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  • Photo: Heinen's Fine Foods, Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio

    Nov 9, 2017
    Doug Baker, vice president of private brands, technology, industry relations, joined members of FMI’s Manufacturer Share Group to explore opportunities in food service at Heinen's in Cleveland, Ohio....
  • The Ripple Effect of Kindness

    Nov 7, 2017
    In today’s world it is far too easy to miss is the powerful ripple effect caused by one kind act, and no one demonstrates this better than food retailers....
  • Recasting Disruption As Growth Opportunity

    Nov 6, 2017
    If we continue to characterize all things driving change as disruptors, we paint all change in the darker, more negative hues, suggesting that we view it as something we are being thrust into against our ...
  • Digital Transformation in the Grocery Industry

    Nov 1, 2017
    Shoptalk’s third iteration in March is expected to draw 7,500 attendees, and a number of them will be focused on Grocerytalk, a first-ever event in which the food retailing community can engage with each other on topics as timely as “Disruptive ...
  • How Do #GrocersDoingGood Create Youth Development Programs in Communities?

    Oct 13, 2017
    The unique strength of Cooking up Change comes from its power to elevate a meal and a message created by students so that it reaches their peers locally and nationwide. Through the competition, students gain a platform to discuss the importance of ...
  • The Unsung Heroes of Local Communities

    Oct 2, 2017
    While I often witness how the stores I frequent are involved in making a difference in our neighborhood, through the awards, I get to glimpse how the oft-unmentioned kindness of grocers throughout the U.S. can change their neighbor’s lives, proving ...
  • How Millennial Shopping Habits Relate to U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2017

    Sep 15, 2017
    Two Millennials in FMI’s office, compared their grocery shopping habits to FMI's 2017 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends report....
  • Photo Friday: National Family Meals Month™ Lights Up NYC's Times Square

    Sep 8, 2017
    FMI Foundation’s infographic, “Family Meals Fuel Better Nutrition" appeared as a billboard in NYC’s Times Square on September 7 to kick-off National Family Meals Month™...
  • Grocery Workforce: Old-World-Meets-New

    Sep 8, 2017
    The author of the book, a sociology professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the City University of New York Graduate Center, explained that these jobs are driven by, “Millennials [who] are drawn to these occupations, in part, as a ...
  • Photo Friday: Oregon Dairy

    Aug 25, 2017
    Lucas Darnell, director of member relations and advocacy for the eastern region of FMI, visited with Jon Hurst, kitchen manager, and Curvin Hurst, owner, of Oregon Dairy in Lititz, Pennsylvania....
  • Creating a Food Theater in Your Store

    Aug 16, 2017
    A colleague of mine recently celebrated her birthday in a rather unusual manner. Instead of going to an upscale restaurant or taking in a performance, she had her birthday celebration at a grocery store. You see, this millennial colleague loves the ...
  • 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....
  • Exchanging Fans for Friends in Food Retail

    Aug 3, 2017
    Today, building real relationships is critical to business, especially in food retail. This relates not only to the relationships we form with our customers, but also the relationships we form internally....
  • FMI State Issues Retreat: Where Grocers Go To Learn About State and Local Issues

    Jul 18, 2017
    To assist our members in making sense of this legislative chaos, FMI holds the State Issues Retreat in August, an annual conference that brings together food retail grocery associations and grocery company government relations professionals from ...
  • Food Retailers Best Offense Could be Food Defense

    Jul 12, 2017
    In today’s world, it’s important to know how to prepare for intentional threats inside and outside of the food supply ...