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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Organic goes mainstream, loses some cachet

Although many consumers who eat organic food have long believed it is healthier, the research has been mixed. Last week for the first time, a major study published in the journal PLOS One found clear-cut evidence of an organic product having a...

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Do You Have the Stomach for Gluten-Free?

From a macro health and wellness perspective, consumers remain laser-focused on fresh, local, high-quality foods with unwavering passion. For progressive wellness consumers, the avoidance of gluten hits at the root source of all wellness:...

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Epicurean’s Delight? Whole Foods Market vs. H-E-B’s Central Market

Legendary heavyweights Whole Foods Market and H.E. Butt Grocery Company hold prominent positions in the upper echelon of the top 75 food retailers in North America. Often cited among the supermarket industry's elite, Whole Foods Market and...

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Will Raw Food Go Mainstream?

Raw eating promotes the consumption of uncooked, unprocessed or minimally processed, and often organic foods. A raw food diet consists of foods that have not been heated above certain temperatures, ranging from 92ºF to 118°F, so are primarily...

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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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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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Healthy QSR: Talking the Return of the Healthy Fast Food Blues

Barbara Kingsolver’s High Tide in Tucson is a wonderful meditation on the relationship between man and nature. No matter how messed-up we may be, there will always be the sun, the moon, the tides and the rain.

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Putting (More) Health in Whole Foods Market

Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (WFM) is now the self-proclaimed largest retailer of natural and organic foods in the world. Aside from Trader Joe’s, the company has always been at the forefront of the grocery industry, often...

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Going Green When Dining Out

With hints of organics, locally sourced products and ingredients, health and wellness, and sustainability tossed into menu options, food retailers are trying to take advantage of a cultural shift toward higher quality experiences. While this has...

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Where Organic Ends and Natural Begins

The natural and organic landscape is a confusing place to navigate. Littered with a vast array of symbols, certifications and labels it can be hard to determine how a product makes it from the grocery store shelf to the home pantry. Over the...

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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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