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According to Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), approximately 15 million people in the United States suffer from food allergies. In the last decade, the prevalence of reported food allergies has significantly increased with an estimated four to six percent of children and four percent of adults who are affected by food allergies.

We’ve launched FMItech@, a new feature at FMI Midwinter Executive Conference, placing the spotlight on technology. We’ll delve deep into proven and emerging trends and their applications for your businesses. Through FMItech@, we’ve added Tech Talks, Tech Exchanges and tech-focused sessions to the Midwinter program to generate game-changing discussion and prepare you for what’s next.

It’s that time again. It’s Q4 of 2018 which means that food facilities must renew their registration with the FDA. Renewal of facility registration occurs during Q4—October 1 through December 31—of even numbered years. If you haven’t done so already, the current registration renewal for 2018 will be available through December 31, 2018. Under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the FDA requires biennial registration of all domestic and foreign food facilities engaged in manufacturing, processing, packing, or holding food for human or animal consumption in the United States.

Independent grocery store operators need their customer communications to be effective and support their bottom line, but with so many different digital and traditional communications channels, it’s hard to know where to invest time and resources. Annually, the Food Marketing Institute survey’s the food retail industry about their overall business practices. In our 2018 The Food Retailing Industry Speaks report, we look at how grocery stores are communicating with customers. When you narrow the survey respondents to operators of one to 10 stores you can see an interesting picture.


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