Industry News

Deal gone wrong raises questions on food and drug retailers’ futures [...]
Sat, Aug 18, 2018
Supermarket News
Digital platform promotes behavior that improves health, regional grocer says [...]
Fri, Aug 17, 2018
Supermarket News
We know what shoppers tell us, but their shopping behaviors reveal a different story. [...]
Fri, Aug 17, 2018
Supermarket News
Assurances from Chinese authorities to crack down on the illegal production and use of the ozone depleting substance CFC11 have been cautiously welcomed by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) campaign group. [...]
Fri, Aug 17, 2018
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
The Polypropylene Pressure Pipe Steering Committee will focus entirely on polypropylene pressure pipe, and is a significant development for PPI in supporting this industry. [...]
Fri, Aug 17, 2018
ACHR News
Susan Borra, RD, chief health and wellness officer, Food Marketing Institute, and executive director of the FMI Foundation, joins Wegmans' consumer affairs and nutrition team for a lesson in Affinage that included a cheese tasting in Rochester, New York. [...]
Fri, Aug 17, 2018
FMI News
The following originally appeared in  The Shelby Report Online on August 15, 2018.  By Leslie Sarasin, President and CEO, Food Marketing Institute We all want to eat well, but the concept means different things to different people. For some, eating well is all about the taste of the food; for others, it means consuming products of high nutritional value; and still for a growing number, eating well means knowing the food was sustainably and ethically produced. For most it is a fluctuating combination of all these factors. While the nuances of eating well may significantly vary with the individual, there is one universal truth for all aspiring to eat well. To eat well, one must first shop well; and we all need assistance in both endeavors. Our annual exploration in to the behavior of U.S. grocery shoppers this year demonstrates that the consumer's definition of eating well is a personalized combination of meeting his or her needs, pleasures and values. While food retailers are naturally aligned as partners to help their customers achieve their eating well and shopping well goals, the demands for personalization can feel daunting. There is one area that is simultaneously very personal while also being universal, and that is the desire for the family meal. Any food retailers who want a sure-fire way of providing shoppers personalized help in achieving their eating well goals should join Food Marketing Institute's (FMI) efforts in encouraging the personal, community and national benefits of the family meal. Nearly nine in 10 shoppers consider sharing family meals at home to be important, but they have varying degrees of conviction regarding that positive practice: 24 percent consider it somewhat important; 35 percent think it is very important; and 27 percent deem family meals extremely important. FMI Foundation and the food retail industry created National Family Meals Month in response to the desire for families to return to the dinner table for more meals together. Retailers, suppliers and service providers are encouraging families to enjoy one more meal per week together—breakfast, lunch or dinner. Among those most deeply concerned about family meals—voting them to be very or extremely important—women outscored men 63 percent to 59 percent. Millennials lead the generation charge, with 67 percent reporting meals at home with family to be very or extremely important. Differing schedules represent the most overwhelming obstacle to more meals shared at home for nearly half of U.S. grocery shoppers, demonstrating a significant foodservice opportunity for grocers. In fact, our analysis suggests an overwhelming desire for more ready-to-eat and heat-and-eat items. Other top obstacles to family meals expressed by survey respondents include not enough energy (22 percent), lack of time (19 percent) and too many distractions (18 percent) for family meals to be a priority. Meal solutions that give your customers the gift of time and time together demonstrate empathy for those trying to achieve the emotional balance, increased connections and 24 percent increases in healthy food consumption that come with three or more family meals each week. The family meals month movement marks its fourth year this September; food retailers and their product supplier partners continue to explore incredible strategies that leverage social media, in-store communication, paid advertising, collaborations, employee engagement and FMI Foundation-provided marketing collateral, as well as implementing new and innovative ideas. These are celebrated each year with our Gold Plate Awards. I invite all of us to commit to having more meals together at home this September, and as you prepare promotions for this important endeavor, put yourselves in the shoes of your customers to help them find solace in your stores when faced with the time-crunches, the exhaustion and the distractions that are preventing them from achieving more meals at home with family, no matter how the family is comprised. There is power in family meals, and the food [...]
Fri, Aug 17, 2018
FMI News
Fresh product recall, retail division impact results [...]
Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Supermarket News
Pilot gets under way at Fry’s Food store in Arizona [...]
Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Supermarket News
Walmart U.S. sees best comp-store sales gain in a decade [...]
Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Supermarket News
The winners — one residential, one commercial — will be recognized at the ACCA 2019 Annual Conference and Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas. [...]
Thu, Aug 16, 2018
ACHR News
The traveling, working demo unit was designed to give building owners, manufacturer's reps, mechanical contractors, and others a look at the operation and efficiency of the coolers. [...]
Thu, Aug 16, 2018
ACHR News
By: Laurie Gethin, Director, Education, Food Marketing Institute Futurologist Alvin Toffler garnered worldwide popularity for his predictions on social and technological progress in society. He accurately predicted the rise of the internet, cable television and consumerism as global trends. Toffler knew then what we're living now: technology is the great growling engine of change. And this ever-evolving engine continues to run on all cylinders.  Per FMI's Digitally Engaged Shopper research with Nielsen, we're predicting that the grocery industry will reach $100 billion in online sales by 2023.  Seventy-two percent of all shoppers are expected to integrate digital purchasing into their overall food shopping rituals over the next five years. As technology redefines shopping experiences online, it will also transform traditional store experiences.  “Brick and mortar stores will continue to survive, but they'll begin to host significant digital experiences,” said Thom Blischok, Chairman, and CEO, The Dialogic Group LLC, and strategic growth advisor to Nielsen and its clients.  The influential gamut of emerging in-store technologies captures the eyes of food retail idealists and realists alike. Blischok, who is presenting at FMI's 2018 Energy & Store Development Conference in September, will outline several ways technology will redefine store development: from interactive, storytelling food labels to mobile quality assessments for perishables that engage consumers as they shop, to even voice activation in-store.  Blischok added, “Using technology to make the shopping experience easier for customers and offering expertise that helps shoppers understand where products come from and how food can help their health and wellbeing will be the single largest retail differentiator moving forward.” When it comes to store development and technology integration, Blischok emphasizes it's important to think about how shoppers will interact with the store.  “Organize for the short-term and strategize for transformative growth. Think about how to replace mundane tasks, so the store operates more flawlessly,” he said. It is no longer just about the in-store shopping trip, but about the experience that retail customers have at every touch point of the shopping experience (in-store, website, mobile app, click & collect, chatbots, home delivery, in-store engagement/experience, etc.). Hear more about Blischok and his session on “Unshackled Grocery Store Designs – 2025” at the 2018 Energy and Store Development Conference.  [...]
Thu, Aug 16, 2018
FMI News
Acquisition added $467 million in sales to quarterly results [...]
Wed, Aug 15, 2018
Supermarket News
More action needed to phase out use of plastics that pollute oceans, according to report [...]
Wed, Aug 15, 2018
Supermarket News
LimRic Plumbing, Heating & Air was recognized and awarded by Daikin and Johnstone Supply. After nine months as a Daikin Comfort Professional dealer, a title only given to partners who exceed standards in technical competency, business integrity, and customer service, LimRic was also named one of the country's top five new Daikin Comfort Pros. [...]
Wed, Aug 15, 2018
ACHR News
Through this year's EGIA Foundation Scholarship Program, 20 selected students, all pursuing an HVAC related course of study during the 2018-2019 academic year, will each receive an award of $2,500. [...]
Wed, Aug 15, 2018
ACHR News
AHRI has a longstanding, close relationship with the DOE, an agency that maintains federal energy efficiency standards for many of the products and equipment manufactured by its member companies. [...]
Wed, Aug 15, 2018
ACHR News
The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) has announced several changes in its senior leadership as it braces for a number of challenges around F-Gas regulation and the potential impacts of Brexit.   [...]
Wed, Aug 15, 2018
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
Pilot marks international debut of Kroger private brands [...]
Tue, Aug 14, 2018
Supermarket News
Union vote called a “first” for online grocery delivery drivers [...]
Tue, Aug 14, 2018
Supermarket News
Whole Foods acquisition hastens supermarkets’ shift to omnichannel model [...]
Tue, Aug 14, 2018
Supermarket News
Most retailers don’t have the option of installing a gluten-free bakery, so partnerships make sense [...]
Tue, Aug 14, 2018
Supermarket News
Online grocery delivery service also to debut in Maine, Connecticut [...]
Tue, Aug 14, 2018
Supermarket News
The industry is seeing a shift in big retailers’ brick-and-mortar strategies as they experiment with different store formats [...]
Tue, Aug 14, 2018
Supermarket News
Regional and hybrid tree fruits are bringing variety to the category [...]
Tue, Aug 14, 2018
Supermarket News
The price increase will be implemented effective Sept. 10. [...]
Tue, Aug 14, 2018
ACHR News
By: Adam Friedlander, Specialist, Food Safety and Technical Services, Food Marketing Institute This summer, I traveled 10,640 miles to learn how U.S. food retailers can position themselves as global leaders to prevent foodborne illness. Over the course of three months, I attended a variety of food safety conferences, symposiums and workshops to help the FMI Food Protection Committee (FPC) gain greater expertise for 2018 Food Safety Priority Initiatives, which include: Cleaning and Sanitation Listeria Prevention at Retail Produce Safety Traceability Technologies Ill Food Workers Retail Food Safety Symposium, June 5-7, 2018, Napa, CA:  This symposium addressed the retailer's need to constantly improve and monitor cleaning and sanitation procedures within a store. To keep customers safe from pathogens, retailers should assess their equipment, such as deli slicers, display cases and floor drains, to ensure easy cleaning and sanitation capabilities.  Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) Annual Educational Conference June 9-13, 2018, Burlington, VT:  This conference brought together federal, state, local and tribal public health officials, along with industry and academic stakeholders, to advance science-based initiatives that help protect consumers from foodborne illness. I attended sessions that identified methods to prevent Listeria harborage, improve food safety culture and enhance handwashing procedures. Retailers can participate in various AFDO Committees to enhance their understanding of food safety initiatives.   FMI Legal Conference, June 24-26, 2018, Washington, DC:   Legal leaders in retail and wholesale industries converged in the nation's capital to learn how a variety of regulations could impact a store's daily operation. I gained a greater understanding of how produce safety regulations, antitrust laws, food labeling requirements and crisis management protocols can protect retailers from facing legal liabilities, while keeping customers safe.  International Association of Food Protection (IAFP) Annual Meeting, July 8-11, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT:   Nearly 3,600 food safety professionals from 53 countries congregated in Utah to learn how to better protect our global food supply. I enjoyed learning about how retailers can help prevent foodborne illness by effectively communicating food safety messages to consumers. Furthermore, I am grateful to have discussed, with leading experts, how whole genome sequencing (WGS) is being used in conjunction with epidemiology to precisely find the sources of foodborne contaminations. Retailers can join any IAFP Professional Development Groups, and thus increase their food safety leadership presence.   Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo, July 15-18, 2018, Chicago, IL:   With a mission to feed 9 billion people by 2050, over 20,000 food scientists from 90 countries attended this year's conference. The most impactful conversations I had with conference attendees regarded how standardized traceability technologies can improve consumer trust, increase transparency and more rapidly find the source of contamination throughout the entire supply chain. Retailers can add value to these groundbreaking conversations by joining a variety of IFT Divisions.  Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Annual Meeting, August 8, 2018, Washington, DC: This USDA-Economic Research Services (ERS) hosted a workshop, titled, “The Convergence of Policy Issues in Produce Research: Labor/mechanization, NAFTA, and the Food Safety Modernization Act”, to prepare farmers, regulators, auditors and retailers for upcoming Produce [...]
Tue, Aug 14, 2018
FMI News
Since the program is marketed as cutting-edge indoor air quality (IAQ), Marketair will also help recruit U.S. health organizations for brand approvals and promotion, similar to HydroKleen's exclusive endorsement from the National Asthma Council — Australia. W. Williams Air Conditioning, Groves, Texas, and Ralph's Air Conditioning, Conroe, Texas, are the first U.S. HVACR licensees. [...]
Tue, Aug 14, 2018
ACHR News
Participants can earn up to 16 CEHs toward NATE re-certification. [...]
Mon, Aug 13, 2018
ACHR News