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.
  • 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 ...
  • Meet Up and Make Merry at the 2022 Meat Conference

    Dec 9, 2021
    Never has the road ahead of us looked less clear. Since last we gathered as the meat retail community, many facets of our lives have changed. We shopped differently, we ate differently and we worked differently. As a community, we came together to ...
  • Fresh is Front and Center for Growth, Investments

    Dec 1, 2021
    New research from FMI and Deloitte quantifies the level of importance of the fresh foods category to the food retail industry and highlights opportunities for new strategic investments to drive revenue growth, including boosting the in-store ...
  • National Seafood Month: A Great Time to Catch a Family Meal

    Oct 25, 2021
    October for many means pumpkins, costumes and scary movies. Growing up, for my family October also meant the start of stone crab season. The sweet crab claws remain a favorite family meal in my household and are just one way we regularly take part ...
  • From FaceTime to Face Time: AMC 2022 is Back In Person

    Oct 22, 2021
    Join us for the 2022 Annual Meat Conference, where we will further chart the course of our bright collective future. FMI and the North American Meat Institute can’t wait to welcome participants back in person from February 7-9, 2022, at the Gaylord ...
  • From Ticket Tearing to Screen Tapping: Foodservice in the Age of Ecommerce

    Oct 1, 2021
    According to The Power of Foodservice at Retail 2021 report, 89% of Baby Boomers prefer ordering from a person, while Millennials and Gen Z prefer using their smartphones or a kiosk. In fact, only 20% of Gen Z and 23% of Millennials prefer ordering ...
  • Fresh Food Insights in Bite-Sized Portions

    Jul 26, 2021
    Fresh foods at retail is such a big topic — a full meal, if you will — that sometimes it’s easier to understand this subject in bite-sized chunks. All the better if those chunks are available on ...
  • Unconventional Grilling is Hot this Summer

    Jul 2, 2021
    The Independence Day holiday conjures up all the senses associated with fire – the summer heat, the warmth of family and community gatherings, the smell of fireworks, and the permeating aroma of meat on the outdoor ...
  • 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 ...