balance, combining basic needs for which shoppers will return in combination with innovation and excitement. Finding the right balance requires creativity, experimentation and trial and error. RevenueShield® will protect FMI members as they find the right balance and achieve success for their private brands.

  • Surprise! Shoppers Expect Retailers to Know the Answer to These Questions

    Oct 25, 2017
    20161208-FMI-0361_ed WEBI have found I can usually trust my instincts and intuitions when it comes to knowing what most people think, and when I question my judgment in this regard I tend to rely on my Kentucky roots and the connections I still have there to gauge what conventional thinking outside the Washington Beltway might be. Occasionally, though, I encounter a data point in a study that catches me a bit off-guard. I recently ran face-front into one of those reality-check moments when reviewing this year’s FMI research U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends.