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  • 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 is your ...
  • Add to Your Bottom Line With Fresh Prepared

    Apr 14, 2016
    As grocery stores continue to evolve to meet consumer desires, we see the focus shifting to fresh prepared food selections. Many stores already have begun to move their fresh prepared product departments into high-grossing programs that provide the ...
  • Talking Fresh Foods at FMI Connect

    Apr 11, 2016
    When you attend FMI Connect this year we’ve ensured you will be able to be a part of the current conversation about fresh prepared in food retail. You can ask direct questions of the experts and enjoy the benefit of listening to the questions raised ...
  • Supermarket Chefs: More than Just a Showdown

    Apr 4, 2016
    We see a great opportunity to increase collaboration across all fresh foods departments at FMI Connect by taking the energy from the previous year’s competitions and transitioning that into a comprehensive learning experience where Supermarket Chefs ...
  • Grocery Revolution or Evolution

    Mar 3, 2016
    With more shoppers than households, grocery stores are finding ways to set themselves apart in order to grow their business. Differentiation is becoming the new competitive edge. We see this unfolding in FMI’s two annual signature research studies, ...
  • Grocery Stores Catering to a Food Truck Mentality

    Mar 2, 2016
    In the recent research by FMI/IRI on top trends in fresh, supermarkets are expanding their “Specialty Food Service” by installing sushi stations, charcuteries, juice bars, gourmet chocolate stations, Asian, Mexican, and many other specialty food ...
  • 9 Meat Department Shopping Trends in 2016

    Feb 24, 2016
    The meat department is one of the most important categories for many food retailers. A good meat department can help a store differentiate itself from the competition, and can be a significant driver of sales and foot traffic. The 2016 Power of Meat ...
  • Helping Consumer Empowerment Become Food Retailer Empowerment

    Feb 17, 2016
    Consumers have always mentally weighed and emotionally entertained multiple factors when making their decisions about the food products they are considering. For years, those variables could easily be summarized in the easy formula of three words; ...
  • Top Trend in Fresh Foods: Transparency

    Feb 9, 2016
    More than ever before, consumers want to know where there food is from, what is in their food and even how their food will impact their lifestyles over time. The pressure to convey this information is especially relevant to supermarkets’ fresh ...
  • 10 Findings on Fresh Prepared Foods in Grocery Stores

    Feb 5, 2016
    New research from FMI and Technomic, The Sophistication of Supermarket Fresh Prepared Foods, finds that as supermarkets become increasingly skilled in food service, this decision for shoppers becomes more complex. The study details the ...