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.

Hartbeat image

Fragmented grocery market means consumers seek guidance from trusted retailers

A hallmark of the latest shift in food culture is how fractured grocery shopping has become. The changes are not capricious or unpredictable. They’re tied to underlying cultural forces that, once understood, open up new opportunities for...

 More »

Hartbeat image

Where to eat? Food service enters the knowledge economy

“Where to eat?” That’s the question we ask now, often before “what to eat?” There’s also a set of questions that tend to come after “what to eat?” They are: “Where was my food grown, how was it grown, who grew it, and what will it do to my health...

 More »

Hartbeat image

Look both ways before judging Whole Foods

Amid the storm caused by Whole Foods lowering its annual sales projection for the fourth time in nine months, the media and analysts predictably focused on price and organic, organic and price.

 More »

Hartbeat image

Channel haze lingers. Clarity needed for brick-and-click roadside pantry effect

“Food is everywhere” has become a universally accepted fact as consumers navigate a broad array of retail channels both physical and online. Rather than organize shopping trips around meal plans for the next week, consumers shop for food on an...

 More »

Hartbeat image

When the cupcake crumbles

Blinded by its lines out the door, Crumbs and its investors forgot a cardinal rule of specialty food. While it’s not nice to shake a finger at nascent public companies whose dreams have been cast against the rocks, there are a few things food...

 More »

Hartbeat image

From Tank to Table? The Potential of Local Produce Without the Farm

Local continues to be the emerging killer quality marker in American food culture. Roughly half of American consumers have bought local produce in the past year, according to a recent poll by The Hartman Group. Although the notion of local really...

 More »

Hartbeat image

Millennial Consumers: A Barometer for the Future of Food Culture

Millennials are leaving indelible footprints on the marketplace. They are eclipsing Baby Boomers in numbers and importance. As a demographic group, Millennials (27 percent of the population) are more numerous than Boomers and are projected to...

 More »

Hartbeat image

Demand for Online Food Retailing: What’s the Future for Digital Food Procurement?

As technology has improved, the failed attempts to launch online grocery in the late 1990s appear to be a distant memory. Certainly, CPG suppliers are looking for any kind of incremental growth, especially growth that eliminates wholesaling costs...

 More »

Hartbeat image

A Third Grocery Sector: The Rise of Refrigerated Packaged Foods

The frozen foods business was built on replacing low-stakes home meals (Swanson and Stouffer's), then the low-stakes U.S. work lunch (Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice). "Because of this eating-occasion bias, frozen food was able to generate strong...

 More »

Hartbeat image

A Recipe for Growth in Packaged Foods

The packaged foods industry's sales are flagging, and its business leaders seem to think the economy and the need for better marketing are to blame. The Hartman Group's research indicates it's something else: the food.

 More »

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.

DOWNLOAD REPORT OVERVIEW AND ORDER FORM »

subscribe
hartbeat subscribe