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  • Tech Opportunities for Food Retail on Display at CES

    Jan 10, 2017
    As a group of food retailing industry executives who took advantage of an FMI-organized trip to International CES 2017 realized, there is no way around it: Consumers are quite happily and increasingly ...
  • 140 In-Person Membership Visits in 2016

    Dec 29, 2016
    Building a strong membership program can be equated to the quote, “Without a solid foundation, you’ll have trouble creating anything with value.” In 2016, the FMI Membership department continued to build a robust and valuable membership program by ...
  • Changes to the FMI Events Program Put the Focus on Quality Content

    Dec 28, 2016
    While we carefully monitor the numbers, we also know we serve FMI members best by providing high-quality opportunities for them to learn what they need to grow their businesses and to meet one another face to face. So the “AND” is an important part ...
  • 3 Business Questions Answered at Midwinter Executive Conference

    Dec 14, 2016
    There is no denying the food retail industry continues to navigate an ever-changing marketplace. Shoppers are finding additional ways to be more efficient, find specialty products, and save money on everyday items. Tech-savvy shoppers are ...
  • What’s New This Year at the Midwinter Executive Conference?

    Dec 8, 2016
    Are you ready for an FMI Midwinter Executive Conference like you’ve never experienced before? The invitation-only annual event will undergo a transformation this year, making it easier and more convenient for senior-level food retail executives to ...
  • The Twelve Events of FMI in 2017 Put To Song

    Dec 7, 2016
    It just so happens, that FMI has twelve “gifts” to share this holiday season—our extensive list of education and networking events designed to help food retail professionals at every level of the industry enhance their careers and skill set. So, ...
  • The FMI Foundation Presents: Stir It Up!

    Dec 1, 2016
    Drum roll please! The FMI Foundation is accenting the FUN in fundraising with our new event Stir It Up!, a lively cooking competition between food industry executives taking place January 29 at the 2017 FMI Midwinter Executive Conference in ...
  • Two Deservedly at the Top

    Nov 14, 2016
    Female leaders from many of FMI's member companies have received the recognition of Top Women in Grocery this year. I salute all of them. I’m especially honored to celebrate two of my exceptional colleagues who were honored this week at the Top ...
  • How to Sell More and Waste Less Food

    Oct 19, 2016
    The challenge of reducing food waste has never been more in focus for the food wholesale and retail industry. By some estimates, as much as a third of all food produced is lost or wasted from farm to ...
  • FMI Focuses on Future Generations with Future Leaders in June

    Oct 3, 2016
    Nearly anytime two or more food retail leaders have gathered, the conversations seem to steer toward talent: from participants in the Retail Management Certificate Summit and webinars this summer to conversations during the Annual Business ...
  • Taking a New Path In Enriching the Food Retail Community

    Sep 28, 2016
    All these factors tally up to a wholesale change in the ways we do business. Your association recognizes this quite clearly and today we made a strategic announcement about the relevancy of our events moving forward. After much deliberation and ...
  • How Did That Get In The Shopping Cart?

    Jul 19, 2016
    The chances are really good that the shopping responsibility for these backyard grill-fests didn’t fall squarely with just one person, but were a cooperative effort among the household’s multiple shoppers. According to FMI’s U.S. Grocery Shopper ...
  • Top-10 Reasons to Attend the 2016 SQF International Conference

    Jul 12, 2016
    Designed and developed by your peers in the food safety industry, the annual SQF International Conference provides a unique and valuable opportunity to gain knowledge and skills to strengthen your food safety and food quality assurance programs, ...
  • The Business of Food Retail

    Jun 24, 2016
    Customer service is at the heart of the food retail industry. In a time when the industry is experiencing an unprecedented pace of change, it’s important to remember our roots and showcase those in our industry who exemplify our customer service ...
  • What Does Innovation Mean to You?

    Jun 22, 2016
    For some, innovation is the latest technology or gadget that promises to transform the way we all live our lives and do business. For others, innovation is that big idea that solves both a business problem and a consumer need. And then there are ...