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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Habits of the Male Shopper

Men tend to prefer a “search-and-retrieve” form of shopping (i.e., running in for a single item) whereas women generally prefer to browse before they buy. And what is it that men are shopping for?

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Safeway’s Disaggregation and the Future of the American Supermarket

Is the sale of 146 Safeway and Albertsons stores to a diminutive Pacific Northwest-based supermarket chain a harbinger of a larger shift toward “all things fresh” in food retailing? What does this mean for the future of midmarket grocery stores...

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Breakout Premium Brands: Early-Stage Food Disruption in Action

We are kicking off the New Year by highlighting several breakout brands that demonstrated in 2014 that they are now riding the Skate Ramp and should be closely watched.

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The next Chobani … from Chobani?

Analogies to the iPhone are no longer necessary to motivate ambitious product innovation in food. More and more CPG leaders realize that exponential breakout growth from early-stage companies is possible in the food space. What are our thoughts...

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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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Gluten free eating returns to its whole-grain roots

Its impossible to time a fad and gluten free is one that has already lasted longer than many expected. Long-term growth of gluten-free products is not likely to come from consumers who buy them for weight management, nor from people who jump on...

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Rather than noodle whether it’s a trend or fad, use entrepreneurial markers to launch

Food companies sometimes become obsessed with whether certain consumer behaviors are long-term trends or passing fads. Because of their innovation product failure rate and slow-to-market processes, they fear jumping aboard short-term phenomena...

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People are cooking less, and turning more to fresh, healthy prepared foods

Sometimes you can have piles of excellent data about consumer behavior — people are snacking more; they’re stocking pantries less; fresh foods and ethnic cuisines are in — and remain flummoxed about the cultural changes that unite these trends...

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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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Food fads: How they differ from meaningful shifts in food culture

People are maturing from obsessions with bacon and kale to a love of all sorts of dishes and cuisines — and with that expanding repertoire come broader interests in wellness, organic and what makes food taste good.

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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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