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  • 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 ...
  • Food Safety is a Must When it Comes to Family Meals

    Sep 21, 2015
    To many the task of preparing a family meal can be overwhelming, even more so if one is not comfortable in the kitchen. Fifty years ago, home economics classes were apart of the regular course schedule of high school students; today, few, if any, ...
  • 7 Ways Food Retailers Are Raising Their Mitt for Family Meals

    Sep 16, 2015
    It’s been great to see all the excitement and energy around National Family Meals Month. With a few weeks left to celebrate, we wanted to share how some food retailers are encouraging families to join the family meals ...
  • Hitting on All Cylinders with Family Meals

    Sep 15, 2015
    FMI’s National Family Meals Month campaign has focused on September as the optimal time to bring attention and reinforcement to the benefits of families sharing food and lives together at the dinner table. September is the month during which the ...
  • Top 5 Reasons Acme Fresh Market Wins A Gold Plate for Family Meals

    Sep 11, 2015
    In honor of September National Family Meals Month™, FMI is proud to recognize our members for implementing programs to encourage family meals through our Gold Plate Awards. Acme Fresh Market, the 2015 Retailer Category A (1-49 stores) Gold Plate ...
  • Gold Plate = Gold Star on Family Meals

    Sep 10, 2015
    Last night we were pleased to honor our four winners of the 2015 Gold Plate Awards at a reception on Capitol Hill with the House Agriculture Committee and Chairman Michael Conaway (R-TX-11). Here are some photos of the ...