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  • Campbell’s Family Meals Partnerships: Helping Families Eat Together

    Mar 29, 2018
    Campells Gold PlateCampbell Soup Company, two-time winners of the Gold Plate Award, celebrated National Family Meals Month™ with their 2017 program Campbell’s Family Meals Partnerships: Helping Families Eat Together.
  • What Millennials Want in Foodservice at Retail

    Mar 28, 2018
    Millennial FoodserviceMillennials. Every business is focused on how to tap into their emerging buying power and identify their needs and wants. In many ways, millennials are driving the trend of foodservice at retail, so understanding this shopper segment is critical.
  • Emerging Issues Ahead; Will Your Approach Be to Yield, Shield or Wield?

    Mar 27, 2018
    Emerging Issues - YieldOur natural impulse when confronted with change is reticence - we might even find we crave to dig our heels in and fight it.  But in an age when change is rapidly becoming the normal state of affairs, perhaps the wiser approach to the challenges that change offers is the one advocated by Mr. Wilde, name it and embrace it. Indeed, better yet to help shape it.
  • Delivering Transparency in Seafood Supply Chains

    Mar 27, 2018
    Seafood TransparencyThe US seafood market is becoming increasingly transparent as seafood-buying companies make use of the tools available to describe where their seafood comes from. Such tools include ecolabels, QR codes, online supplier maps and fishery source lists, among others.
  • The FDA Food Code: A Model for Food Safety Best Practices

    Mar 25, 2018
    State Reg of FDA Food CodeThe FDA Food Code is one of those “go-to” resources for many retail food safety professionals.  The Food Code provides a foundation for many regulatory agencies across the U.S. and is a model that represents FDA’s best advice for a uniform system of regulation in order to protect public health and ensure the safety of food at retail and foodservice operations. 
  • How Trading Partners Can Leverage Data to Improve the Supply Chain

    Mar 21, 2018
    Data CollaborationTrading partners struggle to connect the dots between inefficiencies in the supply chain. As food retail navigates the era of digital disruption, advancements in technology have introduced new ways to capture and analyze data. 
  • Culture Leads the Road to Success

    Mar 16, 2018
    Future Leaders 2018High-performing cultures in industries from airlines to grocery to banking maximize the play, purpose and potential felt by their people and minimize the negative motives.
  • 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.