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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PLAYING CATCH-UP ON THE FRESH TREND

Many in the food and beverage industry have lagged behind the curve for years when it comes to “fresh” and are just now trying to narrow the gap by responding to consumers’ demand for fresh, less processed foods and beverages.

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New Kids on the Block: First Look at Gen Z

With over 74 million kids (yep, teenagers and younger), Gen Z makes up almost one-quarter of the U.S. population.

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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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Chipotle and Food Safety: Serving Up Transparency to Earn Back Consumers’ Trust

Issues about ensuring the safety of America’s food supply chain are back in the news. This time it’s the E. coli outbreak at Chipotle restaurants that sickened over 50 people across 11 states

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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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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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