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Reflections on Cultural Change

Reflections on Cultural Change

In each issue of Hartman Perspectives, Harvey Hartman takes a broad look at what’s changed and what’s coming in food culture. It’s been a tremendous... More »

Not all private-label growth is the same. Which categories are most promising?

Despite some market watchers’ predictions that private label is set to take over the world, its share of the packaged food market has been relatively flat since 2008, and it stopped gaining in other categories in 2011. More »


Private Brands/Branding, Point of View

Smucker's smart move: Going upmarket and what comes next

Sahale Snacks’ acquisition by J.M. Smucker is more than a cool company named for a favorite hike being bought by a major food player. Like many smart, big-brand companies, Smuckers often looks outside for product innovations – and it found one... More »


Eating Occasions, Food and Beverage

Pets are people too: Opportunity in the pet food market

Although the world of healthy and natural products has transitioned to meet contemporary consumer expectations, the natural pet food category appears left behind in the musty back room of a food cooperative. It’s a marketplace screaming for... More »


Food and Beverage, Organic/Natural, Private Brands/Branding, Trends

Sustainable food service: bending food-consumption behavior

Food service is an increasingly vibrant segment of food culture that’s training diners to eat in ways that we are just beginning to comprehend. The effect is a significant bending of food consumption behavior. More »


Health and Wellness, Sustainability, Food Service/Restaurant

Adventures in food service dining: “Tastes of the World”

FEAST was one of dozens of food service venues featured during a weeklong inspirational gathering of culinary professionals at UMass Amherst this summer called “Tastes of the World Chef Culinary Conference.” Some shared stories about successes... More »


Food and Beverage, Food Service/Restaurant

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