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  • Add to Your Bottom Line With Fresh Prepared

    Apr 14, 2016
    As grocery stores continue to evolve to meet consumer desires, we see the focus shifting to fresh prepared food selections. Many stores already have begun to move their fresh prepared product departments into high-grossing programs that provide the ...
  • Talking Fresh Foods at FMI Connect

    Apr 11, 2016
    When you attend FMI Connect this year we’ve ensured you will be able to be a part of the current conversation about fresh prepared in food retail. You can ask direct questions of the experts and enjoy the benefit of listening to the questions raised ...
  • From Grocery Store to Grocerant

    Apr 8, 2016
    Grocery stores are under increasing competitive pressures to add restaurant-style and take-out options, creating a new hybrid, the “grocerant” with its focus on day parts – breakfast, lunch and dinner. At the same time, store managers are searching ...
  • What Can You Do to Grow and Survive in Today’s Changing Retail Environment?

    Apr 6, 2016
    FMI members are in a highly competitive, low margin business. Success is predicated on constant evaluation of changing market conditions, continual cost reduction and process improvement, along with investments in a variety of growth strategies, to ...
  • Supermarket Chefs: More than Just a Showdown

    Apr 4, 2016
    We see a great opportunity to increase collaboration across all fresh foods departments at FMI Connect by taking the energy from the previous year’s competitions and transitioning that into a comprehensive learning experience where Supermarket Chefs ...
  • Give Your Customers a Taste for the World

    Mar 31, 2016
    This year, FMI Connect will help in a way it never has before as it introduces multiple new pavilions to the FMI Expo, providing you with contacts to not just international suppliers that will be at FMI Connect for the first time, but also state-...
  • FMI Survey’s Recipe for Success: Building Trust and Loyalty While Investing in E-Commerce

    Mar 16, 2016
    A new FMI survey among grocery, retailing, and wholesaling companies explores their operation costs, customer retention strategies, and e-commerce initiatives. The analysis conducted by 210 Analytics and made possible by BMO Harris Bank, FMI’s ...
  • One-Stop Shopping for the Grocery Industry

    Mar 4, 2016
    You know that your customers look to their grocery stores for one-stop service to supply more and more of their needs and desires. Likewise, FMI Connect, United Fresh, International Floriculture Expo and the Global Cold Chain Expo will do the same ...
  • First-Ever Supermarket Department Manager Survey

    Feb 26, 2016
    The survey will provide a view from the eyes or our food retail department managers. What do they like about their job? What challenges do they face? How well do they communicate with store management and field supervision? Where are the ...
  • FMI Store Manager Award Winners: Where Are You Now Larry Hack?

    Feb 23, 2016
    We’ve been sharing inspirational stories from dedicated, hard-working store managers through a series of interviews with past FMI Store Manager Award winners, and we recently had the opportunity to continue the conversation with our 2014 Category A ...
  • 40 Asset Protection Experts Helping Us Think Differently

    Feb 19, 2016
    Behind every Food Marketing Institute (FMI) conference you’ll find a group of dedicated food retail professionals building the programs that will best meet today’s industry needs. Our conference planning committees spend countless hours advising FMI ...
  • 360 Degrees of Meat Trends

    Feb 16, 2016
    The industry is facing some unique pressures including increasing consumer focus on health and wellness, fresh prepared foods and a desire for more information about their food. To arm meat industry professionals with a 360 degree view of current ...
  • Store Manager Award Winners: Charlynne Stunder Where Are You Now?

    Feb 11, 2016
    Charlynne Stunder, store manager for Overwaitea Food Group’s Vancouver, BC, Canada store, was named Category D grand-prize winner in last year’s Store Manager Award competition. Charlynne’s positive, upbeat personality has been the driving ...
  • NEW Competitive Talent Strategies

    Jan 28, 2016
    Employees want to make connections; they want community and digital experiences that enable both their business and interpersonal relationships. They want to personally relate with their company’s mission statement and contribute to a greater ...
  • Be a Future Leader in the Food Retail Industry

    Jan 22, 2016
    We recently brought together current food retail leaders who are dedicated to the idea of growing today’s professionals into tomorrow’s industry leaders. This group, comprising the Future Leaders Committee, worked to develop a program that equips ...