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  • A Pitmaster on the Power of Meat

    Mar 13, 2017
    As an award winning and competition BBQ pitmaster, it’s always an exciting time for me at FMI when we release the Power of Meat report. In the 2017 report, the concept of “getting meat right” is evident in the way retailers and stores are focusing ...
  • Meat, the Most Fascinating Dinner Guest

    Mar 7, 2017
    Meat has been the traditional center-of-the-plate feature for years, but no one bothered to ask it where it’s from, how it feels or even who invited it to the party. Consumers must think they’ve been rude dinner guests – satisfied by a superficial ...
  • 2017 Top Trends in Fresh: Holistic Health

    Mar 1, 2017
    According to 2017 Top Trends in Fresh, 230 million individuals will be living with chronic illnesses by 2030, and it’s no surprise to hear, that healthcare premiums are also soaring. In response, consumers are focusing on self-care and holistic ...
  • Meat Prices are Down. What’s That Mean for Grocery Meat Departments?

    Feb 2, 2017
    The planning committee for the Annual Meat Conference, February 19 – 21 in Dallas, TX, has developed a session lineup that provides robust insight into consumer trends and behavior. After all, when you better understand consumer motivations, you can ...
  • 2016: Fresh Recipe for Growth

    Jan 9, 2017
    When you’re in the kitchen trying to grow your culinary skills, you want to make sure you’re prepared with the right ingredients that will set you up for success. In a similar way, wholesalers and retailers spent 2016 cultivating their fresh ...
  • Roadmap to Success: Fresh Prepared Food in Grocery

    Dec 2, 2016
    In a few weeks another year will have flown by. We’ll soon start getting asked to reflect on 2016, and what we want to achieve in 2017. At some point in life, we’ve all heard the saying, “goals are the roadmaps to success.” The same concept can be ...
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    The Year of the Grocery Underdog

    Nov 21, 2016
    CNN recently reported that 2016 was the year of the underdog in sports – baseball, English football, golf, and certainly the Olympics. While there are multiple allusions to sports we make in business, I’m reminded that you don’t always have to be a ...
  • Where's the beef? Retailers can capitalize on new trends

    Oct 6, 2016
    Food retailers face a conundrum: Consumers increasingly want to express themselves and experiment with food, but these consumers also report time constraints. A recent webinar hosted by FMI, The Beef Checkoff and Technomic revealed research that ...
  • Telling a Local, Fresh Story

    Aug 10, 2016
    Local is big business for food retailers, especially as it relates to the produce aisle. According to the Power of Produce report, more than three-quarters of shoppers cite their support for the local economy and farmers as a reason for buying ...
  • What is the Power of Produce for Grocery Stores?

    Aug 8, 2016
    We recently launched the second annual Power of Produce research at FMI Connect. This year’s report was prepared by 210 Analytics and made possible by Yerecic Label. The report looks at shopper habits regarding fruits and vegetables pre-trip, in-...
  • How To Merchandise Seafood in Your Grocery Store

    Aug 4, 2016
    Still, challenges remain when it comes to both consumer and store associate seafood knowledge and preparation in order to sustain the momentum at the retail level. As part of FMI’s ongoing efforts to develop tools and resources most needed by our ...
  • Where Does Dory Come From?

    Aug 1, 2016
    My grandson is a big fan of the latest Disney movie Finding Dory. For those of you who haven’t seen the movie yet, Dory, a forgetful blue tang fish, embarks on a journey to find her family after her memory is sparked. Like most kids, the movie ...
  • How to Help Shoppers Plan Their Next Meal

    Jun 1, 2016
    Fifty three percent of dinners are now planned within an hour of eating. Moreover, consumers say they lack the time to plan and the skills to cook (The Hartman Group). With trends like these, it is no wonder that “fresh prepared” is one of the ...
  • Stay Cool This Summer with Our Fresh Prepared Food Trends

    May 2, 2016
    Supermarket fresh prepared segments have grown exponentially over the last decade and in order to capitalize on this momentum Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and our research partners Technomic have joined forces to provide grocers with an easy to ...
  • Grab Shoppers’ Attention with these Best Practices in Fresh Foods

    Apr 18, 2016
    Connecting to shoppers, especially Millennials is a tall order but the Food Marketing Institute’s (FMI) Fresh Executive Council is leading collaboration efforts across all fresh foods departments to bigger baskets and www.fmi.org/FreshFoods is your ...