Industry News

Texas grocer’s latest food concept reflects “grocerant” trend [...]
Sat, Jun 23, 2018
Supermarket News
Move consolidates business in the region, while bolstering position against hard discounters [...]
Fri, Jun 22, 2018
Supermarket News
Some Rite Aid stockholders rallying other investors to oppose deal [...]
Fri, Jun 22, 2018
Supermarket News
LEESBURG, Va. – REHAU announced a series of commercial plumbing and heating seminars to be offered as Lunch and Learns upon request to industry professionals throughout the US and Canada. [...]
Fri, Jun 22, 2018
ACHR News
MILWAUKEE – The YORK® brand of Johnson Controls will celebrate its five-year anniversary sponsoring Building Homes for Heroes (BHH) this July. The organization builds or renovates homes and gifts them, mortgage-free, to severely wounded or disabled US veterans and their families. [...]
Fri, Jun 22, 2018
ACHR News
Recently, Lucas Darnell, FMI's Director of Member Relations and Advocacy (Eastern U.S.) visited with Andy Guzauskas, President and Partner of Prisco's Fine Foods in Aurora, IL.  Prisco's has been a member of FMI since 2000 and has been engaged in FMI through FMI's Share Group program. Prisco's has been serving the Aurora, IL, area since 1926. [...]
Fri, Jun 22, 2018
FMI News
Ruling clears way for states to collect taxes from Internet-only sellers [...]
Fri, Jun 22, 2018
Supermarket News
Keeping Americans’ beloved pets healthy and happy presents opportunities in center store [...]
Thu, Jun 21, 2018
Supermarket News
Distributor eyes e-commerce services for independent grocers and others [...]
Thu, Jun 21, 2018
Supermarket News
Restock Kroger initiative “off to fantastic start,” CEO says [...]
Thu, Jun 21, 2018
Supermarket News
Food distribution customers show resilience in changing market [...]
Thu, Jun 21, 2018
Supermarket News
HAMILTON, N.J. - Hotfoil-EHS, Inc. announced the opening of their United Kingdom facility in Birmingham, England.  [...]
Thu, Jun 21, 2018
ACHR News
By Doug Baker, Vice President, Industry Relations, Private Brands, Technology, Food Marketing Institute Today, the industry's compass needs to be pointed directly on how to solve consumer needs. To do that, the future of grocery will employ technology as a tool to help shopper buy more items. Retailers committed to this goal should consider the best approaches to getting there. The wide range of possible strategies today includes both hi-tech and low-tech options. Some important ones to consider are: Employing private brand as a differentiator and loyalty builder Identifying simple meal solutions for customers Using data to personalize and customize Partnering with innovative brands Leveraging technologies such as augmented reality to deliver relevant customer experiences Boosting in-store customer service levels Strategies Emphasize Differentiation Consumer-centric is how Sprouts Farmers Markets views its mission, according to Amin Maredia, CEO, who spoke at Grocerytalk. The chain's private brand strategy, for example, is “laser focused on differentiation,” through innovation and unique attributes. The company's partnerships include work with emerging brands. Sprouts operates more than 285 stores in 15 states. Differentiation also requires fielding teams of store associates who are knowledgeable about products to boost the consumer experience. This is the case in the retailer's vitamin category, which carries some 7,000 items. The retailer's latest direction focuses on growing the company's brand in fresh, including in the deli, fish market, and butcher shop. Maredia said the focus needs to be less on adding items to a basket, and more on solving the ‘what's for dinner tonight' meal need. Chad Peterson, senior director, ecommence, Lowes Food, discusses how bridging business and IT departments will change the future of food retail: Meal Solutions Target Needs U.S. food retailers have been making considerable progress with a three-year-old innovative campaign to emphasize the importance of family meals. FMI Foundation created National Family Meals Month, held in September, as a tool to “bring families back to the table and share one more meal at home per week.” The program supports social interaction and healthy eating. The wide range of retailers that have participated include The Kroger Co., Hannaford Supermarket, Food Lion, Price Chopper, K-VA-T Food Stores, Hy-Vee, Wakfern Food Corp., Meijer, Skogen's Festival Foods, Martin's Super Markets, Baesler's Market, and Dorothy Lane Market. Retailers promote the family meals concepts across their platforms, from social media and print to in-store events. Companies have leveraged many of their assets for this campaign. For example, Kroger has helped get the word out through The Little Clinic, its in-store medical clinics. That effort included the involvement of nutrition technicians, dietitians, clinicians and pharmacists. Data Boosts Relevancy Retailers also need to leverage data to customize and personalize products for consumer needs. The use of data has long been a specialty of Kroger. Not surprisingly, this retailer's chief digital officer, Yael Cosset, sees a big role for data in the future, in areas ranging from ecommerce to personalization. In the latter case, customization for shoppers is likely to focus on areas such as [...]
Thu, Jun 21, 2018
FMI News
Service offered in over 90% of southeastern grocer’s market area [...]
Wed, Jun 20, 2018
Supermarket News
With more than 2,300 women food leaders from around the world, Les Dames d’Escoffier International offers its expertise on cultural culinary trends. [...]
Wed, Jun 20, 2018
Supermarket News
Grocer leads all multichannel retailers in Forrester ranking [...]
Wed, Jun 20, 2018
Supermarket News
Existing grocers feel impact more in fresh, less in center store [...]
Wed, Jun 20, 2018
Supermarket News
Production problems with carbon dioxide will affect several industries, but not yet clear whether refrigerant will be affected [...]
Wed, Jun 20, 2018
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
By: Leslie G. Sarasin, President and CEO, Food Marketing Institute Those who know Dagmar Farr – and who in the food retail industry doesn't know Dagmar? – are likely aware that in her role as FMI's senior vice president, membership and education, she is a driving force behind FMI's awards programs.  As such, she dedicates much of her time drawing attention to the work and accomplishments of industry luminaries. Today, it is my cherished privilege to turn the tables and shine a spotlight on one who is usually working to highlight the significant deeds of others.  It's my pleasure to share that Dagmar was recently honored at a board meeting of the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) for her many, many years of committed and extraordinary service to the organization as a member of its board of directors.  After nearly two decades of service Dagmar is retiring from the FRAC Board.  To be clear, she is retiring from the FRAC Board, but not from FMI!! FRAC Board Chair, Judy Whittlesey, said: “Her devotion to the cause of ending hunger is unmatched.  Combined with her policy and legislative expertise, and her deep knowledge of the retail industry and its customer relations, this has made her an absolutely invaluable member of the board.” FRAC is a national non-profit organization that works to remove stigmas surrounding food assistance programs and restore dignity to those who struggle to put food on the table. For decades, FRAC has been on the frontlines fighting for programs and policies that ensure low-income individuals, children and families have mainstream access to the nutrition programs they need.   FRAC is a valued resource and frequent collaborator with FMI regarding SNAP and WIC programs.  Additionally, FRAC has been behind the expansion of innovative approaches to addressing food insecurity by enhancing community eligibility through school meal participation by allowing high-poverty schools to provide meals at no charge to all students.  “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve on FRAC's Board. FRAC has been a consistent voice for beneficiaries,”  said Farr. “I'm proud that the Food Marketing Institute has been a part of these efforts because food retailers, too, are critically involved in SNAP.” Her FMI colleagues join me in congratulating Dagmar and thanking her for faithfully representing FMI on the FRAC Board of Directors.  [...]
Wed, Jun 20, 2018
FMI News
ATLANTA – Assured Comfort Heating, Air & Plumbing has announced more than $25,000 in scholarships to be awarded to local students interested in pursuing a career in the home services industry. [...]
Wed, Jun 20, 2018
ACHR News
Poughkeepsie, New York - Dandelion, a geothermal company that started at “X” at Google’s parent company Alphabet, announced its newest installation partner: American Heating and Cooling. [...]
Wed, Jun 20, 2018
ACHR News
By Steve Markenson, Research Director, Food Marketing Institute Maybe I am a little “old-school,” but when I go to the movies I still try to get to my seat (with my popcorn) in plenty of time to see the previews of upcoming movies. And, I always look forward to seeing what is coming to a theater near me during the summer, because that's when Hollywood brings out their best (at least they try to). This is your chance to learn what exciting adventures FMI studios has in store for you this summer. Coming soon to a computer screen near you … For more than four decades, back to a time before the first Stars Wars movie, FMI has been conducting its annual U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends study. You can never have too many sequels with these beloved characters/shoppers. On June 26th at a screen near you, you will able to watch the first of our webinars revealing the latest shopper perspectives on the food retail industry. On that day, the report will also be available at the FMI store. The Trends Trilogy No successful movie/webinar could exist on its own, so we've put together a trilogy of webinars on Trends. This “State of the Marketplace” looks at who is shopping, how often they are shopping, how much they are spending and where they are shopping, including a look at online shopping. Each webinar will follow a unique storyline. Trends Webinar 1 (June 26) takes a look inside the grocery shopper's head; where they have been, where they are going. Specifically, this first episode explores how consumers perceive their relationship with their primary grocery store in a time of retail change and innovation. What do shoppers want from their grocery store? Trends Webinar 2 (July 31) explores consumers' desire to eat better. This episode looks at what it means to eat well in a confusing food landscape.  How can food retailers help shoppers meet their healthy eating goals? Trends Webinar 3 (September 6) dives into how consumers are adapting their grocery shopping in a new omnichannel world. This episode examines how technology has embedded itself in the food shopping experience. It is not just about online shopping and delivery. You can be a digital shopper instore.       You won't want to miss this blockbuster, must-see trilogy from FMI studios. And stay tuned for our September release of the 2018 Food Retailing Industry Speaks study. [...]
Wed, Jun 20, 2018
FMI News
Tony Rogers to become ‘chief member officer’ [...]
Wed, Jun 20, 2018
Supermarket News
By helping small vendors get their businesses off the ground, retailers differentiate themselves in a competitive marketplace and build important local supply relationships. [...]
Wed, Jun 20, 2018
Supermarket News
Federal DRIVE-Safe Act would help alleviate age restrictions on drivers [...]
Tue, Jun 19, 2018
Supermarket News
HOUSTON — Carrier donated 100 home comfort systems to Habitat for Humanity families impacted by the historic flooding that ravaged the Houston area following Hurricane Harvey last year. [...]
Tue, Jun 19, 2018
ACHR News
A new European Commission agreement to ensure renewable energy accounts for at least 32 per cent of the EU’s overall power needs by 2030 has been published. The proposals include specific provisions for cooling and heating functions that will come into effect over the next three years. [...]
Tue, Jun 19, 2018
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
WESTPORT, Conn. — The AHR announced its call for entries for the 2019 Innovation Awards Competition. This annual competition honors the most inventive and original products, systems, and technologies showcased at each year’s expo. [...]
Tue, Jun 19, 2018
ACHR News
By Doug Baker, Vice President, Industry Relations, Private Brands, Technology & Julie Pryor, Director, Emerging Brands, Food Marketing Institute If there's one constant in the CPG industry, it's that brands are always searching for the best ways to get their products noticed on the store shelf. It's more important than ever to create packaging that can stand out in a (very congested) crowd. Think about it: there's a lengthy, detailed process involved with taking a new product packaging concept to market—but there are many areas where emerging technologies, like virtual reality (VR), are starting to give brands a leg up from the competition. Technologies Enhancing Food Retail Technologies like VR, augmented reality, artificial intelligence and blockchain are no longer strangers to the retail space. For the grocery sector, we've seen stores embrace mobile apps and geolocation, as well as, advanced and integrated POS systems. And when it comes to package design, VR has taken shape as a way to prototype and gain valuable insights into the mind of the customer. “There's a ton of value in working with and within virtual. Package design is a part of that,” said Mark Hardy, CEO of InContext Solutions, which has developed a VR framework to help retailers improve costly operational work. “Instead of having to build out physical prototypes, teams can now design or upload different packaging options [virtually], and then test each within a simulated store to get immediate and accurate responses from real shoppers.” Virtual Reality Meets Product Marketing Hardy makes the point that while new packaging might look great on a white background or when shown to survey respondents on a piece of paper, it might fall flat when viewed among the many brands that inhabit a category.   “There are factors like size, color, readability, and how it stands out from the products around it that can influence purchase decisions at the shelf,” Hardy said. “That's where VR has the advantage.” In the past, brands might have shied away from making packaging changes without long, drawn-out testing and analysis. Yet with virtual reality simulations, a new packaging concept could quickly and efficiently be digitally visualized and tested with real shoppers to get real-time feedback—meaning it can make it to the shelves in record time and on budget. Or, conversely, sometimes a new package design isn't the way to go—in which case learning that before bringing it to market is invaluable. “We had one client who wanted to test two new packaging iterations against the current product design,” said Hardy. “They tested each with our virtual research services and found that the current design performed much better with shoppers—neither of the new designs would maintain the brand's sales. They were able to stop production on a new design, saving them half a million dollars.” With the many obstacles retail already faces, embracing new technologies to save time and money is a no brainer. Virtual retail solutions can help relieve some of the external industry pressures food retailers' face, and instead focus efforts on creating eye-catching products that resonate with today's shoppers and their [...]
Tue, Jun 19, 2018
FMI News
KANSAS CITY, Missouri – HomeServiceChats has announced an integration with Facebook and Google Messenger, allowing timelier communication between HomeServiceChats’ clients and their customers. [...]
Mon, Jun 18, 2018
ACHR News