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  • Going the Distance for Consumers – Beyond the Label

    Sep 12, 2017
    Customers are looking for more and more information about the products they buy – the kind of detailed information that will not fit on the package, but can be conveyed electronically. ...
  • Families Look to Grocers for Help with Easy, Nutritious Meals

    Sep 7, 2017
    Despite these changes, one thing remains the same—families want to eat meals together. Seventy-one percent of parents say that ideally, they would like to eat dinner with their children every single night (Shopping for Health, FMI, 2016). ...
  • When It Comes to Produce, The Eyes Decide

    Aug 21, 2017
    Power of Produce 2017 finds three-quarter of shoppers plan their produce purchases pre-trip, and an even greater 86 percent of shoppers readily admit unplanned fruits and vegetables purchases frequently end up in their cart. That’s what makes ...
  • How My Weekly Grocery Shopping Habits Relate to U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends

    Jul 25, 2017
    My weekly trip to the grocery store, usually early on Sunday morning, often makes me wonder about my grocery shopping habits compared to the shopping trends I study and analyze from FMI's 2017 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends report....
  • Buying the Luxury of Time to Think

    Jun 21, 2017
    The luxury of reflection and leisurely consideration is disappearing as we seek to do business in a world requiring us to stay two steps ahead or risk quickly finding ourselves three paces behind. At FMI, we have redoubled our efforts at identifying ...
  • 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 ...
  • Looking for Sales Growth? Reconsider Your GM & HBC Categories

    Feb 7, 2017
    Progressive Grocer recently reported about new research released during the FMI 2017 Midwinter Executive Conference that outlines the opportunity for grocery stores to increase sales by reconsidering their store’s General Merchandise (GM) and Health ...
  • The FMI Worry Index Then and Now

    Jan 31, 2017
    Arguably, nothing registers the changes confronting the industry better than the Worry Index feature in The Food Retailing Industry Speaks (Speaks) research. Comparing and contrasting the worry index lists from various years provides a real sense of ...
  • Connecting Strategies for Boundary-Less Commerce

    Jan 24, 2017
    FMI’s U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2016 suggests that shoppers are using digital tools prior to and during shopping trips. No surprise, Millennials are most likely to engage with retailers using social media or other digital tools, such as apps. The ...
  • What Bob Dylan and FMI’s 20 Research Reports Have in Common

    Dec 21, 2016
    Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan proclaimed more than fifty years ago that “the times they are a changin’.” Today that phrase resonates in the food retail industry as we witness increasingly different ways consumers shop for food, and the many ways ...
  • FMI Grocery Industry Research You Might Have Missed

    Sep 19, 2016
    Speaks and Trends. These are the nicknames of the best known, long-standing research reports produced by FMI. The Food Retailing Industry Speaks report is an annual survey sent to FMI members and other food retailers in the food industry that ...
  • Are You A Digitally Enabled and Engaged Retailer?

    Aug 24, 2016
    We want answers to those questions to better enable our members, which is why FMI is embarking on a multidimensional, multi-year digital shopper and digitally enabled retailing journey with Nielsen. We’ll explore the business imperatives that are ...
  • Telling a Local, Fresh Story

    Aug 10, 2016
    Local is big business for food retailers, especially as it relates to the produce aisle. According to the Power of Produce report, more than three-quarters of shoppers cite their support for the local economy and farmers as a reason for buying ...
  • What is the Power of Produce for Grocery Stores?

    Aug 8, 2016
    We recently launched the second annual Power of Produce research at FMI Connect. This year’s report was prepared by 210 Analytics and made possible by Yerecic Label. The report looks at shopper habits regarding fruits and vegetables pre-trip, in-...
  • How Did That Get In The Shopping Cart?

    Jul 19, 2016
    The chances are really good that the shopping responsibility for these backyard grill-fests didn’t fall squarely with just one person, but were a cooperative effort among the household’s multiple shoppers. According to FMI’s U.S. Grocery Shopper ...