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Tomorrow’s Retail Technology on View at FMI Connect
E-commerce and mobile technology are changing everything, and the retail grocery business is no different. Just wait until you visit the FMI Connect expo and see all the ways you now have available to please your customers. You’ll see the true retail store of the future – both brick and mortar and virtual.
One of These Things Is Not Like the Others
Chain restaurants and supermarkets are not the same. Their fundamental differences are many, but among the important ones is that the vast majority of grocery stores do not have menus or menu boards for most of their products. Unfortunately, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration refuses to acknowledge the difference between ordering a “#4” on a menu board at a chain restaurant and shopping at a grocery store.
As the Party Platter Turns: Supermarket Chefs Bring Evolution to Supermarket Catering
Today’s shoppers are upping the ante—and opportunity—for grocers with increasingly high-end expectations for supermarket catering. A finalist in the 2015 Supermarket Chef Showdown, Chef Tim Donnelly of Publix notes, “Our customers want variety and cultural flair [from prepared food and catering].” His customers are looking for prepared options that are “less ordinary.” They’re looking for the types of dishes that will bring them praise from fellow party goers. Chef Donnelly and his fellow final...
Top 10 Technology Topics at FMI Connect
When we talk about improving efficiencies for food retailers, the first thing that jumps into my head is technology. At FMI Connect this year, we’re aiming to showcase how technology is woven through our lives, our business operations and how it helps us do the business of tomorrow better. Here is a top 10 list of the technology topics you won’t want to miss at FMI Connect.
10 Stand-Out Supermarket Store Managers
This year we received 98 nominations for the FMI Store Manager Awards and are pleased to share with you the following 10 finalists. These exceptional store managers will attend FMI Connect, where the winners will be announced during the annual FMI Speaks presentation on Wednesday morning, June 10. This week we’ve posted stories and photos of each of our finalists to the FMI Facebook page. The finalist that receives the most “likes” by the end of the week will receive the Store Manager “People’s ...
FMI Connect Has What Your Shoppers Want for Dinner
When shoppers prowl your store’s periphery looking for answers to the question, “What’s for dinner?” they want a few things: They’re looking for something that’s easy to make, healthy for their families, tastes good and puts them right at the center of whatever the latest food trend is. Here are some of the choices you can give them that are yours to investigate at FMI Connect.
Are You Taller Than An Oven Mitt? See How You Measure Up at FMI Connect
With the first ever NFMM on September’s horizon and a growing roster of enthusiastic supporters, our outreach efforts have been in overdrive. We’re bringing that momentum with us to FMI Connect next month to rally the industry around family meals—a shared cause that’s good for the health of your business and your community.
The “Better-for-You” Business Case: Four Buckets of Insights
The upcoming “Better-For-You” Business case study focuses on building the business case for healthier, lower-calorie foods by demonstrating the financial and marketing benefits from modifying marketing practices and product portfolios. Supermarkets have an advantage over restaurant and other sectors because of fresh produce and the perimeter of the stores, but are we capitalizing on this opportunity?
The Health and Wellness Zone at FMI Connect
To help FMI members actualize these opportunities and connect the dots between healthy people and healthy profits, we’ve created a Health and Wellness Zone on the expo floor at FMI Connect. This 2,000+ sq. ft. area will introduce you to professionals focused on answering the demands of today’s health-conscious shoppers. We’ve vetted an exclusive list of exhibitors to ensure the products and services they promote are focused on helping retailers like you plan, implement and evaluate health and we...
Supermarket Chefs Proving Affordable Family Meals Can Be Extraordinary Meals
Supermarket Chefs know that for their time-strapped, budget-conscious customers, getting a family meal on the table that won’t cause wallets or waistlines to bulge can be a tall order. Supermarket Chefs also know that shoppers often equate “affordable” with unhealthy and uninteresting. These misconceptions have been creatively disproved by this year’s Supermarket Chef Showdown Finalists in the Affordable Family Meals category: Jason Miller of Balducci’s, Greg Roach of Wild Oats and Alois Maierho...
5 Fresh Workshops at FMI Connect
You’ve heard about the Fresh Pavilion at FMI Connect and the stories of some of the fresh exhibitors you can expect to see, but who will be talking about fresh at FMI Connect and what will they have to say? Here are five fresh speaker sessions you won’t want to miss at FMI Connect.
The Regret of Missed Opportunity
To help you avoid the regret of missed opportunity, I want to ensure you are aware of a new feature offered at FMI Connect 2015 that many food retailers plan to take advantage of, and I do this with hope that hearing what your industry colleagues – and competitors - are planning might spark you to also seize this opportunity and later save yourself the from the agony of regret. At FMI Connect in Chicago next month, FMI will launch FMI Connect Business Exchange (CBX), designed to provide a syste...
Find Your Fresh Suppliers at FMI Connect
Retail and wholesale executives know that health-minded consumers continue to look for more than the standard fresh items in their supermarket— no longer just satisfied to go home with a rotisserie chicken in their shopping bags – and they are sending their teams to FMI Connect to find the next growth machine for their stores. You’ll find dozens and dozens of companies with new products available in the fresh sector at FMI Connect throughout the exhibit hall.
President and CEO of K-VA-T Food Stores on Menu Labeling
Last week, FMI President and CEO, Leslie Sarasin, joined Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), Renee Ellmers (R-NC), Steve Womack (R-AR), NGA and Dominos at a press event to more publicly introduce the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2015 (H.R. 2017) to address several problems with FDA’s final menu labeling regulations that are scheduled to be effective December 1, 2015. After the event, we had a chance to talk to Steve Smith, president and CEO of K-VA-T Food St...
Supermarket Chefs Offering Up Breakfast-To-Go for the Morning Rush
Busy mornings result in many families eating on the run or not at all. Supermarkets have taken notice. Not only are more grocery stores adding to their on-the-go breakfast offerings, they see this as another meal for which consumers are seeking a quick and healthy solution. 2015 Supermarket Chef Showdown Breakfast-To-Go category finalists, Greg Retz, BiLo Holdings; Amy Gleason, Hy-Vee; and Kirsten Shabaz, Valley Natural Foods have all witnessed changing breakfast and prepared food trends in thei...
FMI hits back on menu labeling
The following appeared in Politico on May 1, 2015: The Food Marketing Institute is not pleased with the National Restaurant Association’s recent suggestion that leaving grocery and convenience stores out of the national menu labeling mandate would “deprive” consumers.
The Freshest Pavilion at FMI Connect
FMI Connect is launching the first-ever Fresh Pavilion & Zone. The 13,000 retailers, wholesalers and trading partners at FMI Connect will be able to learn everything they need to know about fresh in the supermarket industry – all in one place.
Discover Pace of Change, Competition and Consumer Insights at FMI Connect
It’s May, which means we’re a little more than a month away from FMI Connect. This year, FMI Connect will focus on the imperatives of keeping ahead of the accelerating pace of change in food retail. The catalysts for change represent competition, operational efficiencies and consumer considerations – all of which are enabled by technology.
Recognizing Our Food Retail Public Affairs Leaders
Model T creator and innovator Henry Ford once said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” This quote comes to mind when I consider the two recipients of this year’s Donald H. MacManus Award. For only the second time since the award was created in 1990, FMI has selected two recipients - Ronald Fong, president and CEO, and Keri Askew Bailey, senior vice president of government relations and public policy - both from the California Grocers Ass...
5 Reasons to Attend The FMI Foundation Retail Food Safety Forum
Food safety is the industry's top priority. We’ve designed this year’s Retail Food Safety Forum to help attendees be on the cutting edge. Here are our top 5 reasons to join us in Chicago this June!

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