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.
  • 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, ...
  • The State of Meat Remains Strong

    Mar 17, 2023
    Despite rumors of its demise, the state of the meat category in grocery retail remains strong. As shared with the almost 2,000 attendees at the Annual Meat Conference last week in Dallas, the Power of Meat report, conducted by FMI and the Meat ...
  • Drumroll Please: Introducing the 2023 Class of FMI Store Manager Awards Nominees

    Feb 22, 2023
    In addition to celebrating the hardworking people who make up our industry, we want to pay special attention to the store managers who are the heartbeat of local supermarkets across the globe. These devoted leaders embody their company’s vision and ...
  • Food Safety Priorities Take Shape for 2023

    Feb 16, 2023
    Each year, FMI's Food Protection Committee sets initiatives to help guide and prioritize their work. These priorities help to focus our communication with member companies about pressing food safety issues and direct our efforts with Congress and ...
  • Creative Ways to Find and Keep Meat Retail Staff

    Feb 13, 2023
    The labor squeeze has hit many industries over the past two years, causing employers to rethink how to entice new workers and retain existing ones. In the meat industry – which has often challenging environments and tasks that require specific ...
  • Coupons, Packaging and Home Meal Prep – Oh My!

    Feb 9, 2023
    At the FMI Midwinter Executive Conference, our speakers addressed: The Complexity of Coupons; The Biggest Challenges, Opportunities and Strategies That Lie Ahead for the CPG Industry; and Evolving Eats—What’s Cooking with ...
  • What Leading Agricultural Technology Companies Want Food Retailers to Know

    Feb 8, 2023
    It is no secret that there are more and more of us on this planet every day. In fact, by the year 2030, there will be 8.6 billion of us. How will we feed a population that size on, a more crowded and hotter planet, with finite resources? The answer ...
  • Table Stakes: A Resilient, Transparent Meat Supply Chain

    Jan 25, 2023
    The farm-to-fork path has taken some twists and turns over the past few years. One part of the route is a rougher haul, marked by often simultaneous crises. Another part of the path is being cleared to provide a better view from production to the ...
  • How Technology is Redefining the Meat Case

    Jan 17, 2023
    While the backroom used to be where butchers made cuts by hand, there’s a different kind of cutting edge in today’s food retail meat business. Advanced technologies are changing the way meat is produced, processed and packaged, as well as handled ...
  • 3 Easy Ways to Jumpstart Your Plans for Supermarket Employee Day 2.22.23

    Jan 9, 2023
    There are more than 40,000 stores that sell food and grocery items in the U.S. alone. Millions of supermarket employees come to work daily to keep shelves stocked and to provide communities with essential services that help them survive and ...
  • Holiday Meal Planning Made Easy

    Dec 22, 2022
    Amidst the holiday hustle and bustle, foodservice at retail can serve as a critical value-add for shoppers with long to-do lists and a desire to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with their loved ...