FMI Updates: News, Blog, and Events

Your Own Personal Tech Help Desk at FMI Connect
Like every other industry sector, technology has transformed the food retail business over the last 20 to 30 years, and will continue to do so, probably forever. Just as your customers are constantly adopting the latest electronic gadgets, you too must be sure you’re up-to-date on the latest food-related technology that shoppers will be using and will help you drive more profit to your bottom line.
Sliced Cheese and Burger Patties Meet At Last in the Aisle
Last week hundreds of food safety representatives from regulatory, industry, academia, professional organizations and consumer groups gathered at the 2016 Conference for Food Protection biennial meeting in Boise, Idaho. Each Council had close to 14 hours to deliberate issues submitted to CFP to address food safety concerns and develop recommendations to incorporate into the next FDA Food Code edition.
3 Parts of FMI Connect Sure to Increase Your Private Brands Sales
With the growing importance private brands play for food retailers, we’re paying special attention to ensure attendees at FMI Connect walk away with the ideas, tools, contacts and more to make their private brand sales increase. Here are three parts of FMI Connect you won’t want to miss if you’re looking to capitalize on your private brands.
Stay Cool This Summer with Our Fresh Prepared Food Trends
Supermarket fresh prepared segments have grown exponentially over the last decade and in order to capitalize on this momentum Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and our research partners Technomic have joined forces to provide grocers with an easy to digest outline of the findings from our most recent webinar series on fresh prepared foods.
FMI Testifies on Capitol Hill About Food Prices
Andrew Harig, FMI senior director of sustainability, tax and trade, testified in front of the U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition yesterday, focusing on the issue of food prices and the consumer. He joined Jason Henderson, associate dean and director of Purdue Extension in Purdue University's College of Agriculture, and Ephraim Leibtag, assistant administrator of the Agriculture Department's Economic Research Service, on the witness panel.
A Book Review of FMI Connect Keynote Speaker Steve Case’s The Third Wave
With Steve Case, entrepreneur, investor and co-founder of America Online, scheduled to speak in a few weeks at FMI Connect, I picked up his new book for a sneak peek at what words of wisdom a pioneer of the internet might offer today’s food retail audience. The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future (Simon & Schuster, April 2016) is part memoir of the rise and fall of America Online (AOL) and part prediction of the industries and opportunities for the near future. There are lessons i...
Graduating Students Take the Food Industry into the Future
Students delivered their capstone presentations in March, and two teams were selected to deliver again at the mid-April Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC) conference in Honolulu, HI. All of the topics demonstrated the level of innovation and future thinking that is developed among this talent pool. The featured topics at WAFC included The Age of You and Invisible Hands.
Is Your Company Prepared for a Cyber Crisis?
I spoke with Raj Bector, partner in Oliver Wyman’s Strategic IT and Operations Practice, on the importance of retailers being prepared for cyber crises and understanding how to implement effective cyber risk management. I also caught up with Hannah Walker, FMI’s senior director of technology and nutrition policy on what she’s hearing from FMI members.
Technology Changes in Food Retail
I was recently talking with Art Yerecic, president of Yerecic Label, and he shared that they are seeing consumers buying produce online, even ahead of dry grocery, demonstrating the need for food retailers to offer more channel flexibility. I see this as yet another way technology is changing the way food retailers do business.
6 Reasons to Take the Supermarket Department Manager Survey
The first-ever Supermarket Department Manager Survey has already garnered more than 1,300 submissions! We have extended the survey deadline to April 25 to ensure we get as many responses as possible, which will give us some fantastic data to present at FMI Connect.
Get the Most Out of Free CBX One-on-One Meetings
Do what thousands of attendees and exhibitors did at last year’s FMI Connect Business Exchange (CBX), when more than 1,700 face-to-face meetings took place in the CBX, exhibit booths and private suites in the CBX area.
A Sign of the Times
This week, more than 250 grocery and supermarket executives came to the nation’s capital to participate in the Food Marketing Institute and National Grocers Association and Food Industry Association Executives “Day in Washington.” The number is significant, but I think the number is more than mere happenstance. The magnitude of the issues to be discussed with legislators was significant, including legislation that would bring needed common sense clarification to the application of chain restaura...
Supermarket News Op-Ed: Common sense key ingredient for menu labeling law
From family dinners to neighborhood potlucks, food has always been at the center of such gatherings, making grocery stores an important partner in every community. The hundreds of grocers on Capitol Hill for the joint Day in Washington meeting this week take pride in providing customized and local items that reflect the communities in which they operate, but a new rule mandated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) threatens to impose burdensome and costly regulations on grocers, and ultimat...
What the Shopper Is Thinking
One of the most important contributing factors to a company’s success is its ability to spot and act on emerging trends. In the world of food retail, keeping track of evolving consumer behavior and key trends can be overwhelming and that’s why FMI provides signature research including our U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends report, The Food Retailing Industry Speaks report and our latest Grocery Revolution experience that marries the findings of both reports together.
Inside Boardroom: The Importance of Food Safety
In the fifth part of our Q&A series, I spoke with Hilary Thesmar, PhD, RD, CFS, VP of food safety programs at FMI, and Chris Baker, partner in Oliver Wyman’s Retail Practice, on the importance of food safety to our industry. Food safety has always been a priority for the supermarket industry, and our U.S. Food Retailing Industry Speaks 2015 data suggests that grocers are expecting its impact to only gain attention within their businesses.
Grab Shoppers’ Attention with these Best Practices in Fresh Foods
Connecting to shoppers, especially Millennials is a tall order but the Food Marketing Institute’s (FMI) Fresh Executive Council is leading collaboration efforts across all fresh foods departments to bigger baskets and is your home for best practices, research and ideas on fresh foods in food retail.
How are changes made to the FDA Food Code?
The FDA Food Code is the go-to resource for retail food safety professionals. The Food Code is a model guidance that includes science-based food safety principles for the retail and food service industry to protect public health and ensure the food sold to consumers is safe. The Food Code is commonly adopted by state, local and tribal agencies responsible for regulating the U.S. retail food and food service industry, including grocery stores, restaurants, cafeterias, vending machines, schools, a...
A Conversation with FMI’s New Head of Health and Wellness and the FMI Foundation
FMI recently named that Susan Borra, RD, as Chief Health and Wellness Officer and Executive Director of the FMI Foundation. I took some time to hear from Sue about her plans for the new role and what the FMI Foundation was up to.
Add to Your Bottom Line With Fresh Prepared
As grocery stores continue to evolve to meet consumer desires, we see the focus shifting to fresh prepared food selections. Many stores already have begun to move their fresh prepared product departments into high-grossing programs that provide the tastes shoppers crave, deliver it to them in new shapes and forms, and keep the customers in the store.
Breaking Down SQF Certification
The new infographic 8 Steps to SQF Certification breaks down the ins-and-outs of how to become SQFI certified, but we thought some more resources wouldn’t hurt. Here are some added details behind each step.

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