Sustainability

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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  • 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 ...
  • What Does Renewable Energy Mean for Food Retail?

    Jul 21, 2017
    In the last decade, food retailers have made notable efforts in the area of renewable energy to reduce the environmental impact caused from operation expenses....
  • FMI State Issues Retreat: Where Grocers Go To Learn About State and Local Issues

    Jul 18, 2017
    To assist our members in making sense of this legislative chaos, FMI holds the State Issues Retreat in August, an annual conference that brings together food retail grocery associations and grocery company government relations professionals from ...
  • 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 ...
  • Sustainability: Local Action, Global Impact

    Jun 28, 2017
    To this day, I can still hear my mom scold, “Make sure you wash your hands before you come to the dinner table.” It’s easy to say the age-old rule of “wash your hands before you eat” has been engrained in many of us. But, what if I told you there’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....
  • Sustainability and Food Retail: Alive and Kicking

    Dec 27, 2016
    Consumers were undoubtedly anxious in 2016, but the “sustainability bandwagon” kept rolling for food wholesalers and retailers. The industry’s commitment to creating sustainable supply chains and proactively engaging on a broad spectrum of corporate ...
  • How to Sell More and Waste Less Food

    Oct 19, 2016
    The challenge of reducing food waste has never been more in focus for the food wholesale and retail industry. By some estimates, as much as a third of all food produced is lost or wasted from farm to ...
  • Photo Friday: Food Waste Start-Up Challenger's Winning Pitch to the Summit Attendees

    Aug 12, 2016
    Full Cycle Bioplastics joined top innovators among food waste prevention, food donation and food waste recycling companies at the FMI/GMA Global Sustainability Summit this week and competed in a business plan-pitch style event. Andrew Falcon (right) ...
  • Shelter After the Storm and Food Following the Flood

    Aug 11, 2016
    Almost eleven years later, a small group of food retailers and manufacturers from the Global Sustainability Summit, hosted by the Food Marketing Institute and Grocery Manufacturers Association, weathered the New Orleans heat and humidity for a ...
  • How To Merchandise Seafood in Your Grocery Store

    Aug 4, 2016
    Still, challenges remain when it comes to both consumer and store associate seafood knowledge and preparation in order to sustain the momentum at the retail level. As part of FMI’s ongoing efforts to develop tools and resources most needed by our ...
  • Where Does Dory Come From?

    Aug 1, 2016
    My grandson is a big fan of the latest Disney movie Finding Dory. For those of you who haven’t seen the movie yet, Dory, a forgetful blue tang fish, embarks on a journey to find her family after her memory is sparked. Like most kids, the movie ...
  • Feeding Hungry Americans = Priceless

    Jun 27, 2016
    When you’re in the business of feeding people, the idea of “food waste” can’t help but leave you feeling a little sick to your stomach. A lot goes into that: Wasted water, energy, and effort; and quality food ending up in landfill. From an ...
  • Talking Food Waste on Capitol Hill

    May 12, 2016
    Last week, I joined members of the Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA) – representing the nation’s grocers, food manufacturers and restaurants – to brief staff from the U.S. House of Representatives on the alliance’s mission and progress to ...
  • 2015 Year in Review: Top Stories in Sustainability and Fresh Foods

    Dec 29, 2015
    From hot topics like food waste to research insights into consumer shopping behavior pertaining to fresh foods, FMI’s sustainability- and fresh-food-related blogs offered actionable insights to help grocers improve and strengthen business operations ...