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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Food Trucks: Harbingers of Flavors on the Horizon

It’s not like they’re new. Food trucks have been around for more than a century, initially as chuck wagons for ranchers driving cattle. They were popularized decades ago by Californians smitten with the taco truck culture imported by Mexican...

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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 IS EVERYWHERE: Fine Dining by Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers…What Next?

Remember when it was really cool to get Swedish meatballs at Ikea and a hot dog and soda at Costco Wholesale for $1.50? Okay, those things are still cool.

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How convenience stores could eat quick-serve restaurants' lunch

As consumers increasingly clamor for quick, easy and accessible meals, convenience stores have a great opportunity to become go-to destinations for lunch. They are currently losing out to fast-food outlets, which have added fresh, healthier...

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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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Should Chipotle Go "Back to the Start"?

Called The Scarecrow, the animated film shows a scarecrow surrounded by images of industrial food that many consumers find increasingly disturbing: Cows in tight spaces being milked by machines, chickens plumped with saline, and misleading...

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Selling fresh, but are consumers buying it?

It is important to understand that fresh is not so much an objective distinction (as in the difference between fresh fruit and canned fruit) as it is a multi-faceted framing device that allows consumers to differentiate between the real and the...

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AmazonFresh…Grocery Domination Ahead?

We live in a world where the divisions between online and offline are increasingly blurred. Online grocery shopping represents a natural evolution in how consumers are living their lives simultaneously in both the physical and digital world.

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Demise of Tesco's Fresh & Easy: Was It the Economy Or the Brand…Or Something Else?

Blaming Fresh & Easy's demise on a weak economy, slow ROI, and difficulty converting shoppers from large-format stores offers little explanation when compared with the success of retailers like Aldi, Trader Joe's, and innovators in the dollar and...

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Boomer Shops Atlanta: Publix, The Fresh Market and Kroger

Boomers’ heightened interest in living healthier lifestyles is evident in the close attention they pay to food choices and food shopping experiences.

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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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