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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Sour On Milk? The Changing Relationship Between Consumers And Milk

Milk used to be something that the average American wouldn’t think to question. For decades, it’s been an ‘of course,’ an ‘obviously,’ a ‘when’ rather than an ‘if’;’ in other words, a cultural norm.

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Finding Growth in Food and Beverage

The reality is that real consumer demand for packaged food is declining, albeit from a very high base compared to other markets. Assessing the long-term outlook for the packaged food and beverage industry requires looking beneath topline sector...

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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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New Mothers: A Missed Opportunity?

No one has a more profound, unique and sensitive relationship with foods and beverages than a new mother.

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Cultural Tension: Technology, Transparency and Quality Food Experiences

Ever seen a two-inch-high, medium-rare filet mignon cooked perfectly evenly edge-to-edge that then melts like butter in your mouth? Hint: this cannot be achieved on a grill or in a pan.

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Unstoppable ALDI: Walmart's Biggest Threat?

ALDI continues to be the most underestimated grocery retailer in the U.S. market. In CPG circles, it is easy to understand why. ALDI is a control label retail operator, selling primarily, if not entirely, their own privately branded knockoffs of...

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Ask The Hartmans:

After our recent HartBeat on Instacart and the Sharing Economy, a reader wrote to us asking, Is anyone making money doing this picking from brick & mortar grocery stores?

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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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Putting Brand in Its Place — The Role of Brand in the Product Life Cycle

The vast majority of the Super Bowl spending we see each year goes to support legacy brands. In the case of the annual sponsor, virtually every communications touch point is on brand in what is now one of the most complicated, highly...

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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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