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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How Young Brands Build Consumer Trust

The power of a brand alone to drive trial or growth is exaggerated by branding and advertising experts, whose billings are weighted toward the needs of late-stage, legacy brands that already enjoy high awareness.

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Demand for Online Food Retailing: What’s the Future for Digital Food Procurement?

As technology has improved, the failed attempts to launch online grocery in the late 1990s appear to be a distant memory. Certainly, CPG suppliers are looking for any kind of incremental growth, especially growth that eliminates wholesaling costs...

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Bistro Kids: Bringing healthy, local food to school lunches

When Kiersten Firquain saw the “convenient junk food” her son was fed in school lunches, she did more than start packing a bag for him. She launched a whole farm-to-school program called Bistro Kids to revamp how students eat, including menus...

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The Evolutionary Trajectory of Health & Wellness

One of The Hartman Group’s primary areas of expertise has been–and remains–the study of health and wellness. We’ve been there from the start.

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No Bull: The New Bull Market is Food

The celebrity status of food has moved beyond television to the loftier realm of finance and billionaires, adding a new twist to tech futurist Marc Andreessen’s prediction that software would eat the world. Software dollars are now helping decide...

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Today’s Hot Topic: FDA’s New Nutrition Facts Panel: Small Changes in a Vast Arena

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration made big news recently when it proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts Panel (NFP) on food and beverage products. Although consumers rarely scrutinize nutrition facts panels, they are an important source of...

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A Third Grocery Sector: The Rise of Refrigerated Packaged Foods

The frozen foods business was built on replacing low-stakes home meals (Swanson and Stouffer's), then the low-stakes U.S. work lunch (Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice). "Because of this eating-occasion bias, frozen food was able to generate strong...

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A Recipe for Growth in Packaged Foods

The packaged foods industry's sales are flagging, and its business leaders seem to think the economy and the need for better marketing are to blame. The Hartman Group's research indicates it's something else: the food.

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A.C.T. Evolving Culture of Food & Beverage Chicago Is a Wrap!

The Hartman A.C.T. series event, Evolving Culture of Food & Beverage, wrapped up on February 5. We extend our sincere thanks to the many people who braved Chicago’s historic winter weather to attend the session and contribute to its success....

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Safeway-Albertsons Merger: Price Play Not a Strong Strategy for Growth

Sluggish economy? Frugal shoppers? Then, merge to boost economies of scale and lower prices. It's a proven formula in the grocery sector, one of retail's lowest profit margin arenas. As we contemplate Safeway-Albertsons as a combined entity, we...

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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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