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.
  • Where Do Shoppers Look for Plant-based Foods and Beverages In-Store?

    Oct 3, 2022
    A few years ago, several meat alternative companies made headlines with one small change—placing their products alongside traditional meat counterparts in the meat section. A debate ensued that continues today—where should plant-based foods and ...
  • Going the Extra Mile for Fresh Foods Success

    Sep 27, 2022
    Holding a conference at a high-altitude location can help everyone see the big picture. FMI’s recent FreshForward conference in Denver, the Mile High City, sparked high-level insights from speakers to foster industry success. I recently wrote that ...
  • Senior Retail Leaders Champion Fresh Foods Progress

    Sep 15, 2022
    Succeeding with fresh foods strategies is a lot easier if you have senior leaders championing efforts. That is one of my key takeaways from FMI’s recently completed FreshForward conference in Denver. Top leaders from three major retail organizations ...
  • Keeping Fresh in Focus While Navigating an Obstacle Course

    Sep 9, 2022
    As part of this year’s Speaks survey, FMI took a deep dive into what is happening in the fresh perimeter departments, and there was so much to report, that we created a separate deep dive into The State of Fresh Foods. Here are a few of the key ...
  • Who is The Animal-Alternative Product Shopper?

    Aug 9, 2022
    In the inaugural Power of Plant-based Foods and Beverages 2022 report, which is FMI’s first-ever comprehensive review of the plant-based topic broadly, we looked at naturally plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains and ...
  • Engaging with Shoppers on Animal Welfare

    Jul 8, 2022
    Shoppers say they seek out product claims that showcase ethical practices, and this activity has been consistent over the last two years, even during the pandemic. Having transparent standards and best practices in place allows for more meaningful ...
  • New Infographic: July 4th Barbecue Breakdown

    Jun 30, 2022
    To help support our members’ communications with customers this holiday weekend regarding food price inflation, FMI has created a new July 4th Barbeque Breakdown infographic that highlights common ingredients people consume during their holiday ...
  • What Does It Mean to Eat More “Plant-Based” Foods and Beverages?

    May 5, 2022
    The connection between eating more plants and better health is undeniable. But what exactly does it mean to eat more “plant-based?...
  • An Energized Fresh Industry Gets Back In Person

    May 3, 2022
    The level of excitement felt like it was off the charts. FMI recently marked an important milestone in the return to normalcy by hosting our in-person Midwinter Executive Conference in Florida, preceded by our Fresh Foods Leadership Council ...
  • A Walk Through the Supermarket: Store Operations on Fresh Foods

    Apr 12, 2022
    I’m new to FMI and learning a lot about the ins and outs of the food industry. In preparation for our Store Operations Series: Fresh Focal Point, I took a virtual walk through the supermarkets with FMI’s in-house expert, Rick Stein, vice president ...
  • How Does FMI Know the Current State of the Food Industry?

    Apr 6, 2022
    The answer is from YOU. We know because the industry tells us each year when we ask, as we have been doing every year for more than 70 years. The first ever The Food Retailing Industry Speaks (Speaks) report appeared in 1949. Seventy-three years ...
  • All Hail Locally Grown: The King of Product Attributions

    Apr 4, 2022
    The farmer from down the street skillfully cultivating a lettuce patch, community field workers carefully inspecting the ripeness of strawberries and clean water from a local reservoir hydrating a nearby apple orchard – these are just some of the ...
  • Seafood Resonates Now More Than Ever

    Mar 17, 2022
    After two years of looking at people through screens, it was so nice to see real people at the Seafood Expo North America (SENA) this past week in Boston where we shared and released the latest Power of Seafood report. While the past two years have ...
  • The Price is Right… On Par with Appearance and Ripeness

    Mar 10, 2022
    According to FMI’s 2022 Power of Produce report, price now ranks as the number-one factor produce consumers consider. Twenty-five percent of shoppers ranked price first when making fresh produce purchasing decisions, followed by appearance (19%), ...
  • Five Key Strategies to Drive Fresh in 2022

    Jan 5, 2022
    Key lessons were highlighted over the past year in FMI's FreshForward Conversations video series, which has covered many angles related to the pandemic's impact. This is a good time to revisit those conversations to identify the best strategies to ...