Fresh Foods

Our Voice of The Food Industry blog offers commentary from FMI subject matter experts on timely and important topics to the food industry.
  • Advancing the Power of Frozen for Manufacturers and Retailers

    Feb 26, 2024
    Frozen IQ is a tailored experience designed for leaders in the frozen food ...
  • A Cut Above: Inspiring the Next Generation of Meat Department Leaders

    Feb 21, 2024
    Shoppers have questions when browsing the meat department, and those questions are often answered by butchers and associates – even in the TikTok era. Personal engagement is especially important in this category since consumers are frequently ...
  • Three Key Opportunities to Accelerate Fresh Foods Growth

    Feb 14, 2024
    The FreshForward conference features educational presentations, breakout groups for attendees to identify action steps for success and lots of opportunities for ...
  • The AI Imperative Across the Meat and Poultry Sector

    Jan 8, 2024
    If two letters sum up what most people are talking about in the food production and retailing business in 2024 it would be A.I. Indeed, the topic of artificial intelligence is on the minds and agendas of many throughout the farm-to-fork supply chain,...
  • How Fresh Foods Leaders Can Become Action Heroes

    Dec 4, 2023
    This year’s FreshForward Action Guide includes “actionable” steps to make progress on the three fresh topics covered at the 2023 conference in August — ecommerce, meal planning and Gen Z. The guide has been exclusively available to attendees and is ...
  • Meat is Having a Moment

    Nov 27, 2023
    The dishes may be all cleaned and put away, but recently shared Thanksgiving meals serve as a reminder that meat remains a center-of-the-plate food. As the holidays approach and even as New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier follow those ...
  • Changing Shopper Habits Drive Retail Foodservice

    Nov 17, 2023
    Two of the biggest changes in recent years, more eating at home and more working from home, are having positive impacts on the consumption of foodservice at ...
  • Food Industry Senior Leaders Energized About Fresh Foods Opportunities

    Sep 20, 2023
    Sometimes it’s hard to see past the hurdles facing the food industry. Executives sometimes hope to grab opportunities but struggle with a range of challenges. This is especially relevant to three topic tracks spotlighted at the most recent FMI ...
  • How the Food Industry Can Maintain “Fresh” Momentum

    Sep 6, 2023
    This is a great time to be in the fresh foods business, considering strong consumer demand and increased industry investments. Despite the positives, the industry needs to focus on strategies that can help maintain and even grow fresh momentum over ...
  • The Laws of Motion Propelling Fresh Foods

    Aug 17, 2023
    Newton's three laws of motion are important concepts to consider as we explore the State of Fresh ...
  • Lessons Learned from IDDBA 2023

    Jul 6, 2023
    This year I was honored to speak on the main stage of the 2023 International Deli Dairy Bakery Association conference where I shared key findings from our 2022 Power of In-Store Bakery report. It was exciting to see that many of our research ...
  • Eyeing Today, Tomorrow and the Future for Fresh Foods

    Jun 20, 2023
    Fresh food executives have very good instincts about their businesses, but they also need to rely on more than just that. In quickly changing times leaders need to understand how their business performance and plans compare with those of competitors....
  • Time-Strapped Shoppers Seeking Convenience in the Produce Department

    Apr 3, 2023
    There comes a time in everyone’s life when one must face their previous decisions and that day for me is moving day. The sum of my previous purchases literally weighs on me as I carry boxes up and down staircases. It’s a stressful and busy time, ...
  • Seafood: Two Steps Forward, One Step Backward

    Mar 29, 2023
    After the incredible growth of seafood sales at retail in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic (2020), seafood maintained its upward trajectory in 2021 to take the proverbial two steps forward. However, 2022 proved to be a very different story ...
  • Three Essential Topics to Advance Fresh Foods

    Mar 22, 2023
    If I asked you what are the most important fresh foods topics for the industry now, how would you respond? You might point to subjects such as food price inflation, competing with restaurants, sustainability, health and well-being, prepared foods, ...