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Laurie Demeritt

Laurie Demeritt is CEO of The Hartman Group, which explores the subtle complexities of how consumers live, shop and use products — and how to apply that understanding in ways that lead to purchase.

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Key consumer motivations driving growth in plant-based foods
Key consumer motivations driving growth in plant-based foods

Consumer interest in plant-focused products and diets is high—whether it’s for one meal, one month or frames a long-term approach to eating. 

Consumers consciously invest in a sustainable future through purchases
Consumers consciously invest in a sustainable future through purchases

Given the mounting problems facing the planet and its global citizens, it comes as no surprise that consumer sentiment for real change has significantly increased.

Health and wellness 2022: Navigating consumer aspirations, approaches
Health and wellness 2022: Navigating consumer aspirations, approaches

The pandemic created a renewed attention on some key consumer values that will be sure to extend well into 2022. Here are five around health and wellness.

Is your business ready for what’s next in sustainability?
Is your business ready for what’s next in sustainability?

What sustainable trends are coming to the forefront of mainstream consumers’ behaviors that will impact your business?

Brand relevance today: The role of “brand” in guiding shoppers’ choices
Brand relevance today: The role of “brand” in guiding shoppers’ choices

Brands are working harder than ever to gain attention and loyalty, regardless of whether they are national, name brands or a retailer’s own private brand.

COVID-19’s disparate toll on household routines and Americans’ paths to well-being
COVID-19’s disparate toll on household routines and Americans’ paths to well-being

Despite heightened public attention to the pandemic’s negative effects on consumers’ health, a substantial portion of Americans actually feel their health and wellness improved during the pandemic.

5 food & beverage trends accelerated, altered or accentuated by the pandemic
5 food & beverage trends accelerated, altered or accentuated by the pandemic

We are living through an unprecedented time in which the pandemic has accelerated, altered or accentuated trends in many spheres of food and beverage culture.

Health & wellness in the US today: Cultural shifts and the COVID-19 pandemic
Health & wellness in the US today: Cultural shifts and the COVID-19 pandemic

Several long-term shifts have been reshaping the American health and wellness landscape over the past two decades.

The power of personalization in food shopping: Two online retailers show the way
The power of personalization in food shopping: Two online retailers show the way

Consumer priorities in food and beverages have shifted toward finding items that signal increased personalization to health and wellness needs and goals.

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