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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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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Drug store: the new convenience store?

In a not-so-distant past, while drug stores were the destination channel of choice for health and wellness products and services (driven largely by the pharmacy), foods and beverages were hardly de rigueur. The corner drug store was always a...

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Reflections on the symbiotic relationship between restaurants and supermarkets

As the line between restaurants and supermarkets continues to blur, the battle for greater share of America's food dollars will only intensify as consumers modify their food consumption behaviors for a host of cultural, lifestyle, and economic...

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Store Brand Ready-to-Eat and Prepared Foods–One Millennial’s Taste Test

The ever-evolving cooking and eating habits of today’s consumers have grocery stores in a heated battle with quick-serve and fast casual restaurants for greater share of the eating away from home food dollar. And the frontline for this titanic...

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Five things you need to know about Millennials

Millennials are leaving indelible footprints on the marketplace. It is a demographic group that has been the darlings and devils of marketers. How to influence these masters of customization and self-expression remains a mystery to many. To help...

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AmazonFresh…Grocery Domination Ahead?

We live in a world where the divisions between online and offline are increasingly blurred. Online grocery shopping represents a natural evolution in how consumers are living their lives simultaneously in both the physical and digital world.

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Demise of Tesco's Fresh & Easy: Was It the Economy Or the Brand…Or Something Else?

Blaming Fresh & Easy's demise on a weak economy, slow ROI, and difficulty converting shoppers from large-format stores offers little explanation when compared with the success of retailers like Aldi, Trader Joe's, and innovators in the dollar and...

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The New Path to Purchase: Meet the Constant Consumer

What happens in a store and what drives consumers to choose one store over another have everything to do with what happens before they get there and very little to do with most of the marketing and merchandising strategies and tactics currently...

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Boomer Shops Atlanta: Publix, The Fresh Market and Kroger

Boomers’ heightened interest in living healthier lifestyles is evident in the close attention they pay to food choices and food shopping experiences.

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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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