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  • Myth or Treat: Correcting Food Retail Misconceptions

    Oct 14, 2015
    The food retail industry is accessible and customer-service-based, which are positive attributes that sometimes make a supermarket a susceptible target for unsolicited criticism. FMI remains your spokesperson on the public relations challenges that ...
  • New Coordinates on FMI’s Map of Food Retail Worries

    Aug 12, 2015
    Each year, FMI’s The Food Retailing Industry Speaks’ report captures the top concerns confronting the food retail industry in a popular feature called the Worry Index. This list is more than a simple list of current industry issues, as it is also ...
  • IdeaXchange: Food retailer as marriage counselor

    Jul 30, 2015
    FMI’s U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2015 contains the rather compelling statistic that 83% of U.S. adults report they have at least half the household responsibility for grocery shopping. The fact that 203 million people claim the status of primary ...
  • Top 5 Stories from FMI So Far This Year

    Jul 27, 2015
    With full inboxes and busy schedules, sometimes we miss things. That’s why it’s good to recap every now and then. With that in mind, here are the top five blog posts from FMI so far in ...
  • How Do Customers Shop for Produce?

    Jul 1, 2015
    Have you ever had a bird’s-eye view of how people shop the produce aisle? Do they stick to their shopping list, purchase unplanned items, compare prices? What brings them into the store and helps them make a decision on produce once they are in the ...
  • The “Better-for-You” Business Case: Four Buckets of Insights

    May 13, 2015
    The upcoming “Better-For-You” Business case study focuses on building the business case for healthier, lower-calorie foods by demonstrating the financial and marketing benefits from modifying marketing practices and product portfolios. Supermarkets ...
  • Celebrating National Library Week

    Apr 16, 2015
    Personally, I’ve had the great privilege to oversee the operations of the FMI Information Service for a very long time. Over the years, I’ve come to learn a lot about the food retail industry through the unique, rich resources housed in it and I’ve ...
  • Top 5 Food Retail FMI Library Treasures

    Apr 14, 2015
    In honor of National Library Week, we’re celebrating the FMI Library and showcasing some of the food retail treasures in the collection. Here are our top five food retail treasures in the FMI ...
  • FMI SPEAKS: Call for participation

    Mar 4, 2015
    FMI’s flagship state of the industry report, The Food Retailing Industry Speaks, provides important benchmarks, facts and figures that get used in our advocacy work on Capitol Hill, in conversations with the media and by our members desiring to make ...
  • If You Could Read Your Meat Shoppers Minds, What Tales Their Thoughts Would Tell

    Feb 26, 2015
    We may not have a device like that from the 1982 movie, Brainstorm, which would enable us to know exactly what consumers are thinking when they stand in front of the meat case trying to make their purchase decision; but we do have the next best ...
  • Power of Meat Breaks Down the Protein Craze

    Feb 25, 2015
    The Power of Meat research was presented this week during the annual FMI and North American Meat Institute Meat Conference. During the presentation, Larry Levin, Executive Vice President for Industry Insights IRI commented that protein has graduated ...
  • Meat aisle through the shoppers’ eyes

    Feb 24, 2015
    For the tenth year, the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and North American Meat Institute (NAMI) have teamed up for the Power of Meat study. This new research looks at the meat aisle from the consumer’s point of view and highlights several trends in ...
  • Ask the FMI Librarian: A Food Retail Research Present

    Dec 17, 2014
    This year we produced four major reports focused on the ...
  • What Food Retailers Need To Know About Grocery Apps

    Nov 26, 2014
    My favorite app is my DC Metro commuter app. I check it each morning before leaving for work and it shows me when to expect the next train and it alerts me to Metro system delays. My DC Metro app is the perfect combination of convenience and ...
  • Ask the FMI Librarian: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year For Grocery!

    Nov 21, 2014
    What does the holiday season mean for grocery stores? In 1939 Franklin Roosevelt changed the date of the Thanksgiving holiday from the last Thursday in November to the second-to-last Thursday in November to allow retailers the benefit of more ...