Industry News

Partnership with Emery Jensen boosts GM lineup for independent grocers [...]
Thu, Apr 26, 2018
Supermarket News
Warehouse grocery chain extends reach of same-day delivery service [...]
Thu, Apr 26, 2018
Supermarket News
By: Melaina Lewis, Communications Manager, Food Marketing Institute A recent article in the Chicago Tribune reported 43 percent of Millennials want to lead by “empowering others” and 91 percent aspire to be leaders. This appetite to make a difference and desire to have a deeper knowledge of today's trends is a common characteristic among Millennials. I participated in several leadership courses, certificate programs, and conferences during my college years. The curricula varied in how it taught the essence of leadership. One course required me to camp in the woods to test my crisis skills, another to participate in team-style endurance exercises, and a third to broaden my perspective on leadership by reading the words of exceptional leaders before me. The culmination of these experiences evolved my definition of leadership and influenced the way I approach my career, life and relationships. But now that I'm working in the real world, I'm aware of how much more effective those programs would have been if they had been grounded in a concrete context.   That real world context is what FMI's brand-new “Know My Industry Module” brings to leadership training in food retail. Other leadership programs delve deep into the “how” around influential change, but not many establish the “why.” I had a chance to participate in a pilot test of the module a couple of weeks ago. It was truly engaging, and I walked away with a more complete picture of the challenges and opportunities of our industry and of the ways these are different depending on one's role within the industry. At the heart of the “Know My Industry Module” is an opportunity for cross-industry collaboration. Based on a vivid visual map of the industry depicting all of the sectors and participants, it offers an opportunity for participants of diverse backgrounds, experiences and jobs in food retail to imagine a holistic vision of the future of grocery. To address the problems of tomorrow, we must understand what's shaping them now. It is easier to lead when you see the landscape, have it defined and have some understanding of the greater intricacies laced in the issues. The FMI Future Leaders eXperience is an innovative resource for company culture building. The program, built on the world renowned Root Compass® experience, offers leaders a positive approach that emphasizes many of the key components of a positive culture and will change the way leaders see themselves, tackle their roles, and motivate their teams. Register here: [...]
Thu, Apr 26, 2018
FMI News
Understanding shoppers’ bread preferences might help bolster sales of this supermarket staple [...]
Thu, Apr 26, 2018
Supermarket News
A second reading in parliament of a bill that would mandate the use of accredited third-party deposit schemes to hold cash retentions has been postponed until June 15 after originally being scheduled for this week. [...]
Thu, Apr 26, 2018
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida – UTC Climate, Controls & Security, which manufactures products under the Carrier, Bryant, Payne and ICP brand names, announced a price increase of up to 6 percent on residential and commercial heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning equipment. It will be implemented effective 07/01/2018. [...]
Thu, Apr 26, 2018
ACHR News
PLEASANT PRAIRIE, Wisconsin - The National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) and the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) announced a partnership that will further their common mission to connect a knowledgeable and skilled workforce with the needs of business and industry. [...]
Thu, Apr 26, 2018
ACHR News
MILWAUKEE – Johnson Controls held a grand opening for its Advanced Development & Engineering Center in York County, Pennsylvania, introducing the complex to the media and federal, state, and local dignitaries. [...]
Thu, Apr 26, 2018
ACHR News
By: Susan Borra, RD, Executive Director, FMI Foundation & Chief Health and Wellness Officer and Robert Garfield, Senior Vice President, Safe Quality Food Institute A critical issue for accredited third-party auditing in North America is to source the next generation of well-trained auditors. As a way to help fill that gap, the FMI Foundation is sponsoring scholarships to students currently enrolled as food and agricultural science majors in a North American accredited university/college.These are individuals who have a true interest in the field of accredited food safety auditing. Since 2013, the Food Safety Auditing Scholarship and Education Travel Grant has been awarded to 43 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs. This scholarship recognizes students with strong leadership skills, outstanding academic achievement and passion for the field of accredited food safety auditing. The scholarship includes a $3,000 scholarship award, an all-expenses paid trip to the Safe Quality Food (SQF) International Conference,  along with global recognition from FMI and SQFI. Attending the SQF International Conference has become quite the hot ticket item, as  winners are given an opportunity to network with over 850 of the nation's premiere food safety and quality professionals.  In 2017, the Foundation received  83 applicants including 13 undergraduates, 40 masters students and 30 doctoral candidates from 36 different universities. Recognizing the need to provide support to even more candidates, the FMI Foundation Board of Trustees approved to expand the annual program to 15 grants in 2018, up from 10 grants in previous years. Do you know someone who might be interested in applying for the scholarship?  Applications for this scholarship must be completed by September 7, 2018. For more information on scholarship requirements we encourage  perspective applicants to read the eligibility criteria on the scholarship page, or email kgrzywinski@fmi.org with any questions.  [...]
Thu, Apr 26, 2018
FMI News
RAC Magazine will next month host its annual free-to-attend F-Gas Question Time event, focusing on how industry is adapting to the move to lower-GWP refrigerants in light of upcoming bans and stricter quotas [...]
Thu, Apr 26, 2018
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
Study: Consumers have become “numb to all the messaging” on products [...]
Thu, Apr 26, 2018
Supermarket News
New mall-based store includes a full-service Mexican restaurant and bar [...]
Wed, Apr 25, 2018
Supermarket News
Online grocery shoppers prefer an omnichannel approach, NPD says [...]
Wed, Apr 25, 2018
Supermarket News
Wholesale acquisitions help boost fiscal 2018 sales [...]
Wed, Apr 25, 2018
Supermarket News
Popular burger restaurant launches retail beef program at Hy-Vee, Winn-Dixie and others [...]
Wed, Apr 25, 2018
Supermarket News
FORT WORTH, Texas – MORSCO HVAC Supply, a Fort Worth-based distributor of heating and cooling equipment (HVAC), announced that it has acquired Bush Supply, a Phoenix-based full-service HVAC distributor. [...]
Wed, Apr 25, 2018
ACHR News
WARWICK, Rhode Island - Governor of Rhode Island, Gina Raimondo, met on April 10th with Hans Kuster, president of AquaMotion, Inc. and his management team to discuss the expansion of manufacturing job opportunities in the state and to learn about the design and production of AquaMotion pumps and recirculation systems during a plant tour. [...]
Wed, Apr 25, 2018
ACHR News
Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee has called on the government to provide extended resources for the monitoring of the illegal sale, use and handling of F-Gas to help ensure continued adherence to key European environmental regulation [...]
Wed, Apr 25, 2018
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
Online retailer also unveils in-car delivery for Prime members [...]
Wed, Apr 25, 2018
Supermarket News
Merger to create $16 billion food and drug retail company in Canada [...]
Tue, Apr 24, 2018
Supermarket News
No official word yet on where or how many stores would be impacted [...]
Tue, Apr 24, 2018
Supermarket News
By Pat Walsh, Chief Business Development Officer and Vice President, Industry Relations, Food Marketing Institute  Companies up and down the supply chain are realizing a key fact about dealing with the digital transformation in grocery: You can't just wing it. Organizations are faced with regular, daunting reminders of the quickening pace of transformation, from the growth of ecommerce to the impact of digitally engaged shoppers. Manufacturers and retailers have discovered the need to proactively reorganize their operations for this ongoing disruption. That was an important topic of discussion at Grocerytalk. Breaking Out: Sometimes reorganization requires a dramatic separation of a part of the business. That was the case when global baking goods company Bimbo Bakeries/Grupo Bimbo launched a standalone group, Acelerada, to address new growth opportunities, explained Omar N. Haque, vice president, general manager, and head of ecommerce.  The new group: Made a dramatic break as a separate organization. Relocated out of headquarters. Created its own P&L, marketing, product development, pricing and mindset. One of the biggest benefits was faster speed to market compared to traditional situations. Becoming A Pioneer: Companies across the industry are discovering that reaching new digital frontiers requires a pioneering spirit. That's exactly how some 200 digital associates at Mars Wrigley Confectionery refer to themselves -- as “digital pioneers.” They were brought together under Heather Kang, global vice president, Digital Commerce, to accelerate the organization's transformation. This involved ambitious goals that included setting strategic direction and building digital capabilities. Mars is far from alone in dealing with digital transformation, especially in the mobile space. “Every CPG organization is dealing with this,” she emphasized. “We're investing in our digital demand to make sure brands are visible and relevant in the consumer space,” Kang said. Making all this happen requires not only focus, but also balance. Mars, for example, balances the need to find external hires for its digital requirements with the importance of fostering internal talent as well. In-Store Imperatives: Digital transformation has been no less swift at retail, where it seems every week brings new developments. Retailers are heavily focused on developing optimal strategies for e-commerce, but they are fixated on the digital future of the physical store as well. “Grocery has to become more digital inside the store,” said John D'Anna, executive vice president, chief strategic officer, Brookshire Grocery Co. There isn't just a single way to do this. Whether it's virtual reality, touch screens, or something else, it's about a more enhanced in-store digital experience. These strategies will help guarantee a future for physical stores in the digital era. “Our digital strategy needs to engage them back into the store,” D'Anna emphasized. The digital future also places new responsibilities on trading partners in how they work with eachother. Historically there was resistance to sharing data, but new imperatives require a change of mindset and more collaboration. Consumers want more information than ever about products, and trading partners need to work together to make this happen. SmartLabel is a good example of an industry initiative that helps bring key information to consumers, D'Anna [...]
Tue, Apr 24, 2018
FMI News
Service to kick off in Atlanta and expand to additional markets [...]
Tue, Apr 24, 2018
Supermarket News
Technology called disease management “game-changer” for pharmacists [...]
Tue, Apr 24, 2018
Supermarket News
MILWAUKEE – In 1974, Penny Yonan Padgett was asked by a friend to fill in for her as a receptionist at an HVAC company. Forty-four years later, she is still in the industry, having worked her way up to territory manager for YORK® and another manufacturing division of U.S. Air Conditioning Distributors. “I was one of the pioneers,” said Yonan Padgett. “HVAC is my life and my passion.” [...]
Tue, Apr 24, 2018
ACHR News
DAVIDSON, North Carolina – Ingersoll Rand engaged with Western Cooling Efficiency Center at University of California, Davis, on research that shows thermal energy storage can provide significantly greater benefits to utilities and electricity grid operators than previously thought.  [...]
Tue, Apr 24, 2018
ACHR News
May’s RAC Magazine considers initial feedback from our latest Round Table discussion on the future of refrigerant use in the retail sector that has looked at a broad number of concerns such as industry willingness to train engineers over the use lower GWP gas such as the mildly flammable R32. [...]
Tue, Apr 24, 2018
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
By Doug Baker, Vice President, Private Brands, Technology, Industry Relations, Food Marketing Institute Last year, product attribute data provider Label Insight conducted the 2017 Shopper Trends Study, with a goal of learning more about people's dietary preferences and how confident they feel about finding the information they need to make informed buying decisions. Just about half (49%) of the 1,003 primary household shoppers surveyed report they follow a health-related program that informs the way they shop for food. Label Insights identified at least 25 specific diets, with heart-healthy (22%), high-fiber (12%), gluten-free (11%) and vegetarian/vegan (9%) topping the list. Surveyed consumers suggest that knowing what is IN their food goes hand-in-hand with shopping for diets, with nearly all (98%) respondents reporting it's important to consider ingredients in the food products they buy, and 75% of shoppers reporting they review what is―and isn't―in the foods they buy. Significantly, two-thirds of shoppers report they find it challenging to decipher if the product actually meets their dietary needs. Among the top reasons for confusion are: Shoppers don't know where to find the information they want or need; Many terms―like natural or healthy―are too vague; and Ingredient lists are hard to read. Shoppers want understandable, honest information that serves their needs: supports their attaining health and wellness goals, offers food safety assurance, and promotes deeper trust in both the products and the retailers who sell them.  This shopper desire for transparency was a focus in the FMI U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2017. Our annual shopper behavior analysis found that shoppers increasingly look to retailers to cut through the confusion by providing clear, practical information, empowering them to make smart purchasing decisions. Grocery shoppers are more likely to frequent a store they believe is open and honest and shares their values, including the ability to find out what is in a product (70% of shoppers), sourcing of fresh produce (69%), learning where products are made (59%), where the store gets products (58%), and ability to contact the store about products/services (55%), FMI data reveals. While the majority of consumers are content with what is currently on a product label, many shoppers are interested in going beyond the label. This is why our SmartLabel™ initiative is so critical to the shopper relationship, since it is a digital technology via the Internet or smart-enabled devices that allows the consumer flexibility to access information at their convenience at the point of purchase or in their homes. Addressing these desires is one of the greatest opportunities for retailers to demonstrate their support of shoppers. FMI recommendations for ensuring that retailers are viewed as a trusted ally and not “just a store” that stocks products, include: Provide clear, practical, relevant information about what's in products and empowering shoppers to make smart choices. Addressing consumer-facing quality standards, proactive communication and accountability has a direct and positive impact on supply chain management, including less risk and [...]
Tue, Apr 24, 2018
FMI News
Pharmacies to host drug take-back events with Cardinal Health [...]
Tue, Apr 24, 2018
Supermarket News
Businesses advised not to sell any romaine, unless certain it was grown elsewhere [...]
Tue, Apr 24, 2018
Supermarket News