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  • 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 ...
  • The Business of Reducing Food Waste

    Nov 11, 2015
    The Food Waste Reduction Alliance has recently released a new tool to help with the business of reducing food waste. The second annual FWRA Best Practices and Emerging Solutions guide highlights ways companies can begin, expand or enhance their ...
  • Playing Supermarket Myth Whack-A-Mole

    Oct 30, 2015
    The rationale behind the myth busting web page is to provide our members with resources to confront the misperception being perpetuated every time they hear or see it, so we don’t have to play whack-a-mole on an ongoing basis. If we challenge the ...
  • Red Tape, Recalls and Reducing Food Waste

    Oct 15, 2015
    Recently the Food Waste Reduction Alliance - lead by Food Marketing Institute, Grocery Manufacturers Association and National Restaurant Association – held a convening of representatives from the food industry, government agencies and non-government ...
  • 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 ...
  • Showcasing Sustainability in Energy and Store Development

    Oct 7, 2015
    Last week at the FMI Energy & Store Development Conference (ESD) there was a clear theme that permeated many of the presentations: sustainability. Consumers are becoming increasingly more focused on sustainability. And grocery stores are listening ...
  • Use Data and Innovation to Match Resources with Need? Sure, We Can Do That

    Oct 1, 2015
    In one short decade, the partnership between the grocery industry and Feeding America has made perishables, such as meat, dairy, and produce much more common items on food bank shelves. This smart and seemingly simple solution is backed by the use ...