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Phil  Lempert

Phil Lempert

Analyst, Author & Supermarket Guru


Phil Lempert can predict the future —and then help businesses and consumers understand it. For more than 25 years, Lempert, an expert analyst on consumer behavior, marketing trends, new products and the changing retail landscape, has identified and explained impending trends to consumers and some of the most prestigious companies worldwide. Known as "The Supermarket Guru," Lempert is a distinguished author and speaker who alerts customers and business leaders to impending corporate and consumer trends, and empowers them to make educated purchasing and marketing decisions. Read More >

As one of America’s leading consumer trend-watchers and analysts, Lempert is recognized on television, radio and in print. He is the food trends editor and correspondent for The Today Show, where he reports on consumer trends, food safety and money-saving tips, as well as showcases new products. He makes monthly appearances on The View, and has appeared numerous times on The Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20, CNN, CNBC, Discovery Health and MSNBC, as well as on local television morning and news programs throughout the country.

Lempert was one of the pioneers of the new information media, founding SupermarketGuru.com in 1994. The website is now one of the leading food and health resources on the Internet, visited by more than 9 million people each year. SupermarketGuru.com offers thorough food ratings, analyzes trends in food marketing and retail, and features health advice, unique recipes, nutrition analysis, allergy alerts and many other resources to help consumers understand their food, health, lifestyle and shopping options. Phil is the CEO of Consumer Insight, Inc. and advises business leaders how they can thrive in this era of disruption. 

Lempert is a monthly columnist for Progressive Grocer magazine (writing the “Consumer Insight” column,) Gourmet Retailer magazine, and Forbes.com, and he blogs for iVillage.com and Today.MSNBC.com. He has been profiled and interviewed by USA Today, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Newsweek and Ad Age, and is interviewed by hundreds of publications each year.

For 13 years, Lempert has hosted a weekly, live call-in radio show, Before You Bite which most recently aired on Lime Radio (previously part of Sirius). Podcasts of the program, which features discussions of the latest news in health, sustainability and food trends, are currently available on Lime.com.

In 2007, Lempert founded Phil’s Supermarket, the first supermarket to exist in the virtual world of Second Life. Phil’s Supermarket features interactive product demonstrations, consumer focus groups, specialized recipes, expert chefs and detailed product information to allow consumers and businesses to better understand shopping and marketing options—in the virtual and real worlds.

Lempert is the author of Being the Shopper and Healthy, Wealthy & Wise, Phil Lempert’s Supermarket Shopping & Value Guide, Top Ten Trends for Baby Boomers, and Crisis Management: A Workbook for Survival. His latest is Disrupting the Food Business: Silicon Valley Culture and the Food Business.

In unique, customized and up-to-the-minute presentations Phil will change the way you look at and do business; he opens the door to the future and shows where the opportunities lie for serious business growth through his compelling vision. Lempert links growth to key trends in business, demographics and psychographics and examines what’s changed forever. Phil has delivered close to 1,000 keynote speeches in the US, Canada, Mexico, Asia, Europe, Central and South America and New Zealand to companies and trade associations in almost every industry; from small groups to audiences of 5,000 or more. His customized presentations, through Phil's engaging style and humor, inspires and prepares audiences to take action. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Sizzle Reel

The Interwoven Relationship Between Food and Wall Street

White House Chef Interview

The Global Food Innovation Summit

Global Use of Antibiotics on Farm Animals on the Rise?

Speech Topics

Trend Forecast

Each year, for the past 30 years, Phil has issued his trend forecast which has been covered in thousands of publications and is thought of as THE most insightful forecast by the New York Times who said "His forecasts are more about context — the whys behind a trend — than simply declaring that everyone will soon be eating charred vegetables and broccoli tots." Read More >

Phil's in-depth 2019 insight into the current trends focus on:

  • Mindfulness
  • Tactile
  • Farming
  • Neuronutrition
  • Biohacking
  • Technofoodology
  • Advertising
  • Personal Security
  • Food & Politics
  • The Future of Supermarkets
  • The role of Amazon in retail and D2C food

This is a must-have session for your event that empowers your attendees and gives them actionable tools to make the future trends a reality for their businesses. Each presentation is customized to your needs and all modules can be included, or choose a few and have Phil go more in-depth on just a few. Read Less ^

The Amazon/Whole Foods Marketplace

This brand-new (and constantly updated) presentation gives your audience a complete view of how Amazon is changing the food world and looks at the successes and failures of the company as it is just in the initial stages of its efforts to dominate all things food. Read More >

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  • Amazon's Food Timeline
  • Amazon's culture
  • What's next for Amazon
  • How & Why retailers need to be prepared, or risk a competitor that could put you out of business

Trend Watch: The Future of Your Business

Technology at the Crossroads: Are you prepared to compete with savvy, informed customers? Read More >

  • America's Financial Report Card: What opportunities exist for your company to provide solutions to America's new financial model?
  • Micro-Advertising: How are you cutting through the clutter to compete in a digital, 24/7 downloadable and on-demand frontier?
  • Social and Economical Responsibilities: Is your company green or about to wilt?
  • The Aging of America: The first Baby Boomers turned 65 in 2010 - what does "boomer retirement" mean for your products, your customers and your labor force?

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Changing Choices: A Look at the Retail and Consumer Marketplace

There is a new face in retailing and consumer products—and shoppers are loving it! Read More >

  • Non conventional food retailers like Home Depot, Trader Joe's, Dollar General, Walgreen’s and Walmart are stealing your customers.
  • Thousands of new choices in consumer products focused on health and wellness have changed the landscape forever. In the rapidly shifting space, what is successful and why?
  • What retail formats are growing and which are declining? What are the next category busters to come and what is the next trend ahead in the consumer product space?
  • Are supermarkets and mass retails on the path to becoming tomorrow's dinosaurs?

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