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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You’d Better Watch Yourself: The Rise of Modern Self-Monitoring

If we buy the hype, we’re currently hearing the early rumblings of a self-tracking trend, a biomonitoring binge of life-logging, auto-analytics, body-hacking and self-quantifying. It’s a journey toward “self-knowledge through numbers” and even a...

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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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Value at Whole Foods Market?

Whole Foods Market is hardly a niche player in grocery retail anymore. It is a major force that everyone in the value chain needs to keep an eye on. As it and other upmarket grocers expand into more midmarket zip codes (e.g., suburbs and smaller...

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GMOs: Food companies need to speak now, or risk losing their place in the conversation

For all the pro-labeling activism and anti-labeling push-back surrounding genetically modified foods, no single GMO story line has emerged for consumers, who remain confused and hungry for information. If food companies do not start speaking more...

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C-Stores and the “Fresh” Opportunity

The white paper is a snapshot of what U.S. convenience stores are doing, and not doing, to attract modern-day consumers interested in buying fresh food on the go. With snacks comprising half of all eating occasions and convenience stores...

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A Day in Food Life: Understanding Today’s Aging Consumers for Tomorrow’s Food Products

One of the most profound health-related concerns for Jim and Barbara is weight management. Both view control of their weight as essential to feeling young and healthy.

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Something (Legal in Two States) to Chew on During the Big Game

Super Sunday and consumption are such a strong fit, it’s almost like Christmas in February. People buy gear to show team spirit, they watch some of the year’s priciest commercials and they ingest lots and lots of pizza and beer. This year,...

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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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Health & Wellness goes mainstream: living in a culture of well-being

Not so long ago, people just wanted more control over their health. At some point in the 2000s, The Hartman Group’s research shows, that desire broadened to include other quality-of-life markers such as celebration, fun and emotional and...

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Food & the New Community: How the Internet Changes Food Culture

A decade after Facebook’s birth at Harvard University in 2004, the concept of community has been utterly upended. The “third places” that sociology professor Ray Oldenburg wrote about in his 1989 book, “The Great Good Place”–gathering spaces...

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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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