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  • How To Have A Successful Family Meals Month

    Jul 19, 2017
    Family Meals Best PracticesIntroducing the first edition of Best Practices and Excellence in National Family Meals Month™ Programming—a new resource from the FMI Foundation that highlights different ways retailers and suppliers can take the Family Meals Month concept and run with it. 
  • FMI State Issues Retreat: Where Grocers Go To Learn About State and Local Issues

    Jul 18, 2017
    State Issues Retreat 2016To assist our members in making sense of this legislative chaos, FMI holds the State Issues Retreat in August, an annual conference that brings together food retail grocery associations and grocery company government relations professionals from each state to discuss state and local legislative and regulatory issues of interest to the food industry. 
  • Connecting Food Safety Students with Scholarship and Grant Money

    Jul 17, 2017
    scholarship-winnersMembers of the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI) recently spent time at the Institute of Food Technology (IFT) Conference. This conference is a collection of some of the most creative minds in the science of food and technology arenas. Among other things, attendees made new connections and immersed themselves into a community committed to driving innovation and global sustainability. During the conference, SQFI hosted a booth that gave out information about the Food Safety Auditing Scholarship and Education Travel Grant, which is funded by the FMI Foundation and supported by SQFI and FMI’s Food Safety team.
  • Photo Friday: Congressional Visit to Stater Bros. Markets

    Jul 14, 2017
    Stater Bros. Photo FridayFMI was pleased to help organize a visit to Stater Bros. Markets for Congresswoman Norma Torres (D-CA-35) on July 7th at the Schaefer Avenue store in Chino, California, part of the Congresswoman’s district
  • IFT17: Empowering Scientific Communication to Feed the World

    Jul 14, 2017
    IFT 2017The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) held the 2017 Annual Meeting and Food Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada from June 25-28, 2017. Industry experts, students and government officials from over 90 countries converged in the scorching 115°F valley to share evidence-based scientific knowledge, in order to safely, sustainability, and nutritiously feed a rising human population.
  • Food Retailers Best Offense Could be Food Defense

    Jul 12, 2017
    FoodDefenseRetailersIn today’s world, it’s important to know how to prepare for intentional threats inside and outside of the food supply chain.
  • The Transformation of the Farm Bill

    Jul 11, 2017
    President Obama Signs the 2014 Farm BillIn the agriculture and food industries, the Farm Bill is one of the single most important pieces of legislation the industries operate under. To people inside the Beltway and out in the fields, farm policy discussions are commonplace, but what about the consumers between the farms and fork?
  • Discovering the ABC’s of Food Retail

    Jul 10, 2017
    ABC Business MeetingsOne of the most impactful FMI events, the Annual Business Conference (ABC), has brought suppliers and retail partners together for face-to-face joint business planning meetings for years. The event works because it is simple, effective and focuses on creating collaboration throughout the industry. But, in this fast-paced, changing business environment that doesn’t mean things should stay the same. This year we’re adding to the event and creating ABC + Discovery, an expansion of the event’s mission that takes into account the rapidly changing face of the food retail industry.
  • One Thing You Can Do Differently to Improve Your Grocery Business

    Jul 06, 2017
    Store Tours and Share GroupsFMI share groups are one of the premier member benefits for FMI members, particularly for independent operator members. Share groups provide a confidential forum for the open exchange of ideas, strategies and problem solving techniques among owners, chief executive officers, chief operating officers and senior executives of non-competing member companies.
  • Cage-free or Not to Cage-free, That is the Question

    Jul 05, 2017
    Eggs in SupermarketAs anyone with any debating experience can attest, the toughest opponent to counter is the one who is allowed to keep changing the terms, reconfiguring the terminology or moving the vocabulary goal posts. This is an important lesson to remember regarding animal welfare issues.
  • AI, Cultured Coffee and 4 More Food Retailing Trends I Didn’t Know About

    Jul 03, 2017
    SQF CertifiedSpecialty foods and beverages represent the sweet spot in food retailing today. Sales hit $127 billion last year, climbing 15 percent from 2014 to 2016, while total retail food sales grew 2.3 percent, according to the Specialty Food Association’s annual State of the Industry report.
  • Working with FDA During A Recall

    Jun 30, 2017
    Office of Human and Animal Food Operations MapThere are endless reasons for product recalls, but no matter what, they are always highly stressful situations. The best way to handle recalls is to be prepared. During a recall, it is essential companies are prepared to communicate and work with their FDA District Recall Coordinator.
  • The Future of Food Safety

    Jun 29, 2017
    Future of Food SafetyWhole genome sequencing, Listeria outbreaks, FSMA deadlines, allergen recalls: the list of emerging issues and regulatory requirements seem to go on-and-on. What does all this mean and how does this impact suppliers, brands, and food safety?
  • Sustainability: Local Action, Global Impact

    Jun 28, 2017
    SoapTo this day, I can still hear my mom scold, “Make sure you wash your hands before you come to the dinner table.” It’s easy to say the age-old rule of “wash your hands before you eat” has been engrained in many of us. But, what if I told you there’s a bigger lesson to be learned about the benefits of clean hands?
  • Grocers Thinking Like a Startup #Grocerytalk

    Jun 27, 2017
    Start UpThe startup mentality is calculated when it comes to risk taking; it’s this confidence that gives a startup a scrappy persona and an optimism that doesn’t appear afraid to fail. Trend spotters suggest that food startups are on the rise, which the grocery industry can attest to firsthand, but speed-to-market is arguably an attribute that has never been at the fingertips of many food retailers. Still, if our industry can keep pace with the demand for ecommerce, then it stands to reason that we can in turn keep pace with the behavior of our shoppers and create a more startup-like culture and attitude. 
  • Food Retail Industry Witnessing the ‘Zation of Fresh Foods

    Jun 23, 2017
    20151208-FMI-430-WEBToday, a kaleidoscope of factors, including technology, is driving the atomization of American lives, how they plan and consume food.
  • Buying the Luxury of Time to Think

    Jun 21, 2017
    TurntableThe luxury of reflection and leisurely consideration is disappearing as we seek to do business in a world requiring us to stay two steps ahead or risk quickly finding ourselves three paces behind. At FMI, we have redoubled our efforts at identifying emerging issues.  We seek to name those concerns bearing potential to affect the food retail industry within the next five to ten years, especially those anticipated in some way to contribute to redefining the way we operate. 
  • 4D Printing: How Self-Assembly Materials Will Impact the Food Industry

    Jun 21, 2017
    4D printed self folding MITIf I had to pick one MIT team to shadow for the day, I’d probably follow Skylar Tibbits, co-director of the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT, TED fellow and speaker at this year’s Global Sustainability Summit August 9 – 11 in Nashville, TN.
  • FMI Board Adopts New Product Code Date Labeling Policy

    Jun 20, 2017
    20151208-FMI-389-WEB - FMI Preferred LanguageThe FMI Board of Directors adopted a new board policy on Product Code Date Labeling that aligns with the voluntary industry-wide effort to establish standard date-label wording on packaging for shelf-stable and perishable food products.
  • In-Store Pharmacies Are Just What the Customer Ordered

    Jun 19, 2017
    Pharmacy ReportOliver Wyman reports that more than 1,600 retail locations are now home to healthcare clinics, and an increasing number of pharmacy, supermarket and mass chains have entered the healthcare space. Shoppers desire convenience, access and transparency of traditional retail combined with healthcare’s quality and trust.