The Hartman Group’s weekly food and beverage industry newsletter delivers the latest data, insights and thought-provoking analysis about the trends and consumer behaviors reshaping todays – and tomorrow’s food and beverage culture.

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Whole Foods' Challenge: Value + Fresh in Contemporary Food Retail

Of course the recent announcement by Whole Foods Market that it will be launching a new store format under a new banner that will focus on cheaper fresh offerings touched off a frenzy of speculation about this new offering and its potential for...

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Millennial Food Shoppers And Diners: Spontaneous. Flexible. Contradictory.

The Hartman Groups national syndicated research details how Americas Millennial generation has become a barometer for the future of food and beverage culture.

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Unstoppable ALDI: Walmart's Biggest Threat?

ALDI continues to be the most underestimated grocery retailer in the U.S. market. In CPG circles, it is easy to understand why. ALDI is a control label retail operator, selling primarily, if not entirely, their own privately branded knockoffs of...

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Ask The Hartmans:

After our recent HartBeat on Instacart and the Sharing Economy, a reader wrote to us asking, Is anyone making money doing this picking from brick & mortar grocery stores?

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Innovation and Digital Food Landscape, Part Two: Home Meal Delivery

Industrialization led to the creation of an entire category of household appliances, and labor-saving devices, tools and gadgets, all designed to make domestic life easier and less burdensome.

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Innovation and Digital Food Landscape, Part One: Lessons of Dinosaur Entertainment Industries and Digital Food Start-ups

Digital-based food start-ups (currently the media darlings of the investment community) generated more than $200 million in venture capital investments in Q1 of 2014 alone.

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Instacart: Why Investors and Shoppers Are Warming Up to Food Tech Start-ups

Underscoring an ongoing enthusiasm for investor-funded technology start-ups that intersect with the food space, the news that Instacart recently closed on $220 million in venture capital funding was perhaps not too surprising given the overall...

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Why Hummus Is Poised to Be the Next Greek Yogurt and 4 More Key Trends From the 2015 Fancy Food Show

Members of our Hartman Retainer Services team trekked the show floor at the Specialty Food Association’s Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco held January 11-13. Out of the thousands of food and beverage products on display, here are the five...

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Habits of the Male Shopper

Men tend to prefer a “search-and-retrieve” form of shopping (i.e., running in for a single item) whereas women generally prefer to browse before they buy. And what is it that men are shopping for?

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Safeway’s Disaggregation and the Future of the American Supermarket

Is the sale of 146 Safeway and Albertsons stores to a diminutive Pacific Northwest-based supermarket chain a harbinger of a larger shift toward “all things fresh” in food retailing? What does this mean for the future of midmarket grocery stores...

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FOOD SHOPPING IN AMERICA 2017

As leaders in the study of American food culture, The Hartman Group has been tracking how Americans shop for food since the 1990s. From one-stop shopping to multichannel shopping to online markets and click-and-collect, we continue to track consumers’ evolving perceptions, needs, habits and relationships with food retailers. New to the 2017 report is a special section on the expansion of the discount grocery channel, the emerging fresh-format channel and smaller-footprint retail formats.

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