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.
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.More »
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...More »
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...More »
In a new twist on the world is your oyster, the notion that food is everywhere is a refrain heard almost constantly in food industry circles and is an accepted fact among consumers. The Hartman Group analysts call it the Roadside Pantry Effect -...More »
Forecasting trends is risky business. Whether or not trends will actualize as envisioned can be made less uncertain only by the quality of knowledge at hand. One of the most difficult aspects of financial and cultural analysis is recognizing the...More »
While the term foodie, is ever more popular, as with many culturally energized food terms appropriated by the media, mass market, and mass culture (e.g., natural, organics), foodie is fast nearing an exhaustion point as an apt descriptor for...More »
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...More »
We've noticed evidence of a burgeoning enthusiasm for consumers recreating meals found in their favorite books or TV shows. Whether it's a get-together to celebrate the release of the next book or start of the next series, or just a playfully...More »
Dr. Oz set forth the argument for relevance based on nutritional grounds. Consumers, however, aren't as concerned about the nutritional value of foods and beverages as they are with perceptions of products being overly processed, less fresh, and,...More »
The Hartman Group's America's Changing Eating Habits syndicated research, provides fresh, new data and insights to help you understand shifts in food culture and the consumer behaviors in snacking, eating alone, and convenience.More »
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.