You 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.
Food 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.
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.”
As 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.
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