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A reporter I was talking to recently told me that journalists have a saying that they provide a “first rough draft of history.” That got me thinking about the role of research and insights at FMI. We have been striving to capture what has been taking place in the food industry throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Through surveys we conduct with the industry and insights we share in our reports, FMI has been capturing the history of our industry during these unprecedented times.

I recently sat down with Barb Renner, Deloitte’s vice chairman and U.S. consumer products leader, for the latest edition of FMI’s webinar series called A FreshForward Conversation. Deloitte is FMI’s partner in FreshForward and Barb provided some timely and insightful observations about where the industry has been and where it’s headed.

Despite commodity fluctuations and trying transportation dynamics through the supply chain, the food industry has done a good job of keeping consumer prices as low as possible. At the same time, with the many ways consumers are engaging in this new marketplace, the economics at play in today’s supply chains are not workable in the long run. With that in mind, how do we change the way we meet omnichannel demand? How do we reset trading partner collaboration to eliminate friction?

For a seafood buying office, one of the first major career challenges can come in understanding the various specifications for various seafood products. Indeed, buying offices may vary from organization to organization.

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