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Jones Grocery  |  category management  |  internal alignment

Category Management Plan Example: Strategy & Scorecard

After completing the Assessment "what" and Assessment "why" phases of the CatMan 2.0 process, it can be tempting to jump straight into the tactics and implementation of all of the existing things you've learned. However, it is critical that category managers take their time at this stage, to document the Strategies and Scorecard that reflect the go-forward strategy for the category. The tactics and implementation of category management review findings can be far reaching and involve resources from across the company. Therefore, it is fundamental that the Category Strategy and Scorecard be completed as a quick resource to ensure alignment across implementation and over time. What should a Category Scorecard DO? Monitor progress to ensure that you’re going to accomplish the strategic objectives in the category plan Include regular reviews of the business that includes key performance indicators (KPIs) Measure how your organization is doing against pre-defined goals or targets What Category Scorecard should NOT DO? Your category scorecard is NOT the same as corporate monthly reports that measure overall business results. Below, we'll summarize the category review with an example Category Strategy & Scorecard for Jones Grocery's ice cream category. 

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Data Bite: Trending holiday ingredients

Are you in the holiday spirit yet? We here at Label Insight sure are! We decided to take a look into our database to see just how winter spirited we are. So grab a mug of hot chocolate and cuddle up by the fire as we dive into Label Insight’s product database.

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Jones Grocery  |  category management  |  internal alignment

Category Management Plan Example: Assessment "WHY" Phase

Following the Assessment "what" phase of the CatMan 2.0 process is assessment "why." In the previous phase, we identified 5 findings that will go on to inform the Ice Cream category scorecard for Jones Grocery. The assessment "why" phase of the process is a recent addition to the CatMan 2.0 process, which captures the need to include the perceptual and attitudinal analysis to the category. In essence, the assessment "why" phase of the category management process should answer the question, "Why is the category bought?"

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Jones Grocery  |  category management  |  internal alignment

Category Management Plan Example: Assessment "What" Phase

Assessment WHAT Perspectives Once the Category Role has been defined and the retailer and category management partners are aligned the next phase is the assessment phase. Generally, the assessment phase is broken in to the assessment "what" and assessment "why" phases. This stage is where the CatMan 2.0 process differs significantly from CatMan 1.0. In the latter, the assessment phase was largely limited to "shopper facts", a behavioral assessment of who, what, when, where, and how is the category bought?  In CatMan 2.0, the assessment phase leans much more towards "shopper insights" and includes attitudinal & perceptional assessment - effectively answering the question "why" the category is bought. 

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DataBite  |  industry news

Data Bite: Sesame is a potential new major allergen

In October, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement about the concern of growing sesame allergies in the U.S. Today in the U.S, sesame is not one of the “Big 8” food allergens which include egg, fish, milk, peanut, shellfish, soy, tree nuts, and wheat – which currently require labeling. Sesame is, however, a major food allergen in countries such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand and all member countries of the United Kingdom and the European Union, and therefore require explicit labeling of sesame in products sold there.

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Retailer Solutions  |  health & wellness  |  industry news

This month in Retail Health & Wellness (November, 2018)

Retail Health & Wellness @Label Insight It's that time of the year again where research groups race to get out their 2019 predictions.  It seems the reports keep getting earlier and earlier, in line with the holiday music and decorations. This year there are some notable trends that are worth exploring, among them the fact that cannabis is now being considered as a next frontier of health and wellness ingredient - from illegal drug to health product?  Wow, things are changing quickly. There continues to be a lot of movement in the health and wellness market.  Most notable are the huge investments  Albertsons has been making to take on health and wellness such as the Rite Aid merger which they believe will position them as one of the leaders in Health, Food, and Wellness. Lastly, health and wellness continues to make headlines in the store, particularly  when tied to technology implementations such as the Kroger app.  To get the latest curated news on retailer health & wellness for November read on and enjoy.

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Jones Grocery  |  category management  |  internal alignment

Category Management Plan Example: Category Role

Attribute-Driven Category Role In the last phase of the process we aimed to set the Category Definition and Segmentation. We deployed tools such as Markov Chain Analysis, and clustering to help us to better understand the products in the category as well as how customers make decisions about products. All of which lead to a surprisingly innovative looking attribute-driven Category Decision Tree which almost resembled a traditional decision tree – inverted.   In this phase, we build off this last work to place the category in context of the wider store strategy. We now need to determine what role the ice cream category will play for Jones Grocery, and as a result, how we interpret and implement what we have learned so far will be driven by this wider context, and the associated resources and priority that will be given to the ice cream category. Most importantly, this phase is about understanding how important the ice cream category is to Jones Grocery and how important it is to their shoppers.

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E-commerce  |  industry news  |  omnichannel  |  this month in

This month in E-comm & Omnichannel (November, 2018)

A lot of interesting news coming out in November around E-commerce and Omnichannel.  We've worked to curate and summarize the following important news events to help you to keep on top of what's going on in this space.   Market dynamics: The market continues to evolve with growth in e-commerce being represented across the market in actual results as well as continued investment in e-commerce and omnichannel infrastructure.   Retaildive.com: Walmart e-commerce sales soar 43% Walmart released their Q3 results with impressive growth across the board, but of particular interest for us is the considerable growth in e-commerce. "Q3's impressive performance continues to validate Walmart's long-term investment strategy, with solid revenue and operating margin growth, as well as online sales growth of 43% continuing to exceed the company's stated goal for 2018,"   Progressivegrocer.com: Grocerys directive - onmichannel or bust Coming out of the hugely successful Grocerhop event, this post highlights some of the key takeaways. Understanding your market is key to creating an experience that draws people to your stores. “Grocery has a built-in opportunity to be multi-sensory,” said Vicki Eikelberger, SVP and managing director of multidimensional brand experience firm Big Red Rooster. To create a rich shopper experience, Chicago-area grocery chain Mariano’s Fresh Market, part of The Kroger Co.’s Roundy’s subsidiary, hires its associated from foodservice, hospitality, healthcare and academia, explained Don Fitzgerald, the retailer’s group VP of merchandising and marketing. Supermarketnews.com: Retailer jostle to lead online grocery Amazon’s pricing edge in online grocery is narrowing as Walmart and subsidiary Jet.com have closed the gap. E-commerce analyst Profitero, in its latest “Price Wars” report, found Jet.com and Walmart the lowest in price relative to Amazon in online grocery. The study had Jet at a price index of just 0.6% higher than Amazon, while Walmart was 2.5% higher.   International: Increasingly we're seeing implementations internationally leading the way in regards to the future of e-commerce and omnichannel.  The article below is a great deep dive in to some of the exciting things going on in China.  Definitely worth keeping an eye on these developments as a way to look at the future of e-commerce from a completely different perspective.   Forbes.com: The future of e-commerce and retail will be written in china Alibaba’s high-tech food/grocery retail store concept, known as Hema, is expanding quickly. These outlets serve as walk-in restaurants, food and grocery purchase points, and warehouses for online delivery (within 30 minutes in a three-kilometer radius) – all at the same time. There are now 64 Hema stores in operation, with two being added each week. Already, Hema stores in operation for over 18 months are reporting revenues of RMB50k per square meter, up to five times what traditional offline stores can generate. Sixty percent of Hema’s sales are through the online delivery channel, making the stores far more productive, for far more hours of the day, than pure offline stores.   User Experience: We have made the argument several times that we believe that the future of e-commerce and omnichannel will depend on the evolution of the user experience (UX).  In November 2018 there was a lot of news related to UX evolution.   Winsightgrocerybusiness.com: Target bests Walmart and Kroger in seamless shopping experience study In an evaluation of how well three leading national retailers deliver a seamless grocery shopping experience, Barrington, Ill.-based Brick Meets Click found Target beating out both Walmart’s and Kroger’s respective omnichannel platforms.   Supplychainbrain.com: Amazon's latest crusade in the grocery delivery wars - thanksgiving dinner  Online sales of food, beverages, soap, shampoo, pet food and other items routinely sold in supermarkets will reach $177bn in 2022, doubling this year’s $88bn, according to Cowen & Co. That will make online grocery a bigger market than electronics and toys combined. Progressivegrocer.com: Kroger launches voice assistant ordering grocery e-commerce The Kroger Co. is furthering its efforts in contextual commerce by adopting voice-assistant technology for ordering groceries online. Customers can interact with their Kroger Grocery Pickup cart via an action in the Google Assistant voice app – which can be accessed through iOS, Android and Google Assistant devices, Kroger Technology announced on its LinkedIn page.Activating the service is as simple as saying "Hey, Google" into the device. Supermarketnews.com: Customers were top of mind in Raley's redesigned website Raley’s has revamped its website with a new look and more personalization to provide an enhanced customer experience. “We understand that customers’ needs are changing whether shopping online or in-store,” Mike Molitor, vice president of e-commerce and loyalty at Raley’s, said in a statement. “Our goal is to make it easier and more compelling for customers to interact with online shopping and our savings program, Something Extra.”   Automated Fulfillment - Robots and Automation:  A hot topic at the moment are the movements around automated fulfillment as a way to solve logistics challenges and essentially viability of investments in e-commerce.     Designnews.com: Next year let robots do your thanksgiving shopping Takeoff is partnering with a number of supermarkets to launch the robotic picking of groceries. Albertsons is in the pilot phase of the micro-fulfillment center concept using Takeoff’s artificial intelligence capabilities to pick and pack groceries with an automated system. The pilot makes Albertsons the first national grocer to implement an automated eCommerce fulfillment solution. Albertsons expects to begin testing the robots with customers in 2019. DCvelocity.com: Kroger picks cincinnati for first grovery e-commerce Grocery shoppers in Cincinnati will soon be able to order their fruits and veggies online, thanks to a highly automated warehouse planned by supermarket chain the Kroger Co. and its automation partner, Ocado Group plc, the firms said today.Cincinnati-based Kroger announced last month that it had agreed to order three of those customer fulfillment centers (CFCs) by the end of 2018 and a total of 20 CFCs over the first three years of the partnership.   Opinion:  Forbes.com: Needing to touch and feel groceries is like believing the earth is flat "A note of caution for those who attribute our low online grocery figures to consumers’ desire to touch and feel products before buying. That argument has been made by skeptics many times before – think clothing, footwear, beauty or mattresses. E-commerce, however, grows quickly as the breadth and simplicity of offerings rises. When digital ordering, pickup and delivery become easy and affordable, consumers migrate to these options. Convenience is an incredibly powerful motivator, no matter what the category." Zia Daniell Wigder, Groceryshop 2018   __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________   Want to keep on top of news and views from around the industry and the latest developments in attribute driven e-commerce & Omnichannel experiences? Subscribe

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Data Bite: Why you shouldn't eat romaine lettuce (again)

You might've thought you were in the clear to eat romaine lettuce after the scare this past summer. Nope – scratch salad off the list of dishes you're planning to serve, or to bring if you're the guest. Here's why.

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DataBite  |  Press  |  Trends & Research

How Sweet Is It? Americans Consume 30 Grams of Sugar at Thanksgiving Dinner, Before Dessert

Americans are cutting back on sugars: nearly half of consumers (47 percent) reported planning to eat less sugar or buy more 'no sugar added' products this year. Yet, a trip around the Thanksgiving table shows that hidden sugars are piling up, long before the pumpkin pie.

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Jones Grocery  |  category management  |  internal alignment

Category Management Plan Example: Category Definition and Segmentation

Attribute-Driven Category Definition After internal alignment has been reached (step 1 of the CatMan 2.0 process), covered in detail in this post here, it is time to define the category. This step was previously step one in the CatMan 1.0 process and can be considered a critical part of the process. It is in this stage where the category management team will take a look at organizing and defining the types of products that are to be considered in the category, and what sub categories of products it will include.   Initially this sounds like a fairly standard step, but in fact, there are critical tools such as Markov Chain Analysis, Clustering and the Category Decision Tree (CDT), that are utilized that will have fundamental implications on the entire category management plan and in particular the category definition. It is therefore very important to evaluate these tools to understand how they may benefit from high-order attribute data and an attribute-driven approach.

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category management  |  industry news

This month in CatMan (November, 2018)

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(AI)sle  |  Artificial Intelligence  |  data science

In the (AI)sle™ - Part III Object Localization

Consumers’ minds are susceptible to subtle subconscious cues. It is estimated that up to 40% of consumers change their minds at the point of purchase because of something they see, learn, or do (Source: Huffington Post). For example, if a shopper goes to the store and gets a craving for chocolate, she will value options with that ingredient differently than she would on a normal day. But consumer choices are getting more complicated and more diverse over time. Brands and retailers who want to succeed in attracting and retaining customers will need to rely on data to make strong business decisions. That's where we come in!

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Label Insight News  |  this month in

This Month at Label Insight (October 2018)

As we work our way into the final quarter of 2019 we are excited to look back at some of the progress we made and to celebrate some of the content we launched to support the community. This post covers some of the highlights. Groceryshop: Label Insight was thrilled to sponsor the first-annual Groceryshop conference in Las Vegas, which was hosted by the same folks as Shoptalk. We mingled with CPG (consumer packaged goods), retail, and technology's biggest players, including Kraft Heinz, Coca-Cola, Albertsons, Publix, and Google. You can get a more in-depth post about our learnings  here, or peek at our social media accounts (@labelinsight on Twitter and Instagram) for real-time updates from last week. CatMan + Transparency White Paper: Early in the month we launched our CatMan + Transparency white paper to an amazing reception.   It was launched right on the heals of the FMI & Label Insight Transparency Imperative 2018 report and so we weren't sure we'd get as much traction.  But it has been by far the most successfully received whitepaper we have produced to date.  

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First-Annual Groceryshop: Innovate or Die Out

Key players from up and down the food chain – consumer packaged goods (CPG), grocery retailers, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCGs), and technology providers – gambled – er, gathered – in Las Vegas last week for the first-ever Groceryshop conference. The conference producers filled 2,200 seats, primarily, due to past success with Shoptalk, their massive, retail-focused parent event. As the U.S. economy soars through the fourth industrial revolution with disruptive technologies of artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, the Internet of Things (IoT), 3-D printing and more, the conversation at the Aria Convention Center revolved around how companies large and small need to keep up to remain relevant, and to earn shoppers' dollars.

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Jones Grocery  |  category management  |  internal alignment

Category Management Plan Example: Internal Alignment, Jones Grocery

Attribute-Driven Category Management Plan The aim of this attribute-driven category management plan example is to demonstrate the implications of an attribute-driven approach across the CatMan 2.0 process. As outlined in the introductory post of this series, we will work through the 8 stages of the CatMan 2.0 process and at each stage, we will highlight where Label Insight high-order attribute data can augment the process for better results. To ensure the credibility of this example, we collaborated with Mr. Gordon Wade, Director Emeritus of the CMA, whose infectious enthusiasm helped to make the compilation of this work a pleasure.

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Jones Grocery  |  category management

Category management plan example: Intro to Jones Grocery

In support of the launch of our Category Management Solution, we begin the new content series, "Beyond the Basket." In this series, we'll discuss ways to innovate in category management through the example of fictitious grocery store Jones Grocery. We'll document, in detail, the influence that attribute-driven category management can have on the CatMan 2.0 process.

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Chicago  |  Label Insight News

Founder Dagan Xavier Interviewed by BizcastHQ

We're excited to report that one of our founders, Dagan Xavier, was interviewed by the online entrepreneur publication BizcastHQ. In their conversation, Dagan Xavier discusses how the best innovative solutions are the ones based on actual needs in the real world. "A company should establish and follow a set of important values, and use those values to help get everyone on the same page and all moving in the right direction. One of the most important values is intellectual honesty." Watch the full video on their website here, or watch it below.

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E-commerce  |  omnichannel  |  search

E-commerce & Omnichannel (and Search) series

In 2019, we have a goal to work towards joining the thought leadership conversation in the area of E-commerce & Omnichannel. This conversation is already taking place on properties such as (to mention a few places where we see interesting content):

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Retailer Solutions  |  health & wellness  |  industry news

This month in Retail Health & Wellness (October, 2018)

This post represents the launch of a post series that seeks to curate news, posts, content and activity on the topic of Retail Health and Wellness from LabelInsight and across the market.  

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category management

CatMan - Attribute-Driven Market Inverting the Category Decision Tree

Category Decision Tree One of the critical elements of the CatMan2.0 process is the Category Definition and the Category Decision Tree step. The purpose of this step is to agree which items are within the category and to outline and define the Category Decision Tree (CDT). The CDT is a graphical record that assists retailers to better understand consumer buying habits, and the decision-making processes followed by individuals while shopping a category.

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Trends & Research  |  health & wellness  |  industry news

Millennial Parents Demand Transparency. Are Baby Food Brands Keeping Pace?

It’s no secret that Americans have become increasingly more health-conscious across all areas of life. But we’ve recently found that the presence of children in a household often creates a greater desire to know and understand more about the food being served to the entire family. Recent research suggests that parents place greater importance on knowing more information about ingredients, nutrition, health benefits and other product information when deciding what products to buy.

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E-commerce  |  industry news  |  omnichannel

This month in E-comm & Omnichannel (October, 2018)

 This post kicks off a regular series to capture and curate news that we find relevant to the future of attribute driven E-commerce & Omnichannel experiences.

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category management  |  industry news

This month in CatMan (October, 2018)

Happy Friday from the Label Insight team!!  This post kicks off a regular series to capture and curate category management2.0 news that we find relevant to the future of attribute driven category management.   ConfectionaryNews.com: Whole Foods campaigns for six emerging brands that rival traditional candies and snacks Whole Foods kicked off a campaign across the US earlier this month to promote six emerging candy and snack brands that offer healthy alternatives, such as KitKat. Label Insight comment: We found this one interesting because it directly relates to what an attribute driven market will look like going forward.  

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category management

CatMan - Transparency’s Opportunity & Challenge for Retailers

Shoppers in today’s marketplace demand convenience, personalization, and transparency. They want the products they desire, at the time they want it, and for the right cost. Shoppers are more knowledgeable than ever before about their purchases. They research online and have a complete understanding of the price, in-stock conditions, and materials that make up their desired product.

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CatMan - How to Enable Growth in a Transparency-Focused Market

Growth in High-Order Attributes Studies indicate shoppers are rewarding transparency. Seventy-four percent of shoppers claims they would switch to a more transparent brand (FMI & Label Insight - The Transparency Imperative). As evidence, brands with digital SmartLabel pages that enable digital labeling transparency have grown by 10.7% over the last 52 weeks in a number of categories that are either flat or declining.   “Most major brands and retailers are losing share, volume, or margins, sometimes all three.” Gordon Wade, CatMan + Transparency  

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FMI  |  Study  |  Transparency

What is the Future of Transparency in an Omnichannel World?

“When digital transformation is done right, it’s like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly, but when done wrong, all you have is a really fast caterpillar.”  — George Westerman | Principal Research Scientist with the MIT Sloan Initiative on the Digital Economy   Transparency bar is set The FMI and Label Insight Transparency Imperative report has clearly demonstrated that demand for more information in the grocery shopping experience is taking off. Almost all shoppers these days require more information in the shopping experience, and there’s been a 90% increase in shoppers who would switch brands based on level of transparency (74% in 2018 vs. 39% in 2016) which seems to indicate that the demand is growing in distribution and in intent.

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FMI  |  Study  |  Transparency

How Does Transparency Differ Across Demographics & Generational Segments?

“Transparency may be the most disruptive and far-reaching innovation to come out of social media.” — Paul Gillin in Digital Darwinism: Branding and business models in jeopardy   Transparency crosses all generations We are constantly being reminded of the differences between generations, and in particular, how different the younger generation truly is. But when it comes to the demand for transparency, the recent FMI and Label Insight Transparency Imperative points out that there is actually little difference across generations.

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(AI)sle  |  data science

In the (AI)sle™ - Part II - Utilizing Natural Language Processing with Product Data

You've heard it before: color has an impact on our mood and our appetite. Consumers have adjusted to years of evolving marketing tactics designed to draw shopper attention, build credibility, and communicate value. The problem is, not everyone can agree on what certain words mean. Take, for instance, "all natural flavor," "made with real cheese," or, my favorite, "made with love." While the legal definition of a "natural" flavor could mean a flavor essence or an actual juice derivative, a discerning parent just wants to know it's organic. Well, ok, but is it certified organic? We are here to help!

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category management  |  high-order attributes

CatMan: Understanding the impact of High-Order Attributes on the CPG Industry

  Transparency is here to stay. Recently the FMI & Label Insight Transparency Imperative report stated that over 86% of shoppers are more likely to trust a brand or retailer who provides complete and easy-to-understand definitions for all ingredients. And the same study demonstrated that 74% of shoppers would be willing to switch to another brand that provided more information – a 90% increase from 39% in 2016.

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E-commerce  |  search

360 Product View vs Single Source of Truth

In the last post of this series, we discussed the need for a dynamic taxonomy to power search across the omnichannel experience. If this future was to exist, it would be interesting to understand what effect this would have on the concept of a single source of truth - the apparent holy grail of product data management. To explore this topic we will need to first cover where we are at right now in regards to maintaining a single source of truth for our product data. We can then consider the future needs which we discussed both here and here, with the aim of overlaying where we are at with where we need to go to see whether a single source of truth is viable going forward.

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FMI  |  Study  |  Transparency

How Do Diets and Health Consciousness Impact Transparency?

“One-third of American households have a family member who is dealing with allergies, intolerances or sensitivities.”  —  FMI & Label Insight - The Transparency Imperative   Diet is the new norm

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E-commerce  |  search

The search challenge is breaking data standards

Static data standards: Over the last decade, there has been a lot of talk about a single source of truth and creating data standards to match. However, during this period we have seen data fragmentation at an unprecedented scale. For any single product, there are hundreds if not thousands of data endpoints all being powered by different data sources with different needs and different levels of accuracy and currency. To say that brands have lost control of their product data would be a dramatic understatement.

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FMI  |  Study  |  Transparency

The State of Transparency - 2016 vs 2018

“Three quarters of shoppers in 2018 would switch brands for transparency - a 90% increase from 2016 ” —  FMI / Label Insight The Transparency Imperative 2018

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(AI)sle  |  Artificial Intelligence  |  Technology

In the (AI)sle™ - Part I

How Artificial Intelligence can make a difference at the grocery store With the advent of veganism, the keto diet, and the rise of severe food allergies in kids, it's no wonder that retailers and brands alike are looking for ways to stand out in the chaos that is grocery store aisles. Consumers have more choices than ever, but the complexities of modern packaging and labeling can confuse the decision-making process. That's where we come in.

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DataBite

DataBite: Why Our Love for “Pumpkin Spice Everything” Won’t Fade

Temperatures have started to cool, school is back in session, and Halloween candy is already being prominently displayed. You know what that means -- pumpkin spice season is upon us. In fact, Starbucks has already started selling its much-anticipated Pumpkin Spice Latte. Fans of the popular drink are thrilled they didn’t have to wait until September to get their “PSL fix.”

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E-commerce  |  search

Key to product search is a dynamic scientific taxonomy

Scientists lead search demand When Label Insight first began working with the FDA in 2008, our core use case was powering more detailed search. Fast forward 10 years - e-commerce and robust search has become critically important and, surprisingly, FDA scientists are still leading the way in regards to deep search demand.

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DataBite

DataBite: Are Kids Drinks Making the Grade?

The leisurely pace of summer is over and parents across the country are preparing to resume their early-morning lunch packing ritual. But which favorite food and beverage items will they be packing this year? Research shows that more Americans than ever before are focused on avoiding sugar and eating sustainably. And with rising numbers of children struggling with obesity and diabetes, several organizations and researchers have urged parents to reduce the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages to reduce these risks.

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E-commerce  |  search

Grocery E-commerce 2.0 - the search challenge

The rise of e-commerce in CPG It is no surprise that e-commerce in the CPG industry is expected to grow, but you may be surprised to see just how much. Recent Nielsen Syndicated Data estimations project that by 2020 e-commerce will grow in dollar growth vs today by 49%. Furthermore when looking at ‘the digitally engaged food shopper’ Nielsen and FMI project that by 2025 e-commerce may drive more than 20% of food spend.

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Trends & Research

Five Beauty Trends Making a Splash this Summer

Summertime is upon us and with that comes popular activities like swimming, barbequing or building sand castles. But the hot summer rays and dry, summer heat can wreak havoc on hair, skin and nails. It's no surprise, then, that shoppers are looking for skin care products that will keep them glowing, moisturized and feeling healthy throughout the summer months.

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Label Insight News

Label Insight's Next Phase

Over the past several years, Label Insight has emerged as the industry’s leading technology company for product intelligence, driven by our innovative approach to product attribute data and proven by our rapid growth in market share, staff, and revenue. As we continue to evolve our business and innovate our solutions, I’m excited to lead the company into our next phase as CEO of Label Insight.

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Transparency is a Game Changer: Here are the New Rules

This post originally appeared on CustomerThink

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DataBite

Not Your Father's BBQ

Fourth of July weekend is upon us and Americans across the country are stocking up on their BBQ essentials. But are the ever-popular hot dogs still at the top of the shopping list this year?

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Label Insight News  |  Product

Label Insight Works With American Heart Association® to Offer New Heart-Check Standard Certification Industry View

This morning, Label Insight is proud to introduce the American Heart Association Heart-Check Standard Certification Industry View. This new offering provides data for the industry to better understand market coverage for Heart-Check Food Certification Program's standard certification, assess potential eligibility, and provide insights on why products that don't qualify are not meeting their criteria. With the introduction of this new View, brands, retailers, government agencies, and researchers can better understand the food supply as it relates to cardiovascular health. 

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DataBite

Trendspotting the 4 Cs: collagen, coconut, chickpeas & cauliflower

These 4 Cs aren’t for carats, but regardless of cut or color, their benefits will give you clarity. What are the 4 C’s? Earlier this year, Label Insight attended Natural Products Expo West with a group of trendspotters on the hunt for what we should expect to see in the coming months and year. Topping the list of trends we saw were the “4 Cs”: collagen, coconut, chickpeas, and cauliflower.

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SmartLabel™  |  marketing

Going Beyond the Label with LabelSync

It’s no secret that transparency totally transforms product content and shapes the path to purchase. 78 percent of merchants report their product content exchange system cannot keep up with enhanced consumer demands for transparency. Today’s consumers base their purchasing decisions on information beyond the standard product label to attributes like ingredient origins and composition.

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Label Insight News  |  Press

Digimarc Announces Support for SmartLabel®

Digimarc offers a smarter path to product transparency information Today, Digimarc Corporation announced its support of SmartLabel® and the availability of Digimarc Barcode scanning capabilities within the SmartLabel app. Announced at TransparencyIQ in Chicago, which brings together the foremost leaders driving product transparency forward, Digimarc is offering brands and retailers a more reliable, efficient and flexible method for delivering SmartLabel to consumers.

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Press

Label Insight Named Most Innovative Company of the Year

Label Insight Named Most Innovative Company of the Year by the American Business Awards® Label Insight, the market leader for product transparency, was named the winner of a Silver Stevie® Award in the in the Most Innovative Company of the Year category. Nicknamed the Stevie Awards for the Greek word meaning “crowned,” the American Business Awards are the U.S.A.’s premier business awards program.

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Label Insight News  |  Press

Label Insight and 1WorldSync Introduce LabelSync, the Industry's Most Comprehensive Solution for Product Data Distribution and Transparency

New joint offering enables brands to quickly and easily meet SmartLabel™-mandated requirements while expanding their transparency story Label Insight, the market leader for transparency, and 1WorldSync™, the leading provider of product content solutions, today introduced LabelSync™, the industry's most comprehensive solution for product data distribution and transparency. LabelSync pairs Label Insight's high-order attribute data with 1WorldSync's unmatched global product content distribution capabilities, enabling brands and retailers to provide consumers with an unprecedented level of rich, high-quality product content.  

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Unleash the Power of Consumer Trust to Drive Conversion

  As recent studies have shown, food and beverage-focused businesses benefit by being more transparent with consumers. An impressive 83% say they find value in having access to more in-depth product information*.

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Label Insight News  |  Press

Label Insight Named to Crain's Chicago Business 2018 Best Places to Work List

Label Insight, the market leader for product transparency, was named as one of Chicago's Best Places to Work. Issued and managed by Crain's Business Chicago and Best Companies Group, this survey and awards program identifies and honors the 100 best companies to work for in Chicago.

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Trends & Research

Trendspotting: Spotlight on Quark

What is Quark? In March I was honored to speak at the Clean Label Conference in Itasca, Illinois on clean label ingredient trends. There I met Craig Sherwin who is the Technical Service Manager for Novozymes North America, a Dutch ingredient company. Craig was promoting an alternative to the conventional yeast-based lactase used in lactose-free dairy. He mentioned this being applied to a variety of dairy products, including a traditional Germanic product called “Quark”. Somewhere between the texture of a thick yogurt and ricotta cheese, quark is a creamy, cultured milk product that can be used in sweet and savory dishes, or eaten plain.

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Topco, P&G, Hershey, and Nielsen rally around the industry’s only event dedicated to transparency

Consumer demand for transparency is reshaping the CPG and retail industries, changing the business from the boardroom down. In response to this transformation, the Path to Purchase Institute developed TransparencyIQ, the only conference focused on the revolutionary force of product transparency and its ability to drive consumer trust and brand loyalty. In its second year running, Label Insight is proud to again serve as the event’s Founding Sponsor.

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Growing New Label Adoption Provides Transparency for Consumers

In May of 2016, the FDA announced the new Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods. The purpose of the new label is to make it easier for consumers to make better informed food and beverage choices. During a recent keynote address at the National Food Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., Scott Gottlieb, the Drug Administration Commissioner, stated regulations dealing with consumer information — as well as labeling, ingredient and standard of identification initiatives — are at the center of a new nutrition innovation strategy.

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AI, Big Data & the Future of Predictive Analytics: Recapping Future Food-Tech

 Digital technology is responsible for reshaping many industries - but in particular, the use of big data and analytics has transformed the business of food. Last week our CEO, Paul Schaut, spoke about the expanding role of big data, AI and advanced analytics in the food industry at the Future Food-Tech event in San Francisco.

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What’s in Your Easter Basket?

Hop to it: It’s not too late to shop for a better-for-you Easter basket With Easter right around the corner many Americans are gearing up for a big family celebration. According to Packaged Facts’ “Food Gifting in the U.S.: Consumer and Corporate” report, those celebrating Easter last year spent an estimated $18 billion on products including candy, gifts, food and flowers, with $152 spent per celebrant. Food and candy comprised more than $6 billion of consumers’ Easter spending.

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Label Insight Inks Deal with Topco for High Order Attribute Data, High-Quality Product Images and SmartLabel™ Pages

Company to deliver combined image and data solution to the second largest food retailer group in the U.S. Label Insight, the market leader for product transparency, today announced that it has signed an expansive, multi-year deal with Topco Associates LLC, a provider of innovative business solutions for its food industry member-owners and customers. Under the agreement, Label Insight will provide high quality product images alongside the industry’s largest and most complete product attribute data set to better inform Topco stakeholders about the nutrient and ingredient composition of all Topco-procured private label products. The agreement includes all product categories such as food, beverage, baby, pet and cosmetics. Label Insight will also power SmartLabel™ pages, including images and data, for all Topco brand products.

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National Pi Day

Serving up Data Bites, One Slice at a Time March 14, or 3.14, is National Pi Day. A day when America pays homage to the mathematical constant π. Pi is that unique, never repeating or ending, fraction that many of us remember from geometry class -- the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. So it’s appropriate that we celebrate with food in the shape of a circle. Many grocery stores offer deals on pizza pies, fruit pies and even chicken pot pies. There is no doubt a pie for everyone.

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Clean Eating – Not Just for Humans: Top Pet Food Trends

American consumers are demanding more transparency about the ingredients being used within the food products they consume, with the majority of consumers preferring natural, socially-conscious food items. And they are beginning to expect the same for their pets, who are increasingly being viewed as an extension of the family.

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Label Insight launches the first product imaging service linking data and images in a single solution

Simplifying the ecosystem by providing a single source for high-quality product images connected to complete product attribute data Two of the most persistent challenges for brands and retailers over the past several years, have been maintaining consistent, uniform, high-quality product images and satisfying the demand for transparency, which requires more detailed product data, specifically designed to meet the increasing consumer demand for better information and transparency. To make the situation more complex, linking data and images has been a daunting process due to the myriad image sources, data sources, distribution points and consumer touchpoints.

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Super Trend: Superfoods in Personal Care Products

Not only are American consumers taking a greater interest in the ingredients being used in their food and beverages, but they’re also beginning to care more about what’s being used in their personal care products. Studies show that shoppers are looking for products with recognizable ingredients and they’re willing to pay more for items using “better-for-you” ingredients. But as shoppers continue to vote with their wallets, personal care good manufacturers are continuing to look for opportunities to tap into the burgeoning “natural personal care” product market.

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Four Food Trends You Want to Know About in 2018

Now that we’ve shut the door on 2017and looked at trending diets this year, let’s look at the food trends that are heavily anticipated in 2018. Just Googling “2018 food trends” will bring up hundreds of articles in dozens of publications about what’s going to be hot this year. You can see for yourself here, here and here. We decided to dig into a few of these trends and learn a bit more about them – and see how prevalent they are on the grocery shelves already. However, it’s up to you to decide if you’d like to drop these into your shopping cart this year.

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Why Chocolate Might be the Key to a Healthy Heart this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is here and consumers across the country are searching for the perfect way to show their love. Chocolate continues to be one of the most popular Valentine’s Day gifts and those indulging this year need not feel guilty. Buying patterns for chocolate follow broader grocery shopping trends -- consumers are investing in “better-for-you” ingredients and brands that provide greater transparency. February also marks American Heart Month, a federal event that brings awareness to the dangers of heart disease. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends maintaining a healthy diet for optimal heart disease prevention - this includes avoiding added sugars and steering clear of sodium-laden foods. Luckily, the myriad of chocolate options mean that shoppers can have their “heart-healthy” chocolate bar and eat it, too.

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Celebrating American Heart Month: Tips For Keeping Your Heart Healthy

February is American Heart Month, a federally-appointed event to remind Americans to focus on their hearts and encourage them to get their families, friends and communities involved.Heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United States, claiming an estimated 610,000 lives each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fortunately, maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle are two of the best preventions to cardiovascular disease.

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Shop Your Diet Series, Part IV: the Mediterranean Diet

Cruising the Mediterranean Sea provides travelers with an incredible experience. Visiting some of the most historically important cities on Earth, including Athens, Jerusalem, Madrid, Rome and Venice, just to name a few. Of course, the most important part of any day visiting these places is mealtime. The food in this region is so well regarded that the Mediterranean Diet is embraced the world over for its nutritional value. In this fourth and final blog of our series on shopping your diet, we look at the Mediterranean Diet and the nutritional value it offers to people who follow it. We’ve already covered Paleo, vegetarian/vegan and keto diets, now we’ll offer some insights into how the Mediterranean Diet might look when filling your shopping cart.

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Shop Your Diet Series: Part III: The Keto Diet

Shop Your Diet Series: Part III: The Keto Diet January is more than half-way over – are you staying committed to your goal of eating cleaner and/or following a particular diet this year? We hope that our information on “shopping your diet” is helping to alleviate confusion about what is allowed – and what to avoid – for your new way of eating. In the third edition of our series on shopping your diet – the second post was on vegetarian and vegan diets – we’re digging into the trendy ketogenic diet. Though you’ve likely seen this diet leading headlines in the past few years, it has actually been around since the 1920s. Designed in 1924 by Dr. Russell Wilder at the Mayo Clinic, the original purpose of the keto diet was to treat epilepsy. It lost its popularity in the 1940s due to the slew of anti-seizure medications on the market. The ketogenic diet is a low carb, moderate protein, and high fat diet which puts the body into a metabolic state known as ketosis. When the body enters a state of ketosis, the liver produces ketones which become the main energy source for the body; this diet is based on the premise that the body is designed to run more efficiently as a fat burner than a sugar burner.

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Introducing the Advisory Board for TransparencyIQ 2018

The Path to Purchase Institute announced the advisory board for TransparencyIQ 2018 today. After a successful inaugural event in 2017, Label Insight is thrilled to be the founding sponsor of TransparencyIQ and is looking forward to a groundbreaking 2018 event. Michael McMahon, President and Executive Director of the Path to Purchase Institute

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Shop Your Diet Series: Part II: Vegetarian and Vegan Diets

It’s two weeks into the new year and how many of us are still sticking to that diet resolution? I hope many of you are still inspired to eat healthy and finding ways to keep shopping for that new diet. While willpower plays a big role in how well you keep your resolution, but being armed with the right nutritional information about foods can give you an advantage, too. With help from Label Insight, your 2018 diet may be your most successful.

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Shop Your Diet Series: Part I: Paleo Diet

“New Year, New You.” Many of us greet the new year with the desire to kick-start a new diet, either to help shed unwanted holiday pounds or to live a cleaner, healthier lifestyle. In fact, most (67%) Americans will be prioritizing healthy or socially-conscious food purchases in 2018, according to a recent survey of American adults conducted by Wakefield Research for Label Insight.

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Americans are Planning to Avoid Sugar and Eat More Sustainably in 2018, Says Survey from Label Insight

Label Insight, the market leader for product transparency, today released the results from a national consumer survey of 1,023 Americans conducted by Wakefield Research on eating habits in 2018. The survey found that most (67 percent) Americans will be prioritizing healthy or socially-conscious food purchases in 2018. Their primary point of emphasis is cutting back on sugars, with nearly half of consumers (47 percent) planning to eat less sugar or buy more 'no sugar added' products this year.

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Label Insight Data Fuels Study on Sodium Levels in Bread

The expression “the bread of life” underscores the foundational aspect of bread as a food staple, a basic part of any diet. You sometimes hear about people who can easily survive on only bread and water. But dig deeper into the nutritional details about bread and you will find significant differences between one bread product and another. 

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Label Insight Closes $21 Million in Series C Round of Venture Capital Funding

Label Insight, the market leader for product transparency, today announced it has raised $21 million in a Series C funding round led by Delta-v Capital alongside River Cities Capital Funds. These funds will support the company's mission to help consumers understand what's in the products they use and consume. David Schaller, Managing Partner at Delta-v, will join the Label Insight board of directors.

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Label Insight and 1WorldSync Announce Partnership to Create Industry's Most Comprehensive Data and Content Solution

Label Insight, the market leader for transparency, and 1WorldSync, the leading provider of product content solutions, today announced a strategic partnership that will create industry's most comprehensive solution for product data distribution and transparency. 

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DataBite: We All Scream for (Healthy) Ice Cream

December 13th is National Ice Cream Day, so what better time to dig into one of our favorite treats? Though ice cream is typically thought of as a guilty pleasure, it turns out today’s ice cream brands might just be healthier than you think. With the rising popularity of trendy ice cream brands like Halo Top, Enlightened and Vixen Kitchen, we’re seeing greater focus on including “better for you” ingredients. Image via Enlightened's Official Facebook Page

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Cold and Flu Season is here! Fight Off Symptoms With Your Shopping Basket

Cold and flu season has arrived and soon you’ll likely find yourself strolling down the medicine aisle at your local supermarket. But solutions to those common viruses and their pesky symptoms can actually be found throughout the store. A number of widely known food ingredients are proven to be effective at preventing and treating colds and flu.

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How Data Science Gives Label Insight a Competitive Edge

Data science is fast becoming a core enabler of business innovation and competition. Given its notability , you would think that the successful use of data science within companies would be on the rise, but a report from MIT says no. Surprisingly, the percentage of companies claiming competitive advantage from their data science initiatives dropped from a high of almost 70% in 2012 to about 50% in 2016.  What’s going on?

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Highlights From the First Ever TransparencyIQ Conference

TransparencyIQ, the breakthrough event focused on the impact of transparency and best practices, took place October 18th and 19th in Chicago, Illinois. After a hearty breakfast, Label Insight's CMO, Patrick Moorhead, took the attendees through an interactive quiz to test their TransparencyIQ. Attendees answered open-ended questions about their transparency journey as well as quiz questions about transparency and consumer expectations. 

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Label Insight Unveils High Order Attribute Data Class With More Than 22,000 Unique Custom Attributes Per Product

CHICAGO, Oct. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Label Insight, the market leader for product transparency, today introduced PRISM, a revolutionary data science technology for the creation of high order attributes. High order attributes allow brands and retailers to gain deeper insights into their product set and inventory. Like a prism, Label Insight technology transforms the "white light" of product information contained on the physical packaging of food, pet and personal care products into an infinite spectrum of deep and complete attribute data. Ingredients, nutrients, and marketing claims are analyzed and enriched with more than 22,000 custom attributes such as ingredient definitions, micro and macronutrient content, sustainability practices and specialty diet eligibility.

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Meet the Team: Jacob Childerson, Director of Strategic Partnerships

Welcome to "Meet the Team", a monthly series that introduces you to the great talent and leadership at Label Insight. This month we’re excited to introduce our Director of Strategic Partnerships, Jacob Childerson.

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SmartLabel Gains Momentum in 2017 in Preparation for Consumer Awareness Campaign

The adoption, traffic and engagement numbers for SmartLabel™  are all on the rise as the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) looks to grow and mature this popular transparency initiative. 

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Using Data Science, Raley's Gains Competitive Advantage Through Transparency

The stakes for transparency as they relate to food and beverage products are higher today than ever. According to Nielsen, 59% shoppers find it difficult to understand nutrition facts on food packaging [1], and the ability to recognize ingredients is the most influential factor for them to sway a purchase decision on these types of products [2]. Take these consumer demands for transparency and combine them with the ultra-competitive grocery retail industry that continues to consolidate, most recently with the AMZN-WFM deal, and it becomes more apparent that traditional grocery needs to provide a reason beyond price to gain and maintain shopper loyalty.

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Major Brands and Retailers Pledge Support for First Ever Event Dedicated to Product Transparency

Leaders in product transparency will gather on October 17-18, 2017 in Chicago to support TransparencyIQ, a Path to Purchase Institute event. Executives from Hershey, Raley’s, Nielsen, Unilever, and Walmart have rallied in support of the event, either through speaking engagements or participation in the advisory board. TransparencyIQ will focus on the ways companies can begin or grow their product transparency initiatives, and is the industry's first and only event focused on the product transparency.

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Insight from the LInterns - A Farewell from Our Summer Interns

As the summer begins to wind down here at Label Insight I find myself having mixed emotions at the end of of my internship. On one hand, I am ecstatic knowing all of the amazing work I have been able to contribute to over the past three months here in Chicago. On the other hand, a tinge of sadness stays with me as I think about leaving this awesome company.

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Coca-Cola Zero Sugar Shines Spotlight on Sugar Concerns

Confusion and Concern about Sugar Ingredients matter today more than ever. According to Label Insight’s Shopper Trends study, 98% of shoppers think it’s important to consider the ingredients in the food products they purchase.

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Consumers Demand Transparency from Personal Care Products

In the first three posts of our Ingredient Confusion Series, we learned that shoppers are meeting a huge roadblock when evaluating their food products - they’re confused and concerned about the basic elements that make up the food products they buy. This confusion creates a gap in trust between consumers and brands, and oftentimes prevents them from buying a product. But think that confusion and concern only relates to food? Think again.

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Exponential Growth in New Label Adoption a Win for the Industry and Consumers

In May of 2016, the country's first update to nutrition labels since the federal government started requiring them in the early 1990s, was unveiled. The idea behind this shift was to help consumers make more informed decisions about the foods and beverages they eat and drink.

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STUDY: Confusion Over Ingredients in Personal Care Products Impacts Female Buying Behavior

CHICAGO, July 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- American women are increasingly evaluating the contents of their personal care products and still walking away confused as to what the ingredients are and whether or not they fit into their personal requirements. In response, shoppers are more willing to comparison shop for personal care products with recognizable ingredients and pay more for those products.

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Label Insight Furthers Commitment to Product Transparency as the Founding Sponsor of TransparencyIQ

A first of its kind event is launching this fall, and it’s dedicated solely to product transparency. The Path to Purchase Institute will host TransparencyIQ, on October 17-18 in Rosemont, IL to bring the industry together around strategies and best practices for product transparency initiatives. TransparencyIQ offers a focused environment for like-minded individuals to gather and discuss challenges, gain insights, share best practices and learn from diverse perspectives. Label Insight is proud to be the founding sponsor of this important industry-wide event.

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Label Insight Reports Strong Customer Momentum for Transparency Initiatives in Q2

CHICAGO, July 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Label Insight, the market leader for product transparency, today announced strong customer growth in Q2 2017 for its data transparency solutions. The company has inked deals with several new CPG manufacturers and retailers that will help those organizations respond to the consumer mandate for greater transparency. Industry leaders who have committed to boosting their transparency initiatives with Label Insight last quarter include:   Allegiance Retail Services/Foodtown Okanagan Specialty Fruits Ocean Spray Cranberries PepsiCo Schnucks

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Webinar: How Brands and Retailers Can Build Loyalty With Product Transparency

Today's consumers are demanding to know more about the products they use and consume than ever before. Brands and retailers who provide the transparency consumers seek will be rewarded with loyalty, market share and higher perceived brand worth.  

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Shoppers Rely on Mobile Tech to Improve their Label Literacy

As a company built on a belief in transparency, the Label Insight team knows the better informed we are about what’s in the products we use and consume, the more we can make smart purchase decisions. So, when we launched the 2017 Label Insight Ingredient Confusion Study in late June, we wanted to better understand the challenges today’s consumers are facing in the aisle. We’ve been breaking down the study piece-by-piece in our Ingredient Confusion blog series. In Part 1, we learned that consumers are confused and concerned about the ingredients in the food products they purchase, and in Part 2, we broke down how this concern and confusion impacts shopper behavior and brand perceptions. Here in Part 3, we’ll reveal how consumers are taking matters into their own hands and what they want brands to do about it.

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Ingredient Confusion Impacts Shopper Behavior

When we launched the 2017 Label Insight Ingredient Confusion Study last week, the idea was to better understand ingredient confusion, how it impacts shopper behavior, and what consumers are doing about it. We’re breaking down the study piece-by-piece in our Ingredient Confusion blog series. In Part 1, we learned that consumers are confused and concerned about the ingredients in the food products they purchase, and here in Part 2, we’ll look the way this concern and confusion impacts shopper behavior and brand perceptions.

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Don’t be Confused About Ingredient Confusion

“If confusion is the first step to knowledge, I must be a genius.” Larry Leissner Why We Launched the Ingredient Confusion Study  The Label Insight team lives for data. So over the past year, we conducted several studies to better understand today’s consumer. We explored how today’s shoppers make food choices, shop, and what they expect from brands when it comes to product information. We took a deep dive into consumer preferences for product transparency and how it affects their feelings toward brands and their purchasing behavior, and we learned more about their dietary preferences and their ability to find the product information they need to make informed buying decisions. One theme rang consistent throughout all studies. Confusion.

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STUDY: Confusing Ingredients Cause Shoppers to Consider Switching Brands Even If It Means Paying More

CHICAGO, June 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --  When examining food labels today, consumers are still confused about the ingredients in their food products. This confusion leads shoppers to not only consider switching brands but to pay more for brands whose ingredients they understand. The study was released today by Label Insight, the market leader for product transparency. It surveyed more than 1,000 consumers on feelings of confusion with food product ingredients and labeling, the behavioral impact of this confusion on purchasing behavior and how technology solutions might alleviate concerns.

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Label Insight and Nielsen Provide Ingredient-Level Sales Measurement to Non-Food Categories

This morning, we’re excited to announce that Nielsen and Label Insight are expanding the Nielsen Product Insider solution with the ability to measure sales of ingredients and U.S. government-regulated attributes for non-food categories, including personal care, pet food, over-the-counter medicine and vitamins/supplements. 

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Amazon’s New Default Setting

Data Driven Experiences for Bricks + Clicks Amazon Just Turned Up the Heat on All Retailers to Embrace Ecommerce With its proven tech infrastructure and scale, Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods adds a highly valuable, much needed pile of bricks to Amazon’s brick+click equation, combining their industry leading customer & marketplace intelligence with a scaled distribution footprint and built-in consumer base for grocery. This move signals that it’s time for conventional retail to get serious about technological innovation, e-commerce, and consumer experience.  For conventional grocers, Amazon has just made your 3 year e-commerce and innovation strategy obsolete.  Image via: My Private Brand mypbrand.com

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The Transformative Force of Transparency

Transparency has become a transformative force in our lives today. Yesterday, Entrepreneur Magazine highlighted this phenomenon in their article, How Transparency Became a Top Priority for Businesses, and Why You Should Care, explaining what’s behind the shift, while challenging businesses to prepare for this new reality. Image via Entrepreneur.com / Shutterstock.com

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Transparency is a Game Changer. Here are the New Rules

Disruptive Innovation: Welcome to a New Game I recently ordered an automatic fish feeder for the twenty five fish that are part of my aquaponics system that’s sustainably producing salad and tomatoes for my small family of three. I hopped on Amazon.com and instantly filtered out all the automatic feeders that had less than 4 stars, then filtered to only those that can deliver to France (where I currently live). I then started diving into some of the products that looked good, and explored the product attributes - I had never bought an automatic feeder before, and so I was simultaneously educating myself on what was important and what the different brands stood for. This lead me to me filtering out a variety of brands that I had no interest in (the low cost ones), and then finally making a decision. Just two days later, it showed up at my door. 

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Label Insight Shares Strategies for Product Transparency at The Big Natural

As title partner of The Big Natural, Label Insight will highlight the importance of transparency in the natural products industry. The Label Insight team is proud to continue our support for the Consumer Packaged Goods industry as the Title Partner of The Big Natural. Label Insight’s leadership team will participate in several sessions at the event, taking place June 7-9 at The LINQ in Las Vegas. As the Natural Product Association’s inaugural event, The Big Natural will offer industry-driven educational sessions and workshops, bringing together industry leaders and innovators to educate, empower and drive the industry forward. 

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3 Reasons Why Consumers are Confused by Food Labels (and What Brands Can Do)

Welcome to the last post in our Shopper Trends series. We’ve been busy digging into key findings from our 2017 Label Insight Shopper Trends Survey. If you’re just joining us, be sure to read our earlier articles about the diets driving American food-buying decisions, and our growing love affair with superfoods. We’re wrapping up the series with a closer look at consumers’ ongoing frustration with food labels -- and how brands can help.

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Superfoods for the Win, Artificial Ingredients Out

Welcome back to our Shopper Trends series. We’re taking a deeper look at key findings from the 2017 Label Insight Shopper Trends Survey. Last time we talked about how more and more Americans are grocery shopping with specific diets in mind. This post will look at foods and ingredients on the rise, and those that have fallen out of favor.

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STUDY: What would a “Traffic Light” Front of Package Labeling Program Look Like in the US?

With the launch of Label Insight’s Open Data Initiative in late January, academic researchers and nonprofit organizations gained access to Label Insight’s product data in order to advance critical research topics that affect today's increasingly health conscious food shoppers.  Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

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Focus on Diet and Health Affects How Half of Americans Shop

Half of Americans Shop with Diets and Health in Mind At Label Insight, food data is a big deal. We are dedicated to helping brands and retailers improve the way they share their product data with consumers. We also invest in research to stay ahead of food industry trends. Our latest research, Label Insight’s 2017 Shopper Trends Study, didn’t disappoint. We’re sharing our biggest takeaways in a series of blog posts, so keep following for the full scoop.

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Spring Into Superfoods in 2017

In the past few weeks, I've been in Hong Kong, London, and Chicago and have started to notice the radical change in breakfast buffets. In place of cereal, I now see chai+blueberry smoothies. On room service menus, traditional iceberg lettuce salads have been replaced with kale salads and quinoa power-bowls.

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Label Insight Joins the Century Club

This is an exciting week for Label Insight, as we welcome our 99th and 100th employees to the team! Label Insight Co-Founder, Dagan Xavier, addresses the company.

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Label Insight Powers Data to Better Understand Sodium Content of Bread Products in the US

With the launch of Label Insight’s Open Data Initiative in late January, academic researchers and nonprofit organizations gained access to Label Insight’s product data in order to advance critical research topics that affect today's increasingly health conscious food shoppers. 

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Why I'm Energized by Our Spring 2017 All Hands

Our team of just under one hundred gathered at our St. Louis office and nearby coworking space T-REX last week for our semi-annual company "All Hands" experience. As the picture below shows, we’re getting so large we can barely pack everyone into one photo!

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A Team Effort: Collecting Product Data at the Largest Natural Products Expo

Label Insight sent seven team members to Anaheim, California for the Natural Product Expo. This years “Expo West” was the largest in the history of Natural Products Expos. There were over 80,000 attendees and 3,100 exhibitors. Our job was to collect images of all the products at expo in order for Label Insight to collect data and provide attributes to our client. Being a very tall order, we hired 55 people from the Southern California area to be what we call “TrendSpotters” to help us with collection. 

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STUDY: Consumers Seek Healthy Lifestyles, but Food Packaging Makes it Difficult

CHICAGO, March 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today's consumers are more concerned than ever before about the foods they eat, yet they struggle to find the nutrition information needed to make informed purchasing decisions.

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Label Insight Data Contributes to Improved Awareness of Added Sugars in Food Supply

Healthy Food America, a nonprofit institution that drives change in policy and industry practice to ensure equal and easy access to nutritious food, held a working group in December of last year with 13 different public and private institutions (FDA- CFSAN, USDA - CNPP, Ohio State, UNC to name a few). The focus of the symposium was to discuss efforts to improve the quality and timeliness of added sugars data in the US.

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4th Semi-Annual Food Labeling: Evolving Regulatory Compliance Conference

The 4th semi-annual Food Labeling: Evolving Regulatory Compliance Conference took place February 27th and 28th, 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia. According to the conference description, the key theme this year was "recognizing and preparing for the impact of FDA & USDA label changes on special claims, serving size and ingredients, developing effective methods for transition and compliance, including reformulation and successfully managing the effect on consumer behavior and sales." 

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Label Insight’s Open Data Initiative to Power Front-of-Pack Labeling Research

Earlier this month, Label Insight announced the launch of our Open Data Initiative, which provides complimentary use of Label Insight’s product data to academic researchers and non-profit organizations. The goal of this initiative is to advance critical research topics that affect today's increasingly health conscious food shoppers. Today we’re excited to share one of the real life applications of this research.

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FMI Midwinter 2017 – A First Timer’s Perspective

The Food Marketing Institute's 2017 Midwinter Executive Conference brought over 1,000 of the industry’s key decision-makers together. Retailers, wholesalers, independent operators, suppliers and manufacturers spent time immersing themselves in education programs and strategic executive exchanges to discuss and understand what is required to grow their business in today’s rapidly changing food retail environment. As a first timer to the event, I thought I’d share my perspective for a few of the key themes I heard throughout the four days.

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Millennials are Forcing Brands and Retailers to Think Differently about Transparency

Millennials are shaking up the CPG industry and forcing brands and retailers alike to start thinking differently about the way they market to and communicate with this generation. Earlier this week Forbes published an article What Brands Need To Know About Modern Millennial Snack Culture which reiterated this fact. In the article, Jeff Fromm shares how millennials’ prolific love of snacking - four times a day in many cases -  has resulted in the CPG industries strongest growth in four years primarily because of the uptick in sales for snacking brands.

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Product Insider: Nielsen and Label Insight Making Transparency Possible for Brands and Retailers

Over the past few years we have seen an unprecedented rise in consumer demand for transparency, with many consumers going so far as to switching from their preferred brands in favor of brands which provide more transparency. You can observe this phenomenon any time you go to the grocery store. Take a moment to watch people shop. See how they study products before putting them in their basket. They are trying to understand: "What is this ingredient?" "What does cage-free mean?" "Does this product match my ethics? Was it tested on animals?".

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Label Insight News

Nielsen Delivers Transparency to Food Labeling Data with Launch of Product Insider

NEW YORK, Feb. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Building on the recent strategic alliance with Label Insight, today Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN) announced the launch of Nielsen Product Insider, a retail and consumer measurement tool designed to transform on-pack nutrient and food ingredient labels into quantifiable attributes. With this launch, Nielsen's robust market measurement and Homescan Consumer Panel data are combined with Label Insight's industry-leading cloud-based product attributes. Together this brings an unmatched level of data granularity to food manufacturers and retailers.

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SmartLabel™

L’Oreal Canada and Label Insight Launch First Dual-Language SmartLabel Pages

We are thrilled to announce our flagship venture into international transparency with the launch of the first SmartLabel pages in Canada this week. Our partnership with L’Oreal Garnier Haircare has enabled this expansion of the brand’s commitment to SmartLabel into the Canadian market, and we are proud to see these pages come to life. Product packaging will direct consumers via QR code to the dual-language SmartLabel pages, ultimately aiding to answer demands of transparency-driven consumers.

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Label Insight Applauds Unilever US Fragrance Transparency Initiative for Personal Care Brands

Nearly 4 in 10 consumers say they would switch to a new brand from a current preferred brand in favor of increased product transparency, and 73% of consumers would be willing to pay more for a product that offers complete transparency, according to a recent survey by Label Insight. The demand for transparency is clear, yet two of the most challenging categories in which to find information are those in which we come in contact the most -  food and personal care products.

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Label Insight Arms Leading Researchers with Data to Drive Change Across the Food Industry

CHICAGO, Jan. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Label Insight, the leading provider of data solutions that power transparency between CPG brands, retailers and consumers, announces its Open Data initiative. The initiative provides academic researchers with free access to a new level of granular food product data not previously available to the research community.

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9 Key Learnings of 2016

This has been a year of significant change for the CPG and retail industries. The first update to the Nutrition Facts Panel since the 90s, the evolving definition of the term healthy, growing transparency demands from consumers, and the launch of the SmartLabel™ initiative brought transparency center stage in 2016. As we head into 2017, we expect to see a continued trends towards transparency with the innovators and early adopters seeing early returns on their investment in transparency. Here are some of our key learnings of 2016:

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What Does it Take to Get Started with SmartLabel?

Many brands are currently deciding how to best approach upcoming changes to the Nutrition Facts Panel. But why update your packaging and product data for the new label and then go back and do it all over again for GMO disclosure? Plus, these are just the two current mandates that are part of a much larger consumer demand for product transparency that will continue to evolve. As brands seek to find the best way to answer this demand, many are choosing to participate in the SmartLabel initiative now to get ahead of the curve. Brands that adopt a "label it once" mindset and embrace a scalable and future-proof solution, such as SmartLabel, will be able to easily update their product data to respond to evolving regulation changes. SmartLabel is not a one-time, band-aid solution. It is a multifaceted, dynamic approach to delivering more complete and accurate information to your consumers while also complying with industry regulations. We thought it would be helpful to share some best practices for getting started with SmartLabel including how to plan for your data, organize your internal resources, prioritize your products, and create high quality SmartLabel pages.

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Label Insight News

Nielsen and Label Insight Announce Strategic Alliance to Bring Label Transparency to Consumer Packaged Goods Companies and Retailers

NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, label transparency plays an influential role in what consumers buy, what manufacturers make and how government organizations regulate. Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN) and Label Insight, a cloud-based product data refinery platform, announced today, a strategic alliance to help bring clarity to food, beverage and non-food transparency for the consumer packaged goods (CPG) and retail industry. This one-of-a-kind alliance will help enable CPG companies and retailers to make faster and more informed data-decisions to grow sales by understanding product trends and creating better personalization for the wellness consumer. Together, Nielsen and Label Insight will develop and maintain a CPG industry retail and consumer measurement capability incorporating food, beverage and non-food ingredients, nutrients and U.S. government regulated product attributes.

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Label Insight News

Label Insight and LANSA Partner to Deliver Complete View of Product Data

Industry leaders unite to provide a robust data solution for CPG brands and retailers, empowering them to better fulfill consumer demand for product transparency

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Label Insight News

Thank You, Label Insight

This week we gathered for our semi-annual company all hands in our Chicago office. As the picture shows, we’re getting really big - we can barely pack everyone into the lobby of our office for the company photo!

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What Does Your Product Data Say About Your Brand?

Right now, millions of shoppers are typing your brand into the search bar on their smart phones, and they aren’t looking to watch your latest TV spot. Consumers are actively seeking detailed product information before they buy, and their ability to find complete, accurate data has a dramatic effect on their purchase decisions, both today, and over time. Consumers' first contact with your brand is increasingly via mobile search, not advertising. What is your product data saying about your brand today?

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Trends & Research

Satisfy Consumer Demand for Transparency Digitally with SmartLabel

Welcome to the 4th and final post in of our Transparency ROI blog series, where we’re breaking down our TROI  study piece-by-piece. So far in the series, we’ve learned how transparency leads to increased brand loyalty and perceived brand worth, how millennial moms are leading the charge for product transparency, and why product transparency means going beyond the label. Today, we’ll take a look at the way brands can satisfy consumer demand for transparency.

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Meet the Team: Senior Personal Care Analysts Anna Thibaut and Lora Aulabaugh

Welcome to Meet the Team, a monthly series that introduces you to the great talent and leadership at Label Insight. This month's post is special because we got to talk to two of our team members who specialize in personal care products: Senior Personal Care Analysts, Lora Aulabaugh and Anna Thibaut. Both Anna and Laura started within the last 6 months and have been able to grow and learn together at Label Insight. They collaborate on bigger projects while also working independently on separate, smaller projects. We're excited to hear about all they've been up to and get to know them a little better!

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Product Transparency Means Going Beyond the Label

Welcome to Part 3 of our Transparency ROI blog series, where we’re breaking down our TROI  study piece-by-piece. So far in the series, we’ve learned how transparency leads to increased brand loyalty and perceived brand worth and how millennial moms are leading the charge for product transparency. Today, we’ll take a look at what transparency actually means to consumers.

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Label Insight Contributes to the USDA Open Data Partnership for Public Health

At the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) Summit, the USDA announced a new open data partnership for public health, with the launch of the USDA Branded Food Products Database. The USDA Branded Food Products Database is a free online resource for families, the food industry and researchers containing nutrition details on more than 80,000 name brand prepared and packaged foods available at restaurants and grocery stores. Pictured from left to right: Dagan Xavier, Label Insight; Pamela Starke-Reed, USDA; USDA Secretary, Tom Vilsack; Delia Murphy, ILSI North America; Ronak Sheth, Label Insight; Allison Kretser, ILSI North America. 

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Label Insight News

Label Insight Named as Top 100 Finalist for the 15th Annual Chicago Innovation Awards

Label Insight has been selected as one of the Top 100 Finalists for the 15th annual Chicago Innovation Awards. The awards celebrate the most innovative new products and services in the Chicago region across all organization sizes, sectors and industries. This year's winners were selected from a record-breaking 643 nominations, which were narrowed down by 13 judges down to 100 finalists. 1500 business and civic leaders will come together to honor the winners when they are announced on October 25th at Chicago's Harris Theater.

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Millennial Moms are Leading the Charge for Product Transparency

When we launched the 2016 Label Insight Transparency ROI Study in late August, the idea was to take a deep dive into consumer preferences for transparency and how it affects trust for and loyalty towards brands. What we learned is that brands have the opportunity to improve their bottom line just by providing product transparency - from increased brand loyalty, new market share and even brand worth. Here at Label Insight, we call this Transparency ROI.

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Transparency Leads to Increased Brand Loyalty and Perceived Brand Worth

We know that consumer demand for product transparency is on the rise, and brands that fulfill this demand by providing comprehensive product information are poised to gain favor with consumers. But what does product transparency really mean to consumers and how does it affect shopper behavior, trust and loyalty? And, can it actually influence market share and revenue?

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STUDY: Nearly Three-Fourths of Consumers Would Pay More for Products that Offer Complete Transparency

CHICAGO, Aug. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumer demand for product transparency is on the rise, and brands that fulfill this demand by providing comprehensive product information are poised to grow market share and revenue. In fact, Label Insight's2016 Transparency ROI Study reveals that nearly 9 in 10 consumers say transparency is important to them across every food product category, and 40 percent say they would switch to a new brand if it offered full product transparency.

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Meet the Team: Dan Lutger, Senior Design Manager

Welcome to Meet the Team, a monthly series that introduces you to the great talent and leadership at Label Insight. This month we’re excited to introduce our Senior Design Manager, Dan Lutger.  So Dan, tell me a little about how long you’ve been with the company and what your role entails. 

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DataBite: Bringing Home the Bacon

Bacon. It’s almost always on my shopping list, and I’m not the only one. In fact, 80.6% of American households used bacon in 2015 (Statista). As someone who owns a pig-shaped, cast iron bacon press, I was obviously excited to hear that Saturday, July 20th is Bacon Lovers’ Day. There’s just something great about waking up to the sizzling sound of bacon being fried. And whether you like your bacon in the morning with eggs, in the afternoon on a nice BLT sandwich, or maybe even for dessert on a maple-bacon cupcake, the world has created a bacon dish for you.

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DataBite: Transparency is Brewing in the Beer Industry

Many beer brewers are now going to voluntarily include a serving facts statement on their products. The new labels will still include alcohol by volume but will also now list calories, carbohydrates, protein, fat, and include a freshness date. They’ll also be disclosing ingredients in a full list on the label or on a website accessible via a scannable code on the packaging. This is a result of the Beer Institute’s Brewers’ Voluntary Disclosure Initiative announced in July.  Image via Bookfinch

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DataBite: GMO Labeling Law Signals Larger Transparency Demand

President Obama has signed the GMO labeling bill into a law. The mandatory disclosure of the use of GMO ingredients is the latest reaction to an ongoing consumer mandate for transparency from brands and manufacturers. Image via International Rice Research Institute

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Food Dive: SmartLabel's Role in GMO Labeling Compliance and Industry Transparency

GMO labeling is officially mandatory, and QR codes could become the new standard on the grocery aisle.

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