FMI Foundation’s Stir It Up! fundraising event raised a record-setting $1,032,000 for its nutrition and health initiatives

Arlington, VA, 2017-Feb-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Foundation’s new fundraising event, Stir It Up!,  raised $1,032,000 in support of the Foundation’s programs in food safety, nutrition and health at FMI’s 2017 Midwinter Executive Conference.  This was the highest amount ever raised at a FMI Foundation event.  Stir It Up! offered more than 450 retailers an energizing opportunity to network and connect with their colleagues, while participating in a lively cooking competition.

“FMI Foundation created Stir it Up! to put the ‘fun’ back in fundraising by celebrating and promoting the good grocers do supporting family meal occasions,” said Sue Borra, RD, chief health and wellness officer and executive director of the FMI Foundation. “We’re grateful for the support of our industry executives and all our sponsors. Stir It Up! was an exciting and friendly way to showcase the retail food industry’s culinary talents.”

Retailer and supplier executives competed for the bragging rights of dishing up the best family meal in the kitchen. Conference attendees served as culinary judges and cast their votes for their favorite family meals in the following categories: Easiest Family Meal, Most Affordable Family Meal, Healthiest Family Meal, Best Culinary Adventure Family Meal, and Tastiest Family Meal.

The 2017 winning menus:

Easiest Family Meal and Most Affordable Family Meal

Coca-Cola with its winning menu of carved whole roasted, free-range chicken with winter vegetables, and a classic Coca-Cola Float with a Twist.

Tastiest Family Meal

with Sous-Chef Unilever with its winning menu of Hy-Waiian Beef Sliders, crab cake sliders with Aioli, spiralized Mediterranean Veggie Salad, and The Cheesecake Factory Bites®, topped with Fresh Berries.

Healthiest Family Meal

with its winning menu of sizzling sesame shrimp, chickpea lettuce wraps with chicken, cauliflower fried rice, and broiled mango with honey-lime yogurt.

Best Culinary Adventure Family Meal

with its winning menu of Green Oats and Ham – Quaker Steel Cut Oat Risotto Cake, Naked Cold Pressed Bright Greens Pistou, Pancetta, Rold Gold Parmesan Crisp, Smoked Paprika Grilled Fillet of Beef- Starbuck’s Double Shot Espresso and Port Wine Reduction, Sabra Chickpea Panisse, Stacy’s Gremolata, Grandma’s Soft Cookies Baked Alaska, and Smartfood Kettle Popcorn Brittle

The FMI Foundation would like to thank all the Stir It Up! Sponsors. For more photos from the event, visit FMI’s 2017 Stir It Up! Photo Gallery.

About the FMI Foundation:

Established in 1996, the Food Marketing Institute Foundation seeks to ensure continued quality and efficiency in the food retailing system and is operated for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes.  To help support the role of food retailing, the FMI Foundation focuses on research and education in the areas of food safety, nutrition, and health.

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 and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit


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Savvy Moms-To-Be Nourish Their Bodies As Well As Their Fashion Sense

Due Maternity, specializing in designer maternity clothing and accessories, takes a holistic approach to gestation that incorporates nutrition as an integral part of a healthy pregnancy for both mother and baby. Due Maternity stores, both online and offline, offer a variety of vitamins, over the counter supplements, energy drinks and bars and testing products to keep women at their best for 40 weeks.

“Today, women know so much more about the effects of good nutrition during pregnancy and we are blessed to have the benefits of this knowledge and the latest advances on our side,” said Shannon DiPadova, co-founder, Due Maternity. “Due has become a trusted resource for maternity fashions and accessories, and we are expanding our offerings to include prenatal vitamins, safe and effective herbal remedies and testing products such as caffeine detectors and pregnancy tests.”

Due Maternity offers prenatal vitamins with Omega-3 and DHA, which is shown to be beneficial for neural, cardiovascular and brain development in both moms and infants. When taken post partum, these supplements can increase the supply of DHA in mother’s breast milk. Morning sickness can be alleviated with Mommy’s Bliss Morning Sickness Magic Capsules, which contain ginger, which is a natural way to remedy nausea and vomiting.

Among the other items offered by Due Maternity are Caffeine test strips that help detect even trace amounts of caffeine in decaffeinated beverages. For expectant parents who wish to know their baby’s gender at 10 weeks, Pink or Blue DNA Gender tests are available. Due Maternity is continually researching and adding products to its catalog, providing a one-of-a-kind experience for expectant mothers and families.

Offering more than just maternity clothing, Due has established its presence as the premier maternity lifestyle brand that specializes in celebrating this special time in a woman’s life. Due Maternity’s online community engages visitors with the ability to create personal page with baby’s due date, gift registry, next-generation photo and video sharing, guest book, baby due date calculator, baby astrology, and even a way to create custom announcements, baby shower and birthday party invitations. Due Maternity podcasts range from parenting tips to the latest pregnancy styles and trends.

About Due Maternity
Due Maternity retail stores and online shop featuring the highest quality merchandise and unparalleled customer service, was born out of necessity. While visiting family in Santa Barbara, expectant former publicist Shannon Raffetto DiPadova and her husband, Albert DiPadova, an advertising veteran, noticed an absence of maternity clothing stores among Santa Barbara’s bevy of boutiques, and thus — Due Maternity was conceived. Dedicated to celebrating the pregnancy experience with beauty, style and a sense of well-being, Due offers one of the largest selections of designer maternity clothes, maternity tees, maternity dresses, accessories, skin care as well as prenatal and lactationclasses. For more information, please visit or call 1-866-SHOP-DUE (1-866-746-7383).

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