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Our Voice of The Food Industry blog offers commentary from FMI subject matter experts on timely and important topics to the food industry.
  • Grocery Shoppers Continue to Adapt and Evolve in a Challenging Landscape

    May 24, 2022
    The food retail industry continues to battle an obstacle course of issues, including the pandemic/endemic; supply chain challenges; inflation; domestic tragedies; and the ramifications of a war in Ukraine. With all this turmoil, it is comforting to ...
  • How are Increased Prices Changing Consumer Behavior?

    May 20, 2022
    At our weekly staff meeting, one of my colleagues lamented that she went grocery shopping over the weekend and spent more than she usually does despite buying less food. She is not alone. In the first quarter of this year, shoppers cut back on the ...
  • What Does It Mean to Eat More “Plant-Based” Foods and Beverages?

    May 5, 2022
    The connection between eating more plants and better health is undeniable. But what exactly does it mean to eat more “plant-based?...
  • Key Factors Influencing U.S. Grocery Shoppers

    Apr 13, 2022
    Consumers have witnessed a barrage of breaking news headlines over the last two years. Between a pandemic and resulting supply chain issues, and now increased inflation, there are weighty concerns on the minds of shoppers. However, Americans tell us ...
  • How Does FMI Know the Current State of the Food Industry?

    Apr 6, 2022
    The answer is from YOU. We know because the industry tells us each year when we ask, as we have been doing every year for more than 70 years. The first ever The Food Retailing Industry Speaks (Speaks) report appeared in 1949. Seventy-three years ...
  • All Hail Locally Grown: The King of Product Attributions

    Apr 4, 2022
    The farmer from down the street skillfully cultivating a lettuce patch, community field workers carefully inspecting the ripeness of strawberries and clean water from a local reservoir hydrating a nearby apple orchard – these are just some of the ...
  • The Time to Prepare is Now

    Mar 30, 2022
    Every year, more than 2 million workers become victims of workplace violence (WPV), and close to half of human resource professionals say their organization has experienced a WPV incident. In fact, workplace violence has become so pervasive, it’s ...
  • Six Degrees of Separation No More

    Mar 29, 2022
    After two full years of being separated and unable to participate in-person at events, it was a breath of fresh air (literally and figuratively) to attend the Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG) Innovation Showcase in Overland Park, KS, March 21-23. ...
  • The Price is Right… On Par with Appearance and Ripeness

    Mar 10, 2022
    According to FMI’s 2022 Power of Produce report, price now ranks as the number-one factor produce consumers consider. Twenty-five percent of shoppers ranked price first when making fresh produce purchasing decisions, followed by appearance (19%), ...
  • The Power of Meat Is Coming!

    Feb 28, 2022
    Amongst the COVID-19 pandemic, supply chain challenges and price increases, myriad factors are impacting the ever-changing landscape shaped by consumer shopping trends. How are these factors impacting the meat department? The Power of Meat 2022, ...
  • Consumers Continue to Value Transparency as Perspectives Evolve

    Feb 9, 2022
    Shoppers consider a range of stakeholders, from manufacturer brands to grocery stores, as responsible for providing transparency. However, the high levels of responsibility don’t equate to similarly high levels of shopper trust. A case in point is ...
  • VIDEO: Grocery Innovations in Health & Well-being

    Dec 21, 2021
    FMI Chief Food and Product Safety Officer Dr. Hilary Thesmar and FMI Director, Health and Well-being Krystal Register discuss the innovative ways food retailers are supporting customers in meeting their health goals, including meal planning, virtual ...
  • VIDEO: An Ecommerce Revolution in Food Retail

    Dec 17, 2021
    FMI Chief Collaboration Officer Mark Baum and Vice President, Industry Relations Doug Baker discuss the investments food retailers made to scale up their online shopping operations, such as click-and-collect and home delivery, as well as employee ...
  • VIDEO: Food Industry Supply Chain in Focus

    Dec 16, 2021
    FMI Vice President, Industry Relations Doug Baker and Senior Director, Supply Chain & Sustainability Marjorie DePuy discuss some of the supply chain challenges impacting the food industry like port disruptions and labor shortages, their impact on ...
  • VIDEO: Food Retailers and Government Work Together during COVID-19 Pandemic

    Dec 14, 2021
    In this video, FMI President and CEO Leslie Sarasin and Chief Public Policy Officer Jennifer Hatcher discuss the significant investments food retailers made in enhancing store safety measures and the industry’s partnership with government agencies ...