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Our Voice of The Food Industry blog offers commentary from FMI subject matter experts on timely and important topics to the food industry.
  • New Year, New You: Future Leaders Encouraged to “Think Outside the Aisle”

    Jan 2, 2024
    2024. A new year, stocked with potential, ripe with resolutions! What are your business goals for the year? Are you confident your employees have the skills to support your company’s goals and lead their teams to navigate change ...
  • How Fresh Foods Leaders Can Become Action Heroes

    Dec 4, 2023
    This year’s FreshForward Action Guide includes “actionable” steps to make progress on the three fresh topics covered at the 2023 conference in August — ecommerce, meal planning and Gen Z. The guide has been exclusively available to attendees and is ...
  • The Power of Customer Feedback: A Key to Success

    Nov 7, 2023
    A retailer needs valuable insights to continually improve and adapt to the evolving needs of its ...
  • Appreciate the Hidden Gem

    Sep 12, 2023
    As a parent with accompanying young children, a trip to the grocery store is much more than just picking up food and other household ...
  • Unleashing Innovation: The FMItech Pitch Competition 2024

    Aug 16, 2023
    As we welcome the year 2024, aligning with the Chinese Zodiac of the Dragon, the world holds great anticipation for groundbreaking technological strides. Amidst this excitement, the FMI Midwinter Executive Conference re-emerges as a captivating ...
  • FMI State Issues Retreat Roars Back with Focus on Sustainability

    Aug 3, 2023
    For the first time in more than twenty years, State Issues Retreat left its traditional August timeframe and was held in mid-July in Park City, Utah. Attendees discussed state legislative policy on extended producer responsibility, mandatory ...
  • A Green Blueprint for Energy-Efficient Stores

    Jun 22, 2023
    While retailers simultaneously pursue other sustainability efforts, such as reducing food and packaging waste, they are increasingly focusing on their physical locations. After all, on a global level, buildings are responsible for 40% of energy ...
  • Gear Up for Competition!

    Jun 12, 2023
    When competition draws near for a business, there is no reason to panic. However, a proactive and strategic plan ought to be in place with a practical and effective approach. Here are a few strategies to consider in navigating and thriving in ...
  • Building an Agile and Resilient Food Industry Supply Chain

    May 31, 2023
    The industry continues to experience a supply chain hangover in a never normal environment that continues to challenge the norms that used to work in the past. To address and solve these challenges FMI is convening industry leaders and supply chain ...
  • Tech Tools that Improve Audits and Reporting Processes

    Apr 27, 2023
    If accelerating technology is reshaping the way grocers procure and sell products, it’s also impacting the way they evaluate and report on their businesses. Advances in financial and auditing technologies provide food retailers and suppliers with ...
  • The Latest in Financial Trends for The Food Industry

    Apr 12, 2023
    It’s been a busy decade so far in finance and accounting. The first three years of the 2020s have been marked – and in some cases, rocked – by a steady stream of major events that have impacted retailers’ and suppliers’ books and bottom lines and ...
  • Addressing Your Most Pressing Challenge: Talent

    Mar 21, 2023
    According to The Food Retailing Industry Speaks 2022 report, workforce and talent top the list of challenges facing the food industry. With a turnover rate of 48% among food retailers and a 29% turnover rate for suppliers, it’s easy to understand ...
  • Drumroll Please: Introducing the 2023 Class of FMI Store Manager Awards Nominees

    Feb 22, 2023
    In addition to celebrating the hardworking people who make up our industry, we want to pay special attention to the store managers who are the heartbeat of local supermarkets across the globe. These devoted leaders embody their company’s vision and ...
  • Creative Ways to Find and Keep Meat Retail Staff

    Feb 13, 2023
    The labor squeeze has hit many industries over the past two years, causing employers to rethink how to entice new workers and retain existing ones. In the meat industry – which has often challenging environments and tasks that require specific ...
  • Coupons, Packaging and Home Meal Prep – Oh My!

    Feb 9, 2023
    At the FMI Midwinter Executive Conference, our speakers addressed: The Complexity of Coupons; The Biggest Challenges, Opportunities and Strategies That Lie Ahead for the CPG Industry; and Evolving Eats—What’s Cooking with ...