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Our Voice of The Food Industry blog offers commentary from FMI subject matter experts on timely and important topics to the food industry.

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  • Prioritizing Fresh Sustainability Despite Pandemic Challenges: FMI FreshForward Recap

    Sep 23, 2020
    It might be logical to think the fresh industry would have put sustainability on the back burner during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, in reality, many industry leaders never departed from their sustainability goals in the face of extreme hurdles. ...
  • It’s Time to Better Connect the Fresh Supply Chain

    Sep 9, 2020
    Improved data, analytics and visibility are essential to better connect the industry and make us more prepared for whatever lies ahead. That was a key message from speakers at FMI FreshForward....
  • Getting Consumers Reenergized About Fresh Foods

    Aug 26, 2020
    Fresh had become the leading innovation force for retailers, but the pandemic altered that story as consumers pantry loaded. Now it’s time to take back that leadership role by getting consumers more engaged with fresh again. Here are key takeaways ...
  • Beyond TP and Sanitizers: Why a Virtual Exchange Platform Serves the Food Industry Year Round

    Aug 4, 2020
    The new Food Industry Exchange, an electronic, subscription-based sustainable marketplace developed for FMI by The Seam is a valuable tool in shoring-up supply chains in anticipation of disruption. The Food Industry Exchange launched during the ...
  • Making the Cut: Meat and Poultry Back to the Center of the Plate

    Jul 29, 2020
    Think of today’s selling environment like one of those retail meat cut posters hanging in the butcher shop or meat department. There is a market as a whole, but it is portioned into different sections. Each section has its own features and ...
  • A 360-Degree View of Fresh Industry Transformation

    Jul 13, 2020
    We’re entering a new phase. While the pandemic isn’t over, the country is opening up, and consumers are relaying increased confidence about shopping and safety. This period provides an opportunity to get a 360 view of where we’ve been, how much has ...
  • Making Lemonade Out of a Lemon of a Year

    Jun 25, 2020
    Gaining new insights and leveraging resources can help you better navigate such changes while strengthening and making connections. From our vantage point at FMI, we can share some key learnings and next steps to bringing better produce business to ...
  • A Time for Conversations on The Future of Fresh

    Jun 19, 2020
    In the fresh industry, my area of focus at FMI, we need an opportunity not only to listen and learn, but also to converse, collaborate and plan action steps together. The need is great because the pandemic has scrambled so many of the traditional ...
  • Making the Connection: New Digital Platform Links Buyers and Sellers

    May 19, 2020
    To address acute supply chain disruptions and mitigate food loss and shortages, FMI has launched a new subscription-based digital platform that matches retailer and wholesaler members around the country with suppliers, including those who are new to ...
  • A Dreamy Strategic Plan for Midsummer

    May 18, 2020
    FMI’s Midsummer Strategic Executive Exchange provides a unique strategic opportunity for trading partner collaboration to hit the reset button and together identify, prioritize and address the industry’s most pressing business issues. Through ...
  • The Importance of Fresh Foods During COVID-19

    May 6, 2020
    The truth is the COVID-19 pandemic has affected all our mindsets and shopping habits. Our U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends COVID-19​Tracker details over a five-week period how Americans are coping with new realities presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. As ...
  • We’re All In This Together

    Apr 30, 2020
    Since the early days of the pandemic, FMI staff have been tracking news stories recording the food industry’s responses to their communities. Our tracking is a growing spreadsheet updated daily with nearly 200 rows documenting stories of food, ...
  • Grocery Heroes: A Half Million Jobs and Counting

    Apr 29, 2020
    We know from our U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends COVID-19 tracker that 25% of Americans are especially worried about having enough money to pay for food. Questions about the emerging job market have resulted in these anxieties and uncertainties ...
  • Essentially Essential: A First-Hand Account of Value Delivered

    Apr 24, 2020
    In late February, (only two weeks into the job) I was assigned to the Crisis Management Team, a cross-departmental group focused on the looming coronavirus outbreak. It was just a month after I joined the FMI team in the headquarters office that I ...
  • Partnering Through A Crisis

    Mar 31, 2020
    As the food industry focuses on our critical task of supplying grocery products to shoppers during the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s important to have strong partners to back our efforts. This crisis has created many fast and unexpected changes in how we ...