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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From voters to veggies – Using the digital lessons of successful political campaigns to create a new food movement

All the food is local – sold directly from local farmers and producers – a designation that’s become so appealing to consumers that in some ways it is surpassing the popularity – although not yet the dollar value – of organics. So when Benzi...

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Betting big on fresh: the Price Chopper gamble

Price Chopper, the New York State independent grocery chain, is going all in on all things fresh. In early November of this year, Price Chopper announced that it would take its fresh-oriented incubator test format from an affluent Albany suburb...

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The New Premium Distribution Revolution

Consumer culture has transformed legacy brands from benign symbols into rich experiences, creating new, greater expectations about how premium products should exist in everyday life.

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Food culture is key to getting home grocery delivery right

Home food delivery services clearly need to offer the right product selection and user interface, and they need to get home delivery right — and right into people’s kitchens. But even if those are nailed down, if home grocery and food delivery...

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Whole Paycheck or the new value paradigm?

After months of share price declines and investors calling for Whole Foods Market to slash prices to better compete with natural/organic offerings at conventional supermarkets, Whole Foods has begun to unveil its response to the broader marketplace.

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Whole Foods, watch out: The rise of Mariano’s and the killer grocery format for the 21st century

There has been a quiet disruption within the upmarket end of the retail continuum for years that is now reaching a tipping point. And it is not Whole Foods.

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How Generation X is a perfect gauge for understanding consumers in general

Because Generation X’s numbers are small by comparison, its hopes, desires and predilections become lost in the clamor of marketing machines aimed at their elders and juniors.

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Food adventure: How quickly can digital start-ups disrupt food shopping?

There’s an explosion of start-ups attempting to explode the very notion of grocery shopping by converting that habit into a practice of digitally driven, occasion-based provisioning.

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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...

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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...

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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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