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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.
  • Celebrating Our Supermarket Heroes

    Feb 2, 2023
    February 22nd marks the annual Supermarket Employee Day, a special day dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the hard-working individuals that keep supermarkets running. As a grocery store employer, this is your day to shine and show your ...
  • Five Ways To Be A Better Manager In The Food Industry

    Jan 27, 2023
    In 2021, the food retail industry experienced 48% turnover in their overall retail workforce. While retailers have engaged in a number of programs to decrease turnover such as offering better wages/salaries, improved benefits, training/skills ...
  • 3 Easy Ways to Jumpstart Your Plans for Supermarket Employee Day 2.22.23

    Jan 9, 2023
    There are more than 40,000 stores that sell food and grocery items in the U.S. alone. Millions of supermarket employees come to work daily to keep shelves stocked and to provide communities with essential services that help them survive and ...
  • Amazingly Resilient, Deeply Caring: A Leadership Perspective from Anthony Hucker, Southeastern Grocers

    Dec 19, 2022
    FMI Midwinter Executive Conference Chair, Anthony Hucker, president and chief executive officer, Southeastern Grocers Inc. (SEG), reflects on his own experiences and the ways he upholds his commitment to putting people first in this turbulent ...
  • The Food Industry Collaborates for Success

    Dec 13, 2022
    Collaboration is key to a productive and smoothly functioning food industry. However, aligning diverse stakeholders across a lengthy supply chain is no easy task and requires the expertise of skillful industry relations practitioners to get the job ...
  • The Food Industry Inspires Innovation

    Dec 5, 2022
    There is no higher purpose in business than to provide excellent customer service. Food retailers who understand this fundamental truth and consistently strive to improve their offerings stand out among their industry peers and thereby maximize ...
  • Thanksgiving, the Consummate Family Meal and Beyond

    Nov 23, 2022
    Thanksgiving is the consummate family meal. It bears all the nutritional, emotional, mental, and social merits that are accrued when we gather at table sharing a common need of physiological substance, and surprisingly discover that our minds and ...
  • 2022: Give Thanks for Grocery Workers. 2023: Provide Recognition.

    Nov 21, 2022
    More than most years, in 2022 food retailers realized the value and importance of a strong workforce. From frontline associates to cake decorators, grocers have been making recruitment and retention of talent a top priority throughout this ...
  • FMI Foundation Food Safety Scholars Honored at SQF Unites

    Nov 17, 2022
    Since 2013, the FMI Foundation has partnered with the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI) to award the Food Safety Auditing Scholarships to outstanding students entering the field of food safety auditing. This year, out of 64 impressive applications, ...
  • Illustrating the Evolving Grocery Experience

    Nov 8, 2022
    We used to debate whether our industry was going through an evolution or a revolution. Depending on your viewpoint regarding the pace of change and the catalysts for it, there has been one constant: Our industry continues to invest heavily in ...
  • The Food Industry Advances Entrepreneurial Excellence

    Nov 3, 2022
    Decades of outside-the-box thinking have revolutionized the grocery shopping experience. From big-box stores to small independent operators, food retailers of all sizes and styles have optimized their offerings to keep pace with consumer preferences ...
  • How Did That Seafood Get On Your Plate?

    Oct 21, 2022
    To start off National Seafood Month, FMI’s Seafood Strategy Leadership Council held our Fall meeting in Seattle. The weekend started early on a sunny Sunday morning (not the norm in Seattle) as Trident Seafoods, our host, took us on a tour of their ...
  • The Food Industry Strengthens Communities: Lessons from a Great Humanitarian

    Oct 11, 2022
    As the former CEO of Associated Food Stores (AFS), Neal understood that to be a member of the food industry is to take an active role in addressing community challenges and providing the resources necessary for families to thrive. He worked ...
  • Our Favorite Buzzwords: Unprecedented Disruption

    Sep 29, 2022
    It is heartening to know that together, we can navigate through today’s unpredictable marketplace and chart a course into the future. I’m thrilled to share this short clip with you in preparation for the FMI Midwinter Executive Conference, held ...
  • The Food Industry Advocates for Needed Change

    Sep 21, 2022
    Advocacy work enables the food industry to foster mutually beneficial relationships with state and federal government to inform and shape policy that best enables our industry to effectively feed families and enrich communities. Few understand this ...