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  • What’s the Verdict on Plant-Based Fish Alternatives?

    Mar 23, 2021
    Our 2021 Power of Seafood report finds the biggest reason behind an increase in grocery seafood sales is consumers are trying to eat healthier (59%). In fact, 72% of frequent seafood consumers are putting more effort into making healthy and ...
  • The Evolution from Research to Insights

    Mar 3, 2021
    As the Food Industry Association, FMI is uniquely positioned to provide objective research and insights on our industry. Grounded in solid research, we publish important insights about the food industry....
  • Speaking from the Heart on Valentine’s Day

    Feb 12, 2021
    I am seizing this opportunity to issue this blog as my heartfelt Valentine’s Day card to the food industry, the community I have always admired and respected, but have come to appreciate and dare I say, love, in some new and more profound ways over ...
  • How the Food Industry Can Write the Next Normal

    Feb 3, 2021
    At our 2021 Midwinter Executive Conference, Leslie Sarasin, FMI president and CEO, addressed how the food industry can write the next normal post-COVID-19....
  • Headlines from FMI’s Midwinter Executive Conference

    Feb 1, 2021
    Last week’s FMI Midwinter Executive Conference certainly made headlines with thought-provoking educational sessions, featuring diverse perspectives among food industry icons; predictions about the future of grocery amidst a global pandemic; ...
  • Celebrating Supermarket Employee Day

    Jan 14, 2021
    On February 22, 2021, I will be celebrating the hard-working heroes of the supermarket by joining with the industry to proclaim it Supermarket Employee Day. The supermarket has long been acknowledged as the backbone of our communities, but its role ...
  • The Power of the Annual Meat Conference

    Jan 12, 2021
    For 15 years, the Power of Meat report has been a highly anticipated part of the Annual Meat Conference. For everyone, 2020 was quite a year and for the meat department that was particularly true. As a result, FMI and NAMI decided to break our ...
  • Resolutions Re: Solutions for 2021

    Dec 18, 2020
    I found it refreshing to read David Orgel’s recent article How to Be Ready for Anything in 2021 in Drug Store News. It isn’t so much a piece about predictions and resolutions for a new year. It’s more of a preparedness “how-to” for retailers as they ...
  • Don’t Overlook Foodservice-at-Retail in the Path Forward

    Dec 15, 2020
    Already a hybrid of restaurants and retail, grocery foodservice programs straddle concurrent shopper interest in convenient, high quality, good-tasting, nutritious and safe meals, snacks and drinks. Consumers may not be able to share a utensil at ...
  • A Private Brands Opportunity With Big Potential

    Dec 7, 2020
    As private brands grow into robust brands in their own right, it’s more important than ever to get the word out to shoppers. That’s why FMI recently explored whether getting store associates more engaged can make a difference. In conducting research ...
  • 2020: The Year of the Food Industry

    Dec 3, 2020
    From the cashiers and stockers to the store managers and executives, the drivers and food processors and pharmacist and nutritionists, to the data analysts, delivery experts and farmers, our industry is filled with true Food Industry Heroes who have ...
  • Today is Giving Tuesday!

    Dec 1, 2020
    Following closely on the retail-oriented heels of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday provides us with the opportunity to begin the holiday season on a charitable giving note. If you are participating in the ...
  • The Most Important Communications Tool During COVID-19: Transparency

    Nov 30, 2020
    Every year in The Food Retailing Industry Speaks report we ask food retailers about their communications channels/methods and which they find to be most effective. In a typical year I’d tell you which social media channels food retailers are finding ...
  • Industry Contributions to Health and Well-being

    Nov 24, 2020
    As noted in The Food Retailing Industry Speaks 2020 (Speaks) report, “the greatest health crisis in 100 years has scrambled just about every facet of food retail, not to mention society in general.” As a result, one guiding imperative resonates ...
  • New Twists on Retail Differentiation Strategies

    Nov 20, 2020
    Food retailers have been adapting their product and service differentiation strategies. In 2019, they pushed the boundaries to enhance strategies in specific areas. Then, in the pandemic period, they have pivoted on some strategies to accommodate ...