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  • Get To Know the Organic Food Shopper

    May 23, 2017
    I’ve combed through our recent research reports on fresh foods and pulled out some of the topline findings around organic for some specific departments. These findings help form an organic shopper persona that can be important to your business ...
  • Nurturing a $127 Billion Business Opportunity in Specialty Food

    May 22, 2017
    A 2017 report by the Specialty Food Association (SFA) indicates that the specialty food category represents $127 billion, up 15 percent since 2014. Specialty foods are outpacing their non-specialty counterparts in nearly every category. And ...
  • Add Value to Your Brand with the SQF Food Retail Code

    May 19, 2017
    Shoppers maintain a high degree of trust and confidence in their grocery store to keep food safe. According FMI’s 2016 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends, nearly 9 in 10 shoppers having confidence in the safety of food at the grocery store. With trust ...
  • The Benefit of Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

    May 18, 2017
    Whether it’s making a career change, pitching a new idea, or implementing a new program, there are times in our careers where we take a leap of faith. As professionals, we seem to learn the most at the crossroads of success and failure, and discover ...
  • Watching Your Language

    May 17, 2017
    There is another area in which the challenge to “watch our language” has relevance for the industry. Again, this is an area of focus for this year’s Trends research. As I share our 2017 Trends findings with the Future Leaders of our industry, I ...
  • Grocers in Government: Why Advocacy is a Key Ingredient for Successful Business

    May 17, 2017
    At the beginning of May, representatives from the grocery industry visited the nation’s capital for our annual supermarket Day in Washington fly-in, which is held in partnership with the National Grocers Association and Food Industry Association ...
  • Drive Assurances and Efficiencies from Farm to Table

    May 12, 2017
    I joined attendees from various industries last week at the U.S. Chamber Technology Engagement Center (C_TEC) and its new TecExec Series discussing the role of technology in agriculture, retail and the grocery industry....
  • FMI Foundation Will Fund a Study to Identify Allergen Labeling Best Practices

    May 12, 2017
    FMI has united with retailers, industry experts, and suppliers to help reduce the rate of allergen recalls. The Center for Retail Food Safety and Defense, in conjunction with the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI), will coordinate best allergen ...
  • Drumroll: The 2017 FMI Store Manager Award Finalists

    May 11, 2017
    It’s this commitment to people, community and financial dexterity that we celebrate annually as the FMI Store Manager Award. It’s my pleasure and honor to announce our 11 finalists, four of whom will be named winners of the 2017 award in June....
  • Want to Reach Peak Performance in your Career? Be Adaptable.

    May 11, 2017
    When faced with professional challenges, I admit I sometimes have self-doubt even at this stage in my career, but a strong support network often helps me rediscover my confidence. There’s power in positive reinforcement – oftentimes it’s the words ...
  • Investing in Talent

    May 10, 2017
    As industry leaders, you face enormous challenges, and next to the financial burdens associated with running your businesses effectively and efficiently, you tell us that providing health care to your employees is paramount. The second-biggest ...
  • Soda Taxes: Coming to a City Near You?

    May 9, 2017
    If you live near Chicago, Philadelphia, Santa Fe, Seattle, or in Northern California, you’ve probably heard a lot about soda or “sugar-sweetened beverage” taxes recently. If not, pay attention, since efforts to tax these items are a growing trend ...
  • Power of Strategic Storytelling in Food Retail

    May 9, 2017
    Today, exceptional leadership and successful businesses depend on the ability to tell a story that compels organizations forward and harnesses the authentic connection between a brand and a customer. Strategic storytelling transcends company ...
  • Shrink is a $45.2 Billion Problem

    May 5, 2017
    The 2016 National Retail Security Survey, conducted in collaboration by the National Retail Federation and the University of Florida, is a great snapshot into the environment for asset protection. Last year’s report revealed that retailers’ ...
  • The Story of Festival Foods’ Family Meals Month Success

    May 4, 2017
    Although we believe family meal time should be emphasized every month, we celebrate family meals each September. To help you prepare for this September, I’d like to highlight the activities of one of our 2016 Gold Plate Award winners, Festival Foods....