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  • Grocers, Get Ready for Artificial Intelligence-based Transformation

    Nov 7, 2018
    Among the six digital imperatives for a successful omnichannel strategy established by FMI and Nielsen is one that involves completeness and consistency across in-store and digital shelves, cutting costs and creating a clear assortment inventory ...
  • University Profile: USC Marshall Food Industry Management Program Creates “Intrapreneurs”

    Oct 23, 2018
    As an adult, I sometimes dream about what it would be like to go back to school. Knowing what I know now, how would I do things differently and what courses would I take? I recently had the chance to learn more about the Food Industry Management (...
  • Photo Friday: Food Forward

    Oct 19, 2018
    FMI President and CEO Leslie Sarasin recently spoke at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Food Forward event and moderated a discussion on Mapping Consumer Trends with Nicole Davis, senior innovation manager of our brands for Kroger, and ...
  • Making Disruption Work for Your Business

    Oct 12, 2018
    Food retailers continue to see opportunities for differentiation as consumer expectations continue to shift and evolve. They have also become increasingly savvy, having to compete with an ever-growing set of rivals. We’re seeing a variety of ...
  • The Blurring Lines of Foodservice

    Oct 12, 2018
    For starters, although we're in the food retail business, we’re all consumers at the end of the day. Like the people who shop our stores (or who we want to shop at our stores), we may divide our meals during a typical week by eating out at ...
  • The Fresh Food Supply Chain: Combating Food Waste

    Oct 11, 2018
    The strawberry – featured in a video produced by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and shown at a panel discussion on Combating Food Waste during the recent FreshForward event in Chicago – doesn’t stand alone. According to panelist Dr. Frank Mitloehner, ...
  • Global Food Production and Fresh Foods

    Oct 10, 2018
    “When I was a boy, the world population was three billion. Now, we are at seven billion. Throughout our lifetime, human population on the planet will have tripled,” said Dr. Frank Mitloehner, professor and air quality extension specialist in the ...
  • The Evolving Consumer: Tastes Change With The Times

    Oct 9, 2018
    The venue for the recent FreshForward event in Chicago, presented by FMI, underscored the inevitability of the evolving consumer. Held in a funky, colorful meeting space inside a former meatpacking building, the room’s décor was designed to spark ...
  • Community Outreach Awards: Making A Difference in Communities

    Oct 9, 2018
    It’s that time of year again when we like to recognize food retailers as the driving force behind these community and charitable events. Food retailers submit their best practice examples of programs designed to educate and mentor youth; impact the ...
  • Moving from Worry to What Works

    Oct 1, 2018
    As a good-news oriented, lets-find-the-opportunity–here kind of person, it troubles me that the piece of FMI research posed for annually providing a snapshot of the state of the food retail industry tends to focus on concerns and ...
  • Find the Next Innovation in Food Retail at Groceryshop

    Sep 19, 2018
    By 2022 - just four years from now – we project consumers will be spending $100 billion on online groceries. That is the equivalent of every U.S. household spending $850 online for food and groceries. Are you and your company ready for ...
  • Upending the Apple Cart

    Sep 17, 2018
    We can either let others upset our apple carts on their terms, or we can work with our supplier partners to upend our own apple carts in order to see things in new ways, making the needed adjustments to create the more agile marketplace our shoppers ...
  • Photo Friday: National Family Meals Month™ Featured in Times Square

    Sep 7, 2018
    To kick off the fourth annual National Family Meals Month™, this new infographic with the message "More Matters at the Table and On Your Plate" appeared in Times Square on September 4. This represents a unique collaboration to combine the September ...
  • Kids or No Kids: How Millennials Are Grocery Shopping

    Sep 4, 2018
    We decided to look at the U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends2018 findings on Millennials verses Millennials with kids and see not only if our personal habits match the trends, but also how closely in-line our habits are to each ...
  • FMI Kicks-Off National Family Meals Month™

    Aug 31, 2018
    FMI and AFFI staff kick off the fourth annual National Family Meals Month with a staff family potluck ...