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  • A Long Called for Retirement Finally Announced

    Oct 20, 2017
    Signature AuthenticationMasterCard has announced it is officially retiring signature authentication for credit and debit card transactions. This is a huge step in the right direction of once and for all putting signature out to pasture to never be seen again.
  • The Bipartisan Effect of Providing Jobs and Feeding Families

    Oct 19, 2017
    Economic Impact InfographicAccording to recent analysis released by FMI, our industry pays over $167 billion in wages to its almost five million workers in the U.S. Our significant economic impact includes the $367 million in wages in House Speaker Paul Ryan’s district in Wisconsin as well as the over 11,000 jobs in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s congressional district in California. The industry has both a powerful and bipartisan effect on federal, state and local economies across the country.
  • Challenges and Opportunities: Is the Food Retail Industry Unique?

    Oct 18, 2017
    20161208-FMI-1080r-WEBJust two short months ago I started at FMI as the director of research. Through my first assignment, releasing the 67th edition of The Food Retailing Industry Speaks (Speaks) report, I quickly became immersed in the exciting and evolving food retail world. This survey of industry executives is designed to annually take the pulse of the industry. Having owned my own market research business for almost 20 years, I can certainly relate to the challenges and opportunities being navigated by food retailers through the turbulence facing the industry.
  • Preserving Shopper Trust through Health and Wellness

    Oct 16, 2017
    Join the Movement!The most recent FMI U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends study found that nearly half of Americans see their “primary food store” as a significant ally in their attempts to achieve their health and wellness goals.
  • How Do #GrocersDoingGood Create Youth Development Programs in Communities?

    Oct 13, 2017
    Cooking up ChangeThe unique strength of Cooking up Change comes from its power to elevate a meal and a message created by students so that it reaches their peers locally and nationwide. Through the competition, students gain a platform to discuss the importance of raising nutritional standards with our nation’s leading policymakers, and create better tasting school food
  • FMI Family Embraces National Family Meals Month

    Oct 12, 2017
    Happy Birthday MittyDuring the month of September, FMI Staff celebrated National Family Meals Month™ with weekly events. The month kicked off with a pot luck celebration where everyone had the opportunity to share dishes that were special to their families. We also took the opportunity to celebrate Mitty’s (the FMI Foundation Family Meals Spokes-Mitt) third birthday. I shared my favorite cheesecake that is normally reserved for my birthday.
  • Help Needed to Set the Table for Economic Growth

    Oct 12, 2017
    Setting The TableOur industry is in a time of great transition and change. The landscape is evolving in ways that necessitate significant capital expenditures and investments in order for traditional grocery stores and supermarkets to remain competitive.
  • What Grocers Need to Know About the 2017 State Elections

    Oct 11, 2017
    Vote imageThis November, voters in New Jersey and Virginia will head to the polls. Special elections to fill vacancies will also be held, most notably in the state of Washington, and 22 ballot initiatives will be held in seven states. Though far more limited in scope than a year ago, the 2017 state elections are nevertheless set to have a significant impact on the supermarket industry.
  • Fresh Food in the Grocery Store and RevenueShield®

    Oct 10, 2017
    20161208-FMI-1140-ED-WEBI recently sat down with Joel Berrian of Berrian Insurance Group to discuss the advantages RevenueShield® brings to FMI Members particularly around the area of fresh foods. 
  • Five Questions to Ask About Your Food Defense Plan

    Oct 06, 2017
    Store SecurityFood defense has long been a priority for retailers. Grocers have established food defense plans to actively prevent intentional contamination in the food supply chain
  • Go For The Gold: Excellence in National Family Meals Month Programming

    Oct 04, 2017
    2016 Gold Plate Awards Winner By all accounts, this September is the best and most celebrated National Family Meals Month™ (NFMM)  to date! Celebrate your accomplishments during the month of September through the FMI Foundation's Gold Plate Awards.
  • Why Now? What Has Changed? RevenueShield® Protecting Members’ Brands and Balance Sheets

    Oct 03, 2017
    FMI-12092014_115_WEBFMI has added RevenueShield® to our Member Plus Program to assist members and associate members address these unconventional challenges and exposures. A unique program created exclusively for food retail, RevenueShield provides industry expertise, to assist your understanding of the unfamiliar exposures, and innovatively designed insurance products, which can protect your reputation, market position and concept investment when a crisis hits.
  • The Unsung Heroes of Local Communities

    Oct 02, 2017
    FMI Community Outreach Awards Best PracticesWhile I often witness how the stores I frequent are involved in making a difference in our neighborhood, through the awards, I get to glimpse how the oft-unmentioned kindness of grocers throughout the U.S. can change their neighbor’s lives, proving that grocers are indeed, the unsung heroes of their local communities.
  • Photo Friday: National Family Meals Month Cooks Up on Capitol Hill

    Sep 29, 2017
    FMI Members CropNational Family Meals Month™ (NFMM) reached Capitol Hill to share how encouraging families to have one more meal a week together has numerous benefits. From tasty sliders to tangy desserts, FMI members shared their favorite Family Meals recipes with congressional members and their offices.
  • The American Heart Association Wants Families to Eat More Meals Together Too

    Sep 28, 2017
    AHA Eat WellFew good habits lead to better health than families preparing and eating meals together at home. That’s why Cordial and the Heart Association were so happy to jump on board with National Family Meals Month. Encouraging families to eat one more meal together each week — preferably at home — serves the goals of the association’s Healthy For Good campaign.
  • New Partners Celebrate National Family Meals Month

    Sep 27, 2017
    Associations and NFMM

    It’s clear that grocery stores, wholesalers, suppliers, the dietetic community, and industry partners are using creative ways to join in on Family Meals Month. What’s really exciting this year is the movement has also reached fellow trade associations. 

  • Become an Agent of Change at the 2017 SQF International Conference

    Sep 26, 2017
    Leslie Sarasin 2017 SQF ConferenceLeading food safety experts will discuss topics identified as priority initiatives by FMI’s Food Protection Committee, including FSMA Implementation and Compliance, Recalls, Listeria prevention, and Cleaning and Sanitation. 
  • Promote Employee Voter Registration Week, September 25-29, 2017

    Sep 25, 2017
    Registered to VoteFMI has joined with dozens of other organizations and companies to support Employee Voter Registration Week Sept. 25-29. This is a national initiative in which employers encourage their employees to become registered voters. The goal is not to tell employees how to vote, but simply to encourage them to exercise their right to vote.
  • Photo Friday: FMI Pays Tribute to the Partnership for Food Safety Education

    Sep 22, 2017
    Photo Friday Partnership for Food Safety EducationFlashing back two decades, the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) worked in tandem with industry partners, federal government agencies, and the food science community to launch the Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE).
  • From Customer to Partner

    Sep 21, 2017
    20161208-FMI-0576_ed WEBShoppers are on a quest to become more deeply connected to the food experience, and the retailer is a vital part of facilitating that connection – not just by providing the product, but also by providing the surrounding story about the product.