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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Consumer Confidential: A Food Journal on Shopping Fresh & Easy

Shortly after Fresh & Easy opened their first stores in Southern California, our ethnographic analysts were on the scene alongside consumers, gathering their initial perceptions of the retail experience.

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Avoiding Costly Cultural Blunders

Consumer packaged goods companies, particularly you food and beverage manufacturers, listen up: What works in the U.S. market most likely isn’t the pathway to success in an emerging market.

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Sustainability A to Z: Still Relevant for Both Consumers and Industry

Despite the logical sounding assumption that sustainability concerns and behaviors among consumers and industry alike would take a back seat to more pressing needs during our recessionary epoch, we still find consumers and industry deeply...

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Environmental Zone of Responsibility: Sustainability Case Studies

Consumers consider the use of the earth's natural resources and impacts on the planet when evaluating whether or not a product, package or practice is environmentally responsible.

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Sustainability Case Studies: Who's Doing it Right

Geico. Chipotle. Tom's of Maine. What do these brands have in common? All of them are promoting sustainability through social involvement. Join us we profile eight companies who are successfully engaging and inspiring consumers through employment...

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Our Top Ten In 2010

After 45 editions of HartBeat in 2010, we certainly have our favorites. This year we shared big ideas, crossed the sustainability gap and showed you how to flourish in a recession. So what were our greatest hits of the year? Come see the insights...

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Happy Employees Make Sustainable Companies

In today's uncertain economic climate, companies that share narratives about their employees are seen as the good guys, creating a halo of sustainability through employment practices. In this season of giving, join us as we further explore how...

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Crossing the Gap

A vast majority of corporate sustainability activities undertaken by today's companies go relatively unnoticed by consumers. This week, as we release our lastest study on Sustainability, we bring you insights on how to bridge the sustainability...

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Seventh Generation Comes To Walmart

After several years of gradual debunking of Walmart's intentions towards sustainability, Seventh Generation, the small green household products company, is entering into the largest retailer in the world. What does it all mean? Join us this week...

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Over On The Blog

Since 2005 we've been blogging the latest from the great expanse of the Internet and beyond. This week, we dive into the archives, offering you a round up of what's been trending this year on SparkBlog.

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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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