Leslie Sarasin

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

Video Forum: Leslie Sarasin, FMI

Video Forum: Leslie Sarasin, FMI

This week’s Video Forum examines developments in the supermarket sector with Leslie Sarasin, president and chief executive officer of FMI: The Food Industry Association. Sarasin talks about the FDA’s recent move to improve food safety, the industry response to COVID-19, and the impact of shifts in consumer behavior.

FMI supports proposed liability relief plan

FMI supports proposed liability relief plan

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Food Industry Association strongly supports liability relief protections that have been proposed by Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and John Cornyn (R-TX) for the next COVID-19 relief bill, the trade association said Monday. “Nine in ten voters agree that grocery store workers (93%), agricultural and food production workers (90%) and farm workers

Bill would provide tax break for frontline workers

Bill would provide tax break for frontline workers

WASHINGTON – Retail industry groups are voicing support for federal legislation that would provide tax relief for “essential” workers during the coronavirus pandemic. Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst on July 21 introduced the FRNT LINE Act, which provides income tax relief for workers who meet criteria set forth by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Rebranding of FMI goes beyond modernizing its image

ARLINGTON, Va. — Leslie Sarasin, president and chief executive officer of FMI — the Food Industry Association, is intent on ensuring that the group’s recent name change signifies more than an update of its image. Formerly the Food Marketing Institute, the newly rechristened association represents an industry far more diverse and complex than it was