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  • Connecting Family Meals with Health and Wellness

    Mar 14, 2018
    Kroger PictureThe Kroger Co., a 2017 Gold Plate Award winner, focused their National Family Meals Month™ campaign on this natural connection between family meals and health and wellness. Kroger Health’s mission is to "help people live healthier lives, and one of the main ways we do that is through connecting our customers to the expertise of our registered dietitians in the aisles where food decisions are made.”
  • Health and Wellness is celebrated in March with National Nutrition Month and National Dietitian Nutrition Day

    Mar 14, 2018
    20171205-FMI-Store Shoot-0655_edNot only is March National Nutrition Month, but today is National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day, and FMI would once again like to celebrate registered dietitians in the food retail industry and highlight our resident Dietitians at FMI.
  • SNAP: A Private/Public Partnership That Works

    Mar 14, 2018
    20171205-FMI-Store Shoot-1188_edOne area in which the supermarket industry invests specifically in the communities it serves is USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The supermarket industry is the proud private sector partner with the federal government by serving as the distribution point for SNAP food benefits to millions of food insecure households across the country. 
  • Standard Menu Labeling Signage for Commonly Sold Items

    Mar 12, 2018
    20171205-FMI-Store Shoot-0432_edThe food retail industry has long supported transparency, and works hard to provide customers with the information they want in order to make informed purchasing decisions. As such, we have also received feedback from members who are not covered by the menu labeling rule (i.e., who do not meet the above criteria), but are still interested in finding efficient ways to provide calorie information to their customers.
  • Creating Agility in Today’s Supply Chain

    Mar 12, 2018
    Data - Supply ChainAt the end of any well-executed grocery supply chain is a satisfied consumer. However, as we witness an era of unprecedented change in food retail, supply chains must become more agile to keep today’s consumer satisfied
  • How Wholesale Grocers Can Leverage Multiple Brands to Celebrate National Family Meals Month

    Mar 08, 2018
    AWG NFMMAssociated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. (AWG) participated in National Family Meals Month™ (NFMM) for the past few years primarily utilizing its Best Choice brand. This year, AWG’s Grocers’ promoted (NFMM) through all of their brands (Best ChoiceClearly OrganicSuperior Selections, and Always Save), with a goal of educating consumers and employees about family meals and increasing engagement with the brands’ websites and social media. 
  • Meat Matters in More Ways Now Than Ever

    Mar 08, 2018
    Meat Conference 2018Last week while attending the Annual Meat Conference, my colleagues told me that I should be ready to be impressed by the industry and its people.  And, I was!  Every session provided insights and opened my eyes to the breadth and depth of meat in the food retail industry and beyond.  What I learned is that meat is everywhere and it is expanding its reach.  
  • New Synergies in the Food Association World

    Mar 06, 2018
    LGS AFFIIn a break with tradition, AFFI President Alison Boder and I agreed that an interview format might be a more interesting way to discuss the “State of Food Retail and What It Means for Frozen,” so she interviewed me on stage.
  • The Significance of Primary Elections in 2018

    Mar 06, 2018
    The-Primaries-Matter-Poster_croppedWith 435 U.S. House seats up for re-election this November, Texas’ primary is just the beginning of the 2018 Midterms. According to election analyst Charlie Cook, only 72 of those 435 seats are “swing districts”- meaning electoral analysis shows they do not have strong potential to favor one political party. 
  • 7 Strategies for Foodservice at Retail Success

    Mar 05, 2018
    20171205-FMI-Store Shoot-0519_edThe home-cooked meal has been the heart of food retail for generations. Yet for many busy families, such meals are not always realistic. A recent FMI study, Power of Foodservice at Retail, finds the average household foregoes a home-cooked dinner about two times a week. That means they either opt to go out to a restaurant, pick-up something to take home or have a meal delivered. Food retailers recognize this trend and responded to a 3.6 percent dollar growth in foodservice by allocating additional space and more staff resources.
  • The New Meat Opportunities

    Mar 01, 2018
    Power of Meat 2018For the past three days, we’ve been surrounded by meat at the annual Meat Conferencehosted by FMI and North American Meat Institute in Nashville. As we talked to retail and supplier attendees, we heard a lot of discussion about the direction the meat/poultry industry is taking to match consumer needs. The culmination of the conference was the presentation of the annual Power of Meat 2018 survey, which shows that most U.S. shoppers lack knowledgeable about meat and poultry—including preparation, nutrition information quality standards, etc. But this lack of knowledge can be turned into opportunities for food retailers.
  • Emerging Technologies Transforming the Supply Chain: A Supply Chain Disruptor and Transformer

    Feb 28, 2018
    Supply Chain TechnologyAs advances in technology continue to disrupt the norm, more industry leaders look toward emerging technologies as solution providers for the diverse challenges existing in trading partners’ business practices.
  • Attracting, Exciting, and Engaging with Families

    Feb 27, 2018
    SpartanNash Family Meals MonthSpartanNash Company stated that their goal for National Family Meals Month™  was to “attract, excite and engage with all of the families that shop in our store and encourage them to eat together at home again during the month of September,” according to Nathan Stock, Regional Wellness Specialist at SpartanNash Company. This is one of the many reasons why they were a Gold Plate Award winner.
  • Traceability Today in a Global Food System

    Feb 27, 2018
    Food traceability_croppedFood traceability is not a goal, but rather a backbone to many goals of the food system and plays a critical role in food safety and protecting our global food supply chain. Beyond food safety, traceability plays a role in achieving food security, sustainability, defense, and protection.
  • Energy Trends Reflecting Today’s Shopper

    Feb 21, 2018
    Lighting in GroceryRetailers are working to create energy-efficient and sustainable shopping environments to not only meet the demand of shoppers, but reduce the burden of operating costs.
  • Top Trends (and My Finds) from the 2018 Fancy Food Winter Show

    Feb 21, 2018
    Mushroom products at Fancy Food ShowLast month I traveled to San Francisco to staff the FMI and SQF food safety attendee information area at the Fancy Food Winter Show. We had a great booth experience with many attendees interested in our food safety accreditation program. In addition to assisting with food safety information, I was able to visit the show and pick up on a few trends to share with you.
  • Store Managers Are All Heart

    Feb 20, 2018
    John Snavely_2In a world where social media, digital ads and the latest apps are all accessible, it becomes a point of differentiation to have quality, meaningful connections with people. That’s where store managers come in. 
  • Midwinter in Retrospect

    Feb 20, 2018
    Midwinter RetrospectFMI’s Midwinter Executive Conference always offers a whirlwind of ideas, experiences, exchanges, and activities, and the 2018 version was no exception.  At Midwinter, so much happens so fast, I find it challenging to take in the significance of what I just heard or saw before I am – of necessity -- scurrying off to the next adventure.  As I look back on the time in Miami, here are just a few of my Midwinter meaningful moments.
  • New Year, New FMI Tool to Access State Legislative Information

    Feb 16, 2018
    Map of USA“Chaotic” seems almost too mild a word to describe the frenetic pace of legislation at the state level. To help prepare for this onslaught of state legislative activity, FMI releases the 50 State Legislative Outlook every January. Like the report, the web tool also previews the upcoming November’s state legislative and governors elections, as well as potential ballot measures that would significantly impact our industry.
  • Tackling the Eating Together Challenge

    Feb 15, 2018
    Liz WeissWe know families appreciate the benefits of eating together—71 percent of parents say that ideally, they would like to eat dinner with their children every single night. Unfortunately, families succeed only half the time. Why do families fail at having meals together, even though they want to?