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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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-...