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  • Technology, Loyalty and Millennials

    Aug 29, 2018
    Millennials continue to lead the way online in using the same-day and next-day delivery models but also in subscribing to meal kits and in taking advantage of online touchpoints for food service takeout or delivery....
  • Eating and Shopping Well — An Independent Operator Experience

    Aug 28, 2018
    Food retailers, particularly independent operators, are uniquely positioned to be a resource in helping shoppers eat well by offering knowledge, support, inspiration and ...
  • Eating Healthy: The Intersection of Consumer and Regulatory Trends

    Aug 23, 2018
    While many eaters have contrasting views on what exactly they mean when they “eat well,” food retailers across the country continue to implement new programs and abide by new standards that help the industry’s and consumers’ goals of promoting ...
  • Eating Well Today: What It Means To Consumers

    Aug 22, 2018
    In the not-so-distant past, eating well entailed consuming enough sustenance to survive. More recently, it has meant fulfilling personal health and nutrition needs....
  • The Symbiotic Relationship Between Eating Well And Shopping Well

    Aug 17, 2018
    We all want to eat well, but the concept means different things to different people. For some, eating well is all about the taste of the food; for others, it means consuming products of high nutritional value; and still for a growing number, eating ...
  • Brick and Mortar is Alive and Well

    Aug 10, 2018
    According to FMI’s U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2018 report, brick and mortar grocery stores, the signature channel in the food industry, have stabilize their status despite consumers’ use of other channels. Trends claims, “Consumers do shop across ...
  • Center Store Primed for The Digital Shopper

    Jul 25, 2018
    Food retailers hear a lot about the digital shopper and they spend even more time thinking about how they’ll meet consumers growing demand for streamline shopping experiences from the store aisles to their virtual grocery baskets. As it turns out, ...
  • When It Comes to Private Brands, What Are Shoppers Buying?

    Jul 19, 2018
    Food retailers increasingly offer a wider variety of private brands options in their stores and are strengthening their private brands value proposition. But it all comes down to which private brands categories shoppers actually purchase. That’s ...
  • Looking to Grow Your Business?

    Jul 17, 2018
    Most Americans know that the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a full count of the U.S. population every 10 years, but few know about the business data they publish. On July 24, FMI will host a webinar that will provide an overview of both the demographic ...
  • Why This Millennial Mom is Slow to Adopt Online Grocery Shopping

    Jul 16, 2018
    On paper, I’m the definition of an online grocery shopper: I’m a millennial mom with a four-month-old daughter; I live in an urban area; and juggle the responsibilities that go with being a working mom. According to FMI’s U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends ...
  • Private Brands Drive Engagement Across Generations

    Jul 13, 2018
    There are few things in life that span different generations. My kids have never heard of an 8-track tape and my grandkids someday won’t know what a VCR is. That’s the world we live in these days, but it turns out private brands are an exception and ...
  • Do You Eat Well?

    Jul 10, 2018
    Did you eat well on July 4th? I am guessing food was a key part of your holiday activities, most likely a traditional barbeque. If I ask - did you “eat well?” How would you answer? Did you have tasty burgers and hot dogs? Did you have a fresh, ...
  • FMI Summer Blockbuster Preview, the Sequels and the Trilogy

    Jun 20, 2018
    Maybe I am a little “old-school,” but when I go to the movies I still try to get to my seat (with my popcorn) in plenty of time to see the previews of upcoming movies. And, I always look forward to seeing what is coming to a theater near me during ...
  • From 1950 to 2010: How The Grocery Industry Has Changed

    May 29, 2018
    Speaks serves as a historical record of what is occurring in the food retail industry at any given time. As we complete data collection for the 2018 Speaks survey (responses due by May 31), I took a visit through the FMI archives to review the ...
  • How Everything We Know About Consumers is Being Flipped And What That Means For Leadership

    May 16, 2018
    There is no doubt that there is a primal shift within the food industry with consumer reality that is changing the way we do business and revising industry leadership ...