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Transparency  |  industry news

What happens when female-led companies label their products ‘women-owned’?

Label Insight contributes data to articles often, sourced from our platform of more than 22,000 high-order attributes per product across food & beverage, household products, and pet. We're proud to have given a nugget of data to fuel the below Market Watch story, operated by Dow Jones, about businesses leveraging the on-package claim that they're women-owned.

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Curated News from the week 8

We start this weeks curated list of news with a poignant comment on a post that was produced a while back.  The idea of potentially inverting the category decision tree as a response to an attribute driven market is something we've talked alot about and so it was great to see Stephanie Halley,  a senior Category Advisor for Mars Chocolate North America talking the same language.   Aside from that, there was some news about the future of meat, and the future of scanning for allergies and another development in the Kroger and Microsoft partnership.  We wrap up this last weeks curated list with a study about the impact the "women owned" attribute is having on female-led companies - we provided data for this exciting peice. Have a productive week.    Product Attributes become key to unlocking growth - bricksmeetsclicks.com  a comment on the article: "We are also realizing that laying out a particular category’s aisle based on the purchase decision tree (backward looking as the aisle is laid out today) isn’t putting enough pressure upstream in major CPGs to innovate against shopper NEEDS— occasion based shopping. To effectively meet future consumer demand, we need to innovate and shelve products based on how people use the product. This is the way of the future to be a thought leader with retailers." (curated by @antonxavier)    

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Video of the week: Kroger & Microsoft new shelf tags

I previously posted a video on the new Kroger shelf tags here.  The previous post was an "early impressions" video with some consumer interviews.  This latest video comes from Geekwire via a forbes article and is a deeper dive in to the potential of the technology based on recent showing at NRF's Big Show 2019.   “So, wait, you mean you can help me locate the groceries I want to buy with personalized signals of where they are on a shelf as I walk by?” some asked The emphasis in this silent video (i spent 20 minutes trying to fix the audio on my computer before realizing it's silent) is on the potential to interact with consumers in personalized ways and to deliver personalized information.  Tieing together the shelf experience, with your personal hand held device and /or a shopping scanner also helps to bring the online and in-store experience together as well.  We're very excited to see how this will evolve the shopping experience going forward.

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Curated News from the week 6

A busy week of curated news came flooding in this last week, with much of the following news posted on Monday.  A lot of regulatory news this week, with announcements from the FDA as well as content relating to sulfates in cosmetics. Some interesting news in the e-commerce space, with a large funding, some news about e-commerce growth. The news week finished up with an article about Kroger and Microsoft partnering around exciting new shelf tag technology, and then an opinion piece relating to the role of advertising in CPG and retailer relations.   The year is starting to warm up!!  Have a great week everyone.    FDA targets illegally marketed dietary supplements  - cnn.com  The US Food and Drug Administration is taking new action against dietary supplements, sending warning letters to companies who claim, without proof, that their products can prevent or treat Alzheimer's, diabetes and cancer, the agency announced Monday.  The FDA vowed to update its policies on dietary supplements, promising "one of the most significant modernization's of dietary supplement regulation and oversight in more than 25 years," according to a statement by FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb. (curated by @elizabethvitale)   

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Curated News from the week 5

An interesting week of curated news from the Label Insight team, with news coming out of Nestle about major steps they are taking towards transparency, coverage of the Super Bowl Corn Syrup debacle, to an intereting personalized nutrition acquisition around personalized microbiome.  There's never a dull week in the food industry.    Enjoy your week.    Nestle speeds up efforts towards full supply chain transparency - nestle.com Nestlé today announced that it would disclose the list of suppliers alongside a variety of data of its 15 priority commodities, the first disclosure of its kind in the industry. This will accelerate the company's journey to reach full supply chain transparency. These commodities cover 95 percent of the company’s annual sourcing of raw materials. (curated by @theabourianne)

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Video of the week: Building Consumer Trust through Transparency, Compliance and Sustainability

The following video comes from Graph Connect Europe conference - an annual conference drawing connected data experts and enthusiasts alike.  This particular video is by Transparency-One, an enterprise software company for the retail and consumer packaged goods industry that has built the first B2B social network for supply chain transparency on ingredients, companies and certificates. Transparency-One uses Neo4J to allow its customers to increase consumer trust through mapping, searching and analyzing complex supply chains. "We're trying to address the average $10,000,000 per incident in product recalls"  Julian D, Transparency-One At Label Insight we find the future of supply chain management fascinating, with such technologies as Block chain and Market Networks (such as Neo4J) positioning for a very exciting and more transparent future.      

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Video of the week: Transparency gone mainstream?

Is there any better measure of the mainstream zeitgeist than the content of the Super Bowl ads? This year the ads were specifically telling about the importance of transparency in our industry (and probably the more entertaining part of the day!).  The following three commercials represented brands choosing to spend $5-10M for a spot to talk about ingredients. It seems clear that this represents the need for transparency and the pressure companies are feeling to provide consumers with more information, even leveraging transparency as a point of differentiation – and not so subtly, sometimes! Enjoy.

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NPI  |  Trends & Research

What are the best diets to follow in 2019?

Sales data and visuals powered by Nielsen Product Insider The New Year serves as an opportunity to reset and realign against a set of new goals. A 2018 Health Shopper Survey from Nielsen states that 37% of consumers are following a specific diet - up from 35% in 2017 and 29% in 2016. Now more than ever, Americans are resolving to prioritize and become more invested in their health and wellness in the New Year, including but not limited to revamping daily eating regimens.

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Curated News from the week

Each week at Label Insight several articles are curated from around the internet and shared on our internal communications channel with the aim of keeping us all up to date.  This channel has grown organically, and is now a valuable resource for the company.  We're reproducing the most "liked" articles here for wider consumption. 

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Video of the week: Kroger Digital Shelves

An interesting video came across the wire today from Chris Medenwald of Fieldagent.net showing the Kroger trial of digital shelf tags in a couple of stores.  The shelf tags are a collaboration between Kroger and Microsoft and the video explores the implementation and consumer reactions to the shelf tags.  "I like them a lot, they're really clean looking, vibrant and colorful" Customer reaction We have to say they look interesting and obviously the opportunity for engagement opportunities are limitless.  We at Label Insight are pretty excited about them.    

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