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.
  • The Three Cs of Value-Added Produce

    Jun 2, 2021
    According to the Power of Produce 2021, more than three out of 10 shoppers believe they will purchase more value-added produce in the future—the highest share in four years. That’s a lot of shoppers expecting to buy more pre-washed lettuce, pre-...
  • Looking Back and Ahead for Perimeter Insights

    Apr 28, 2021
    I recently sat down with Barb Renner, Deloitte’s vice chairman and U.S. consumer products leader, for the latest edition of FMI’s webinar series called A FreshForward Conversation. Deloitte is FMI’s partner in FreshForward and Barb provided some ...
  • New Resources for Seafood Buyers

    Apr 26, 2021
    For a seafood buying office, one of the first major career challenges can come in understanding the various specifications for various seafood products. Indeed, buying offices may vary from organization to ...
  • How The Pandemic Has Changed Produce Cooking

    Apr 14, 2021
    I had an ongoing debate with my son when he was young. Green beans weren’t his favorite vegetable, but I kept telling him it’s not that he didn’t like green beans, it’s just that he hadn’t found the way he liked green beans cooked. I remember one ...
  • What Is Your Meat IQ?

    Apr 5, 2021
    My co-worker’s husband has become a barbecue aficionado. My son slow cooked a brisket for the first time at home. My grandson was excited to show me his burger-making skills. Is it just me, or has everyone’s meat IQ increased during the COVID-19 ...
  • Health and Well-being in the Meat Department – Seize the Opportunity!

    Mar 31, 2021
    Over the past year, consumers have flocked to the meat department like never before. Retailers and product suppliers have a prime opportunity to ensure consumers are satisfied with their product selections and choices. Research indicates that while ...
  • Next Steps for Enhancing Meat Industry Strategies

    Mar 30, 2021
    Fast forward to today, a year after lockdowns began, and the picture is brighter. The meat industry has worked hard to address its challenges — and has succeeded in getting past the worst of ...
  • What’s the Verdict on Plant-Based Fish Alternatives?

    Mar 23, 2021
    Our 2021 Power of Seafood report finds the biggest reason behind an increase in grocery seafood sales is consumers are trying to eat healthier (59%). In fact, 72% of frequent seafood consumers are putting more effort into making healthy and ...
  • Three Features of the 2021 Annual Meat Conference

    Mar 4, 2021
    FMI and the North American Meat Institute took inspiration from the retail meat industry, rolled up our sleeves and innovatively redesigned the 2021 Annual Meat Conference (AMC), happening virtually March 22-25, 2021. We think you’ll find that one ...
  • Get To Know the Sustainable Seafood Shopper

    Mar 2, 2021
    Today’s shoppers have stocked pantries, full freezers and overused cookbooks due to the changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. In a time where grocery shopping habits have changed for so many, one would expect seafood sustainability to drop ...
  • Differentiating in Fresh Through Better Forecasting

    Feb 19, 2021
    As a result, retailers need to increasingly focus on how to succeed with fresh across their omnichannel enterprises. They have to make sure fresh remains a differentiator regardless of the selling channel — from in-store to ...
  • Speaking from the Heart on Valentine’s Day

    Feb 12, 2021
    I am seizing this opportunity to issue this blog as my heartfelt Valentine’s Day card to the food industry, the community I have always admired and respected, but have come to appreciate and dare I say, love, in some new and more profound ways over ...
  • State of Change in the Meat Industry: What You Need to Know

    Feb 10, 2021
    Even though the average consumer may not think much about how it gets there, a lot of work, thought and resources go into each product in the retail meat case. And behind every piece of protein there are many people who make it happen, from the farm,...
  • Embracing New Retail Foodservice Opportunities

    Jan 21, 2021
    Retailers have stepped up throughout the pandemic to help consumers become more creative with meals ­– and now they have new opportunities to serve needs in the coming ...
  • Fresh Foods Well Positioned in Changing Landscape

    Jan 19, 2021
    This year began with the hope that society will gradually return to pre-pandemic normality — but some things will not revert back. One of the trends likely to stick is increased consumer interest in home-based meals — especially those incorporating ...