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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Theo Chocolate’s Consumer Magic: Flavor First, Followed by a Great Story and Fair-Trade Creds

The key to successfully marketing in the organic, fair trade arena is to have delicious, appealing products that are backed by a great narrative. If, like Theo Chocolate in Seattle, you offer an hour-long chocolate tour with samples, that’s...

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From Tank to Table? The Potential of Local Produce Without the Farm

Local continues to be the emerging killer quality marker in American food culture. Roughly half of American consumers have bought local produce in the past year, according to a recent poll by The Hartman Group. Although the notion of local really...

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Food Trucks: Harbingers of Flavors on the Horizon

It’s not like they’re new. Food trucks have been around for more than a century, initially as chuck wagons for ranchers driving cattle. They were popularized decades ago by Californians smitten with the taco truck culture imported by Mexican...

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GMOs: Food companies need to speak now, or risk losing their place in the conversation

For all the pro-labeling activism and anti-labeling push-back surrounding genetically modified foods, no single GMO story line has emerged for consumers, who remain confused and hungry for information. If food companies do not start speaking more...

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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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Food & the New Community: How the Internet Changes Food Culture

A decade after Facebook’s birth at Harvard University in 2004, the concept of community has been utterly upended. The “third places” that sociology professor Ray Oldenburg wrote about in his 1989 book, “The Great Good Place”–gathering spaces...

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Food culture year in review: 2013, the year of disruption

It’s that time of year when The Hartman Group takes stock of what we’ve learned in day-to-day interactions with consumers and view it all through a broader lens–and this year was a doozy.

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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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Organic goes mainstream, loses some cachet

Although many consumers who eat organic food have long believed it is healthier, the research has been mixed. Last week for the first time, a major study published in the journal PLOS One found clear-cut evidence of an organic product having a...

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Bacon abides. It just makes room for more food fetishes.

Americans love of bacon runs deep. It is fattier than Canadian bacon and smokier than English bangers. We lavish it with maple flavors and sprinkle it on salads, baked potatoes and, in recent years, doughnuts, cupcakes and chocolate. There are...

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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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