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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Spotlight on Snacking: A Hartbeat Special Edition

In the past 24 hours, what have nine in ten U.S. consumers had? If you answered a snack, then you’d be on trend, on point and on topic with the most profound change occurring in America’s consumers’ eating and drinking behaviors.

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The GMO Debate: When Perception Deters Purchase, a Little Bit of Transparency Goes a Long Way

Today’s consumers are becoming more curious and cautious about the foods and beverages they purchase for themselves and their families.

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As Snackification in Food Culture Becomes More Routine, Traditional Mealtimes Get Redefined

The culture of food and beverage is in constant motion, modern eating culture is marked by fragmentation and an upending of tradition.

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Tipping the Scales on Weight Management: Challenges and Tactics

While it may be more socially acceptable to be overweight, consumers realize it is a serious health issue that requires personal action.

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Soaring to New Heights: 2015’s Breakout Brands

By sneaking up on the market, under the radar, premium businesses often are market disruptors, capable of overturning categories, or launching new segments seemingly out of nowhere.

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How Sweet It Is: Natural/Organic Candy Fertile Ground for Growth?

Consumers believe that the idea of maintaining balance in their diets helps justify indulgences and comforting treats.

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Trend of the Year: Strategizing SIMPLE in the Food and Beverage Marketplace

As consumers have clamored for cleaner product ingredient lists, driven by their desires for fresher, less processed foods and beverages, companies have heard these demands and have begun to respond.

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Walmart, Dollar Stores and Specialty Natural Stores: Different Channels, Same Shopper?

Shoppers today are a fickle bunch, or at least it would seem so if you follow them around like we do and observe that on any given day they shop mass discounters, club stores, grocery stores, dollar stores or natural/specialty stores and of...

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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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