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.
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...More »
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.More »
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.More »
Despite some market watchersâ€™ 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.More »
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.More »
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.More »
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.