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Our Voice of Food Retail blog offers commentary from FMI subject matter experts on timely and important topics to the food retail industry.

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  • To Speak with One Voice

    Dec 15, 2017
    We refer to this new program as the Unified Voice Protocol and it is FMI’s most recent effort to establish a model approach to proactively perpetuate the environment of trust consumers tell us they enjoy with food retailers and to enhance that trust ...
  • Preparing Food Retailers for the Blockchain Revolution

    Dec 12, 2017
    Built on the foundation of trust and security, blockchain is a technology framework that stores, updates and verifies data across a decentralized peer-to-peer platform. This data is stored in encrypted, timestamped records – or blocks – that link to ...
  • Fresh Grocery, the Digital Frontier and Supply Chain

    Dec 7, 2017
    In thinking through the conversations at the FMI Executive Forum Roundtable discussions last June, and in other conversations with fresh grocery leadership since then, it has struck me that there was a lot of consensus on the issues of the day, and ...
  • Food Retailing, Meet Silicon Valley

    Dec 7, 2017
    There is little doubt that the leading high-tech producers have discovered the consumer goods and food retailing marketplace. In some cases, technology providers are working as our partners, working together to find automated solutions to problems ...
  • Food Retail at a Digital Tipping Point

    Nov 27, 2017
    We recognize that our industry will reach digital maturity and saturation more quickly than other industries that went online earlier, and we’re predicting that the grocery industry will reach $100 billion in online sales by 2025. Digital will reach ...
  • Digital Transformation in the Grocery Industry

    Nov 1, 2017
    Shoptalk’s third iteration in March is expected to draw 7,500 attendees, and a number of them will be focused on Grocerytalk, a first-ever event in which the food retailing community can engage with each other on topics as timely as “Disruptive ...
  • Why Now? What Has Changed? RevenueShield® Protecting Members’ Brands and Balance Sheets

    Oct 3, 2017
    FMI has added RevenueShield® to our Member Plus Program to assist members and associate members address these unconventional challenges and exposures. A unique program created exclusively for food retail, RevenueShield provides industry expertise, ...
  • How Millennial Shopping Habits Relate to U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2017

    Sep 15, 2017
    Two Millennials in FMI’s office, compared their grocery shopping habits to FMI's 2017 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends report....
  • Resources for Food Retailers Preparing for and Responding to Hurricane Irma

    Sep 5, 2017
    FMI wants to be a resource for our members that operate in Puerto Rico, Florida and other Southeastern states as they prepare for and later respond to Hurricane ...
  • Telling the Story of Sustainability in Food Retail

    Aug 23, 2017
    Consumers want to know this fact – they want to feel like the store where they shop and where they get their favorite things shares their broader values. But they want to see behind the numbers to what these efforts really mean. Data is always ...
  • Food Retailers Best Offense Could be Food Defense

    Jul 12, 2017
    In today’s world, it’s important to know how to prepare for intentional threats inside and outside of the food supply ...
  • Discovering the ABC’s of Food Retail

    Jul 10, 2017
    One of the most impactful FMI events, the Annual Business Conference (ABC), has brought suppliers and retail partners together for face-to-face joint business planning meetings for years. The event works because it is simple, effective and focuses ...
  • Cage-free or Not to Cage-free, That is the Question

    Jul 5, 2017
    As anyone with any debating experience can attest, the toughest opponent to counter is the one who is allowed to keep changing the terms, reconfiguring the terminology or moving the vocabulary goal posts. This is an important lesson to remember ...
  • AI, Cultured Coffee and 4 More Food Retailing Trends I Didn’t Know About

    Jul 3, 2017
    Specialty foods and beverages represent the sweet spot in food retailing today. Sales hit $127 billion last year, climbing 15 percent from 2014 to 2016, while total retail food sales grew 2.3 percent, according to the Specialty Food Association’s ...
  • 4D Printing: How Self-Assembly Materials Will Impact the Food Industry

    Jun 21, 2017
    If I had to pick one MIT team to shadow for the day, I’d probably follow Skylar Tibbits, co-director of the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT, TED fellow and speaker at this year’s Global Sustainability Summit August 9 – 11 in Nashville, TN....