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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Food as Food: Digital Private Label and the Future of Online Snack Delivery

Why manage a collection of packaged food brands when you can manage the relationship between the food and the consumer directly?

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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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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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How the Happy Meal Can Point the Way Forward for McDonald’s

Institutions are larger than life forces that help us organize and participate in our daily lives. And they are so critical to our everyday existence that they often go unrecognized or unnoticed.

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How snack makers might cash in on consumers’ growing interest in play

Food shopping and eating have become less about what consumers want or need than what they are doing, what they are making and how they are playing. Play, in particular, is a sought-after experience that snacks are perfectly suited to address.

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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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What if back-to-school meant 4 pairs of jeans, 2 pairs of shoes and 3 smartphones?

At The Hartman Group, our passion, our obsession, is culture. Why is culture so darn important you ask? Because it is the very fabric of everyday life; culture is the key to understanding the unmet needs that actually matter.

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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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