Health and Wellness

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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  • 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 ...
  • 2015 Year in Review: Top Stories in Consumer Affairs and Health and Wellness

    Dec 29, 2015
    FMI executed some exciting campaigns related to consumer affairs and health and wellness in 2015. As the champion for feeding families and enriching lives, FMI launched a national campaign that encouraged more mealtimes at home using items from the ...
  • Washington Food Industry Celebrates Family Meals

    Nov 24, 2015
    Mitty the Mitt, our resident National Family Meals Month champion, recently took a trip to the west coast to join the Washington Food Industry Association for the 2015 WFIA Best Bagger Battle. Here's Mitty the Mitt enjoying the action and spreading ...
  • Playing Supermarket Myth Whack-A-Mole

    Oct 30, 2015
    The rationale behind the myth busting web page is to provide our members with resources to confront the misperception being perpetuated every time they hear or see it, so we don’t have to play whack-a-mole on an ongoing basis. If we challenge the ...
  • Why We Love Grocery Store Pharmacists

    Oct 28, 2015
    October is American Pharmacists Month and a great time to recognize the important role grocery store pharmacists play in creating supermarkets health care centers for customers. But they are not alone. I recently spoke at the Food and Nutrition ...
  • Myth or Treat: Correcting Food Retail Misconceptions

    Oct 14, 2015
    The food retail industry is accessible and customer-service-based, which are positive attributes that sometimes make a supermarket a susceptible target for unsolicited criticism. FMI remains your spokesperson on the public relations challenges that ...
  • Mars’ Supports Family Meals Connecting Parents and Children in the Kitchen

    Sep 30, 2015
    Participating in September National Family Meals Month is certainly not restricted to food retailers. Winning the 2015 Food Manufacturer Category Gold Plate Award, Ben’s Beginners™ is a national program from the UNCLE BEN’S® Brand that takes an ...
  • On the Go? Still Enjoy Family Meals with Ahold USA’s Savory: Fast, Fresh And Easy™ Program

    Sep 29, 2015
    With September National Family Meals Month in full swing, the FMI Foundation salutes the 2015 Retail Category C (200+ stores) Gold Plate Award winner Ahold USA’s Savory: Fast, Fresh And Easy™ program for its outstanding approach to encouraging ...
  • How are Brands Celebrating Family Meals?

    Sep 24, 2015
    All month long we’ve witnessed food retailers encouraging their shoppers to commit and “#RaiseYourMitt” for National Family Meals Month™, a movement that is certainly taking hold across the country – from corporate to neighborhood grocery stores. ...
  • Why Does Family Mealtime Matter to Price Chopper?

    Sep 24, 2015
    As September National Family Meals Month™ reaches its halfway mark, the FMI Foundation is pleased to highlight Price Chopper as our 2015 Retailer Category B (50 – 199 stores) 2015 Gold Plate Award winner. Introduced in 2008, its Family Mealtimes ...
  • What’s Cookin’ America?

    Sep 23, 2015
    In my role as a government relations director at FMI, I have the privilege of working on food and nutrition programs that help those most in need. Programs like WIC ensure that moms in-need can deliver on their child’s most basic need—a home cooked ...