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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The New Premium Distribution Revolution

Consumer culture has transformed legacy brands from benign symbols into rich experiences, creating new, greater expectations about how premium products should exist in everyday life.

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Converging paths: The importance of paying respect to culture

Back in the day, before Harvey Hartman founded The Hartman Group, he worked for a time at Wang Laboratories with Edward Yang, then the senior vice president responsible for the Asia Pacific and Americas region.

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Whole Paycheck or the new value paradigm?

After months of share price declines and investors calling for Whole Foods Market to slash prices to better compete with natural/organic offerings at conventional supermarkets, Whole Foods has begun to unveil its response to the broader marketplace.

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Look both ways before judging Whole Foods

Amid the storm caused by Whole Foods lowering its annual sales projection for the fourth time in nine months, the media and analysts predictably focused on price and organic, organic and price.

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Not all private label growth is the same. Which categories are most promising?

Despite some market watchers’ predictions that private label is set to take over the world, its share of the packaged food market has been relatively flat since 2008, and it stopped gaining in other categories in 2011.

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The cultural transformation of the American breakfast

Occasion-based business strategy is nothing new in the food business. But the current frenzy of breakfast strategizing is certainly one of the more intense episodes in an industry struggling for organic volume growth.

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The fallacy of megabranding: Keeping brand extensions relevant

When years of blockbuster success are followed by flagging growth, it is tempting for older brands that still enjoy high consumer awareness and stable base volumes to try to stimulate growth by moving into other categories.

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Are Millennials really so special? Or are they just acting their age?

Anyone who was around in the ‘70s — or even the early ‘80s — often speaks wistfully of the days when airline travel retained a sense of dignity. Yet we often forget what it was like to live in a world without casual weekend trips to San Francisco...

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Leveraging Consumer Insights to Address the Obesity Epidemic

By now we are all very familiar with the cast of characters that inhabit public debates on health, eating and obesity. Food companies make things. Academics study. Experts opine. Policy folks convene. These are the things we do, and we know what...

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Reflections on Cultural Change

In each issue of Hartman Perspectives, Harvey Hartman takes a broad look at what’s changed and what’s coming in food culture. It’s been a tremendous journey, and it’s a pleasure and a privilege to share these guideposts that we hope will...

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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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