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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.
  • Opening Day: FMI’s 2022 Future Leaders eXperience Has Officially Begun

    Apr 21, 2022
    “Your future starts today.” These words may ring hollow to those of us who assign them to the trash bin of clichés, but to the incoming class of FMI’s 2022 Future Leaders eXperience, this oft-quoted phrase is both figurately and literally true. ...
  • How Does FMI Know the Current State of the Food Industry?

    Apr 6, 2022
    The answer is from YOU. We know because the industry tells us each year when we ask, as we have been doing every year for more than 70 years. The first ever The Food Retailing Industry Speaks (Speaks) report appeared in 1949. Seventy-three years ...
  • Resilience in Troubled Times

    Mar 28, 2022
    About 100 Western Michigan University (WMU) junior and senior food marketing students together with their faculty celebrated a successful 56th Food Marketing Conference in Grand Rapids, MI this past week. The annual event brought together around 700 ...
  • Eyeing Greater Urgency on Key Issues

    Mar 16, 2022
    As we near what we hope is the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, FMI and Oliver Wyman have reconvened and published Volume 7 of our annual journal to provide a future-focused roadmap for the food industry that harnesses the wisdom and insights learned ...
  • Are You Prepared for Potential Threats?

    Mar 7, 2022
    In today’s world, the margin separating a completely average day from a day where yet another violent incident takes place feels razor thin. False and misleading narratives have undermined public trust in our institutions. Increasing societal ...
  • Interview with Chieh Huang, Boxed.com: Part I, Investments in Workforce

    Mar 4, 2022
    FMI Midwinter Executive Conference Chairman and Co-Founder and CEO of Boxed.com, Chieh Huang, responded to several questions I had for him regarding his journey to build a successful wholesale and technology platform from the ground-up that recently ...
  • Presenting FMI’s 2022 Class of Store Manager Award Nominees

    Feb 22, 2022
    On the day that we have set aside to celebrate the hard-working supermarket employees by proclaiming it Supermarket Employee Day, one would be amiss to not acknowledge the special talents of those who serve in the position of store manager. The ...
  • Encouraging Health and Well-being for Supermarket Employees: How K-VA-T Food Stores Supports their Essential Workforce

    Feb 17, 2022
    To showcase just how some of our members are encouraging health and well-being with a focus on the essential food industry workforce, we decided to reach out to hear more from one very inspirational supermarket employee, Lori Hamilton, registered ...
  • Encouraging Health and Well-being for Supermarket Employees: How Harmons Delivers a Wholistic Approach

    Feb 15, 2022
    We reached out to Sarah Kiel, registered dietitian, and wellness champion at Harmons, to share her perspective on the good work going on to encourage health and well-being with a focus on supporting the essential food industry ...
  • Digital Skills and the Future of the Food Industry

    Jan 4, 2022
    In the age of social media, smart phones, Wi-Fi, self-checkout lanes and all manner of AI software, it’s no surprise that technology is becoming an ever more critical fixture of food retail operations. Food retailers far and wide are beginning to ...
  • Continue the New Year’s Celebration on February 22, 2022

    Jan 3, 2022
    Even though there are exactly 50 days until Supermarket Employee Day (2.22.22), there are only 15 days left to place an order for resources from the Supermarket Employee Day online store. Any orders placed after January 18, 2022, are unlikely to ...
  • VIDEO: Grocery Workforce Front and Center

    Dec 7, 2021
    FMI President and CEO Leslie Sarasin discusses the contributions and investments our industry has made to support its workers, contribute to the economy and meet the needs of Americans throughout the ...
  • How To Express Your Love on That Special Day in February

    Dec 6, 2021
    No, we’re not talking about Valentine’s Day. February is when we celebrate Supermarket Employee Day on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 (2.22.22). Here are some action items for preparing to express our love and appreciation for those supermarket heroes ...
  • 5 Awesome & Easy Ways to Celebrate Supermarket Employee Day

    Nov 23, 2021
    Supermarket Employee Day is the official day created in 2021 by FMI to give back to the people and teams who are the unsung heroes of the grocery store! Building on the energy from the inaugural start, for Supermarket Employee Day 2022, here are ...
  • Being the Champion of Supermarket Employees

    Nov 22, 2021
    Reflecting back on 2021, it reminds me of the final scenes of that original award-winning movie, Rocky, where Sylvester Stallone’s character has the chance to face the biggest challenge of his career and is knocked down again and again only to ...