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.
  • The Fresh Food Supply Chain: Combating Food Waste

    Oct 11, 2018
    The strawberry – featured in a video produced by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and shown at a panel discussion on Combating Food Waste during the recent FreshForward event in Chicago – doesn’t stand alone. According to panelist Dr. Frank Mitloehner, ...
  • Global Food Production and Fresh Foods

    Oct 10, 2018
    “When I was a boy, the world population was three billion. Now, we are at seven billion. Throughout our lifetime, human population on the planet will have tripled,” said Dr. Frank Mitloehner, professor and air quality extension specialist in the ...
  • The Evolving Consumer: Tastes Change With The Times

    Oct 9, 2018
    The venue for the recent FreshForward event in Chicago, presented by FMI, underscored the inevitability of the evolving consumer. Held in a funky, colorful meeting space inside a former meatpacking building, the room’s décor was designed to spark ...
  • 5 Food Innovation Trends At Expo East

    Sep 21, 2018
    At Natural Products Expo East last week, it was a pleasure to meet inspiring innovators and entrepreneurs that are raising the bar at food retail today....
  • Photo Friday: National Family Meals Month™ Featured in Times Square

    Sep 7, 2018
    To kick off the fourth annual National Family Meals Month™, this new infographic with the message "More Matters at the Table and On Your Plate" appeared in Times Square on September 4. This represents a unique collaboration to combine the September ...
  • Kids or No Kids: How Millennials Are Grocery Shopping

    Sep 4, 2018
    We decided to look at the U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends2018 findings on Millennials verses Millennials with kids and see not only if our personal habits match the trends, but also how closely in-line our habits are to each ...
  • FMI Kicks-Off National Family Meals Month™

    Aug 31, 2018
    FMI and AFFI staff kick off the fourth annual National Family Meals Month with a staff family potluck ...
  • A Sneak Peak of FreshForward

    Aug 9, 2018
    I’m in event planning mode. Our totally new and unique event FreshForward is coming up in just about a month and I’m very excited for the experience. Speakers are getting confirmed, sponsors or coming in and retailers are making travel arrangements. ...
  • What Do Meal Kits and Multicookers, like Instant Pot, Have in Common?

    Aug 8, 2018
    Together, meal kits and multicookers could provide food retailers with their next great sales ...
  • Retail Foodservice: A College Student’s Perspective

    Jul 26, 2018
    As a college student living off-campus for the first time this past year, I only recently learned to weekly grocery shop on my own. As a newbie, I’m eager to discover the most cost-and time-efficient ways to prepare and enjoy nutritious, fresh meals ...
  • Top Trends and Our Finds from the 2018 Fancy Food Summer Show

    Jul 18, 2018
    Earlier this month our team traveled to New York to staff the FMI and SQF food safety attendee information area at the Fancy Food Summer Show. We were excited to talk to companies who might be a good fit in the new FMI Emerge program, a subscription-...
  • Driving Home The Benefits of Family Meals

    Jul 11, 2018
    An enormous National Family Meals Month™ movement has grown with an expansive suite of turnkey materials, broad industry awareness, a blossoming list of committed partners, mounting consumer engagement, and most importantly, demonstrated behavior ...
  • How to Make Retail Foodservice Top of Mind for Meal Solutions

    Jun 28, 2018
    It’s 5 p.m. on a Wednesday and you’re driving your two kids back from soccer and ballet practice when your wife calls and asks what you want for dinner. What do you think of first? Pizza? Chinese? Leftovers? Questions of health and nutrition start ...
  • FMI Summer Blockbuster Preview, the Sequels and the Trilogy

    Jun 20, 2018
    Maybe I am a little “old-school,” but when I go to the movies I still try to get to my seat (with my popcorn) in plenty of time to see the previews of upcoming movies. And, I always look forward to seeing what is coming to a theater near me during ...
  • Transparency and Social Alignment: Two Top Trends in Fresh That Are Paying Off

    Jun 14, 2018
    As I walk around the perimeter of the grocery store today, two big trends are paying off. One is transparency—the shopper’s desire to know more about where their food comes from and how it was made. The second is social and cultural alignment, or a ...