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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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  • What will Help Consumers Accept Gene Edited Food Products?

    Apr 1, 2020
    The FMI Foundation, in collaboration with American Seed Trade Association, Farm Bureau and the Farm Foundation, recently commissioned Dr. Vincenzina Caputo at Michigan State University to conduct research gauging consumer acceptance of gene edited ...
  • Grocery Stores Remain Constant in Times of Need

    Mar 18, 2020
    Even amidst numerous state emergency declarations relative to mass gatherings impacting restaurants and bars, the White House re-emphasized that grocery stores will remain open during this national emergency....
  • The 2020 Strategic Playbook For The Food Industry

    Mar 9, 2020
    FMI and Oliver Wyman’s annual journal publication Boardroom provides a starting point. In fact, volume 5 of the journal is a strategic playbook for the emerging issues a food retailer or supplier should be discussing in their boardrooms—that’s how ...
  • Coronavirus Dual-Preparedness Mode

    Mar 3, 2020
    I have a bottle of alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol sitting on my desk at work. It’s half-full, and I’ve used it more in the last two weeks than the last two years. I am also washing my hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. ...
  • Connecting the Wellness Dots in The Grocery Store

    Feb 12, 2020
    We live in an age of personalization. A shopper looking for Keto meal options and a shopper seeking blood pressure medicine both have the same end goal—a personalized grocery shopping experience that gets them the products they need and want. For ...
  • The Food Industry’s 2020 Retail Food Safety Priorities

    Feb 10, 2020
    The food industry is entering a new, critical food marketplace that’s focused on advancing technology, digitalization and information sharing. FMI organized a meeting with the FMI Food Protection Committee to set this year’s top food safety ...
  • 6 Product Labels Shoppers Want and Retailers Are Providing

    Feb 6, 2020
    Shoppers want to eat well, but the idea of eating well is unique to each person and each household. Eating well could mean following a specific diet, trying the latest food trend or meeting medical needs through food. Often, in order to eat well, ...
  • Plant-Based Food Trend Insights

    Jan 29, 2020
    In a highly innovative, yet continuously developing market, comes the need for direction in how to follow changing consumer behaviors and best capture buyer dollars seeking plant-based alternatives. To achieve that goal, FMI produced a three-part ...
  • A Conversation with Oscar Gonzalez, Northgate Gonzalez Market

    Jan 23, 2020
    Oscar Gonzalez, co-president and COO of Northgate Gonzalez Market, is chairman of FMI's 2020 Midwinter Executive Conference and a true leader when it comes to creating genuine experiences that hold true to his company’s personality. Under Oscar’s ...
  • What’s In A Brand?

    Jan 21, 2020
    Life is full of circumstances and situations that prompt us to evaluate our personal brand and make necessary changes, adapting to a new position or setting by shifting our brand. Sometimes these involve small adjustments and sometimes we must ...
  • Private Brands Positioned to Advance in 2020

    Jan 7, 2020
    The private brands industry is well positioned to gain ground in 2020. Why do I feel so positive about the outlook? It’s because of a growing private brands commitment and strategic positioning by food retailers. These emerged in findings from two ...
  • How to Expand Grocery Health and Wellness Programs to Online Shoppers

    Jan 2, 2020
    Online grocery shoppers are looking for convenience, but that doesn’t mean they are willing to sacrifice their health and wellness goals. When it comes to serving online grocery shoppers, food retailers can do more to meet shoppers’ health and ...
  • FMI’s 2019 Year in Review

    Dec 20, 2019
    There is something particularly noble about accomplishments that have so many ups and downs and surprise developments that they require a special brand of perseverance. Finishing the fight requires overcoming the nagging drag of self-doubt when the ...
  • Helping Shoppers In-Store With Their New Year, New You Goals

    Dec 16, 2019
    New Year’s resolutions often start with plans to be healthier. What if a shopper’s new year, new you goal to be healthier could be achieved in a simple way—by doing something they already do regularly—going to the grocery store? That’s right, ...
  • What is the Certified Plant Based Seal?

    Dec 3, 2019
    Plant-based food products are no longer just a trend – they are here to stay in an industry that is growing incrementally each day. FMI’s Power of Meat 2019 report finds that plant-based meat alternatives sales increased 19.2% last year and account ...