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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Animal Proteins: The Consumer-Driven Demand For Transparency

As a culture, we've been thinking about animal welfare for at least a century: Upton Sinclair sounded an alarm about both animal and worker welfare with the publication of "The Jungle" in 1905.

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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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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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Whole Foods' Challenge: Value + Fresh in Contemporary Food Retail

Of course the recent announcement by Whole Foods Market that it will be launching a new store format under a new banner that will focus on cheaper fresh offerings touched off a frenzy of speculation about this new offering and its potential for...

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Food fads: How they differ from meaningful shifts in food culture

People are maturing from obsessions with bacon and kale to a love of all sorts of dishes and cuisines — and with that expanding repertoire come broader interests in wellness, organic and what makes food taste good.

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As organic's authenticity halo fades, consumers turn to local food

To hear Organic Valley tell it, milk from grass-fed cows might be preferable in the dairy case. The cooperative says its Grassmilk product is flying off shelves at Whole Foods – a glittering star among stars. Many shoppers...

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Look both ways before judging Whole Foods

Amid the storm caused by Whole Foods lowering its annual sales projection for the fourth time in nine months, the media and analysts predictably focused on price and organic, organic and price.

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Pets are people too: Opportunity in the pet food market

Although the world of healthy and natural products has transitioned to meet contemporary consumer expectations, the natural pet food category appears left behind in the musty back room of a food cooperative. It’s a marketplace screaming for...

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Food urbanism produces a high-tech, non-soil sustainability solution

Sometimes the forces of cultural change seem to be headed in opposite directions, even when their ultimate goal is the same. The newest thinking on sustainable, healthy, delicious farming is that way, with one movement focused heavily on the...

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GMO Labeling: Confusion at the Shelf

The battle over genetically modified food continues to rage, focused mostly on whether companies should label products that contain GMOs. Whole Foods created a sense of urgency about the topic when it decided it would ensure that all GMO products...

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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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