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  • We’re All In This Together

    Apr 30, 2020
    Since the early days of the pandemic, FMI staff have been tracking news stories recording the food industry’s responses to their communities. Our tracking is a growing spreadsheet updated daily with nearly 200 rows documenting stories of food, ...
  • Grocery Heroes: A Half Million Jobs and Counting

    Apr 29, 2020
    We know from our U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends COVID-19 tracker that 25% of Americans are especially worried about having enough money to pay for food. Questions about the emerging job market have resulted in these anxieties and uncertainties ...
  • Essentially Essential: A First-Hand Account of Value Delivered

    Apr 24, 2020
    In late February, (only two weeks into the job) I was assigned to the Crisis Management Team, a cross-departmental group focused on the looming coronavirus outbreak. It was just a month after I joined the FMI team in the headquarters office that I ...
  • Together, Again… Again, Unless We’re Not: Family Meals Faces Some New Issues

    Apr 21, 2020
    We have a pulled together some COVID-19 Family Meal resources and on the Family Meals Website at www.FamilyMealsMovement.org. Drawing on a wide variety of sources, our tip compilation runs the gamut of family meal ideas ...
  • A Smart Way Forward on Sustainability

    Apr 20, 2020
    FMI is a partner in EPA’s SmartWay program. This voluntary public-private program offers technical assistance resources including a comprehensive and well-recognized system for tracking, documenting and sharing information about fuel use and freight ...
  • Home is Where the Heart… Wait, Home is Where Everything Is

    Apr 15, 2020
    Helping families of all shapes and sizes share meals together both in home and virtually is a foundational purpose the various parts of the food industry open their respective doors for business each day – even in these coronavirus stressful days. ...
  • Grocery Stores Remain Constant in Times of Need

    Mar 18, 2020
    Even amidst numerous state emergency declarations relative to mass gatherings impacting restaurants and bars, the White House re-emphasized that grocery stores will remain open during this national emergency....
  • It’s Messy, but Worth it: Trial and Error in Food Waste Mitigation

    Mar 5, 2020
    In business, trial and error often lead to valuable observations and even successful programs. Trial and error can also be expensive, especially when attempting to shift a cultural norm or make the business case for a new process or philosophy. With ...
  • What’s In A Brand?

    Jan 21, 2020
    Life is full of circumstances and situations that prompt us to evaluate our personal brand and make necessary changes, adapting to a new position or setting by shifting our brand. Sometimes these involve small adjustments and sometimes we must ...
  • FMI’s 2019 Year in Review

    Dec 20, 2019
    There is something particularly noble about accomplishments that have so many ups and downs and surprise developments that they require a special brand of perseverance. Finishing the fight requires overcoming the nagging drag of self-doubt when the ...
  • New Tools in the Fight Against Food Waste

    Dec 19, 2019
    This week, experts in measuring and reporting food loss and waste from the World Resources Institute (WRI) and ReFED shared new resources companies can use as they start or continue to set targets, measurements and actions in the effort to minimize ...
  • The Grocery Store Continues to Be A Community Cornerstone

    Nov 12, 2019
    According to The Food Retailing Industry Speaks 2019 report, 93% of grocers who responded to the survey use community support and ties as a service differentiation strategy and 73% see it as successful—the highest of any strategy. These stats make ...
  • Hand in Hand Working to Reduce Food Waste

    Nov 8, 2019
    Founding members of FWRA signed an important memorandum of understandingwith three key government agencies – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The ...
  • Monster of an Idea to Keep Family Meals Alive

    Oct 17, 2019
    In 2019 the Gold Plate Awards will recognize retailer, supplier and community collaborator programs that creatively participated in National Family Meals Month in September....
  • 2019 Community Outreach Award Winners: Food Retailers Spread Goodwill in their Neighborhoods

    Aug 8, 2019
    This year, grocers across the country have stepped-up their various acts of generosity with personalized programs and initiatives to impact and benefit their communities. Here are the “best of the best” in the four categories of the Community ...