Food Marketing Institute and the supermarket industry welcome approval of the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act

ARLINGTON, VA, 2017-Jul-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute and the supermarket industry appreciate Chairman Greg Walden’s (R-OR) leadership and the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s approval of the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act (H.R. 772).  H.R. 772 is a bipartisan bill led by Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Congressman Tony Cardenas (D-CA), and others on the House Energy & Commerce Committee to build some needed flexibility into FDA’s final menu labeling rule, which was expanded to regulate grocery stores without making accommodations for the variety of formats, food offerings or other local initiatives in a grocery store setting.

“The committee’s strong bipartisan vote demonstrates both Congress’ and supermarkets’ continued interest in getting the FDA “menu labeling” standards fixed and implemented in a common sense way that fits the variety of foods and formats of grocery stores,” said Jennifer Hatcher, FMI Chief Public Policy Officer.  “We appreciate Reps. McMorris Rodgers and Cardenas for co-leading this effort.”

The bill includes sensible modifications that the supermarket industry has continually requested, such as preserving the ability to sell locally-made and locally-sourced foods, allowing for the use of a central menu board for a salad bar, and providing the ability for corrective actions and liability protections for good-faith compliance efforts.

Enacting this legislation would direct and provide FDA with the ability to incorporate these critical changes into the current menu labeling rule and finally resolve some of the problems that we have been encountering.  In addition, the bill demonstrates supermarkets’ commitment to a federal menu labeling standard and ensures that the process moves forward to successful final implementation.

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.

Contact:

Heather Garlich
Senior Director, Media and Public Relations
media@fmi.org
202-220-0616

Source: FMI

Food Marketing Institute supports Shoptalk’s new program for the grocery and consumer packaged goods industries

NEW YORK, NY and ARLINGTON, VA, 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shoptalk, the organizer of the world’s most important events for retail and ecommerce innovation, announced today the launch of Grocerytalk, a new program for the grocery and consumer packaged goods industries to take place during Shoptalk on March 18-21, 2018, at the Venetian in Las Vegas. Grocerytalk will include content, networking and other unique experiences that focus on the evolution of how consumers discover, shop and buy groceries and consumer packaged goods in a digital age, including the latest technologies, trends and business models. FMI will support the development and marketing of Grocerytalk.

Shoptalk is an unprecedented platform for large retailers and brands, venture-backed direct-to-consumer startups, tech and Internet companies, investors, media, Wall Street analysts and others to come together in an open and friendly environment to learn, collaborate and evolve. Through Shoptalk’s unique Hosted Retailers & Brands Program, individuals from established retailers and brands who engage with Shoptalk exhibitors and sponsors in up to eight 15-minute meetings (that’s just 2 hours over 4 days at Shoptalk) can apply for complimentary tickets to attend Shoptalk as well as a $750 travel/hotel reimbursement. Shoptalk expects more than 1,000 retailers and brands to participate in the Hosted Program, across more than 5,000 meetings.

“Since we launched Shoptalk just over two years ago, we’ve created an entirely new and modern retail and ecommerce narrative and community of innovators, breaking down major, now-stale silos across the industry,” said Anil D. Aggarwal, founder and chief executive officer of Shoptalk. “Our third U.S. event is tracking for over 7,500 attendees up from 5,600 in 2017 and 3,100 in 2016—making Shoptalk the largest American conference for retail and ecommerce innovation.”

Aggarwal continued, “We are excited to partner with FMI, which will support us on all aspects of Grocerytalk as we bring innovation in the grocery and consumer packaged goods industries together with many other verticals for a comprehensive view of disruption. Working with FMI is a breath of fresh air in an industry where many have not even started the critical transition from the legacy normal to an obvious and imminent new normal.”

“In sunsetting our traditional trade show, FMI Connect, FMI promised its members a bolder and more deliberate events strategy. Just as technology evolves, so too will FMI and its portfolio of member services and benefits,” said FMI president and chief executive officer, Leslie G. Sarasin. “Quite bluntly, moving our tech focus into the context of Shoptalk with the launch of Grocerytalk allows us the best of two worlds – maintaining the capacity to focus on the unique retail and ecommerce needs of food, but doing so in the grander, more possibility-rich context of the retail world’s exploration of the topic.”

About Shoptalk

Shoptalk organizes the world’s most important events for retail and ecommerce innovation. Shoptalk events represent unprecedented gatherings of individuals and companies reshaping how consumers discover, shop and buy. Each event provides a platform for large retailers and branded manufacturers, startups, tech companies, investors, media and analysts to learn, collaborate and evolve. The next U.S. event will be held on March 18-21, 2018 at the Venetian in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.shoptalk.com. Follow @shoptalk. Get tickets for Shoptalk here: http://shoptalk.com/register

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.

Contacts:

Rob Wells
Media Relations
rob@shoptalk.com
Berns Communications Group
Stacy Berns/Michael McMullan
(212) 994-4660
sberns@bcg-pr.com / mmcmullan@bcg-pr.com

Heather Garlich
FMI, media@fmi.org
(202) 220-0616

Source: FMI

Food Marketing Institute announces promotions of managerial staff members

ARLINGTON, VA, 2017-Jun-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) today (Jun 14, 2017) announces the recent promotions of four managerial staff members who embody the organization’s strategic emphasis on the food safety and regulatory environment. The following executives received recognition:

Stephanie Barnes – Barnes serves as FMI’s chief regulatory officer and legal counsel, expanding her regulatory role to include legal oversight of FMI’s bylaws and antitrust guidelines. After over three years as the industry’s regulatory point person, Barnes took on new responsibilities, assuming the role of FMI’s legal counsel. Barnes has helped member companies craft compliance strategies on a broad range of regulations, including the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act. She has also compiled dozens of regulatory comments, represented the industry on a number of food law panels and hosted informational webinars during her tenure at FMI. When she is not offering guidance to members, Barnes spends significant time working internally with FMI staff to ensure that the various regulatory changes are correctly interpreted for our members to apply for application in their stores.

LeAnn Chuboff – Since 2009, Chuboff has dedicated her career to the division of FMI responsible for developing, maintaining and promoting the Safe Quality Food Institute’s (SQFI) code. Earning recognition in 2017 as vice president, SQFI technical affairs, Chuboff has effectively directed all technical aspects of the SQFI program, including the food safety standards, guidelines, training materials and audit and certification protocols. The recent upgrade of the SQFI code to Edition 8 brings a greater focus to Chuboff’s technical expertise, as she addresses the latest emerging food safety and quality issues, industry challenges and provides solutions for a safer supply chain. In her role as a content expert, she tours the country teaching the Global Food Safety Initiative-benchmarked code and ensures SQFI is recognized as a resource to government officials and other food safety stakeholders.

Sarah Malenich – Malenich was recently promoted to director, Safe Quality Food Institute sales and marketing, a role focused on promoting and elevating all SQFI programs, which include the SQF globally accepted food safety and quality certification program as well as the SQFI Ethical Sourcing Certification- which is an environmental, health and safety (EHS) management system and social accountability program for the food industry.  Malenich is responsible for leading and directing the development and implementation of strategic sales, marketing and business development plans and initiatives to uphold SQFI’s mission to be the single most trusted source for global food safety and quality certification. Her duties also include managing communications, websites and marketing materials to stakeholders including Suppliers, Certifying Bodies and Training Centers, to help implement increased SQF recognition and site and training registrations. She remains passionate about food safety and responsible sourcing.

Hilary Thesmar, PhD, RD, CFS – Dr. Thesmar was promoted to chief food & product safety officer & senior vice president, food safety programs. Her six-year tenure at FMI began at a time when the regulatory landscape was changing rapidly and the Food Safety Modernization Act first registered as a game-changer for the food retail industry. Thesmar is responsible for supervising food safety programs, initiatives, activities and resources for FMI and its members. She represents FMI to a wide audience of stakeholders and professionals, including various governmental, Congressional, scientific, consumer and industry audiences on issues related to food safety and government regulatory compliance. In 2016, FMI updated its SafeMark® Food Handler training program, which has received recognition as an American National Standards Institute-accredited certificate program. This was a celebrated and important milestone in the continued growth and success of the SafeMark® program. Under Thesmar’s direction, the FMI food safety team also recently updated and created several critical resources, including a Food Allergen Resource Document, a Listeria Action Plan for Retailers, and a sample FSMA Distribution Center Food Safety Plan to assist with Food Safety Modernization Act compliance.

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.

Contact:

Heather Garlich
Senior Director, Media and Public Relations
media@fmi.org
202-220-0616

Source: FMI

Food Marketing Institute releases its U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2017 analysis

Food Marketing Institute releases its U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2017 analysis

 

CHICAGO, IL, 2017-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) today (Jun 12, 2017) released its U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2017 analysis, which reveals shopper demand for dimensions of transparency along the supply chain challenged by an evolving marketplace. The research signaled that U.S. grocery shoppers want more than just information; they desire transparency that engages them, offering assurances of food safety, the pursuit of health and wellness, the appetite for discovery and a closer connection to food.

FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin presented this year’s findings in front of more than 400 of the industry’s future leaders in Chicago at FMI’s professional development conference. Sarasin relayed, “[Consumers] can handle the truth, and the information they do want to know, they want delivered in a clear, forthright, trustworthy and easy-to-find way that conveys some sense of vulnerability and openness. This is a crucial area because I think honest clarity is the currency of trust in the digital age.”

While less traditional retailers enjoy more grocery traffic and shopper loyalty, FMI Trends data note that eight percent of shoppers still claim to have “no primary store.” Limited assortment (25%), natural (17%), convenience (11%), ethnic (11%) and online only (11%) food stores are increasingly frequented by shoppers. This is particularly significant because this year the research suggests how comfortable Millennials have suddenly become with using online shopping for their grocery needs, although they still order only a limited breadth of food products online.

Sarasin insisted that the unpredictable state of the marketplace demands a strategy to help transform a retailer from “just a store” to an ally. According to the Trends findings, overall shopper ratings of how well stores are meeting their needs favor those retail channels that lead in transparency, including natural and organic, online-only, club, fresh-focused, and midmarket  traditional grocery stores. Conversely, retail channels trailing in transparency include discount, convenience, supercenter, limited, dollar, drug and value-focused. Consumers continue to view their primary store also as a primary ally in their wellness pursuits (45%).

The analysis cites dimensions of transparency that can help retailers better connect consumers with the broader context of their food, notably a retailer that demonstrates easy access to relevant information, clear quality standards, proactivity and accountability, fair treatment of employees and openness about business practices. In fact, the findings describe the way consumers rank fresh-focused traditional grocery stores and natural and organic stores, above value-focused traditional supermarkets across all dimensions of transparency.

Emphasizing that transparency lends relevance to the retailer-shopper relationship, Sarasin said, “In the competitive food retail landscape and in an age in which information moves faster and faster, the consumer demand for clear and honest answers offers a zip-line to confidence in the complex food system.”

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.

Contact:

Heather Garlich
Senior Director, Media and Public Relations
media@fmi.org
202-220-0616

Source: FMI

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Food Marketing Institute announces presenters at its Executive Leadership Forum on June 13

Food Marketing Institute announces presenters at its Executive Leadership Forum on June 13

 

ARLINGTON, VA, 2017-Jun-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) announced today (Jun 8, 2017) headliners addressing technology foresight, management and elevation at its Executive Leadership Forum on June 13.

Executive leaders from key retail, insight and technology companies — including The Kroger Co., Nielsen, Cisco, SAP America, Brookshire Grocery Company and RangeMe – will delve into prioritizing digital strategies and why and how these companies have put their chief information officers (CIO) and chief technology officers (CTO) at the center of enterprise-wide digital initiatives.

FMI Chief Collaboration Officer, Senior Vice President, Industry Relations, Mark Baum offered, “Our forum presenters will make the case that the position of the CIO/CTO has transformed into a strategic enabler in today’s retail landscape, a departure from their traditional role as the interpreter of techno-talk or the head of a capital-hungry cost center. The developments will further challenge CEOs and other C-suite executives to co-lead technology discussion and decision in the board room, and subsequently better meet the changing needs of today’s digitally engaged consumer.”

Contributors to the forum include:

  • John D’Anna, Executive Vice President Chief Strategic Officer, Brookshire Grocery Company
  • Annette Franke, Vice President, Kroger Technology (Moderator)
  • Glo Gordon, Vice President, IOT Cloud, Cisco
  • Nicky Jackson, President & Co-Founder, RangeMe
  • Lori Mitchell-Keller, Global General Manager Consumer Industries, SAP
  • Laurie Rains, Group Vice President, U.S. Retail Consumer & Shopper Analytics, Nielsen

A supporting corporate partner for the event, SAP’s Mitchell-Keller noted, “The CIO is the new strategic innovation and information officer – aligned to the CEO, and the enabler of new business processes – because the digital transformation of grocery is the future and is something the entire organization must embark on together.”

SAP will also host roundtable discussions that focus on critical omnichannel infrastructure areas: digital store operations and commerce; digital supply chain; digital marketing and merchandising; and digital fresh. C-level industry participants from major grocery, regional, independent operators and wholesalers will participate and represent companies such as Brookshire Grocery Company, Meijer, Inc., Price Chopper Supermarkets, Publix Super Markets, Inc. and The Kroger Co.

“The industry has changed, retail has changed, and we’ve turned to technology leaders to take us into a new era of intelligence and scalability,” RangeMe’s Jackson said. “I cannot think of a more forward-thinking and appropriate group of leaders to address our new digital reality for the food retail industry.”

Nielsen’s Rains suggested, “Our joint initiative with FMI continues to help us gain a stronger understanding of the diverse, and rapidly evolving needs of the digital consumer. Today’s retailers need to establish tighter digital connections with shoppers – and that starts with trust, value, experience and broadens to assortment, convenience and personalization. Retailer and manufacturers need to focus more deeply on the needs of consumers, their digital engagement requirements and the changing economics of food retail.”

Now in its second year, the FMI Executive Leadership Forum is an exclusive event open to a limited number of food retail and wholesale executives and sponsors. Executives will garner actionable insights on the digitally connected consumer in an intimate format.

For Media: While the FMI Executive Leadership Forum is closed to press, we welcome the opportunity to share insights from panelists via scheduled interviews pre- or post-event.

About RangeMe
RangeMe is the leading online platform that streamlines new product discovery between suppliers and retailers. The award-winning platform empowers retail buyers with an efficient way to source innovative new products and manage the inbound product submission process. For product suppliers and manufacturers, RangeMe gives increased control over the marketing of their products and greater access to retail buyers.

About SAP

As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 350,000 business and public sector customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit sap.com.

About Nielsen
Nielsen is a global performance management company that provides a comprehensive understanding of what consumers watch and buy. Nielsen’s Watch segment provides media and advertising clients with Total Audience measurement services for all devices on which content — video, audio and text — is consumed. The Buy segment offers consumer packaged goods manufacturers and retailers the industry’s only global view of retail performance measurement. By integrating information from its Watch and Buy segments and other data sources, Nielsen also provides its clients with analytics that help improve performance. Nielsen, an S&P 500 company, has operations in over 100 countries, covering more than 90% of the world’s population. For more information, visit www.nielsen.com.

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.

Contact:

phone: 202-452-8444
fax: 202-429-4519

Source: Food Marketing Institute

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The Specialty Food Association and Food Marketing Institute launch strategic partnership

The Specialty Food Association and Food Marketing Institute launch strategic partnership

 

NEW YORK, NY, 2017-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Specialty Food Association (SFA) and Food Marketing Institute (FMI) have announced the launch of a strategic partnership focused on the $127 billion specialty food category.

This relationship will bring together SFA and FMI members to strengthen business development, engage in food safety training, and increase understanding of the growing specialty food industry. The segment offers high-quality, unique products that cater to an increasingly adventurous shopper.

“Specialty foods outpace their non-specialty counterparts in nearly every category, presenting a unique opportunity for a wide variety of retailers and foodservice operators to increase sales,” SFA President Phil Kafarakis said. “SFA looks forward to partnering with FMI in business-building programs with our respective members. We believe this strategic partnership will have a positive impact throughout the industry.”

FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin commented on the partnership saying, “Consumer trends point to continued specialty and organic growth, so it’s imperative that the food retail industry meet this consumer need, while making the necessary investment to secure the food supply by building trusting relationships with specialty product trading partners.”

The SFA’s Summer Fancy Food Show will serve as the stage for the launch of this SFA-FMI relationship. FMI members are invited to attend the new SFA LevelUP attraction at the Show and participate in a customized buyers program with SFA manufacturers – Biz Builders 1:1. The program brings pre-matched buyers and sellers together for one-on-one meetings just prior to the Fancy Food Show, creating sales opportunities that are tailored to each.

Another critical tier for this relationship is awareness building for FMI’s Safe Quality Foods (SQF) Institute Certification programs for manufacturers and the FMI SafeMark™ for retailers. Sarasin noted, “Food retailers are well positioned within their customers’ circle of trust when it comes to food safety and supporting shoppers’ health and wellness goals, so our partnership with SFA is supported by a responsible commitment to evolve and explore new territory that keeps the shopper’s confidence top of mind.”

Food safety experts from FMI will lead educational opportunities at the SFA’s Summer Fancy Food Show, sharing trends in food safety and outlining how new technology affects food safety, brand protection, and consumer confidence.

Kafarakis said, “Engaging FMI members directly in LevelUP and Biz Builders 1:1, and SFA members with core food safety principles will immediately elevate the level of authority at the Summer Show and be a great kick off for the partnership.”

More information on the SFA Fancy Food Show, including details on the LevelUP attraction, are at fancyfoodshows.com. The show is a trade-only event. Journalists who cover the specialty food industry may apply for press credentials. Click here to apply.

The Specialty Food Association is a thriving community of food artisans, purveyors, importers and entrepreneurs who bring craft, care and joy to the distinctive foods they sell. Established in 1952 in New York, the not-for-profit trade association provides its 3,600+ members in the U.S. and abroad the tools, knowledge and connections to champion and nurture their companies in an always-evolving marketplace. The Association (formerly the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc.) owns and produces the Winter and Summer Fancy Food Shows, and presents the sofi™ Awards honoring excellence in specialty food. www.specialtyfood.com

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.

Contact:

Tel: 202-452-8444
fax: 202-429-4519

Source: Food Marketing Institute

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Food Marketing Institute announces keynote lineup for the 2017 Future Leaders eXperience conference

Food Marketing Institute announces keynote lineup for the 2017 Future Leaders eXperience conference

 

ARLINGTON, VA, 2017-Apr-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) today (April 4, 2017) announces its keynote lineup for the 2017 Future Leaders eXperience, the organization’s premier professional development conference. FMI aims to inspire the next generation of industry leaders with an epically different approach to its traditional event.

The keynotes will serve as preludes to more in-depth learning environments related to optimizing peak performance; developing productivity; encouraging team building; providing inventive ways to motivate staff; and highlighting strategic storytelling skills. The speaker lineup includes a best-selling author and Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, an Emmy-winning television personality and author, and a national champion storyteller. They will set the tone for a reinvented event format that breaks down traditional learning environments and encourages cross-industry, cross-company and cross-functional collaboration.

“To prepare our future leaders for the rapidly evolving food retail environment, among the  goals for the 2017 program was to create a safe environment that invites participants to get out of their comfort zones and stretch their leadership aptitude,” Leslie G. Sarasin, FMI president and CEO, said. “Businesses are required to be more authentic than ever before, and in an industry like ours, where customer service is the differentiator, food industry executives must be prepared and confident to engage with business partners and customers in constructive new ways.”

Sarasin continued, “Our goal is to build strong bonds among participants, bonds that may very well last a lifetime. Our Future Leaders eXperience’s new dynamic design presents an opportunity for participants to network with others across different parts of the industry and even those from their own company. In an industry that employs 3.4 million people, just think of the possibilities for new connections and experiences.”

Carol Abel, vice president of education and program development for FMI, echoed the enthusiasm for the new format, saying, “The Future Leaders eXperience co-chairs and program committee sought to construct a unique learning laboratory with hands-on exercises that companies could not host themselves, where their employees could learn in teams with other professionals across regions and areas of responsibility. We feel our event attendees will be challenged and put into practice their experiences when they return to their respective workplaces.”

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.

Contact:

Tel: 202-452-8444
Fax: 202-429-4519

Source: FMI

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Food Marketing Institute presented at USDA’s 93rd Annual Agricultural Outlook Forum

ARLINGTON, VA, 2017-Feb-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute’s (FMI) Senior Director of Tax, Sustainability and Trade, Andrew Harig, spoke to an audience of agriculturists, food enthusiasts, economists and trade experts today at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) 93rd Annual Agricultural Outlook Forum. Harig joined speakers Annemarie Kuhns, USDA Economist, and Richard Volpe, Professor at California Polytechnic University, on a panel relevant to the theme of this year’s event, A New Horizon: The Future of Agriculture.

Harig spoke about the revolution in food retail as not being hyperbole, in part because the “new consumer” buying groceries today has a direct impact on the entire supply chain – from production to plate. While addressing the panel topics of food price inflation, and the implications these prices have for consumers, Harig also referenced FMI research suggesting that technological advances have reshaped the food shopping experience.

Harig maintained, “The food retail industry is positioned to change so dramatically that we will need to reimagine how we think about competition and how to be a retailer.”

He noted, “As Farm Bill discussions ramp up, FMI is pleased to engage with members of the supply chain to help shape the future of food.”

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.

Contact:

Tel: 202-452-8444
Fax: 202-429-4519

Source: FMI

ShopRite of Hunterdon County President Joseph S. Colalillo recognized by Food Marketing Institute

Keasbey, NJ, 2017-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) has recognized ShopRite of Hunterdon County President Joseph S. Colalillo for his work as an entrepreneurial and industry leader who helps businesses better serve consumers. Colalillo, a second-generation grocer, owns and operates five ShopRite stores in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and also serves as Chairman and CEO of Wakefern Food Corp., the largest U.S. retailer-owned cooperative in the country and the merchandising and distribution arm for ShopRite stores.

“Joe is a straight-talking, honest broker of goods and services and he inspires our industry to maintain its relevance by his keen commitment to doing what is right for the customer,” said FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin. “Joe is a champion of new ideas and he has consistently embraced new industry initiatives that empower businesses to better serve the consumer.”

Sarasin presented Colalillo with FMI’s Wegman Award at the institute’s mid-winter executive conference late last month. FMI is a leading advocate for the food retail industry and the award recognizes entrepreneurial leadership in the design of retail strategies and imaginative merchandising.

Colalillo’s commitment to the supermarket industry is rooted in tradition and a passion for the business.
Founded nearly 70 years ago by Colalillo’s father, Joseph A. Colalillo, ShopRite of Hunterdon County today owns and operates ShopRite stores located in Flemington, Greenwich, and Clinton, NJ; and Yardley and Bethlehem, PA., and employs more than 1,800 associates.  In addition to his role as president of the family business, Colalillo has also served as chairman and CEO of Wakefern Food Corp. since 2005.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by FMI, and I am accepting this award on behalf of all our associates who work in our stores and help make ShopRite of Hunterdon County a successful company,” said Colalillo. “I’m proud to be part of the grocery industry and to work closely with other members and Wakefern staff in our cooperative to create the very best supermarkets we can for our customers.”

Colalillo serves on the Board of Directors for FMI and he is a past chair and a current member of FMI’s Food Safety committee.  He also serves on FMI’s Member Services, Independent Operator and Strategic Planning committees.

He has been recognized in the past by FMI for launching consumer-facing technologies, initiating seafood sustainability programs, cultivating associate engagement and implementing health and wellness solutions in ShopRite stores. Colalillo is also a member of one of FMI’s non-competitive share groups that exchanges new ideas to better its businesses, the industry and the communities which they serve.

A past member of the New Jersey Food Council’s Board of Directors, Joe received the Food Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005 for his contribution to the food industry and service to the community. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Choose New Jersey, an organization formed in 2010 to recruit new businesses to the state.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University. Colalillo and his wife Jeannie have four children.

PR Contacts:

Karen O’Shea
Communications Specialist
Email: karen.oshea@wakefern.com
Phone: 732-906-5932
Fax: 732-906-5160

Karen Meleta
Vice President
Consumer and Corporate Communications
Email: Karen.meleta@wakefern.com
Phone: 732-906-5356

Source: ShopRite

Food Marketing Institute announces nine new members of its board of directors

Scottsdale, Ariz., 2017-Jan-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) today (January 30, 2017) introduced nine new members to its board of directors during its annual meeting at the FMI Midwinter Executive Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. FMI Board Chairman, President and CEO of Bristol Farms Kevin Davis announced the appointments:

New Directors (3-year term)
• Michele Buck, The Hershey Company
• Albert Carey, PepsiCo, Inc.
• Tim Figge, Hussmann Corp.
• Laura Karet, Giant Eagle, Inc.
• Kees Kruythoff, Unilever
• David Mitchell, Mitchell Grocery Corporation
• Lori Mitchell-Keller, SAP

New Chairman’s Appointees (1-year term)
• David Bullard, Piggly Wiggly Alabama Distributing Company, Inc.
• Eric Claus, Save-A-Lot, Ltd.
• Michael Sleeper, Imperial Distributors, Inc.

The goal of the FMI Board is to promote and carry out the objectives and purposes of FMI; to represent the total and varied membership of FMI; to establish major policies for FMI; to demonstrate a model of an active, participative and sharing membership; to appoint the president; and to provide industry leadership.

A full member listing of FMI’s board can be found here: www.fmi.org/BoardOfDirectors

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.

Contact:

Tel: 202-452-8444
Fax: 202-429-4519

Source: FMI

Food Marketing Institute strongly opposes House Financial Services Committee provision on ‘No-Choice’ act

ARLINGTON, VA, 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) strongly opposes the provision in House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling’s (R-TX) so-called “CHOICE” Act (H.R. 5983), which eliminates choice for Main Street businesses and repeals debit card reforms that have fostered  competition in the marketplace for the past five years.

In 2010, Congress took the first step to address the broken payment card market by including debit reforms in the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. This Act required debit networks to actually compete for both bank and merchant routing business, breaking up monopolies.

“H.R. 5983 would be more appropriately named the ‘No-Choice’ act as it eliminates competition in the debit routing market and essentially ensures a return to a monopoly for one player,”  said Jennifer Hatcher, chief public policy officer & senior vice president, government relations. “I urge members of Congress and the House Financial Services Committee to stand with Main Street businesses in support of a competitive marketplace and oppose Chairman Hensarling’s legislation. Congress should not waste time attempting to repeal a successful competition-promoting reform when it has an extremely long to-do list of important items awaiting action.”

The 2010 debit reforms finally brought stability, transparency and even competition into the debit routing market.  Repealing the successful debit reforms would remove competition and increase merchants’ operating costs; with a 1.5% industry profit margin, any increases will have a direct impact on prices for consumers. The largest card networks should compete with each other and regional players to bring the best value and efficiency to customers, just like Main Street retailers do every day.

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.

Contact:

Tel: 202-452-8444
Fax: 202-429-4519

Source: Food Marketing Institute

Food Marketing Institute comments on FDA guidance for the Preventive Controls for Human Food rule

ARLINGTON, VA, 2016-Aug-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Vice President, Food Safety Programs, Hilary Thesmar PhD, RD, offered the following statement on today’s (August 23, 2016) announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its draft guidance for the Preventive Controls for Human Food rule.

Thesmar said, “While the Preventive Controls rule embodies one of the basic pillars of FSMA, which is to thwart the contamination of food and to prevent foodborne illness from occurring, food retailers are well aware that prevention starts with strong good manufacturing practices followed by conducting a rigorous hazard analysis to identify and evaluate any known and reasonably foreseeable hazards.

“FMI appreciates FDA’s acknowledgement that the ‘relatively rare occurrence of significant safety concerns associated with the manufacture of food contact substances,’ and finished products, together with FDA’s extensive premarket review of these substances, provides adequate assurances of safety.

“We’re also encouraged that FDA extended certain compliance dates on several FSMA provisions, including requirements related to food contact substances under the foreign supplier verification rule. FMI and other retail associations have been working closely with FDA to seek clarification on the food contact substances issue, and we look forward to continued engagement with the agency as they consider how to best address our concerns.

“We remain confident in the food supply system and the U.S. government oversight is just part of the equation, as traceability and transparent business relationships are critical to the integrity of the food supply. We applaud the agency for providing essential guidance and reiterate the need for clarification in a timely manner for all of the outstanding questions under the final FSMA rules and we look forward to offering comments on behalf of the nation’s grocery stores and continuing our efforts with the agency.”

Contact:

Tel: 202-452-8444
Fax: 202-429-4519

Source: FMI

Food Marketing Institute announces the appointment of Dana Mullen to its regulatory team

ARLINGTON, VA, 2016-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) announces the recent appointment of an experienced food and drug attorney, Dana Mullen, to its regulatory team. Mullen will join FMI Chief Regulatory Officer Stephanie Barnes in helping guide the association’s public policy and regulatory efforts.

Prior to joining FMI, Mullen was an Associate Attorney with Keller and Heckman LLP where she advised domestic and foreign clients regarding compliance with global food additive and food packaging regulations. She also assisted clients with submissions to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), addressing food-contact substances and processes used in post-consumer recycled plastics. Prior to Mullen’s work as an Associate Attorney for the firm, she was a summer associate for their food and drug and environmental practice groups.

She also earned experience with both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an Honors Law Clerk, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a researcher. She earned her B.S. in Packaging Science from Clemson University and graduated Wake Forest University School of Law. Mullen is an active member of both the North Carolina State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar.

FMI Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs Jennifer Hatcher said, “We welcome Dana and her experience helping businesses navigate regulations and strive for reasonable action. She will certainly complement FMI’s talent and experience advising its member companies on federal rules across our industry’s priority issues.”

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.

Contact:

Tel: 202-452-8444
Fax: 202-429-4519

Source: FMI

Hy-Vee employees honored during the annual FMI Connect conference in Chicago hosted by the Food Marketing Institute last month

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2015-7-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nine Hy-Vee, Inc. employees were recently recognized for their excellence after winning industry competitions.

Hy-Vee employees in various positions were honored during the annual FMI Connect conference in Chicago, one of the industry’s largest trade shows, hosted by the Food Marketing Institute last month.

Brian Wilken, store director at the Charles City Hy-Vee in Iowa, was named a 2015 Store Manager Award winner for his work generating sales growth, providing great customer service, contributing to company goals and serving his community. Wilken’s nomination detailed his on-the-floor management style, his mentoring of employees and his ability to build great relationships within his community.

Julie McMillin, RD, LD, assistant vice president of retail dietetics for Hy-Vee, was named the 2015 Retail Dietitian of the Year by the Retail Dietitians Business Alliance during the FMI Connect conference. The award recognizes a professional who shows leadership in utilizing business skills and industry knowledge to positively impact consumer behavior change through the retail sector.

Three Hy-Vee chefs took home honors at the 2015 Supermarket Chef Showdown. Fifteen chefs across five categories competed in FMI’s showdown, now in its third year. The chefs cooked their dishes in front of a live audience at the FMI Connect conference. Entrants were judged on taste, presentation, creativity and consumer appeal.

Elizabeth Davis, chef at the Edgewood Road Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, won first place in the holiday platters category for her yu sheng citrus salad platter and was named the competition’s Grand Champion; Amy Gleason, chef at the Linden Market Hy-Vee in Omaha, Nebraska, won the breakfast category for her cinnamon-scented faro parfait; and Bryan Williams, chef at the Rock Bridge Hy-Vee in Columbia, Missouri, won the dessert category for his red curry and coconut bread pudding.

Dale Schoenefeld, produce manager at the Watertown Hy-Vee in South Dakota, became Hy-Vee’s 11th produce manager to be named a grand prize winner at the annual United Fresh Produce Show, held in conjunction with FMI Connect. Schoenefeld was recognized for his excellent customer education and sampling programs, successful Facebook promotions and eye-catching special displays.

Schoenefeld, one of five grand prize winners named, was selected from a field of 25 Produce Managers of the Year representing supermarkets and retail stores across the United States. Nominations were judged in categories, including efforts to increase produce consumption through excellence in merchandising; special displays and promotions; community service; and commitment to customer satisfaction.

In addition to the honors at FMI Connect, Brittany Love, a barista and manager at the Starbucks kiosk in the Applewood Hy-Vee in Omaha, Nebraska, was named a 2015 Starbucks Barista Champion. Competitors were judged in three categories: barista craft; signature beverage; and personal coffee tasting/sharing coffee knowledge.

Two Hy-Vee employees were awarded Börgen Cup honors at the annual International Floriculture Expo, which recognizes the best floral merchandising displays and encourages supermarket florists to strive for excellence in creativity and quality.

Cheryl Overland, floral manager at the Albert Lea Hy-Vee in Minnesota, received the Börgen Cup Merchandising Award of Excellence. Beth Hennessy, floral manager at the Oakland Road Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the Börgen Cup for best signage.

Each year, the Börgen Cup honors supermarkets and mass merchants in the United States and Canada for the creativity and quality of merchandising in their floral departments in four categories: color harmony, cross-merchandising, signage and theme development. A panel from Super Floral Retailing judged the more than 100 entries this year. Hy-Vee has had 20 Börgen Cup winners since 2005.

Full list of Hy-Vee’s honorees:

  • FMI Store Manager of the Year
    Brian Wilken, store director of the Charles City Hy-Vee in Charles City, Iowa
  • Retail Dietitians Business Alliance Retail Dietitian of the Year
    Julie McMillin, assistant vice president of retail dietetics for Hy-Vee
  • FMI Supermarket Chef Showdown Grand Champion and Holiday Platters Category Winner
    Elizabeth Davis, chef at the Edgewood Road Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • FMI Supermarket Chef Showdown Breakfast Category Winner
    Amy Gleason, chef at the Linden Market Hy-Vee in Omaha, Nebraska
  • FMI Supermarket Chef Showdown Dessert Category Winner
    Bryan Williams, chef at the Rock Bridge Hy-Vee in Columbia, Missouri
  • United Fresh Produce Manager of the Year Grand Prize Winner
    Dale Schoenefeld, produce manager at the Watertown Hy-Vee in Watertown, South Dakota
  • Starbucks Barista Champion
    Brittany Love, barista and Starbucks kiosk manager at the Applewood Hy-Vee in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Börgen Cup Merchandising Award of Excellence
    Cheryl Overland, floral manager at the Albert Lea Hy-Vee in Albert Lea, Minnesota
  • Börgen Cup Award for Best Signage
    Beth Hennessy, floral manager at the Oakland Road Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 235 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $8.7 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit www.hy-vee.com.