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FMI’s Sarasin: Focus on data, not politics

FMI’s Sarasin: Focus on data, not politics

ARLINGTON, Va. – FMI president and CEO Leslie Sarasin says that the national conversation about food prices must be informed by data, rather than politics. “Politicizing grocery prices for political gain is completely counterproductive to improving the accessibility and quality of food for all Americans,” Sarasin said in a statement. “With the exception of a

Grocers’ value maintains attraction even as inflation slows

As the pace of inflation has slowed in recent months, grocery shoppers are cautiously optimistic about their finances heading into the New Year, even as they express continued worry about food prices. Food retailers can take heart that pandemic-era shopper preferences around preparing and eating meals at home remains strong, and shoppers are increasingly looking

FMI a willing partner in SNAP renewal effort

Leslie Sarasin takes an expansive view of her work. As president and chief executive officer of FMI – The Food Industry Association, she has significantly broadened the organization’s reach, carving out a bigger role within FMI for grocery manufacturers and other industry stakeholders, while at the same time forging partnerships with groups that support its

Fresh food remains key differentiator

Supermarkets have long used their perishable food departments to wow shoppers and to convey an image of food quality and freshness that helps elevate shoppers’ perceptions of the whole store. The importance of fresh food has only grown lately, as the pandemic led Americans to change their grocery shopping and cooking habits in ways that

FMI: Food Industry Investing in Customer Experience

FMI: Food Industry Investing in Customer Experience

ARLINGTON, Va. — The food industry is making major investments aimed at addressing shoppers’ evolving tastes, according to FMI—The Food Industry Association. FMI’s annual research report, The Food Retailing Industry Speaks 2022, finds that food retailers are focusing on investments in new technologies (73%) like foodservice ordering and delivery, dynamic pricing, and mobile checkout systems.

FMI: Hybrid shopping is here to stay

FMI: Hybrid shopping is here to stay

ARLINGTON, Va. – For many shoppers, buying groceries is a decidedly hybrid affair and is likely to stay that way for the foreseeable future, as consumers’ “deeply personal” relationship with food lures them into the supermarket, according to the latest installment of an expansive shopper survey from FMI — The Food Industry Association. “The recent

Video Forum: Leslie Sarasin, FMI

Video Forum: Leslie Sarasin, FMI

  The nation’s grocers have had to adapt quickly to changing conditions over the past year and a half. In this week’s Video Forum, Leslie Sarasin, president and chief executive officer of FMI, talks about the resilience shown by the industry during the COVID pandemic. She also discusses changing shopping patterns, the ramifications of consumers’

FMI commends role for pharmacies in vaccine push

FMI commends role for pharmacies in vaccine push

ARLINGTON, VA — FMI commended the Biden Administration for its plan to begin distributing COVID-19 vaccine doses directly to retail pharmacies across the nation, including those of supermarket companies, in order to expand access to vaccinations. Leslie Sarasin, president and chief executive officer of FMI — The Food Industry Association, offered a comment on Tuesday

FMI’s Sarasin on crafting the ‘next normal’

FMI’s Sarasin on crafting the ‘next normal’

WASHINGTON — Thomas Wolff famously wrote “you can’t go home again,” and FMI president and chief executive officer Leslie Sarasin said Tuesday that food retailers will face a similar reality when the COVID-19 pandemic finally ends. “There simply is no going back to the normal we knew before the pandemic,” she said. “We’ve changed, the

FMI honors top store managers

FMI honors top store managers

ARLINGTON, Va. – FMI – The Food Industry Association honored its top store managers for 2020 on Monday, recognizing four leaders with Store Manager Awards. “Grocery workers have continued to feed and protect citizens throughout the pandemic, earning the respect and recognition of their communities as true heroes in the public battle to mitigate COVID-19’s

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