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  • Photo Friday: FMI at NRF Protect 2018

    Jun 15, 2018
    NRF Protect Opening Session
    FMI was pleased to partner with the National Retail Federation to bring food retailers to NRF PROTECT 2018 this week. Here’s a collection of photos from the event.
  • Transparency and Social Alignment: Two Top Trends in Fresh That Are Paying Off

    Jun 14, 2018
    20161208-FMI-1172_ed-WEBAs I walk around the perimeter of the grocery store today, two big trends are paying off. One is transparency—the shopper’s desire to know more about where their food comes from and how it was made. The second is social and cultural alignment, or a company’s ability to grow sales by integrating consumer motivations and values that impact sales. These are two of the Top Trends in Fresh identified in our research conducted with IRI that are reshaping the shopper’s fresh food experience.
  • Leadership Disruption: Discussions With CEO Update

    Jun 13, 2018
    CEO UpdateCEO Update Live recently hosted a panel of association CEOs addressing the topic of leadership disruption, with FMI President and CEO Leslie Sarasin among the contributing panelists. The following is an excerpt of the questions posed by moderator Mark Graham, Managing Director of CEO Update,along with Leslie Sarasin’s responses. 
  • Serving Up Health and Wellness in the Fresh Department

    Jun 12, 2018
    Health and Wellness and FreshLike cheese and wine, peanut butter and jelly, and fish and chips, consumers pair health and wellness with fresh foods.
  • What Do We Know About The Meal Kit Consumer?

    Jun 11, 2018
    Meal Kits at RetailAccording to the Power of Foodservice at Retail 2018 report, awareness of meal kits is high (86 percent), but only 22 percent of shoppers have actually used meal kits. According to Nielsen, the opportunity for meal kids is large with more than 30 million households saying they would consider trying a meal kit in the next six months and 10.5 million households already purchasing meal kits.
  • A Model Collaboration to Address a Significant Public Health Problem Ends with Some Major Wins

    Jun 08, 2018
    NorovirusFood and food handlers have been linked to a number of Norovirus outbreaks over the past decades. In fact, food handlers infected with Norovirus are responsible for 70% of reported Norovirus outbreaks from contaminated food (CDC). 
  • It’s Time for Food Retailers to Take the Lead on Card Security

    Jun 07, 2018
    Secure Payments Partnership LogoHere is what we do know; on its current trajectory U.S. payment fraud is expected to reach a whopping $14.41 billion by 2025, and as a country we are lagging behind our competitors. American consumers, retailers, financial institutions and our economy all deserve better. With that in mind, the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) was joined by other retail trade associations, debit processing networks and individual retailers to launch the Secure Payments Partnership (SPP), designed to advance sound policies that drive state-of-the-art technologies, competition, and collaboration to ensure the U.S. payments system becomes the global gold standard. 
  • Why Are Established Brands Creating Investment Vehicles and Incubators?

    Jun 06, 2018

    artisanal brandsThe well-established companies know why they need to be on constant lookout for the next winning product: Consumer tastes and interests are quickly shifting towards higher quality, more unique and in some cases artisanal food solutions; new categories, like natural and organic foods, are surging; fresh versions of highly processed packaged foods are getting traction; while traditional CPGs struggle to keep up with changing consumer demands. But why the desire to search so far afield for emerging brands rather than take their development in-house? 

  • It’s About Food – But Also Disruptive Business Models

    Jun 05, 2018
    20171129-FMI-Home Shoot-0637_edFood, beverage, and related product preferences are still the key draw, but today a company’s business model also figures into consumer purchase decisions. That’s because grocery business models are being reinvented in ways that provide specific benefits to customers.
  • Oh, The Places Our Products Will Go

    Jun 04, 2018
    oh the places we'll goI’m feeling like the proud parent of a grad (again) because FMI recently launched a subscription-based online community for emerging food and beverage brands that will offer education, mentoring, nurturing and access to investors. It’s called FMI Emerge,and these brands have unique stories and values to share with your shoppers.
  • You’re Invited to Celebrate National Family Meals Month™

    May 31, 2018
    Best PracticesHave you ever felt like you missed out on the party?  If you haven’t been participating in National Family Meals Month™ in September, a growing movement in food retail, you have been missing the party!  
  • Information the Way It Should Be

    May 30, 2018

    SmartLabelOur fascination with data has swiftly moved from a mere attraction to a determined expectation. Technology’s gift of speedy access to the facts and figures we want touches every aspect of our lives – including what we expect to know about the food we buy, cook and eat. 


  • From 1950 to 2010: How The Grocery Industry Has Changed

    May 29, 2018
    Bergs Supermarket circa 1950Speaks serves as a historical record of what is occurring in the food retail industry at any given time. As we complete data collection for the 2018 Speaks survey (responses due by May 31), I took a visit through the FMI archives to review the Speaks reports over the past almost seven decades. They tell an interesting story about what was happening in the industry and in America.
  • It’s BBQ Season! Light Up the Grill!

    May 24, 2018
    Lucas Darnell FMI Resident PitmasterGrilling displays are popping up in stores all across the country, and for good reason. The grocery industry is positioned to win the grilling basket throughout the entire year. Barbecue cuts of meat are growing 10 times faster than the total fresh meat category as a whole. 
  • NAFTA Saved You $3.09 on Today’s Purchases

    May 23, 2018
    Grilling SeasonFor many of us, it is hard to appreciate the role this free trade agreement plays in making our lives better; after all, we don’t get a receipt that says “NAFTA saved you $3.09 on today’s purchases” in the way we do for membership in store clubs or the use of coupons.  But the ripples are still there – and they make grilling season a little easier and more affordable for many Americans.
  • 5 Ways to Engage with Customers on Food Safety

    May 22, 2018
    20161208-FMI-0505r-WEBMemorial Day weekend signals that summer is here and the grilling season has officially started. This week families will head to their local grocery store or place a special online order to stock up on this season’s cookout supplies, and food retailers can take this opportunity to remind customers that a delicious and healthy barbeque begins with the basic food safety practices in order to prevent foodborne illness. To help retailers support these grill masters in preparing a safe and healthy meal, the Partnership for Food Safety Education offers a number of consumer education resources for retailers to connect with their customers on food safety.
  • Shaping the Future of Couponing

    May 21, 2018
    20171205-FMI-Store Shoot-1057_edAccording to U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2017 report, 52 percent of shoppers now use digital coupons while at the grocery store. That number increases to 68 percent of shoppers from households with kids indicating the convenience factor of digital coupons is gaining strength.
  • Technology Reinvents Retail − From Supply Chain to Store Shelves

    May 18, 2018
    Annette Franke Kroger on technology in food retailIn today’s food retail environment, emerging technologies − from blockchain to Internet of Things (IoT) − are beginning to produce clear gains. Retailers are leveraging new technologies to enhance aspects including supply chain, food safety, and customer experience.
  • Three Tools for Independent Retailers on Ecommerce

    May 17, 2018
    20171129-FMI-Home Shoot-0078r-LowResFor the past two years, FMI has been engaging our members in assessing their ecommerce capabilities and the digitally engaged food shopper. This has been a big topic of interest, in particular, to FMI’s independent retail members as they look to stay on the cutting edge of food retail. Here are three FMI tools on ecommerce that independent operators should pay close attention to.
  • How Everything We Know About Consumers is Being Flipped And What That Means For Leadership

    May 16, 2018
    Flipping Iceberg of Consumer DemandsThere is no doubt that there is a primal shift within the food industry with consumer reality that is changing the way we do business and revising industry leadership needs.