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  • From Customer to Partner

    Sep 21, 2017
    Shoppers 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....
  • Transforming a Good Idea into a Reality

    Sep 20, 2017
    The Trading Partner Alliance’s Product Code Date Labeling initiative took a big step into the real world with the publication of two documents: 1) Product Code Date Labeling: Crucial Initiative to Reduce Consumer Confusion and 2) an implementation ...
  • Going the Distance for Consumers – Beyond the Label

    Sep 12, 2017
    Customers are looking for more and more information about the products they buy – the kind of detailed information that will not fit on the package, but can be conveyed electronically. ...
  • Hurricane Harvey: Information, Resources and Donation Options for Food Retail

    Aug 29, 2017
    As our thoughts and hearts go out to those whose lives have been forever changed by this weather phenomenon, we grasp for those actions we can take that can help bring relief to those ...
  • Taking It Personally

    Aug 8, 2017
    Today’s shoppers feel entitled to information access about the product they are considering and they assume their unique needs should be listened to and addressed....
  • Cage-free or Not to Cage-free, That is the Question

    Jul 5, 2017
    As 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 ...
  • FMI Board Adopts New Product Code Date Labeling Policy

    Jun 20, 2017
    The 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 ...
  • Stopping by Product Date Labels on a Snowy Evening

    Mar 2, 2017
    Bringing the industry together to agree on a common date-label language was a crucial first step, but it was only that; a first step. Much work remains to be done to bring this acclaimed initiative to fruition. There will be cross- industry task ...
  • Reducing the Noise, Sharpening the Message

    Feb 16, 2017
    This TPA affirmed recommendation calls for voluntary industry-wide adoption of two sets of product code date labeling language: one for shelf stable items, when the date is for communicating quality issues, and another for certain items when the ...
  • Amplifying the Voice of a Noble Cause

    Jan 6, 2017
    A compilation of the monthly agendas for the 2016 resource calls of FMI’s Communications and Consumer Affairs Council (CCA) reads like the chapter headings of Everything You Wanted to Know about Food Retail in 2016, But Were Afraid to ...
  • 140 In-Person Membership Visits in 2016

    Dec 29, 2016
    Building a strong membership program can be equated to the quote, “Without a solid foundation, you’ll have trouble creating anything with value.” In 2016, the FMI Membership department continued to build a robust and valuable membership program by ...
  • 2016, One for the Books

    Dec 19, 2016
    Just as a prism takes a single ray of light and splinters it into its constituent spectral colors, to help make as much sense as we can of 2016, FMI is approaching its end of year reporting by breaking the year into 13 different spectrums of ...
  • The Timely Diplomacy of Thanksgiving

    Nov 17, 2016
    The timing could not be more fortuitous. After a particularly contentious and vicious political season that exposed the depth and severity of every divide and difference across the American civic landscape, the nation is hungry – in body and spirit -...
  • The Second Nature of Grocers Doing Good

    Oct 24, 2016
    While bolstering and building bonds within their communities is in the very fabric of a food retailer’s being, there are times when it is appropriate to celebrate that which grocers do so naturally and quietly.The Food Marketing Institute is excited ...
  • Getting Clear on Transparency

    Oct 20, 2016
    Shoppers may also want to know where ingredients originated; whether all its ingredients are healthy; whether the workers who made it were treated fairly; whether it's packaged in the most sustainable fashion possible; the kind of fertilizer the ...