Retailers, wholesalers and product suppliers have the unique opportunity to showcase and educate shoppers on responsible ways to leverage food for improved overall health and well-being. The following resources support initiatives to connect food to health.
The Dietary Guidelines provides advice on what to eat and drink to meet nutrient needs, promote health, and help prevent chronic disease. This edition of the Dietary Guidelines is the first to provide guidance for healthy dietary patterns by life stage, from birth through older adulthood, including women who are pregnant or lactating. People who work in Federal agencies, public health, healthcare, education, and business all rely on the Dietary Guidelines when providing information on diet and health to the general public.
The Dietary Guidelines approach of providing a customizable framework – not prescriptive details –ensures that its recommendations for healthy eating can “meet people where they are,” from personal preferences to cultural foodways, and include budgetary considerations. This resource, Customizing the Dietary Guidelines, shows sample tips for including the range of nutrient-rich options in each food group.
The benefits of healthy eating add up over time, bite by bite. Small changes matter. Learn more about the MyPlate Food Groups and personalized resources to include the Start Simple with MyPlate app at https://www.myplate.gov/.
SmartLabel® provides easy and instantaneous access to detailed information about thousands of food, beverage, personal care, household and pet care products. Consumers can find product information in many ways – smartphone, computer, telephone.
Facts Up Front was developed for the industry as a voluntary initiative as a simple and easy-to-use labeling system that displays key nutrition information to consumers on the front of food and beverage packages.
The FoodKeeper contains food safety and storage advice to help your shoppers maintain freshness and quality of foods. Shoppers can utilize the FoodKeeper mobile app and shoppers can search the FoodKeeper database online.
FMI created nutritional information on the major cuts of single-ingredient, raw meat and poultry. These Nutri-Facts posters and brochures are available through the our Store in the following formats:
The 2021 U.S Grocery Shopper Trends study, conducted by the Hartman Group, explores how the future of food retail will be colored by the pandemic –driven by shifts in the way consumers purchase groceries.
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, shoppers have put greater emphasis on health and well-being with 44% putting more effort into healthful eating.
New research from FMI and Label Insight indicates that perspectives on transparency and likes and dislikes about buying experiences are different when grocery shoppers shop online versus in physical stores.
The 2019 Retailer Contributions to Health & Wellness report demonstrates how grocery stores are contributing to the health of their customers, including offering nutrition guidance, pharmacy solutions and overall health and wellness resources.