FMI Industry Research


FMI's industry research looks at all aspects of the food retail industry from shopper trends to business operations to provide insightful, relevant and current research. Click on a research report below to access a full copy. 

FMI's Signature Research 

  • 2015 U.S. Grocery Industry Speaks

    In its 65th year, FMI’s The Food Retailing Industry Speaks ("Speaks") provides the industry with important operational and financial benchmarks ranging from sales and profits to shrink, turns and differentiation tactics. The data is drawn primarily from FMI’s annual survey of U.S. food retailers and wholesalers, and was supplemented with information from public company Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) 10K filings.
  • 2016 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends

    The Food Marketing Institute has long supported U.S. food retailers through annual surveys of shopper behaviors and attitudes, providing consistent metrics to evaluate the changing market landscape. This year, FMI worked with the Hartman Group to supplement our U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends research perspective with a cultural lens, interviewing Americans in their homes and while shopping, and drawing upon ethnographic research into U.S. food consumption and consumers.

     


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Additional FMI Research

  • Supermarket Department Manager Survey

    Building on the success of FMI’s 2014 Store Manager Survey, FMI teamed up with The Retail Feedback Group and Harold Lloyd Presents to conduct the first-ever Supermarket Department Manager Survey

    The survey provides a view from the eyes of food retail department managers. What do they like about their job? What challenges do they face? How well do they communicate with store management and field supervision? Where are the opportunities to develop the knowledge and abilities of this key management group?
  • On Shelf Availability Root Causes Ishikawa Diagram

    The Best Practices Solutions to Address On Shelf Availability (OSA) Guide and On Shelf Availability Root Causes Ishikawa Diagram were developed to help companies reduce out-of-stock levels. The Root Causes Ishikawa diagram highlights the leading causes of failures across these areas and is tailored for use across the supply chain.

  • Best Practices Solutions to Address On Shelf Availability (OSA) Guide

    The Best Practices Solutions to Address On Shelf Availability (OSA) Guide and On Shelf Availability Root Causes Ishikawa Diagram were developed to help companies reduce out-of-stock levels. The best practices guide addresses root causes - and potential solutions - of challenges across five retail functional domains: Store Execution, Ordering and Execution, Forecasting, Manufacturing, and Category Management and Merchandising.  It also identifies process owners to deal with these product availability issues throughout the supply chain.  The Root Causes Ishikawa diagram highlights the leading causes of failures across these areas and is tailored for use across the supply chain.

  • Shopping for Health 2016

    Shopping for Health, a survey of American grocery shoppers that has been conducted for over 20 years by Rodale, Inc. (publisher of health and wellness lifestyle brands Prevention, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Runner’s World, Bicycling, and Rodale’s Organic Life) and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), examines the various ways in which health & nutritional concerns affect food buying and eating decisions; gauges food shoppers’ awareness, interests & attitudes regarding food, health & nutrition; understands efforts to manage eating & diets; and measures parents’ attitudes and activities regarding meals for children.

  • Power of Produce 2016

    The Power of Produce identifies the biggest trends in consumer purchasing and consumption of fruit and vegetables from planning the purchase, channel choice and preparation all the way through recommendations to improve shopping the produce department.
  • 2016 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends

    The Food Marketing Institute has long supported U.S. food retailers through annual surveys of shopper behaviors and attitudes, providing consistent metrics to evaluate the changing market landscape. This year, FMI worked with the Hartman Group to supplement our U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends research perspective with a cultural lens, interviewing Americans in their homes and while shopping, and drawing upon ethnographic research into U.S. food consumption and consumers.

     

  • Retail Allergen Resource Document

    The Retail Allergen Resource Document is intended to address food allergens with store brand products, in-store practices and procedures, employee and customer awareness and engagement. The document represents a collaborative effort. It was developed by food safety professionals from the grocery industry, and was reviewed by individuals from academia as well as state and federal regulatory agencies. This document provides insight, resources and information on food allergen management at retail. This resource document will be updated on a regular basis to maintain its effectiveness and relevancy. Full Report