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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20 Years, 20 Trends in Food Culture, Sweet and Sour

Thumbs up and thumbs down for the foods and beverages trends we’ve applauded and booed in our more than 20 years immersed in the exploration of mainstream and fringes of food culture. Here is a sampling of trends that have influenced food culture...

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Social Technology Changes Food Shopping

Doesn’t it seem like a lifetime ago that “savvy” grocery shoppers trudged behind shopping carts armed with folders full of carefully arranged coupons, a calculator for tallying up purchases and the weekly circular spread out as they navigated the...

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Our Standby Mealtime Companion

Imagine for a moment one of any traditional mealtime settings–breakfast, lunch or evening dinner. A usual accompaniment at these eating occasions was often the daily newspaper, a favored magazine, perhaps a television program playing in the...

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Sweetener Sweet Spot: Avoidance vs. Indulgence

Consumer interest in sugar avoidance can be traced to the eminent Sugar Blues by William Dufty. The book's central argument is that a small dietary change, eliminating refined sugar, can make a huge difference in how good one feels...

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Deny And Perish

The real opportunity is in fresh, packaged foods. What we call the Third Grocery Sector. This is the sector driving phenomenal growth in yogurt, hummus, refrigerated meal components, etc. And we find it to be largely a world of small independent...

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Walmart Nutrition Label: “Great for…?”

With the advent of their own nutrition labeling system, “Great for You”, we can't help but make the observation that, like many well-meaning stakeholders in the “fight against obesity” and proponents of sound nutrition, Walmart has lost sight of...

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Bending Culture: Recognizing Change Worth Responding To

Finding white space opportunities within crowded CPG categories might seem like a tall order but consider the work of Steve Jobs. In several existing, crowded and massive consumer electronics categories, Apple took existing cultural trends (use...

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Organic Trend: The Clean Food Manifesto

When he went before a Congressional committee in December 2011, Chipotle’s Steve Ells made a passionate appeal for help in ending the overuse of antibiotics in America’s food supply. His plea is on-point with the growing consumer demand for clean...

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What to Watch in Food Culture in 2012

As we wrap up another interesting year in consumer culture, and bid a fond farewell to the old year, we're excited about what's in store for all of us as we move into the New Year. To be sure, opportunities will abound if we know where to look...

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12 Key Concepts to Carry into 2012

As the curtain to 2011 draws to a close, we thought we’d offer up 12 big trends we believe will carry over into the New Year. Many of these have been percolating for some time and represent paradigm shifts in culture as well as in business that...

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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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