Falling into fresh. | What is the state of the food retail industry? | Technology's opportunity to accelerate fresh foods
October 16, 2019
FMI Fresh
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Falling into fresh.
Falling into fresh.

Fall is upon us, along with its accompanying cooler weather, and grocery sales are shifting with the changing season. We're seeing an increase in meat department sales and vegetables are surpassing fruit for share of cart. Sales of bakery products, especially bread, are also increasing, and pies and desserts are finding a sweet spot among shoppers.

Customers are reaching for everything from onions and peppers to carrots and broccoli to make hearty homemade soups, and it's also a great time of year for chili. The time has never been riper for retailers to make the most of the fall harvest.

I hope you'll find these resources helpful as you move into the fall season and on to winter.

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The fresh word
What is the state of the food retail industry?
What is the state of the food retail industry?

FMI's 70th annual The Food Retailing Industry Speaks report provides important operational and financial benchmarks. We've broken down the top findings from the 2019 report, representing 36,000 stores. Learn more.
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Technology's opportunity to accelerate fresh foods
Technology's opportunity to accelerate fresh foods

Technology can be a game changer in fresh foods, bringing solutions to longstanding challenges related to inventory, waste, freshness and food safety. Read more.
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Reliable resources
Shoppers willing to be inconvenienced for high-quality foodservice at retail
Shoppers willing to be inconvenienced for high-quality foodservice at retail

FMI's 2019 Power of Foodservice at Retail report looks at consumer behaviors around the deli and foodservice departments in grocery stores. Initial findings of the report suggest the foodservice department is a key area for retailer differentiation. Learn more | Download
How do consumers approach grocery shopping?
How do consumers approach grocery shopping?

Some 31% of those who share grocery shopping responsibilities do so because they have different tastes in food. The 2019 US Grocery Shopper Trends report provides the latest insights into customer behavior and shopping habits. Learn more | Download data tables
Delving deeper
Where do plant-based proteins fit in the grocery store?
According to FMI's 2019 US Grocery Shopper Trends, 33% of households have at least one member following a non-medically prescribed diet such as vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian or flexitarian -- and this trend is higher for Gen Z and millennial households. Read further.
The plant-based tipping point
Plant-based foods are a key driver of growth in retail, with plant-based food sales growing over five times as fast as total food sales in the past year. Join us as we share a conversation with The Good Food Institute on increasing interest in plant-based foods and alternative proteins. Register now.
Top Trends in Fresh - Balancing the Store Aisle Pendulum
The path to purchase continues to be incredibly complex, especially with the seemingly infinite channels and expanding retail formats. Exploring the different ways in which fresh food retailers and suppliers can look differently at the total store can swing the pendulum back to stronger growth. Check out the webinar on Oct. 24. Register now.
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