Food Marketing Institute
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  • As food retailers, our highest priority is food safety. We understand the importance of sourcing safe, quality ingredients from vendors and ensuring prepared foods are pathogen free. The holidays offer a special opportunity to share the significance of food safety with our customers.

Food Marketing Institute
Food Marketing Institute
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  • Clearly, we’re living in different times these days, but unfortunately our tax code has not evolved to reflect this reality. It is so complex that some tax lawyers make a good living specializing in only one or two specific provisions.

Food Marketing Institute
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  • Food safety is a very important issue for the success of the retail food industry and finding the training program that meets the unique aspects of the grocery industry is no small task. As the manager for SafeMark®, the only comprehensive food safety training and certification program created BY retailers, FOR retailers, I spend a lot of my time answering questions from trainers in food retail co...

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  • Food retailers can soon expect being contacted by their friendly neighborhood animal activist regarding concerns with broiler chicken production. Five specific areas of concern will be named. However, as a means of getting retailers to address everything on their wish list, the activist request will be that food retailers adopt/endorse Global Animal Protection (GAP) standards.

Food Marketing Institute
Food Marketing Institute
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  • A couple of years ago, I wrote about how grocery stores used social media with findings from our 2015 Food Retailing Industry Speaks report to make the case that the food retail industry was just beginning to dip their toe in the digital marketing and communications pool. In the 2017 edition of Speaks we again look at the channels grocery stores use for advertising and customer outreach and my how...

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  • Doug Baker, vice president of private brands, technology, industry relations, joined members of FMI’s Manufacturer Share Group to explore opportunities in food service at Heinen's in Cleveland, Ohio.

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  • As our recently released economic impact analysis emphasized, the supermarket industry is a major employer for U.S. workers, providing almost 5 million jobs across the country. FMI member companies hire workers of varying ages and backgrounds, including veterans of the armed services as well as active members of the military.

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Food Marketing Institute
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  • In today’s world it is far too easy to miss is the powerful ripple effect caused by one kind act, and no one demonstrates this better than food retailers.

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Food Marketing Institute
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  • If we continue to characterize all things driving change as disruptors, we paint all change in the darker, more negative hues, suggesting that we view it as something we are being thrust into against our will.

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  • Last month, Matt Grizzard, director of member services, and a handful of food retailers visited northern Italy to see and experience food production from the other side of the world.

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  • With the 2017 SQF International Conference right around the corner this is a good time to reflect on the fact that food safety has no borders. In today’s world people are migrating rapidly, requiring more diverse products in their diet, and obtaining their food through a variety of different vehicles. Protecting the supply chain has never been more crucial than it is today, and with regulatory and...

Food Marketing Institute
Food Marketing Institute
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  • Shoptalk’s third iteration in March is expected to draw 7,500 attendees, and a number of them will be focused on Grocerytalk, a first-ever event in which the food retailing community can engage with each other on topics as timely as “Disruptive Technologies and Pioneering Brands” and “New Direct-to-Consumer Startups Disrupting CPG and Grocery.”

Food Marketing Institute
Food Marketing Institute
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  • As we advised earlier this year in our report, The Power of Private Brands, one of food retail’s most effective strategic competitive tools and primary differentiator is under threat. Understanding disruptive consumer behavior as the competitive battle between food retail channels intensifies is critical to the success of your brand. Private brands effectively build customer loyalty when FMI membe...

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Food Marketing Institute
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  • I have found I can usually trust my instincts and intuitions when it comes to knowing what most people think, and when I question my judgment in this regard I tend to rely on my Kentucky roots and the connections I still have there to gauge what conventional thinking outside the Washington Beltway might be. Occasionally, though, I encounter a data point in a study that catches me a bit off-guard. ...

Food Marketing Institute
Food Marketing Institute
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  • Whether the future of food retailing lies with brick-and-mortar stores, online operators or a combination of both is not the question to ask. The real challenge is to ask ourselves how ready are we to leverage digital technology and operational changes to engage and augment physical interactions? If we are to take advantage of what could be a critical business opportunity, here are some of the que...

Food Marketing Institute
Food Marketing Institute
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  • MasterCard has announced it is officially retiring signature authentication for credit and debit card transactions. This is a huge step in the right direction of once and for all putting signature out to pasture to never be seen again.

Food Marketing Institute
Food Marketing Institute
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  • According to recent analysis released by FMI, our industry pays over $167 billion in wages to its almost five million workers in the U.S. Our significant economic impact includes the $367 million in wages in House Speaker Paul Ryan’s district in Wisconsin as well as the over 11,000 jobs in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s congressional district in California. The industry has both a powerful a...

Food Marketing Institute
Food Marketing Institute
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  • Just two short months ago I started at FMI as the director of research. Through my first assignment, releasing the 67th edition of The Food Retailing Industry Speaks (Speaks) report, I quickly became immersed in the exciting and evolving food retail world. This survey of industry executives is designed to annually take the pulse of the industry. Having owned my own market research business for alm...

Food Marketing Institute
Food Marketing Institute
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  • The most recent FMI U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends study found that nearly half of Americans see their “primary food store” as a significant ally in their attempts to achieve their health and wellness goals.

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Food Marketing Institute
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  • The unique strength of Cooking up Change comes from its power to elevate a meal and a message created by students so that it reaches their peers locally and nationwide. Through the competition, students gain a platform to discuss the importance of raising nutritional standards with our nation’s leading policymakers, and create better tasting school food

Food Marketing Institute
Food Marketing Institute
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  • During the month of September, FMI Staff celebrated National Family Meals Month™ with weekly events. The month kicked off with a pot luck celebration where everyone had the opportunity to share dishes that were special to their families. We also took the opportunity to celebrate Mitty’s (the FMI Foundation Family Meals Spokes-Mitt) third birthday. I shared my favorite cheesecake that is normally r...

Food Marketing Institute
Food Marketing Institute
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  • Our industry is in a time of great transition and change. The landscape is evolving in ways that necessitate significant capital expenditures and investments in order for traditional grocery stores and supermarkets to remain competitive.

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