FMI today announced that it will now be known as FMI - The Food Industry Association, and will more broadly represent today's food marketplace to include food retailers, suppliers and other business partners. "As The Food Industry Association, we will continue to propel the retail food industry forward by advocating for and supporting a safer, healthier and more efficient consumer food supply," says CEO and President Leslie Sarasin.
Keeping costs down with a no-frills approach while increasing the variety of products available and sprucing up its stores has helped ALDI grow from 1,600 stores in 2017 to nearly 2,000 in 36 states by the end of 2020. The grocer is almost three years into a $5.3 billion expansion and renovation plan, and its revamped stores, which feature more fresh foods and produce, have seen traffic jump by 30% to 40%, according to store officials.
What started in 1980 as a small grocery has blossomed into the Northgate Gonzalez Market, which today is a Southern California staple with 41 stores. The family chain recently expanded into Riverside, with its new store serving locations in Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego counties, which employ a workforce of almost 6,000.
Three prepared meal kits featuring chicken and rice combinations will be rolled out this spring through a partnership between Tyson Foods and Instant Brands, makers of the Instant Pot. The kits are built with Tyson's 100% natural chicken and will cook in 20 minutes in the Instant Pot, bringing "a fresh meal to the table that's culinary-inspired, stress-free and fast," says Steve Silzer, Tyson marketing director.
From the mainstreaming of plant-based foods to the rise of functional beverages, the Specialty Food Association's recent Winter Fancy Food Show offered a glimpse of what the future holds for specialty foods. Continued culinary innovation and trends such as transparency and traceability will be drivers for the specialty food channel, which is expected to be worth $75 billion by the end of this year.
With more retail workers looking for jobs that are flexible and engaging, many retailers are turning to technology-based management systems that offer planning, forecasting and scheduling benefits for both labor and management. Walmart, for example, recently debuted a new scheduling system that allows store associates to use an app to see schedules and pick up shifts, a move that many managers say is saving up to eight hours a week in back-office time.
A holiday campaign that allowed shoppers to round up their purchases at the register and donate the balance to the Salvation Army helped Schnuck Markets raise $320,000 for the charity. Schnucks also donates more than $16 million worth of food to pantries in its communities every year.
SpartanNash recently rolled out its Nutrition Pathways initiative, which uses shelf tags that list 22 nutrition and lifestyle attributes to allow for easier identification by shoppers. "With Nutrition Pathways, we've done all the hard work for you, so your shopping trips can be quick, convenient and, most importantly, fit within your lifestyle or wellness journey," said Lori Raya, SpartanNash's chief merchandising and marketing executive.
Life is full of circumstances and situations that prompt us to evaluate our personal brand and make necessary changes, adapting to a new position or setting by shifting our brand. Sometimes these involve small adjustments and sometimes we must undergo a significant overhaul, a complete revamp. The environment around us at FMI -- and in this reference I mean the businesses of the members we serve, the landscape of the association community in which we function and the role we play in supporting every link in the supply chain from the grower, the manufacturer, the supplier, the retailer to the consumer -- are ALL undergoing significant changes. Food -- the way we grow it, move it, package it, sell it and consume it -- is changing. Read more.
Last week's passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement is expected to boost exports for food and agriculture, which industry trade groups say will support 325,000 jobs in the US. Among the new agreement's provisions are expanded dairy market access in Canada, support for biotechnology in agriculture and an end to Canada's wheat grading system.
Coca-Cola announces it will invest more than $1.1 billion to expand production and distribution in France with facility upgrades increasing the amount of recyclable material used in packaging. The investment will also allow Coca-Cola to introduce more brands, such as Fuze Tea and Tropico, to this market and prepare for its sponsorship of the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.