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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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  • Recommendations for Food Retailers and Wholesalers on Sourcing Leafy Greens

    Jun 13, 2019
    Some things are out of our control, but as a big believer to control what we can, the food and product safety team along with the FMI Food Protection Committee have put together a plan and Recommended Food Safety Practices for Leafy Greens to help ...
  • FDA Support of the Product Code Date Label Initiative

    Jun 10, 2019
    Frank Yiannis, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deputy commissioner of food policy and response, gave FMI’s and GMA’s joint initiative urging industry-wide adoption of standard date-label language a ringing endorsement in his recent letter to the ...
  • Did Millennials Usher in The Era of The Impossible Whopper?

    Apr 22, 2019
    Recently, Burger King introduced the Impossible Whopper—a vegetarian version of the classic Whopper—and there are claims of other fast food restaurants following this trend. Taste testers in the pilot location of St. Louis, Missouri, are giving the ...
  • Slice of the Bakery Market

    Apr 15, 2019
    Slicing into the overall bakery market that racked up $59.7 billion in grocery sales in 2018, there are similar diverging preferences for baked goods of all kinds. The first Power of Bakery report, recently released by Food Marketing Institute and ...
  • How Does FMI Know the State of the Food Retail Industry?

    Apr 9, 2019
    The first ever The Food Retailing Industry Speaks (Speaks) report appeared in 1949. Seventy years later, this report continues to provide the food retail industry with important benchmarks, facts and figures that are used in our advocacy work on ...
  • The Promise of Artificial Intelligence for Food Retail

    Mar 28, 2019
    At the recent Annual Meat Conference in Dallas, a roomful of attendees were baffled by what sounded like a simple question: “How often do you interact with artificial intelligence?” The fact is that, increasingly, in our everyday lives we encounter ...
  • “How” Matters As Much as “What” in Produce: Findings from the Power of Produce 2019

    Mar 26, 2019
    Just as consumers are rethinking fresh produce in their diets as they embrace more plant-based foods, grocers can also take a new look at their merchandising mindset for fresh fruits and vegetables. The opportunity is certainly ripe: the newly-...
  • The Seafood Category Is Distinct And Intriguing

    Mar 21, 2019
    What reveals the market potential for seafood at retail, given the diversity of products and varying availability and seasonality around the country? The Power of Seafood report – the first in FMI’s “Power of…” series to focus on seafood – shares ...
  • The SCOTUS Case that will Reexamine What “Confidential” Means to You

    Mar 19, 2019
    A legal case heading to oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court this spring has far-reaching implications when it comes to something you hold near and dear -- your confidential commercial information. FMI is a named party in the case because we ...
  • The Power of Meat 2019

    Mar 12, 2019
    Shoppers are on a power trip when it comes to meat and poultry. And that’s not a bad thing. People continue to enjoy power-packed protein in their diets, usually in the form of meat....
  • Tailor-made In-Store Food Experiences for Different Communities

    Mar 5, 2019
    Food retailers can create in-store memorable experiences lots of ways, but I’m always particularly impress by the grocery stores that take the time to learn their local shoppers’ fresh culinary preferences and build tantalizing experiences around ...
  • The Ever-Changing Meal Kit

    Feb 28, 2019
    The meal kit - in which a consumer receives everything needed to prepare a “home-cooked” meal - has had a short, but colorful history. Meal kit companies that have been around for as long as four or five years seem like sturdy industry veterans. ...
  • Smart Retailers Make It Fresh and Make It an Experience

    Feb 12, 2019
    Smart retailers realized there is a new and very good reason for shoppers to visit a physical store - the incredible real-time experience that comes with the foods and beverages they ...
  • Let Us Begin to Unpack the Romaine Crisis

    Feb 11, 2019
    When the government issued a nationwide consumer advisory on all romaine lettuce just days before the biggest food holiday of the year, the operational impact was massive, and the repercussions continue today. Compounding the situation, this was the ...
  • Fresh Food Management: The Role of Fresh In Retail

    Jan 16, 2019
    Fresh Item Management is not an easy task for any sized retailer. It requires a lot of cooperation from department heads, quality data, constant due diligence, and an end goal for efficiency/profitability. During the recent NRF 2019 Show, I had the ...