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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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Food Waste Reduction Goals

    Sep 18, 2015
    The industry committed to work with government and the private sector to help achieve the goal of reducing food waste in the United States by 50 percent over the next 15 years. My remarks at this event emphasized that the food retail industry takes ...
  • Celebrating with Leftovers

    Aug 28, 2015
    We've all got them. Containers pushed to the back of the refrigerator, cans in the pantry providing the foundation of the tottering lego of food items on the shelves and perfectly good mystery packages of food whose original purpose has long been ...
  • 3 Food Waste Innovations from the Food Industry

    Jul 14, 2015
    Innovation gave us the barcode, self-checkout and click-and-collect. As we look to the overarching, complex issue that is food waste, innovation holds the key to solutions that address this conundrum from multiple facets. Here are three, out of the ...
  • Benefits of Traceability Beyond Food Safety

    Apr 22, 2015
    Product tracing used to be something we needed when things went wrong – when there was a recall or a food safety investigation. But now, product tracing has gone mainstream and has benefits well beyond food safety. Surprised?...
  • The Power of Food Waste

    Apr 21, 2015
    Food waste has real power. I recently had the opportunity to witness the difference food waste can make to not only a community, but also our environment. A few weeks ago, the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, which was created by FMI, GMA and National ...
  • How Food Retailers Can Start Sustainable Sourcing

    Apr 9, 2015
    We’re hearing a lot of buzz about sustainable sourcing lately, but what is it? Sustainable sourcing of commodities or finished goods extends beyond traditional cost and supply metrics and ensures that the economic, environmental and social aspects ...
  • New Mobile App: Helping Shoppers Keep Food Fresh

    Apr 2, 2015
    Originally, the FoodKeeper was a publication developed by Cornell University’s Department of Food Science, FMI and USDA. The brochure contains valuable advice to help consumers understand the shelf life of products when stored in the pantry, ...
  • Unconventional Partners Putting Food Waste to Productive Use

    Feb 9, 2015
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently recognized the accomplishments of participants, including grocery retailers Kroger and Shop Rite of New Jersey, in EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge and WasteWise program for reducing food loss by ...
  • What is the Future of Food?

    Dec 11, 2014
    Lately, there is an incredible escalation of interest about how we will provide food security for the 9 billion people we’ll need to feed in by 2050. FMI has collected information and opinions from sustainable agriculture, food security and food ...
  • Three Major Food Industry Associations Tackle Food Waste

    Nov 14, 2014
    When I was a kid, I lived in a home that had very limited resources. I remember my mom washing out and reusing sandwich bags for our lunches, and insisting we ate every single bite on our plates. Leftovers were always remade into clever dishes for ...
  • Reduce, Recover, Reuse Food Waste

    Nov 13, 2014
    View a series of infographics that capture key findings of a new report, the 2014 Analysis of U.S. Food Waste Among Manufacturers, Retailers and Restaurants. The infographics offer a quick view of some of the differences found in three industry ...