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  • Photo Friday: National Family Meals Month™ Featured in Times Square

    Sep 07, 2018
    MORE-MATTERS-FAMILY-MEALS-MONTHTo kick off the fourth annual National Family Meals Month™, this new infographic with the message "More Matters at the Table and On Your Plate" appeared in Times Square on September 4. This represents a unique collaboration to combine the September celebrations of FMI Foundation's National Family Meals Month and Produce for Better Health's Fruit and Veggies- More Matters Month – a winning combination. 
  • Advice from a Retailer: Six Common Pitfalls for Emerging Brands to Avoid

    Sep 06, 2018
    QFC ImageIntroducing a new brand to the marketplace can be equal parts excitement and frustration. Joshua Dooley of QFC/Kroger shares his insights and advice on six common pitfalls for emerging brands that can make the difference between flourishing and vanishing. Joshua is one of many retailers and mentors who support the FMI Emerge community.
     
  • Rediscover the Value of GM-HBC

    Sep 05, 2018
    20161208-FMI-0458_ed-WEBShoppers enjoy the discovery process. We feel like everyday heroes when we bring home a new product or experiment with a new recipe for a family meal. Arguably, for food retailers, translating this same consumer experience to toothpaste or light bulbs doesn’t offer as much creative license. General merchandise and health and beauty care (GM/HBC) items often feel like an afterthought in the traditional in-store experience and are slowly losing share to other channels. So, should a traditional food retailer phase out GM/HBC items or is there hope for this category? Based on some new analysis, I believe it’s the latter.
  • Kids or No Kids: How Millennials Are Grocery Shopping

    Sep 04, 2018
    20171205-FMI-Store Shoot-0960r-LowResWe decided to look at the U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends2018 findings on Millennials verses Millennials with kids and see not only if our personal habits match the trends, but also how closely in-line our habits are to each other.
     
  • FMI Kicks-Off National Family Meals Month™

    Aug 31, 2018
    NFMM Staff Kick-OffFMI and AFFI staff kick off the fourth annual National Family Meals Month with a staff family potluck luncheon.
  • A Standard of Identity Crisis

    Aug 30, 2018
    Milk ProductsThis transient nature of vocabulary – where words can shift and take on additional definitions or shades of meaning -- is becoming a significant issue in the world of food retail.
     
  • Technology, Loyalty and Millennials

    Aug 29, 2018
    FMI-12092014_393_e_WEBMillennials continue to lead the way online in using the same-day and next-day delivery models but also in subscribing to meal kits and in taking advantage of online touchpoints for food service takeout or delivery. 
     
  • Eating and Shopping Well — An Independent Operator Experience

    Aug 28, 2018
    20171205-FMI-Store Shoot-0180_edFood retailers, particularly independent operators, are uniquely positioned to be a resource in helping shoppers eat well by offering knowledge, support, inspiration and advice.
     
  • Partnerships Provide Family Meal Month Momentum

    Aug 27, 2018
    NFMMStateProclaminationsThe movement is gaining momentum, and our country’s elected officials are joining the party, thanks to the efforts of FMI members and state grocery and retail associations. 
     
  • Photo Friday: National Family Meals Month™ Visits FMI's State Issues Retreat

    Aug 24, 2018
    StateIssuesNFMMThis year at FMI’s State Issues Retreat, participants celebrated National Family Meals Month™ by enjoying dinner together as a family! Mitty, the National Family Meals Month spokesmitt, made an appearance and celebrated with the group that included state associations, members and elected officials who support the grocery industry everyday. 
  • Eating Healthy: The Intersection of Consumer and Regulatory Trends

    Aug 23, 2018
    Eating Well and Regulatory Trends While many eaters have contrasting views on what exactly they mean when they “eat well,” food retailers across the country continue to implement new programs and abide by new standards that help the industry’s and consumers’ goals of promoting healthy eating. 
     
  • Eating Well Today: What It Means To Consumers

    Aug 22, 2018
    Trends Eating Well Word CloudIn the not-so-distant past, eating well entailed consuming enough sustenance to survive. More recently, it has meant fulfilling personal health and nutrition needs. 
     
  • Ready for Some Good News?

    Aug 20, 2018
    20161208-FMI-0378r-WEBWe can all use some good news and if you are a traditional food retailer, the 2018 edition of FMI’s U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends has some.
  • Photo Friday: A Lesson In Affinage with Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

    Aug 17, 2018
    PhotoFriday WegmansSusan Borra, RD, chief health and wellness officer, Food Marketing Institute and executive director of the FMI Foundation, joins Wegmans' consumer affairs and nutrition team for a lesson in Affinage that included a cheese tasting in Rochester, New York.
  • The Symbiotic Relationship Between Eating Well And Shopping Well

    Aug 17, 2018
    20171129-FMI-Home Shoot-0477_edWe all want to eat well, but the concept means different things to different people. For some, eating well is all about the taste of the food; for others, it means consuming products of high nutritional value; and still for a growing number, eating well means knowing the food was sustainably and ethically produced. For most it is a fluctuating combination of all these factors. While the nuances of eating well may significantly vary with the individual, there is one universal truth for all aspiring to eat well. To eat well, one must first shop well; and we all need assistance in both endeavors.
  • Predicting the Transformation of Brick and Mortar Stores

    Aug 16, 2018
    Technology in Grocery StoresThe influential gamut of emerging in-store technologies captures the eyes of food retail idealists and realists alike. 
     
  • The 10,000 Mile FMI Food Safety Summer Tour

    Aug 14, 2018
    Food Safety TourAs I reflect on my 10,640-mile, three-month journey, I realized that food retailers play a crucial global leadership role to advance food safety knowledge. Attending these events not only expanded my knowledge of technical food safety content, but I also gained valuable insights from a diverse professional community, to support all FPC initiatives. 
  • Digital Relationships Forge Engagement with Shoppers

    Aug 13, 2018
    Johnson Fam SmartLabel VideoInfluencers – humans and animals –live in a digital world where they have a strong consumer following based on lifestyle, humor, advice or even culinary skills. There are tiers among influencers; celebrities hold their own, but they can also embody everyday heroes who might give us a simple idea for how to make my avocado toast not so “basic,” for instance. They impart tangible skills or even encourage social or political movements. Like or dislike the concept, PR professionals have found a way to leverage influencers in campaigns that align with their clients’ brand values and create virtual experiences for their potential customers. At the heart of it, these influencers are lifestyle coaches.
  • Brick and Mortar is Alive and Well

    Aug 10, 2018
    20161208-FMI-0873r-WEBAccording to FMI’s U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2018report, brick and mortar grocery stores, the signature channel in the food industry, have stabilize their status despite consumers’ use of other channels. Trends claims, “Consumers do shop across channels and banners, but still recognize the supermarket’s central role in meeting and defining their grocery shopping needs.”
  • A Sneak Peak of FreshForward

    Aug 09, 2018
    20171205-FMI-Store Shoot-0372r-LowResI’m in event planning mode. Our totally new and unique event FreshForward is coming up in just about a month and I’m very excited for the experience. Speakers are getting confirmed, sponsors or coming in and retailers are making travel arrangements. But, amid all the excitement, I wanted to take the time to properly introduce and explain FreshForward and give folks a sneak peak of what to expect. I could think of no one better to help me with this than my old friend, Barb Renner, vice chairman and U.S. consumer products leader with Deloitte.