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Our Voice of Food Retail blog offers commentary from FMI subject matter experts on timely and important topics to the food retail industry.

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  • Every Month Should Be National Family Meals Month

    Sep 29, 2016
    As we come to the end of the 2nd National Family Meals Month™, I am convinced that encouraging family meals at home should be a year round promotion. Every September, the FMI Foundation will continue to raise awareness about the important role ...
  • The Family Meals Month Celebration

    Sep 21, 2016
    Every day in September has been a real treat because my daily emails are full of new and exciting National Family Meals Month™ stories. It’s clear that grocery stores are coming up with creative ways to join in on Family Meals Month and that the ...
  • A Special Plate for Special Family Meals

    Sep 13, 2016
    At the FMI Foundation, we have our own version of the special plate—the Gold Plate Awards. Since 2013, we’ve been using the Gold Plate Awards to highlight the outstanding programs implemented by the food industry to encourage family meals. The ...
  • National Family Meals Month on Sound Bites Podcast

    Sep 6, 2016
    Susan Borra, RD, executive director of the FMI Foundation, participated in a recent edition of Sound Bites, a Podcast hosted by registered dietitian and nutritionist, Melissa Joy Dobbins to talk National Family Meals ...
  • The Adventures of Family Meals

    Sep 1, 2016
    This September, I invite grocery and supplier companies to celebrate the adventures of family meals as part of National Family Meals Month™. Family meals eaten at home have been proven to benefit the health and wellness of children and adolescents, ...
  • September Is All About Family Meals

    Aug 23, 2016
    In many ways, September has become the month where many families reset their routines after summer vacation time. Yes, it’s back to school season, which means busy schedules, but it’s also National Family Meals Month™, a way for retailers and ...
  • 4 Findings on Parenting and Family Meals

    Aug 2, 2016
    In our recent Shopping for Health report, conducted with Rodale Inc., we asked parents with children, ages 0 – 17, about their shopping, cooking and family meal habits. We know that juggling work, kids and the busy demands of daily life can make it ...
  • Are You Ready for September National Family Meals Month?

    Jul 19, 2016
    Again this September, retailers and suppliers are coming together with the FMI Foundation to celebrate National Family Meals Month™ (NFMM). What is National Family Meals Month? This industry-wide movement raises awareness of the benefits of frequent ...
  • What Does Innovation Mean to You?

    Jun 22, 2016
    For some, innovation is the latest technology or gadget that promises to transform the way we all live our lives and do business. For others, innovation is that big idea that solves both a business problem and a consumer need. And then there are ...
  • Talking Family Meals at FMI Connect

    May 27, 2016
    In its first year, National Family Meals Month™ achieved significant momentum around its key priorities. We issued a pledge challenge and retailers and suppliers raised their oven mitts at the 2015 FMI Foundation Gala, garnering the support of ...
  • A Conversation with FMI’s New Head of Health and Wellness and the FMI Foundation

    Apr 15, 2016
    FMI recently named that Susan Borra, RD, as Chief Health and Wellness Officer and Executive Director of the FMI Foundation. I took some time to hear from Sue about her plans for the new role and what the FMI Foundation was up ...
  • How Should You Be Approaching Healthcare in a Retail Food Setting?

    Apr 12, 2016
    In the fourth part of our series on Boardroom, I spoke with Graegar Smith, principal in Oliver Wyman’s Health & Life Sciences Practice, on retail healthcare and new findings from Oliver Wyman’s survey on consumers’ experiences with alternative sites ...
  • Improving Customer Health and Wellness While Increasing Your Business

    Mar 17, 2016
    According to U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2015, 80 percent of shoppers assume personal responsibility for the nutrition of the food they buy. However, shoppers still rely on food manufacturers (42 percent) and retailers (33 percent) as partners to ...
  • To All the RD’s in Food Retail: Happy National Nutrition Month and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day

    Mar 9, 2016
    Dietitians in the supermarket industry will tell you the best part of working in food retail is the multitude of opportunities for dietetic practice. Dietitians with clinical expertise are providing nutrition counseling in supermarket pharmacies and ...
  • Dietary Guidelines + Grocery Stores = Wellness Destinations

    Jan 7, 2016
    This new dietary guidance is in opportunity for food retailers to remind consumers of their health and wellness offerings as a way of supporting shopper’s dietary efforts. FMI has a number of resources and research reports on how grocery stores can ...