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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Shopping Topography

Shopping has become increasingly complex. There can be no denying that fundamental shifts are taking place across the shopping landscape. While today’s consumers are faced with more product and brand choices, channel options and economic...

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A Great Consumer Democracy

Denmark is the world’s largest exporter of pork and each year in October, the Danish Pig Research Centre, Food & Agriculture, Copenhagen, Denmark, holds its annual meeting and congress for 2000 professionals with interest in the pork industry....

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When the Label Says "Artisan"

It would seem there is no bigger name in the food world today than “artisan.” Take a walk down any food aisle in the grocery store and you encounter it virtually everywhere: there it is on packaged goods in produce, snacks, frozen food and even...

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Nothing Ordinary About Quality

Within our ever evolving Culture of Food, which includes diverse institutions, stakeholders and influencers ranging from chefs, restaurants and foodservice to CPG food and beverage and related retailers, we see multiple examples of brands which...

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Local Builds Scale

The cultural appetite for all things local continues unabated. Of interest, the ability to source local products from highly fragmented producers dotting the American countryside is increasingly moving toward a new level of aggregation and scale...

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Of Triangles, Circles and Other Children’s Shapes: The Food Pyramid Changes Again

Those who have followed our work at Hartman Group know that we have forever been strident critics of the USDA’s assorted versions of the Food Pyramid, as well as other attempts at educating the American public in the area of nutrition and healthy...

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Fat Stigma: Cultural vs. Individual Obesity

Citing what is believed to be a growing global stigma linked to obesity, The New York Times recently published results from a multicountry study describing an international spread of fat stigma.

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Infographic: Obesity in America

Soaring obesity rates make the US one of the fattest countries on the planet. Overweight and obesity rates have increased steadily since the 1980s in both men and women. Three out of four people are projected to be overweight or obese within...

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Eat Less. Why Is This Now News?

With companies and organizations getting behind First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to combat childhood obesity and rumors of yet another revision to the USDA’s Food Pyramid, we thought it prudent to remind you there really is nothing new here.

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Our Top Ten In 2010

After 45 editions of HartBeat in 2010, we certainly have our favorites. This year we shared big ideas, crossed the sustainability gap and showed you how to flourish in a recession. So what were our greatest hits of the year? Come see the insights...

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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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