FMI–The Food Industry Association released its fresh foods insights and programming agenda for 2021 to help its members navigate changing consumer shopping behaviors and preferences. FMI will also continue to chart the pandemic’s influence on American food habits and grocery operational trends that shape mealtime occasions.
“The grocery industry is well-positioned to compete for the food dollar, and we are committed to helping our members navigate consumer preferences,” said Rick Stein, VP of fresh foods for Arlington, Va.-based FMI, in a release. “Our fresh foods agenda for 2021 supports the food industry with consumer-focused research, thought leadership discussions and networking opportunities designed to help professionals make informed decisions regarding their grocery business.”
Throughout the year, FMI will release a series of reports that provide insights into the minds of fresh foods shoppers. Those reports include:
- The Power of Seafood. To be released in February, the report provides insights into the seafood shopper’s nutrition and sustainability preferences.
- The Power of Meat. To be released in late March at the Annual Meat Conference and in collaboration with North American Meat Institute, the Power of Meat looks at shoppers’ changing meat purchasing behaviors and how retailers and suppliers can respond.
- The Power of Produce. This report, expected in April, will examine shoppers’ cooking habits with produce and health and well-being implications.
- The Power of Foodservice at Retail. Available in September, this report will pinpoint shoppers’ habits in this growing department.
To accompany the fresh foods research agenda, FMI will host thought leadership and networking opportunities throughout the year. In addition to educational webinars about research findings, it will also host regular FreshForward Conversations designed to continue discussions related to the annual event all year long.
“With the rapid pace of change we’re experiencing, our regular FreshForward Conversations are a chance to continue discussions from 2020, share insights in real time and connect with new and potential supply chain partners,” Stein said. “In addition, these ongoing discussions will help shape the agenda for FMI’s 2021 FreshForward event held in August.”
FMI’s next fresh foods discussion, “A FreshForward Conversation: Interview with Susan Schwallie of The NPD Group,” will take place Jan. 13. Information about upcoming fresh foods events, research reports and more can be found at www.FMI.org/FreshFoods.