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  • Making the Connection with Storytelling

    May 24, 2017
    Storytelling in GovernmentIn any organization, the power of storytelling transcends not only audiences but departments. It’s an effective communication tool that connects individuals to one another through the opportunity to frame relatable experiences.  
  • Get To Know the Organic Food Shopper

    May 23, 2017
    Research findings help form an organic shopper persona that can be important to your business strategy.I’ve combed through our recent research reports on fresh foods and pulled out some of the topline findings around organic for some specific departments. These findings help form an organic shopper persona that can be important to your business strategy. I’d encourage you to download the full reports for greater insight and see our other industry research for consumer and operations insights.
  • Nurturing a $127 Billion Business Opportunity in Specialty Food

    May 22, 2017
    A 2017 report by the Specialty Food Association (SFA) indicates that the specialty food category represents $127 billion, up 15 percent since 2014.  Specialty foods are outpacing their non-specialty counterparts in nearly every category. And consistent with current trends, categories aligned with health and wellness and fresh are growing fastest.
  • Add Value to Your Brand with the SQF Food Retail Code

    May 19, 2017
    SQF Retail Food CodeShoppers maintain a high degree of trust and confidence in their grocery store to keep food safe. According FMI’s 2016 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends, nearly 9 in 10 shoppers having confidence in the safety of food at the grocery store. With trust comes responsibility--the responsibility to protect your customer and your brand.
  • The Benefit of Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

    May 18, 2017
    SteinWhether it’s making a career change, pitching a new idea, or implementing a new program, there are times in our careers where we take a leap of faith. As professionals, we seem to learn the most at the crossroads of success and failure, and discover the strength of our determination and resilience.
  • Watching Your Language

    May 17, 2017
    Watching Your Language There is another area in which the challenge to “watch our language” has relevance for the industry.  Again, this is an area of focus for this year’s Trends research. As I share our 2017 Trends findings with the Future Leaders of our industry, I especially look forward to engaging them on the not-so-transparent topic of transparency.
  • Grocers in Government: Why Advocacy is a Key Ingredient for Successful Business

    May 17, 2017
    DayinWashington2017At the beginning of May, representatives from the grocery industry visited the nation’s capital for our annual supermarket Day in Washington fly-in, which is held in partnership with the National Grocers Association and Food Industry Association Executives. Grocers met with more than 230 congressional offices during an especially timely period in Washington. While a grocer’s day-to-day agenda is ever-changing, debit reform and tax reform were the top issues that members discussed with legislators.
  • Drive Assurances and Efficiencies from Farm to Table

    May 12, 2017
    C Tech EventI joined attendees from various industries last week at the U.S. Chamber Technology Engagement Center (C_TEC) and its new TecExec Series discussing the role of technology in agriculture, retail and the grocery industry. 
  • FMI Foundation Will Fund a Study to Identify Allergen Labeling Best Practices

    May 12, 2017
    20151208-FMI-141-WEBFMI has united with retailers, industry experts, and suppliers to help reduce the rate of allergen recalls. The Center for Retail Food Safety and Defense, in conjunction with the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI), will coordinate best allergen labeling practices with a grant from the FMI Foundation to improve customer safety.
  • Drumroll: The 2017 FMI Store Manager Award Finalists

    May 11, 2017
    2017 Store Manager Award FinalistsIt’s this commitment to people, community and financial dexterity that we celebrate annually as the FMI Store Manager Award. It’s my pleasure and honor to announce our 11 finalists, four of whom will be named winners of the 2017 award in June. 
  • Want to Reach Peak Performance in your Career? Be Adaptable.

    May 11, 2017
    AdaptableWhen faced with professional challenges, I admit I sometimes have self-doubt even at this stage in my career, but a strong support network often helps me rediscover my confidence. There’s power in positive reinforcement – oftentimes it’s the words from colleagues or outside influencers who help me avoid falling victim to the voices in my head.
  • Investing in Talent

    May 10, 2017
    20161208-FMI-1089_ed WEBAs industry leaders, you face enormous challenges, and next to the financial burdens associated with running your businesses effectively and efficiently, you tell us that providing health care to your employees is paramount. The second-biggest anxiety among food retailers that’s expected to dominate attention remains the job market.
  • Soda Taxes: Coming to a City Near You?

    May 09, 2017
    FMI-12092014_489_WEBIf you live near Chicago, Philadelphia, Santa Fe, Seattle, or in Northern California, you’ve probably heard a lot about soda or “sugar-sweetened beverage” taxes recently. If not, pay attention, since efforts to tax these items are a growing trend FMI has identified at the state and local level.
  • Power of Strategic Storytelling in Food Retail

    May 09, 2017
    Joe Sheridan, Wakefern Food Corp.Today, exceptional leadership and successful businesses depend on the ability to tell a story that compels organizations forward and harnesses the authentic connection between a brand and a customer. Strategic storytelling transcends company narratives and has become a powerful skill that can better frame an individual’s experiences and knowledge to others.
  • Shrink is a $45.2 Billion Problem

    May 05, 2017
    The impact of SHRINKThe 2016 National Retail Security Survey, conducted in collaboration by the National Retail Federation and the University of Florida, is a great snapshot into the environment for asset protection. Last year’s report revealed that retailers’ inventory shrink averaged 1.38 percent of retail sales, or $45.2 billion in 2015, up by $1.2 billion from 2014.
  • The Story of Festival Foods’ Family Meals Month Success

    May 04, 2017
    Skogen's Festival FoodsAlthough we believe family meal time should be emphasized every month, we celebrate family meals each September. To help you prepare for this September, I’d like to highlight the activities of one of our 2016 Gold Plate Award winners, Festival Foods.
  • FMI In the News: Congress should stand with Main Street, not Wall Street

    May 03, 2017
    The following opinion piece by Leslie Sarasin, president and CEO of Food Marketing Institute and Peter Larkin, president and CEO of National Grocers Association appeared in The Hill
  • Foster Peak Performance in the Food Retail Industry

    May 03, 2017
    Future Leaders with Doug BakerAs an industry, we rely on measuring peak performance through the traditional means of productivity, tactics, and sales, but what if you could reach peak performance in employees through providing a variety of professional and personal experiences, and cultivating a workplace that encourages and emboldens others?
  • Photo Friday: Congressional Happenings on the West Coast with Northgate Gonzalez Market

    Apr 28, 2017
    Northgate GonzalezThe Food Marketing Institute (FMI) helped Northgate Gonzalez Market host Congressman Tony Cardenas (D-CA) on April 13 at store #24 in Norwalk, CA, where they showcased the mercado concept and talked through some of the more pressing issues impacting the supermarket industry, such as FDA menu labeling, “swipe” fees, and WIC licensing. 
  • Connecting with the Shopper to Crack Omnichannel Retailing

    Apr 28, 2017
    20161208-FMI-0633_ed-WEBThe demands on food retailing executives involved with information technology, e-commerce and marketing have never been greater, so how does a company make omnichannel retailing a vital part of its business plan?