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  • A Sneak Peak of FreshForward

    Aug 9, 2018
    I’m in event planning mode. Our totally new and unique event FreshForward is coming up in just about a month and I’m very excited for the experience. Speakers are getting confirmed, sponsors or coming in and retailers are making travel arrangements. ...
  • AI Powers The Customer Experience

    Aug 1, 2018
    Not a day goes by that I don’t find myself reading about grocery stores rolling out new technologies to engage shoppers. If you happen to Google “technology in grocery stores,” I guarantee you’ll find at least five pages of relevant, interesting ...
  • Have You Heard? National Family Meals Month Movement Is Trending

    Jul 27, 2018
    This September, the food retail industry celebrates the fourth annual National Family Meals Month™ (NFMM). NFMM and its huge impact is trending among consumers. Eighty-four percent of shoppers who saw the NFMM campaign reported healthier behaviors ...
  • Retail Foodservice: A College Student’s Perspective

    Jul 26, 2018
    As a college student living off-campus for the first time this past year, I only recently learned to weekly grocery shop on my own. As a newbie, I’m eager to discover the most cost-and time-efficient ways to prepare and enjoy nutritious, fresh meals ...
  • Industry-wide Initiatives Are Hard, But That’s What Makes Them Great

    Jul 23, 2018
    Industry-wide voluntary initiatives are tough. It takes time to organize and implement change to get on the same page with partners. Inevitably there are bumps in the road, lessons to be learned and wrinkles to iron out. But the result is worth it—a ...
  • Top Trends and Our Finds from the 2018 Fancy Food Summer Show

    Jul 18, 2018
    Earlier this month our team traveled to New York to staff the FMI and SQF food safety attendee information area at the Fancy Food Summer Show. We were excited to talk to companies who might be a good fit in the new FMI Emerge program, a subscription-...
  • Looking to Grow Your Business?

    Jul 17, 2018
    Most Americans know that the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a full count of the U.S. population every 10 years, but few know about the business data they publish. On July 24, FMI will host a webinar that will provide an overview of both the demographic ...
  • Driving Home The Benefits of Family Meals

    Jul 11, 2018
    An enormous National Family Meals Month™ movement has grown with an expansive suite of turnkey materials, broad industry awareness, a blossoming list of committed partners, mounting consumer engagement, and most importantly, demonstrated behavior ...
  • Do You Eat Well?

    Jul 10, 2018
    Did you eat well on July 4th? I am guessing food was a key part of your holiday activities, most likely a traditional barbeque. If I ask - did you “eat well?” How would you answer? Did you have tasty burgers and hot dogs? Did you have a fresh, ...
  • Photo Friday: A Visit To H-E-B

    Jun 29, 2018
    Food Marketing Institute's President and CEO, Leslie G. Sarasin, and Chief Food and Product Safety Officer, Senior Vice President of Food Safety Programs, Hilary Thesmar, visited Craig Boyan, president of H-E-B, last week....
  • The Inspiration To Keep Everyone Coming To The Table

    Jun 27, 2018
    We all have them, those lists of things we know we SHOULD do, but for some reason we just don’t, or at least not as often as we should. We’ve likely long been convinced these actions are good for us, but if they require extra effort they slip into ...
  • Reversing the Spotlight

    Jun 20, 2018
    Dagmar Farr, senior vice president, membership and education, was recently honored at a board meeting of the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) for her many, many years of committed and extraordinary service to the organization as a member of its ...
  • FMI Summer Blockbuster Preview, the Sequels and the Trilogy

    Jun 20, 2018
    Maybe I am a little “old-school,” but when I go to the movies I still try to get to my seat (with my popcorn) in plenty of time to see the previews of upcoming movies. And, I always look forward to seeing what is coming to a theater near me during ...
  • Leadership Disruption: Discussions With CEO Update

    Jun 13, 2018
    CEO Update Live recently hosted a panel of association CEOs addressing the topic of leadership disruption, with FMI President and CEO Leslie Sarasin among the contributing panelists. The following is an excerpt of the questions posed by moderator ...
  • You’re Invited to Celebrate National Family Meals Month™

    May 31, 2018
    Have you ever felt like you missed out on the party? If you haven’t been participating in National Family Meals Month™ in September, a growing movement in food retail, you have been missing the party! ...