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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.

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  • A Work of Majesty and Awe

    Sep 4, 2020
    This Labor Day, I am grateful for the thousands of grocery workers who day-in and day-out pay attention to the details of their work, who maintain the discipline of devoted sacrifice and service to their communities, and who overcome fear and ...
  • Water is Foundational to Our Food System and Economy

    Aug 31, 2020
    Water is not just for safety and cleanliness. Water is foundational to our food system as well as to our world’s economy. According to McKinsey & Company’s recent article water is as important to the world’s economy as oil or data....
  • Finding Helpers in Your Neighborhood

    Aug 21, 2020
    With the help of SAP, the FMI Jam COVID-19 Online Community was built and opened in late April to provide FMI members a place to go to connect with others on issues and find providers of personal protective equipment (PPE) that was in short supply ...
  • Prioritizing Food to People: Packaging, Plastics and Avoiding Food Waste

    Aug 11, 2020
    According to data from ReFED and Feeding America, the number of Americans struggling with hunger since the COVID-19 pandemic has risen from 40 million to a staggering 54 million ...
  • Beyond TP and Sanitizers: Why a Virtual Exchange Platform Serves the Food Industry Year Round

    Aug 4, 2020
    The new Food Industry Exchange, an electronic, subscription-based sustainable marketplace developed for FMI by The Seam is a valuable tool in shoring-up supply chains in anticipation of disruption. The Food Industry Exchange launched during the ...
  • SQF Code Edition 9: Your Input on The Next Step in Global Food Safety

    Jul 15, 2020
    Food retailers play a critical role in influencing food safety protocols and expectations between food manufacturers and ...
  • Variety to Rationalization to Pantry Loading – Are SKUs Poised to Recover Post-Pandemic?

    Jul 9, 2020
    The food supply chain disruption has brought up, once again, the question of just how many products do we really need on grocery ...
  • 2020 Midsummer Strategic Executive Exchange By The Numbers

    Jul 2, 2020
    On July 7th, FMI will kick off our first virtual event, the 2020 Midsummer Strategic Executive Exchange. While this virtual trading partner exchange was born out of the COVID-19 pandemic, we feel the top industry executives engaging in this event ...
  • From The Unknown To The Known: Managing Simultaneous Crisis Situations

    Jun 26, 2020
    Unfortunately, both COVID-19 and hurricane season are incredibly devastating to a business, communities, and personal health. But, one key differentiator is that for days, we can see the hurricane heading toward us, allowing for some preparation and,...
  • Making Lemonade Out of a Lemon of a Year

    Jun 25, 2020
    Gaining new insights and leveraging resources can help you better navigate such changes while strengthening and making connections. From our vantage point at FMI, we can share some key learnings and next steps to bringing better produce business to ...
  • A Time for Conversations on The Future of Fresh

    Jun 19, 2020
    In the fresh industry, my area of focus at FMI, we need an opportunity not only to listen and learn, but also to converse, collaborate and plan action steps together. The need is great because the pandemic has scrambled so many of the traditional ...
  • The Time To Learn and Re-Learn Is Now

    Jun 12, 2020
    Each day of Midsummer will kick off with a live streamed Insight Session, designed to offer thought leadership, insights and more on timely topics facing the industry. These sessions will be archived on the Midsummer virtual event platform and ...
  • Providing an FMI Member Forum During Disruption

    Jun 9, 2020
    The current pandemic has drastically impacted how we normally do business. As operating procedures shift, reliable, fast information has become critical. To meet the need and supplement our FMI Coronavirus Resource page, FMI has launched a knowledge ...
  • Requirements for a New Normal in the Food Supply Chain

    Jun 3, 2020
    Normal is a comforting word; even saying it aloud offers context and sets expectations. When it comes to the business of food and our greater marketplace, the COVID-19 pandemic has clearly upended the ordinary. Today, the meaning of normal seems to ...
  • Next Steps In Couponing

    May 26, 2020
    As we have seen in past recessions, most recently in 2008, coupon usage increases dramatically when consumers feel economic pressure. From 2008-2009, all coupon redemption increased 15.2%. What will that number look like this time around? Inmar ...