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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Value at Whole Foods Market?

Whole Foods Market is hardly a niche player in grocery retail anymore. It is a major force that everyone in the value chain needs to keep an eye on. As it and other upmarket grocers expand into more midmarket zip codes (e.g., suburbs and smaller...

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C-Stores and the “Fresh” Opportunity

The white paper is a snapshot of what U.S. convenience stores are doing, and not doing, to attract modern-day consumers interested in buying fresh food on the go. With snacks comprising half of all eating occasions and convenience stores...

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Whole foods’ local move: just one dish in the feast of cultural change

The business section of The New York Times on Tuesday featured an article about Whole Foods using local suppliers in smaller markets such as Boise. Headlined The Gospel of Local, the story highlighted Wall Street's concerns about whether the...

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FOOD IS EVERYWHERE: Fine Dining by Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers…What Next?

Remember when it was really cool to get Swedish meatballs at Ikea and a hot dog and soda at Costco Wholesale for $1.50? Okay, those things are still cool.

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How convenience stores could eat quick-serve restaurants' lunch

As consumers increasingly clamor for quick, easy and accessible meals, convenience stores have a great opportunity to become go-to destinations for lunch. They are currently losing out to fast-food outlets, which have added fresh, healthier...

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How Retailers Can Cut Food Waste, Shave Costs & Appeal to Consumers

Consumers don't like waste, which has led many companies to recycle, reduce packaging and minimize pollution. Food waste has been less explored, especially by retailers. That's in part because consumers assume it is being dealt with responsibly...

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Turn sustainability into sales: key drivers for reaching consumers who want to feel good about what they buy

Consumers say they have trouble identifying companies that are sustainable. That makes it particularly important for manufacturers and others to be more vocal about their sustainability efforts. They should use animal-welfare labels and other...

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Follow the consumer or market to a category?

Our free white paper, Brains vs. Brawn: The Magic of Marketing to a Cultural Movement, seeks to illustrate for marketers how the mishandling of cultural movements (e.g., natural products and the consumer pursuit of fresh and less-processed foods)...

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Beyond the slurpee

The convenience store is increasingly relevant given the demands of modern day living. As such, the channel appeals to a broader range of people, well beyond the traditional core, young male, convenience store shopper.

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Looking beyond transparency in packaging to understand what motivates purchase

Packaging is just one cue, among many, that consumers use when evaluating products. Increasingly, sustainable packaging equates to healthfulness which in turn equates with premium products. Thus, unnatural (chemical-based) packaging has an...

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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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