Six key label colors and their meaning

Green is the new gold standard for health conscious consumers. According to a recent Cornell University research study, consumers tended to think that a candy bar with a calorie label printed in green is healthier than one with red or white labels – even if the number of calories is identical. The green color on the label was particularly influential among consumers who are focused on eating well as part of a healthy lifestyle.

For food companies with better-for-you products, the color green can be used to attract, create predisposition and generate buying intent among the growing segment of health conscious consumers.

Packaging for the Health Conscious Shopper

More consumers than ever are concerned about eating healthy and the nutrition in foods they are purchasing. However, the way these individuals view healthy eating and read nutrition labels is making a shift. New data shows consumers are now placing more emphasis on overall health as opposed to just simple weight loss.

In a recent study by Mintel, 90% of US consumers agreed with the statement “living a healthy life is all about moderation”, outranking all other statements regarding attitudes toward health and weight. Also, only 6% of consumers said they adhere to a strict diet plan, while 42% say they strive for balance in their diet.

These individuals are drawn to packaging with more positive messages such as “High Protein” or “High Fiber”, and straying from negative sounding messages such as “Low-Carbs”, “Low-Fat” and “Low-Sodium”, which consumers also associate with “Low-Taste”. Read Full Article