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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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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Betting big on fresh: the Price Chopper gamble

Price Chopper, the New York State independent grocery chain, is going all in on all things fresh. In early November of this year, Price Chopper announced that it would take its fresh-oriented incubator test format from an affluent Albany suburb...

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From reading the organic tea leaves to turning questions on their heads: The Hartman Group at 25

If a consumer insights company could choose any quarter century in which to study culture and consumer behavior, it would be hard pressed to find a more interesting 25 years than those just passed.

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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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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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