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 Sweet It Is: Natural/Organic Candy Fertile Ground for Growth?

Consumers believe that the idea of maintaining balance in their diets helps justify indulgences and comforting treats.

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Trend of the Year: Strategizing SIMPLE in the Food and Beverage Marketplace

As consumers have clamored for cleaner product ingredient lists, driven by their desires for fresher, less processed foods and beverages, companies have heard these demands and have begun to respond.

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Walmart, Dollar Stores and Specialty Natural Stores: Different Channels, Same Shopper?

Shoppers today are a fickle bunch, or at least it would seem so if you follow them around like we do and observe that on any given day they shop mass discounters, club stores, grocery stores, dollar stores or natural/specialty stores and of...

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Rising Star: Local Continues Its Ascent As A Marker Of Quality And Trust

Buying local is a big deal today. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates sales of local food and beverage products at over 11 billion annually.

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Center Store Alert: Chipotle "Simply Leads the Way" Again

Chipotles recent decision to reformulate its tortillas to a 100 percent natural standard poses an interesting question for makers and marketers of ingredients, sauces and other meal staples in retail grocery.

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Food And Beverage Product Recalls, Withdrawals And Safety Alerts, Oh My!

A review of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's safety site shows that since the beginning of 2015, product recalls, withdrawals and safety alerts are almost a daily occurrence in America.

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Finding Growth in Food and Beverage

The reality is that real consumer demand for packaged food is declining, albeit from a very high base compared to other markets. Assessing the long-term outlook for the packaged food and beverage industry requires looking beneath topline sector...

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Soylent: The Future of "Replacing" the Meal or Replacing the Joy of Eating?

For several decades, Americans have experimented with specialized health beverages designed to replace meals. Think diet and nutrition shakes like Boost, Ensure or SlimFast.

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GMOs: The Elephant That Won’t Leave The Room

Despite the recent news that the USDA has developed a voluntary government certification and labeling program for foods that are free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the issue continues to cast a very large shadow over the food and...

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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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