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  • As Society Shifts, So Too Does Risk Management

    Feb 01, 2018
    20151208-FMI-614-WEBAt first blush, it would be easy to say that risk management is nothing new to food retail. However, as technology evolves so does the risk management solutions available to supermarkets. Here are some risk management points to consider.
  • The View from Washington

    Jan 31, 2018
    The View from WashingtonFMI recently published its end-of-year report to emphasize the value of our government relations and advocacy successes in 2017. 
  • Saluting our Brave, Resilient Grocery Industry

    Jan 30, 2018
    Disaster VideoSupermarkets always serve as the cornerstones of their communities, but that role is never seen with more clarity than when the community is in peril, a state of emergency. When the neighborhood stands in the direst of need, the grocery store -rising above the circumstances and difficulties, finding the means to meet the human need for sustenance and hope -is frequently the beacon pointing the way out of despair.
  • Photo Friday: FMI and SQF Visit Specialty Food Association’s Fancy Food Show

    Jan 26, 2018
    Bob Garfield and LeAnn ChubbThis week, Robert Garfield, senior vice president, and LeAnn Chuboff, vice president of technical affairs, of the Safe Quality Food Institute presented at Specialty Food Association’s Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, California. 
  • 2018 Midwinter Executive Conference by the Numbers

    Jan 24, 2018
    Midwinter Blue LogoIt’s the middle of winter, which means it’s time again for the food retail industry to gather together and discuss how to better leverage digital trends and consumer demands at the 2018 Midwinter Executive Conference.
  • Understanding the New Food Marketplace

    Jan 23, 2018
    Fork with Technology Cord

    Terms never spoken just a few years ago are now entering the lexicon of those involved with the food industry: Urban agriculture. Vertical farming. Lab-grown meat. Plant based protein. Food-as-a-service. Statistics and forecasts about the future offer multiple explanations for this new vocabulary and emerging trends.

  • What Is a Food Incubator?

    Jan 22, 2018

    egg incubatorA friend of mine is a backyard, urban chicken farmer. She uses a traditional egg incubator to nurture, protect and grown her precious eggs into newborn chicks. Whenever she has tried to leave the eggs to fend for themselves, disaster has struck. Therefore, the preferred way to ensure a flourishing chicken population for my friend’s backyard coop is the use of an incubator. Food incubators offer similar features to emerging food industry companies.

  • The Potential for Artificial Intelligence in Food Retail

    Jan 22, 2018
    Retailer Using Technology in the AisleAccording to a fall 2017 MIT study, 85 percent of executives believe artificial intelligence will transform their companies, but only one in five have done anything to begin incorporating it into their operations.
  • FSMA Compliance Dates Continue to Arrive and FDA Clarifies Certain Provisions

    Jan 17, 2018
    Melon FieldWith the FSMA Produce Safety Rule compliance date later this month, the FDA continues to educate and clarify how they expect the industry to comply with FSMA regulations.On January 4, 2018, the FDA announced their intention to exert discretionary enforcement for certain provisions in four rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This announcement further delays several provisions within Compliance Date Extensions and Clarifications for FSMA Final Rules in order to make the rules practical for implementation and for industry stakeholders to focus on developing the risk-based solutions outlined in the previously published FSMA final rules.
  • Holidays and Grocery Industry: Gifts That Keeps On Giving

    Jan 16, 2018
    Holidays and the grocery industryAsk any food retailer and they will tell you that Thanksgiving through Super Bowl Sunday is their busiest time of the year. It’s true, there are a number of holidays crammed into a short time period between November and early February, but is this season really when food retailers bring in the most business?
  • The Power of Foodservice At Retail: What Comes After Rotisserie Chickens?

    Jan 12, 2018
    FMI-12092014_149_WEBRetail foodservice has experienced robust growth in recent years that many retailers hope to build upon. FMI’s Power of Foodservice at Retail, sponsored by Hussman and The Shelby Report, strives to provide insights as to how to capitalize on this potential opportunity for the industry.  While the report provides a wealth of information about meal planning and execution, buying habits, purchase motivations and preferences, here you will find our top 10 insights. 
  • Strategic Questions for the Last Mile Challenge in the Digitally Engaged Marketplace

    Jan 12, 2018
    Last Mile - Home Delivery That last mile, from the retailer to the consumer - indeed, the most expensive mile - is the puzzle we are working to solve. Throughout the industry, a number of models are being tested and questions are being asked.
  • Food Retail’s Golden Age of Experimentation

    Jan 11, 2018
    Golden Era 1950 TVJust as the Golden Ages of art, literature and even television helped to shape society and stimulate a culture of creativity; this era of digital experimentation will further transform the future of food and enable food retailers to flourish.
  • Next-Generation Loyalty: Get it Right in Food Retailing

    Jan 10, 2018
    20151208-FMI-189r-WEBHaving a loyal customer base is one sure-fire way to effectively compete in today’s ultra-competitive marketplace, but too often loyalty is viewed as a card, program or an initiative. Loyalty is not something you do—loyalty has to be earned, repeatedly and consistently over time.
  • Catfish Is Now Regulated as Meat

    Jan 09, 2018
    catfishHistorically, catfish food safety inspection fell under the responsibility of the FDA (along with all other seafood) until Congress, in the 2008 Farm Bill, directed USDA to develop an inspection process and regulate catfish processing.
  • The Speed of Food Product Recalls

    Jan 08, 2018
    Anatomy of a RecallChange is occurring in our industry at a rapid pace, but one thing hasn’t: food retailers’ commitment to food safety and communicating relevant recall information to their customers wherever – and however – they shop. 
  • Answers to 3 Simple Questions about FMI’s Finance and Administration

    Jan 05, 2018
    Finance 2017The infinitely complex game of baseball can actually be reduced to three simple components; hit the ball, throw the ball and catch the ball. Likewise, finance can be very complicated, but it too can be reduced to the answer to three simple questions: Where does our income come from? What is the money spent on? What does the subsequent bottom line look like?
  • Meeting Members Where They Are

    Jan 04, 2018
    Membership 2017On the road again. This phrase embodies the commitment of FMI staff to meet our members where they operate in order to share FMI programming and to learn what we can do to serve them better. FMI staff wrapped up a successful 2017 with more than 120 in-person member visits.
  • Transparency, Research and A Visit to The Ukraine: Private Brands in 2017

    Jan 03, 2018
    Private Brands 2017The private brands work FMI performed in 2017 focused on transparency, research and exploring lessons learned and opportunities from other countries. While perhaps not as catchy as Julius Caesar’s “Veni, vidi, vici - We came, we saw, we conquered,” there is some truth to the notion that last year, we learned, we got clear, we explored new opportunities.
  • FMI Education Programs Evolve with the Industry

    Jan 03, 2018
    Events and Education 2017In much the same way that shoppers no longer interact with stores as they once did, FMI members want different ways to learn. They seek experiences that will help them master practical tools, exposure to trends with insights they can apply quickly and connections with potential partners and resources that can help them solve challenges. To address these new ways our members consume information, in 2017 we instituted a number of changes to FMI education programs.