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  • How 3 Top NCAA Basketball Coaches Define Leadership

    Jun 23, 2015
    While the basketball court is not the grocery aisle, there are some similarities. In both arenas teammates may be between the ages of 17 – 22 years old, new technology and social media are becoming more of a factor and problems arise that need ...
  • In Their Own Words: Supermarket Chef Showdown Winners

    Jun 19, 2015
    Out of 295 recipes, 15 finalists where chosen to compete at FMI Connect, five went home winners and one is the reigning Grand Champion headed to Calabria, Italy for an all expense-paid culinary immersion program for two at the Italian Culinary ...
  • Video: CEO of Kudrinko's Ltd. Talks Fresh, Family Meals and Knowing the Customer

    Jun 18, 2015
    In a live interview from FMI Connect, Neil Kudrinko, president and CEO of Kudrinko's Ltd. gives an independent operator perspective on fresh, helping families share meals together at home and the importance of knowing your customer....
  • Video: Publix Talks Family Meals, Competition and Innovation

    Jun 15, 2015
    In a live interview from FMI Connect, Maria Brous, Director of Media and Community Relations for the Publix Super Markets talks about helping families share meals together at home, competition and innovation....
  • Produce Means Business

    Jun 10, 2015
    FMI released its inaugural report, The Power of Produce 2015 at FMI Connect, on changes in shoppers’ produce purchasing trends and behaviors at food retail. The new annual study features a fresh insight for the produce retail industry by ...
  • “Made in Italy” at FMI Connect

    Jun 9, 2015
    The Italian Trade Agency, a government agency promoting internationalization of Italian companies, today hosted a press conference in the FMI Connect Expo’s Italian Pavilion to launch a U.S. campaign in four major markets to raise awareness of the ...
  • Navigating Mobile App Options for Independents

    Jun 9, 2015
    The world of mobile apps can be confusing for large companies let alone independent operators. FMI Connect speaker David Ciancio, Principal, Peak Loyalty LLC, provided background on how shoppers’ ubiquitous use of mobile technology is changing the ...
  • Recognizing Industry Excellence at FMI Connect

    Jun 5, 2015
    Annually, FMI recognizes the community building efforts of industry leaders and highlights the oft-unheralded contributions supermarkets make to their communities. AtFMI’s Midwinter Executive Conference in January, we announced the recipients of the ...
  • Conversations at FMI Connect

    Jun 3, 2015
    Here are five conversations I am looking forward to having while I am in Chicago at FMI Connect, June 8 – 11. I anticipate our members will have some interesting responses to the 2015 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends data which will be premiered on June ...
  • My Brands Matter: Private Brands Summit at FMI Connect Showcases Why

    Jun 3, 2015
    Forbes recently released its The World’s Most Valuable Brands list and as in previous years Apple, Microsoft and Google retain their hold on the top three spots. The list is comprised of more than 200 global brands and companies, among other things, ...
  • Supermarket Chefs’ Prepared Desserts Take the Cake with Consumers

    Jun 2, 2015
    Health and wellness experts like FMI’s very own Cathy Polley, RPh know that healthy diets leave room for dessert. Sustainable weight management hinges in large part on dietary moderation; deprivation diets that restrict entire categories of food ...
  • Driving Private Brand Sales with Collaborative Business Planning

    Jun 1, 2015
    If everything is so great for private brands, why all the focus and need to build better business planning processes? As consumer awareness grows so does demand, especially for products that meet consumer needs whether they are for function, flavor, ...
  • Connecting with SQFI at FMI Connect

    May 29, 2015
    Today’s consumers are striving to be more educated about the food they’re eating and providing their families, which leads to questions regarding the safety, quality and ethics about the manufacturing and distribution of their food. One link in the ...
  • Why Food Safety and Crisis Communications Professionals Should Be Best Friends

    May 27, 2015
    Whether a food recall, a new food safety news story or questions about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) implementation, as the food safety and communications professionals at FMI we’re pretty much inseparable when these topics arise. That’s ...
  • Supermarket Chefs Meeting Demand for Ethnic Dishes with Prepared Foods

    May 26, 2015
    Quinoa. Cous Cous. Orzo. Not so long ago these ethnic foods were virtually unknown to the average American consumer. Fast forward to today, and they’re pantry staples for many of us. Ethnic foods have gone mainstream and supermarket chefs—much to ...