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 Natural Debate: Your Consumer Is Your Regulator

If companies stopped using the phrases “100% natural,” “natural” and “all natural,” most natural-inclined consumers would have plenty of other cues for evaluating a product’s level of processing.

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Value at Whole Foods Market?

Whole Foods Market is hardly a niche player in grocery retail anymore. It is a major force that everyone in the value chain needs to keep an eye on. As it and other upmarket grocers expand into more midmarket zip codes (e.g., suburbs and smaller...

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A Day in Food Life: Understanding Today’s Aging Consumers for Tomorrow’s Food Products

One of the most profound health-related concerns for Jim and Barbara is weight management. Both view control of their weight as essential to feeling young and healthy.

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Snacks Become Mini-Meals: How Food Companies Can Keep Up

At first glance, modern American eating patterns appear to be all over the place. People decide in the morning to eat leftovers for dinner, then change their minds midday and look forward to takeout instead, after which they see a coupon for a...

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Food & the New Community: How the Internet Changes Food Culture

A decade after Facebook’s birth at Harvard University in 2004, the concept of community has been utterly upended. The “third places” that sociology professor Ray Oldenburg wrote about in his 1989 book, “The Great Good Place”–gathering spaces...

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Roadside Pantry Effect: The World Is the Consumer's Oyster

In a new twist on the world is your oyster, the notion that food is everywhere is a refrain heard almost constantly in food industry circles and is an accepted fact among consumers. The Hartman Group analysts call it the Roadside Pantry Effect -...

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Turn sustainability into sales: key drivers for reaching consumers who want to feel good about what they buy

Consumers say they have trouble identifying companies that are sustainable. That makes it particularly important for manufacturers and others to be more vocal about their sustainability efforts. They should use animal-welfare labels and other...

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Beyond the slurpee

The convenience store is increasingly relevant given the demands of modern day living. As such, the channel appeals to a broader range of people, well beyond the traditional core, young male, convenience store shopper.

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Looking beyond transparency in packaging to understand what motivates purchase

Packaging is just one cue, among many, that consumers use when evaluating products. Increasingly, sustainable packaging equates to healthfulness which in turn equates with premium products. Thus, unnatural (chemical-based) packaging has an...

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The reality of the foodie consumer as defined by food culture

While the term foodie, is ever more popular, as with many culturally energized food terms appropriated by the media, mass market, and mass culture (e.g., natural, organics), foodie is fast nearing an exhaustion point as an apt descriptor for...

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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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