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  • I’m Giving Thanks

    Nov 24, 2015
    Thanksgiving remains among my favorite holidays. Not only does it bring together two of my favorite things, family and food, but it also - against many assaults - retains the flavor of its roots as a day set aside to reflect on our lives and ...
  • How Are Grocery Stores Using Social Media?

    Nov 19, 2015
    In our series interviewing food retail social media managers we’ve gotten a better idea of the day-to-day operations of these brand managers and storytellers. We’ve also seen how social media is being used creatively by grocery stores. But how are ...
  • Our 2015 Community Outreach Awards Winners

    Nov 16, 2015
    We had an exceptionally strong field of candidates this year and our judges complained of wanting hazard duty pay because their task so taxed their brains. In a contest where all are winners it was difficult to determine the cream of the crop, but ...
  • Store Manager Award Winners Show Their Appreciation

    Nov 10, 2015
    We’ll be launching the 2016 Store Manager Awards on November 16, 2015. But before we do that, we wanted to check in with our FMI Store Manager People’s Pick Award winners to see how they celebrated with their ...
  • Help a Grocer Doing Good Win Big

    Nov 3, 2015
    From November 2 – 6, 2015 all our 2015 Community Outreach Award nominees will be posted to the FMI Facebook page under the tab: Grocers Doing Good. We invited you to visit, read through the extraordinary stories of how grocers are making the world a ...
  • Playing Supermarket Myth Whack-A-Mole

    Oct 30, 2015
    The rationale behind the myth busting web page is to provide our members with resources to confront the misperception being perpetuated every time they hear or see it, so we don’t have to play whack-a-mole on an ongoing basis. If we challenge the ...
  • Food Retail Social Media Manager Interview: Kristine O’Hare with Baesler’s Market

    Oct 23, 2015
    I first noticed Baesler’s Market’s social media posts during National Family Meals Month, when they shared a Facebook photo of employees raising their oven mitts. From sharing employees trying wheat grass shots to fun photos of in-store promotions ...
  • The Treat of Not Being Tricked

    Oct 21, 2015
    Of course, having to challenge such myths with facts so that the likelihood of repetition is lessened can be exhausting and becomes monotonous, but the alternative is that the misconceptions go unchallenged, the silence is considered assent and its ...
  • Food Retail Social Media Manager Interview: Amy Bailey with Festival Foods

    Oct 16, 2015
    In Wisconsin, family-owned Festival Foods social media manager Amy Bailey prides herself on using visual content for the company’s blog, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds, sharing the activities about their stores and communities. Amy provided ...
  • Red Tape, Recalls and Reducing Food Waste

    Oct 15, 2015
    Recently the Food Waste Reduction Alliance - lead by Food Marketing Institute, Grocery Manufacturers Association and National Restaurant Association – held a convening of representatives from the food industry, government agencies and non-government ...
  • Myth or Treat: Correcting Food Retail Misconceptions

    Oct 14, 2015
    The food retail industry is accessible and customer-service-based, which are positive attributes that sometimes make a supermarket a susceptible target for unsolicited criticism. FMI remains your spokesperson on the public relations challenges that ...
  • Grocers Doing Good

    Oct 13, 2015
    Pumpkin flavored everything is appearing on the shelves, Halloween costume debates are erupting, baseball season is winding down and football season is cranking up. It is definitely fall and that means it is time for FMI to once again shine the ...
  • Food Retail Social Media Manager Interview: Leah McGrath with Ingles

    Oct 5, 2015
    FMI research suggests that more and more food retailers are investing in the role of the supermarket registered dietitian (RD). As supermarkets transform into health care destinations, RDs remain critical resources to answer the demands of today’s ...
  • Use Data and Innovation to Match Resources with Need? Sure, We Can Do That

    Oct 1, 2015
    In one short decade, the partnership between the grocery industry and Feeding America has made perishables, such as meat, dairy, and produce much more common items on food bank shelves. This smart and seemingly simple solution is backed by the use ...
  • Food Retail Social Media Manager Interview: Abby Pemberton with Publix

    Sep 25, 2015
    FMI is starting a series of blog posts that interview social media managers from different food retail companies. We’ll ask questions that facilitate sharing of best practices and lessons learned. Our first post in the series is an interview with ...