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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Soylent: The Future of "Replacing" the Meal or Replacing the Joy of Eating?

For several decades, Americans have experimented with specialized health beverages designed to replace meals. Think diet and nutrition shakes like Boost, Ensure or SlimFast.

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Now Here's A Trend That Could Be Cool: Premium Ice

Mention ice and one might conjure up images of conventional bags of ice sold in grocery or convenience stores. It seems like a category frozen in cultural time as well as within its distribution system.

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When Food-Shopping Habits Converge With Dining-Out Habits: The Rise in Demand for Fresh, Healthy and Sustainable Options

Whether eating in home or away from home, consumers today, pursue new experiences and food and flavor distinctions such as fresh, local, organic and natural.

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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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Our Take on Natural Products Expo West 2015: Five Products to Watch

Consumers are redefining what value means to them. Value is no longer centered on savings alone; it involves quality, relevance, and experience more now than before.

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Shopping for Wellness Begins With Food and Beverage

Since the early 1990s, we’ve documented the transformational changes that swept across a broad swath of the retail landscape driven en masse by the evolution of consumers’ interests, habits and aspirations.

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The Sharing Economy Is Now Invading Our Kitchens

There are alternatives to not having to cook at home or leave the house for a restaurant-quality meal, but would you allow a total stranger into your home and kitchen, even if he or she is a trained chef? Food culture is not immune to disruptive...

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Winning in Premium With a Purely Local Strategy

Is premium scalable? There are many pathways to ramping up national distribution and manufacturing capabilities. Here’s our thoughts on a decidedly different strategy to achieve scale.

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Going Premium in a New Era of Premium

As American food culture evolves, a new set of criteria has emerged from a more food-centric society. Here’s what you should know about what it means to “go premium.”

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Why Hummus Is Poised to Be the Next Greek Yogurt and 4 More Key Trends From the 2015 Fancy Food Show

Members of our Hartman Retainer Services team trekked the show floor at the Specialty Food Association’s Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco held January 11-13. Out of the thousands of food and beverage products on display, here are the five...

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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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