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  • The Future Is Now: Food Retail Establishments Becoming Health and Wellness Destinations

    Dec 29, 2017
    Heath and Wellness 2017While food trends may change as quickly as your Instagram feed refreshes, health and wellness in food retail continues to grow into a mainstay in food purchase decisions. Food retailers report the top two trends they believe will most positively impact sales and profits are, first, consumers’ desire to place health and wellness as a value over price or brand loyalty (82 percent) and, second, consumers’ desire to use their food choices to manage and avoid health issues (77 percent). 
  • FMI Foundation Sets New Records in Fundraising, Family Meals, Research and Scholarships

    Dec 29, 2017
    FMI Foundation 20172017 was a record-setting year for the FMI Foundation. In January, the Foundation launched a completely re-designed fundraising event that included a lively cooking competition designed to accentuate the FUN in Fundraising and celebrate the good grocers do to support family meals.
  • Adjusting our Optics on the Consumer

    Dec 28, 2017
    Consumer Affairs 2017FMI’s 2017 work in clarifying shopper expectations of transparency, addressing consumer concerns and highlighting community service helped  better frame the food retail picture and sharpened industry focus on  the customer’s craving of personalized service.
  • Final Jeopardy!: Navigating Disruption in Food Retail

    Dec 27, 2017
    Research 2017Raise your hand if you’re a fan of the long-running TV show Jeopardy! Isn’t it satisfying when you can answer the question, especially if the contestants are stumped? Considering all the disruption today in the food industry, don’t we wish we had the answers to all of today’s challenges?
  • Food Retail as a Social Network

    Dec 26, 2017
    Voice of Food Retail 2017Food retailers are embracing their roles as arbiters and curators of these food experiences, so we recognize the need to challenge FMI’s ways of communicating the priority issues of food retail to better depict our members’ dynamic marketplaces.
  • The Expanding Universe: Food Retail Keeps Pace With an Evolving Definition of Sustainability

    Dec 22, 2017
    Sustainability 2017The definition of sustainability has evolved enormously over the past decade, expanding into the broader concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR). When we talk today about sustainable supply chains, it doesn’t just cover the environmental and energy issues at the core of FMI’s early work on the topic, but also areas like human/labor rights, sustainable sourcing, animal welfare, and food waste.
  • The Freshest Source for Information

    Dec 21, 2017

    Fresh Foods 2017Food retailers understand that the fresh experience is dictated by the new expectations of a more engaged consumer, so it’s important for FMI to keep its finger on the pulse of the shopper, helping food retailers navigate consumers’ demands – and aspirations – for their produce, meat, seafood, bakery and foodservice items.In order to better know our audience and the environment, our organization commissioned notable research across the fresh departments. 

  • SQFI: Shifting Food Safety Initiatives from Reactive to Proactive in 2017

    Dec 20, 2017
    SQF 2017The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) shifted the food safety mindset from reactive to proactive. SQFI has responded by making changes and updates in 2017 to help companies nurture a food safety culture that is preemptive and positive.
  • 2017: A Quest to Improve Food Safety

    Dec 20, 2017
    Food Safety 2017Each year, FMI’s Food Protection Committee (FPC) establishes initiatives that serve as the focus of the committee’s work for the year. Its initiatives focused on dealing with new regulations, managing recurring food safety problems and tackling basic cleaning and sanitation practices in constantly busy store environments.
  • Celebrating 2017 Legislative, Regulatory, Judicial Success and Laying the Groundwork for the Future

    Dec 19, 2017
    Government Relations 2017While tax reform is probably the most significant legislative item for 2017, the broad range of legislative and regulatory items that FMI and the industry were able to influence – both offensively and defensively – demonstrates the diverse portfolio of issues FMI covers and bears all the unique characteristics of a heavily regulated industry.
  • The Lego Legacy of 2017

    Dec 18, 2017
    Lego Legacy of 20172017 has been a year of big accomplishments for FMI, but something of a Lego-experience since these huge achievements are the sum of many, many small steps and tiny pieces coming together. Over the next few weeks, FMI will devote its blog platform to offering a step by step, department by department review of the past 12 months.
  • To Speak with One Voice

    Dec 15, 2017
    Microphone - One voiceWe refer to this new program as the Unified Voice Protocol and it is FMI’s most recent effort to establish a model approach to proactively perpetuate the environment of trust consumers tell us they enjoy with food retailers and to enhance that trust in the broader food and consumer goods industries.
  • Protecting Your Brand Reputation with Seafood Fraud Mitigation

    Dec 14, 2017
    FMI-12092014_346-Edit_WEBWhile emerging technologies and tools to track and verify, such as blockchain, will enhance our future response to supply chain fraud, FMI is focusing its efforts on helping members detect it today. FMI has just released, Best Practices on How to Mitigate the Risk of Seafood Fraud, designed to help the food retail, wholesale, and distributor industry mitigate the risk of seafood fraud.
  • In the Spirit of Giving, Let’s Stir It Up!

    Dec 14, 2017
    Stir It Up videoIt’s that time of year when we’re all encouraged to give back a little. Maybe you’re running a store promotion to raise money for a local charity or working with a local food back to provide families holiday meals. However you’re giving back this holiday season locally, it’s important to keep in mind how you can also pay it forward to the overall food retail industry through the FMI Foundation.
  • Preparing Food Retailers for the Blockchain Revolution

    Dec 12, 2017
    BlockchainBuilt on the foundation of trust and security, blockchain is a technology framework that stores, updates and verifies data across a decentralized peer-to-peer platform. This data is stored in encrypted, timestamped records – or blocks – that link to previously approved blocks, thus guaranteeing legitimacy and creating a continuous chain of information accessible by all users. Distributed ledgers are adaptable and variable depending on the needs of the businesses sharing and accessing data. 
  • What Will the Role of Store Development Be In The Digital Age of Food Retail?

    Dec 11, 2017
    ESD Retail InterviewFood retailers know that digital and mobile technology are influencing shoppers’ expectations for experiences and convenience. Meeting consumer needs will ultimately transform the size, layout and offering in retail spaces.
  • Store Managers Ingrained in the Success of a Community

    Dec 11, 2017
    2018 SMA It’s undeniable that these food retail professionals possess a unique quality of leadership, and an incredibly diverse skill set that, in a single day, ranges from being a professional circus ringleader to a strategically, savvy business operator. But, above all else, it’s clear that they’re ingrained in the hearts of the communities they serve.
  • Legislative Relief Remains Necessary for Food Retail Implementation of “Menu Labeling” Rule

    Dec 08, 2017
    FMI-12092014_223_WEBWithin the last two weeks, U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and conservative watchdog groups declared that now is the time for Congress to finally fix FDA’s “menu labeling” rule.
  • Fresh Grocery, the Digital Frontier and Supply Chain

    Dec 07, 2017

    Infographic Executive Insights Grocery in 2017In thinking through the conversations at the FMI Executive Forum Roundtable discussions last June, and in other conversations with fresh grocery leadership since then, it has struck me that there was a lot of consensus on the issues of the day, and how solutions to the challenges are a lot more difficult to find that same level of consensus.

  • Food Retailing, Meet Silicon Valley

    Dec 07, 2017

    Food Retailing Meet Silicon Valley There is little doubt that the leading high-tech producers have discovered the consumer goods and food retailing marketplace. In some cases, technology providers are working as our partners, working together to find automated solutions to problems and analytical tools to fuel growth. In other cases, they are developing business models that can appear to be in competition with the industry models we have grown accustomed to.