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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  • Supermarket Chefs Meeting Demand for Ethnic Dishes with Prepared Foods

    May 26, 2015
    Quinoa. Cous Cous. Orzo. Not so long ago these ethnic foods were virtually unknown to the average American consumer. Fast forward to today, and they’re pantry staples for many of us. Ethnic foods have gone mainstream and supermarket chefs—much to ...
  • As the Party Platter Turns: Supermarket Chefs Bring Evolution to Supermarket Catering

    May 20, 2015
    Today’s shoppers are upping the ante—and opportunity—for grocers with increasingly high-end expectations for supermarket catering. A finalist in the 2015 Supermarket Chef Showdown, Chef Tim Donnelly of Publix notes, “Our customers want variety and ...
  • FMI Connect Has What Your Shoppers Want for Dinner

    May 15, 2015
    When shoppers prowl your store’s periphery looking for answers to the question, “What’s for dinner?” they want a few things: They’re looking for something that’s easy to make, healthy for their families, tastes good and puts them right at the center ...
  • Are You Taller Than An Oven Mitt? See How You Measure Up at FMI Connect

    May 14, 2015
    With the first ever NFMM on September’s horizon and a growing roster of enthusiastic supporters, our outreach efforts have been in overdrive. We’re bringing that momentum with us to FMI Connect next month to rally the industry around family meals—a ...
  • The “Better-for-You” Business Case: Four Buckets of Insights

    May 13, 2015
    The upcoming “Better-For-You” Business case study focuses on building the business case for healthier, lower-calorie foods by demonstrating the financial and marketing benefits from modifying marketing practices and product portfolios. Supermarkets ...
  • The Health and Wellness Zone at FMI Connect

    May 12, 2015
    To help FMI members actualize these opportunities and connect the dots between healthy people and healthy profits, we’ve created a Health and Wellness Zone on the expo floor at FMI Connect. This 2,000+ sq. ft. area will introduce you to ...
  • Supermarket Chefs Proving Affordable Family Meals Can Be Extraordinary Meals

    May 11, 2015
    Supermarket Chefs know that for their time-strapped, budget-conscious customers, getting a family meal on the table that won’t cause wallets or waistlines to bulge can be a tall order. Supermarket Chefs also know that shoppers often equate “...
  • Supermarket Chefs Offering Up Breakfast-To-Go for the Morning Rush

    May 5, 2015
    Busy mornings result in many families eating on the run or not at all. Supermarkets have taken notice. Not only are more grocery stores adding to their on-the-go breakfast offerings, they see this as another meal for which consumers are seeking a ...
  • IdeaXchange: Fighting for the family meal

    Apr 27, 2015
    The following article ran in the Supermarket News IdeaXChange on April 21, 2015: As one who realizes now that the majority of big decisions I’ve made during my life were shaped by conversations around the family dinner table, I honor the formative ...
  • Mark Your Calendars: There’s A New Month Coming to Food Retail

    Mar 26, 2015
    As the association of food retailers, FMI is here to help you realize the opportunity. The National Family Meals Month™ Retailer and Manufacturer Toolkits are designed to inspire your unique approach to activation and provide you with the assets ...
  • Chicken Soup and Tissues

    Mar 24, 2015
    If I say the words chicken soup and tissues, images of coughing, sneezing and fever probably jump into your head. It’s true, these items do seem to pair up when you have a cold, but they might also be beneficial when you’re well—and that’s why most ...
  • Food Safety and Health and Wellness Meet in the Store

    Mar 19, 2015
    Customers have a relatively high confidence in the food supply found at grocery stores. Ninety-one percent of consumers report that they trust their grocery to ensure safe food ...
  • Supermarkets are the new health care destinations

    Mar 17, 2015
    Early in my career, I had the privilege of being a registered pharmacist for Kmart. Back then, we filled prescriptions, helped customers with medication related questions and hosted occasional health screenings. Today’s pharmacists do so much more. ...
  • Q&A with Hank Cardello Health and Wellness Speaker at FMI Connect

    Mar 16, 2015
    I recently had the opportunity to speak with Hank Cardello, Senior Fellow and Director of Obesity Solutions Initiatives for Hudson Institute, about their newest study The “Better-For-You” Business Case: How is The Supermarket Sector Shaping Up? ...
  • Trend Spotting at Natural Products Expo West

    Mar 12, 2015
    With approximately 60,000 attendees trying to get into Anaheim convention Center for this year’s Natural Products Expo West, I couldn't help but feel that new trends and exciting products were waiting. Of course the expo could not start until Bob's ...