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  • Refreshed FoodKeeper App

    Sep 14, 2015
    Since the FoodKeeper launch in April more than 75,000 consumers have downloaded and used the service on their mobile phones or tablets. This refresh takes into account feedback from ...
  • Video: FMI's David Fikes Talks Changing Shopper Values

    Aug 6, 2015
    David Fikes, vice president of consumer and community affairs and communications with the Food Marketing Institute recently spoke to the National Press Foundation about how the values of today's shoppers are changing their shopping habits. Watch the ...
  • Top 5 Stories from FMI So Far This Year

    Jul 27, 2015
    With full inboxes and busy schedules, sometimes we miss things. That’s why it’s good to recap every now and then. With that in mind, here are the top five blog posts from FMI so far in ...
  • Navigating the Supermarket Myth Maze

    Jul 9, 2015
    Ever been in a disagreement with a colleague and when presenting his views, he launches into a tired old hydra-headed argument filled with exaggerations and misrepresentations that you’ve heard, refuted and dismissed many times before? I find it ...
  • Food Banks and Supermarkets: Natural Partners

    Jul 8, 2015
    Both food banks and supermarkets play vital roles in local communities, and now, more than ever before, we have joined forces to help make sure those who need food the most have access to it. The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and Feeding America ...
  • The Productivity of Nice

    Jun 17, 2015
    Baseball great Leo Durocher once quipped, “Nice guys finish last,” offering a cultural assessment that a concern for others, putting other’s needs first, and being pleasantly agreeable somehow inhibited the ability to really compete effectively. ...
  • IdeaXchange: Will future food retailers curate values?

    Apr 6, 2015
    The words “The War on Science” emblazoned across the cover of the March 2015 National Geographic accomplished the editor's task and caught my attention. The lead article, expounding on those provocative words, explores five topics in current public ...
  • New Mobile App: Helping Shoppers Keep Food Fresh

    Apr 2, 2015
    Originally, the FoodKeeper was a publication developed by Cornell University’s Department of Food Science, FMI and USDA. The brochure contains valuable advice to help consumers understand the shelf life of products when stored in the pantry, ...
  • Taking Science to the Tribe

    Mar 31, 2015
    Once upon a time, the primary questions floating through consumer’s minds as they walked the supermarket aisles were things like: How much does this cost? Is it easy to make? And If I buy it and make it, will they eat it? Now the list of questions ...
  • IdeaXchange: Balancing consumers’ desire for customization with broad appeal

    Feb 26, 2015
    The following article ran in the Supermarket News IdeaXChange on February 25, 2015: The empowered consumer is calling for dramatic changes in the food retail environment by demanding, in both subtle and overt ways, increasingly more personalized ...
  • If You Could Read Your Meat Shoppers Minds, What Tales Their Thoughts Would Tell

    Feb 26, 2015
    We may not have a device like that from the 1982 movie, Brainstorm, which would enable us to know exactly what consumers are thinking when they stand in front of the meat case trying to make their purchase decision; but we do have the next best ...
  • Retailers Serve Communities through Creative, Targeted Outreach

    Jan 21, 2015
    FMI recognized four retailers for their 2014 Community Outreach programs....
  • 10 Food Retail Resources from FMI in 2014

    Jan 5, 2015
    As we jump into the New Year, let’s first remember 10 important resources FMI brought food retailers in ...
  • Consumers Buying Food <em>with</em> a Retailer

    Nov 20, 2014
    Consumer thinking appears to be shifting from a mind-set of buying food <em>from</em> a retailer to an attitude of buying food <em>with</em> a retailer. ...