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  • Center Store Primed for The Digital Shopper

    Jul 25, 2018
    20171129-FMI-Home Shoot-0643_edFood retailers hear a lot about the digital shopper and they spend even more time thinking about how they’ll meet consumers growing demand for streamline shopping experiences from the store aisles to their virtual grocery baskets. As it turns out, center store items remain a prime opportunity for food retailers to engage e-grocery shoppers.
  • Industry-wide Initiatives Are Hard, But That’s What Makes Them Great

    Jul 23, 2018
    The Hard Is What Makes It GreatIndustry-wide voluntary initiatives are tough. It takes time to organize and implement change to get on the same page with partners. Inevitably there are bumps in the road, lessons to be learned and wrinkles to iron out. But the result is worth it—a new system that is efficient, effective and satisfies consumer’s needs.
  • Meeting Food Safety Standards: Not Impossible for Emerging Companies

    Jul 20, 2018

    Fundamentals Manufacturing Caramel - FMI photo tile_mediumAs an emerging brand, you’re almost ready to move your product to the next stage of assembly. You worked hard to guarantee its greatness  and ensure the packaging catches the consumer’s eye. Production is set to ramp up now that you landed the partner who’s providing capital, market access, and the business advice you need. That new potential partner asks a question you think is easy to answer, “Is your product safe?”

  • When It Comes to Private Brands, What Are Shoppers Buying?

    Jul 19, 2018
    20171205-FMI-Store Shoot-1000_edFood retailers increasingly offer a wider variety of private brands options in their stores and are strengthening their private brands value proposition. But it all comes down to which private brands categories shoppers actually purchase. That’s what we examined with IRI in Power of Private Brands: At the Register 2018 report.
  • Top Trends and Our Finds from the 2018 Fancy Food Summer Show

    Jul 18, 2018
    State of the Specialty Food IndustryEarlier this month our team traveled to New York to staff the FMI and SQF food safety attendee information area at the Fancy Food Summer Show. We were excited to talk to companies who might be a good fit in the new FMI Emerge program, a subscription-based service for brands seeking sustainable retail sales growth. The Fundamentals Programs for Food Manufacturing and Primary Producers was also news from our shop. Here what we experienced.
  • Looking to Grow Your Business?

    Jul 17, 2018
    Census Mapping ImageMost Americans know that the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a full count of the U.S. population every 10 years, but few know about the business data they publish. On July 24, FMI will host a webinar that will provide an overview of both the demographic and business data available to food retailers that they can use to get that leg up on the competition. The webinar will provide a live demo of Census Business Builder, an easy to use data tool specifically designed for businesses like yours.     
  • Why This Millennial Mom is Slow to Adopt Online Grocery Shopping

    Jul 16, 2018
    20171205-FMI-Store Shoot-1166_edOn paper, I’m the definition of an online grocery shopper: I’m a millennial mom with a four-month-old daughter; I live in an urban area; and juggle the responsibilities that go with being a working mom. According to FMI’s U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2018 report, 58 percent of millennials with kids occasionally or fairly often shop for groceries online. So, why don’t I fit this trend?
  • Private Brands Drive Engagement Across Generations

    Jul 13, 2018
    20171205-FMI-Store Shoot-0103_edThere are few things in life that span different generations. My kids have never heard of an 8-track tape and my grandkids someday won’t know what a VCR is. That’s the world we live in these days, but it turns out private brands are an exception and have become quite public by raising their profiles with consumers across age segments. More than a third of consumers surveyed in a new report say they have noticed a growing variety of private brand products. These brands influence some 46 percent of consumers in their choice of where they shop.
  • Working Toward a Consistent Way of Sharing Information About Foods Produced with Bioengineering

    Jul 12, 2018
    20161208-FMI-0576_ed WEBWith the support of FMI and many of our members, Congress passed Public Law 114-216 on July 29, 2016, which establishes a national standard that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) can use to put in place a bioengineering (BE) disclosure standard, rather than a confusing and expensive state-by-state approach
  • Driving Home The Benefits of Family Meals

    Jul 11, 2018
    Join The Family Meals MovementAn enormous National Family Meals Month™ movement has grown with an expansive suite of turnkey materials, broad industry awareness, a blossoming list of committed partners, mounting consumer engagement, and most importantly, demonstrated behavior change. See how you can add to the momentum. 
  • Do You Eat Well?

    Jul 10, 2018
    eating wellDid you eat well on July 4th? I am guessing food was a key part of your holiday activities, most likely a traditional barbeque. If I ask - did you “eat well?” How would you answer? Did you have tasty burgers and hot dogs? Did you have a fresh, nutritious salad? I am guessing the answer for many of you is yes to each of these questions. But what were you really thinking about when I asked did you “eat well?” 
  • Five Questions Shoppers Ask About The Food They Buy

    Jul 09, 2018
    20171205-FMI-Store Shoot-0743_edTechnology and digital services can offer a viable solution to the information-hungry customer by providing access to the targeted information they want in the way they prefer to consume it. It’s also a way for grocers to provide transparent information that can be configured according to shoppers’ questions in a convenient, quick, easy and satisfying way.
  • Photo Friday: A Visit To H-E-B

    Jun 29, 2018
    HEB Store TourFood Marketing Institute's President and CEO, Leslie G. Sarasin, and Chief Food and Product Safety Officer, Senior Vice President of Food Safety Programs, Hilary Thesmar, visited Craig Boyan, president of H-E-B, last week.

  • How to Make Retail Foodservice Top of Mind for Meal Solutions

    Jun 28, 2018
    Driving Kids HomeIt’s 5 p.m. on a Wednesday and you’re driving your two kids back from soccer and ballet practice when your wife calls and asks what you want for dinner. What do you think of first? Pizza? Chinese? Leftovers? Questions of health and nutrition start to swirl through your head as you hear your stomach growl.
  • The Inspiration To Keep Everyone Coming To The Table

    Jun 27, 2018
    Family Meals Best PracticesWe all have them, those lists of things we know we SHOULD do, but for some reason we just don’t, or at least not as often as we should. We’ve likely long been convinced these actions are good for us, but if they require extra effort they slip into the “ought, but didn’t” pile when the motivation, inspiration or discipline is lacking.

  • The Food Retail Industry And Community Organizations Want More of What?

    Jun 26, 2018
    Community CollaboratorsEveryone may not agree on what to have for dinner, but we can all agree on one thing: family meals are important. 
  • New Technologies Drive Next-Generation Loyalty

    Jun 25, 2018
    Graeme McVie

    This is not loyalty 1.0 – or even 2.0. Retailer loyalty programs are getting major upgrades in the wake of extreme retail competition and more demanding, tech-savvy consumers.

  • Photo Friday: Prisco's Fine Foods in Aurora, IL

    Jun 22, 2018
    PriscosRecently, Lucas Darnell, FMI's Director of Member Relations and Advocacy (Eastern U.S.) visited with Andy Guzauskas, President and Partner of Prisco's Fine Foods in Aurora, IL.  Prisco's has been a member of FMI since 2000 and has been engaged in FMI through FMI's Share Group program. Prisco's has been serving the Aurora, IL, area since 1926.
  • Solving Consumer Needs Requires Innovation and Relevancy

    Jun 21, 2018
    Chad Petersen Lowes FoodsToday, the industry’s compass needs to be pointed directly on how to solve consumer needs. To do that, the future of grocery will employ technology as a tool to help shopper buy more items.
  • Reversing the Spotlight

    Jun 20, 2018
    Dagmar Farr, FRACDagmar Farr, senior vice president, membership and education, was recently honored at a board meeting of the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) for her many, many years of committed and extraordinary service to the organization as a member of its board of directors.