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open data

Label Insight’s Open Data Initiative: What's been accomplished so far

Label Insight provides the largest available branded food composition database in the U.S., which has proven to be a trusted resource for over 37 universities, research institutions, trade associations and government agencies via the Open Data Initiative, which was launched in 2017. The initiative provides researchers with open access to granular food composition data not previously available to the research community. Researchers are granted the freedom to publish their findings based on Label Insight’s data without restriction. The database is updated daily, and contains information on more than 300,000 barcoded food and beverage items (representing >85% of all products sold in the US food supply over the past three years).  

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SmartLabel™

10 Questions to Ask SmartLabel™ Solution Providers

by Stephen Poppe and Brooke Bright. You’re ready to participate in SmartLabel™. Congrats! Now, all you need to do is select a partner to help make implementation easy and seamless. Sounds easy enough. But do you know which questions to ask to find the right fit for your brand? Don’t worry, Label Insight has you covered. Our first-to-market, fully automated SmartLabel solution -- LabelSync -- has helped many CPG brands go live with SmartLabel. We’ve rounded up our learnings and put together a handy guide to make sure you pick the right partner.

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industry news

Curated News from the week 10

Quite an interesting news week this last week.  We kick it off with an article talking about the challenges of executing a custom retail health and wellness program without experienced support - in this case across the ditch in the U.K.  We then jump in to a couple of articles related to A.I and the impact this technology is going to have on the shopping experience. We then wrap up the curated list with a marketing battle between Clif Bar and Kind Bar that had the team entertained throughout the week.  And then finish off the list with some of the new trends coming out of Expo West where we had a team collecting product images and product data.  It's interesting how each week has a slightly different flavor.     Have a good week.  enjoy.   Supermarket misleading shoppers on healthy food, say nutritionists - bbc.com.com  Products high in salt and saturated fats are being marketed as healthy by leading supermarkets, BBC Radio 5 Live Investigates has found. The British Dietetic Association said stores including Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsbury's were being "unhelpful" and "confusing" customers. The Royal Society for Public Health called for an independent supermarket regulator. Supermarkets said they were committed to "promoting healthy eating". (curated by @brookebright)    

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video

Video of the week: The 4 P's of Category Management

This week we had a team representing at the Category Management and Shopper Insights Conference in Las Vegas. It was an exciting conference with lots of talk of innovation and creative ideas about how to leverage technology across the category management process. It was great to be reminded, at the core, what a fundamental role Category Management plays in the growth of the industry.   “Strategic choices made by suppliers across the 4 P's will usually affect the 4 P's for the retailer," – Sue Nicholls, Category Management Knowledge Group The video below highlights the 4 P's of Category Management: Product, Placement, Price & Promo. Given all the exciting talk of technology and innovation at the conference among industry leaders, we thought it relevant to keep our feet firmly based in the fundamentals of the discipline. We also liked the fact that this video demonstrates how inherently collaborative the category management process needs to be. Hope you have a good end to your week.

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Retailer Solutions  |  health & wellness

Understanding a dietitian's impact on health & wellness programs across retailers

There is no surprise that consumers are demanding transparency more than ever. When a consumer walks into a grocery store, they want to be catered to. They want their shopping experience to be quick, effortless and, ultimately, applicable to them and their families. So long are the days of shopping for necessity and just picking up bread and butter. Now, it’s about ensuring that bread is Whole Grain or Gluten Free and that butter is Non GMO or Paleo.   "Having our dietitians collaborate with a retailer’s dietitians, we’ve noticed great success across multiple programs" Angie Kling, RD, LD, Manager, Food & Beverage Team Label Insight.   With so many diets and trends throughout the industry, it’s important that retailers, particularly the dietitians at the retailers, understand how to capture the interests of all their shoppers. We know that most retailers already have a health and wellness program in place, but ensuring it’s differentiated and personalized is one way retailers can stay on top of the trends while still meeting grocer’s demands.  

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Retailer Solutions  |  health & wellness

Retailer differentiation in 2019: a personal review of H&W

Outside of being so closely attached to product data in my role, about eight months ago, I relocated from St. Louis to Label Insight’s headquarters in Chicago. With it came a new set of regional retailers. I traded in Schnucks and Dierbergs for Mariano’s and Jewel, although I’ve still managed to locate my nearest Target for my extensive shopping trips that go far beyond the pantry. While I knew the demand for consumer transparency and retailer differentiation were both on the rise, I decided to dig into what 2019 and beyond held for some of my favorite retailers (and it wouldn't be a Label Insight blog post without a little data).

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Nutrition Fact Panel  |  Product Data Management

Growing New Nutrition Label Adoption

With the first quarter of 2019 coming to a close, we are less than one year away from the compliance date for large manufacturers to implement the revisions of the nutrition and supplement facts labels.  "Label Insight’s database showed 45,691 active products have adopted the new nutrition label on the packaging,"  Thea Bourianne, Label Insight Solutions Consultant, MBA, RD, LDN The changes to the nutrition facts panel is significant for a number of reasons, but most importantly, it increases the transparency and understanding of nutrients like calories and serving sizes. The new nutrition facts label (NFL) has an updated look with a larger font for calories to improve awareness and emphasis on the calories foods contain. 

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industry news

Curated News from the week 9

A lot of news came across our shared news channel this week.  And so we've curated some of the items we found most interesting below.  To start with there were two pieces of Amazon news that were intriguing. One was a re-statement of the announcement to close the Whole Foods small format stores, and the other was Amazon's launch of their own private label milk products.   Aside from that there's some continued news around challenges large brands are facing due to the disruption taking place due to transparency as well as an interesting announcement from Target about how they will offer up an online marketplace for suppliers to sell their products - interesting news considering Kroger and Microsoft's announcement last week about their foray in to Retail as a Service (RAAS).   Hope you all have an excellent week.  enjoy.   Whole Foods to re-brand existing 365 stores - grocerydive.com  Amazon owned-Whole Foods has announced plans to re-brand all existing Whole Foods 365 stores as regular Whole Foods stores before the end of the year.  Whole Foods will discontinue its 365 small-format stores. Since Amazon took over the banner in 2017, nine 365 stores have opened and enthusiasm for the format has waned. Some stores that were intended to open as 365 locations have opened as standard Whole Foods stores instead, Yahoo reported. (curated by @nicolemeyerson)    

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video

Video of the week: Spaghetti and the Explosion of SKUs

I loved this new video.  Malcolm Gladwell brings his engaging story telling to the story of customer preference clustering 1.0 which took place in the food industry several decades ago and gave rise to the explosion of SKU's across every category that we now see today.  A must view for anyone who has a curious mind.   “There's no perfect Pepsi, only perfect Pepsi's " Howard Moskowitz This story highlighted how clustering of early customer preferences lead to a revolution in how we as an industry sold and marketed products.  We, at Label Insight, believe we're experiencing the beginnings of a new type of revolution led by  clustering 2.0 that will take place in relation to the new attribute driven market.  Good video and exciting times.

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NPI  |  data bite  |  pet food

DataBite: What’s trending? Food, pets and household cleaners get some fresh ingredients

Sales data powered by Nielsen Product Insider   Americans are all about the superfoods. And not only have we added these ingredients into our diets, we’ve found multiple ways to incorporate them in other parts of our lives.   We’re well underway into 2019, but we took a moment to look back at the overall trends of 2018 so we can see what may dominate store shelves this year. Americans are cramming in all the health they can into each high-protein bite, meal-prepped lunch, or diet fad du jour. In fact, they’re also taking some of these foods and cleaning with it, and sharing the love with their pets, too.

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