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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Food as Food: Digital Private Label and the Future of Online Snack Delivery

Why manage a collection of packaged food brands when you can manage the relationship between the food and the consumer directly?

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Ask The Hartmans:

After our recent HartBeat on Instacart and the Sharing Economy, a reader wrote to us asking, Is anyone making money doing this picking from brick & mortar grocery stores?

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Unstoppable ALDI: Walmart's Biggest Threat?

ALDI continues to be the most underestimated grocery retailer in the U.S. market. In CPG circles, it is easy to understand why. ALDI is a control label retail operator, selling primarily, if not entirely, their own privately branded knockoffs of...

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Shopping for Wellness Begins With Food and Beverage

Since the early 1990s, we’ve documented the transformational changes that swept across a broad swath of the retail landscape driven en masse by the evolution of consumers’ interests, habits and aspirations.

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U.S. Packaged Foods at a Crossroads

Where can today’s leading food companies find growth pockets of growth? What will it take to pursue these new pockets of growth? What are the key strategic implications for the larger enterprise as a whole? These are the fundamental questions...

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The Sharing Economy Is Now Invading Our Kitchens

There are alternatives to not having to cook at home or leave the house for a restaurant-quality meal, but would you allow a total stranger into your home and kitchen, even if he or she is a trained chef? Food culture is not immune to disruptive...

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Going Premium in a New Era of Premium

As American food culture evolves, a new set of criteria has emerged from a more food-centric society. Here’s what you should know about what it means to “go premium.”

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Winning in Premium With a Purely Local Strategy

Is premium scalable? There are many pathways to ramping up national distribution and manufacturing capabilities. Here’s our thoughts on a decidedly different strategy to achieve scale.

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Innovation and Digital Food Landscape, Part Two: Home Meal Delivery

Industrialization led to the creation of an entire category of household appliances, and labor-saving devices, tools and gadgets, all designed to make domestic life easier and less burdensome.

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Innovation and Digital Food Landscape, Part One: Lessons of Dinosaur Entertainment Industries and Digital Food Start-ups

Digital-based food start-ups (currently the media darlings of the investment community) generated more than $200 million in venture capital investments in Q1 of 2014 alone.

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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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