September 25, 2019
Cash is King, So Plan Accordingly
It’s no surprise that substantial funding is needed to start a business from the ground up. However, business founders often underestimate the amount of cash necessary to grow their business successfully. Overlooking your cash needs can result in critical mistakes, though these can all be avoided with proper planning. Elliot Begoun, FMI Emerge mentor and […]Read More
August 30, 2019
Emerge Subscriber Companies in the News!
Join us in celebrating the recent wins and industry recognitions of several Emerge subscriber brands! Seeing brands succeed and reach their goals reminds us why we do what we do here at FMI Emerge. Several companies within the Emerge community have been featured in the news recently for their innovative and amazing products, and we’d […]Read More
August 23, 2019
Online Shoppers Still Do Most Grocery Shopping In-Store
In a constantly evolving world where new forms of technology aimed at making our lives easier come to life every day, it is no surprise that shopper mindsets are adapting. In an article by Supermarket News, experts within the grocery retail industry go into detail about why consumer mindsets are evolving and how this change […]Read More
July 17, 2019
Trends: A Look at Today’s Grocery Shopper
For more than four decades, FMI has been tracking consumer’s grocery shopping trends. Join us as we share the highlights of findings from FMI’s 2019 U.S Grocery Shopper Trends study conducted by The Hartman Group. In addition to an overview of key grocery shopping trends, we will explore consumers’ perceptions of the current food retail environment. Webinar […]Read More
May 1, 2019
Welcome to the Golden Age of Vending Machines
By Margaret Core, Vice President, Marketing & Industry Relations, FMI A few summers ago, I was having dinner with a college student and he was in the middle of an interesting summer internship. He internship was with an Austin-based startup, Briggo, trying to market a robotic barista capable of making 10,000 custom ordered coffees a […]Read More
March 21, 2019
Key Trends and Products from Natural Products Expo West
The energy was palpable at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim earlier this month. There was truly a community feel throughout the event. See all the Expo West photos I took here!
The FMI Emerge team was there to speak with emerging brands wanting to grow their distribution and scale sustainably. In the same way that Expo West brings the entire food and grocery retail industry together, this too is one of the key tenets of the FMI Emerge program and community. It is a nurturing environment with regional and nationwide retailers, the industry’s leading experts, mentors, education, supportive outreach and access to investors. Our team helps emerging brands fully integrate into the larger industry, by getting the education they need, and access the resources they’re seeking, fast.
A highlight of Expo was catching up with FMI Emerge subscribers: MyFitMode and StepOneFoods, were unveiling new products at Expo as they continue to grow distribution. World of Chia, the first chia fruit spread, also continues to expand their distribution and grow across e-commerce. FMI Emerge resources enabled these companies to tackle challenges such as finding the right co-packer partners, updating their packaging and revising their product formulations and growing their e-commerce and Amazon sales.Read More
February 28, 2019
The Category Heavyweight Poised for a Comeback: Frozen Food
The food retailing industry often touts the strength of the perimeter, namely, produce, meat, bakery or deli/prepared foods. But there’s a contender in the ring; a heavyweight that boasts $57 billion in retail sales that’s conditioning for a strong comeback: Frozen food.
Sales numbers can tell part of the story. But understanding consumer behaviors and attitudes about frozen foods, as well as the usage of frozen foods in the home, tells a much more complete story about what will drive continued growth in this category.
FMI recently teamed up with the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) on The Power of Frozento help manufacturers and retailers further align innovation, products, merchandising, marketing and branding with how consumers live, shop and cook.Read More
February 27, 2019
The Total Food Frontier
Thank you to FMI partner, Nielsen, for this insightful review of fast moving consumer goods. Enjoy this complimentary Nielsen webinar. For years, we as consumers shopped for groceries in a relatively contained and stable environment. Now, options for what, where, when and how to buy groceries are limitless. To say that the fast-moving consumer […]Read More
February 26, 2019
Mining Shopper Data to Build Sales
Today, tens of millions of baby boomers are entering into the declining consumption stage of life; they’re consuming less of everything. At the same time, the millennials following right behind them have not yet reached the stage of their lives where they are increasing consumption.
In his presentation at Groceryshop entitled “Compete and Thrive! Realize the Full Potential of Cohesive Shopper Insights,” David Portalatin of the NPD Group challenged food retailers to do two simple things one after the other: Focus on understanding the shopper’s needs, and then execute on the insights discovered.Read More
February 24, 2019
It All Begins with Food – Working Creatively with Your Retailers
Food retailers around the country provide food and beverage experiences that seem to be tailor-made for their customers and their unique lifestyles. An emerging brand has the opportunity to partner with their retailers and work creatively to find the right promotions and customer engagements that will drive sales.Read More