96% of people say they want to eat “healthy.” But, they’re actually baffled about what that really means.
My belief: food brands could fix the problem. This all comes from the personal: In 2011, I started a journey that’s maximized my diet and wellbeing. And now, I’m combining that learning with my marketing chops to help brands win at shelf and create consumer loyalty. Enjoy.

How Do I Create More Effective Nutrition Marketing?

Marketing Nutrition to Confused Consumers

Consumers are confused enough about nutrition. Don’t let your packaging make the problem worse. What’s my proof this is a huge problem? All I have to do is visit a food brand trade show. For instance, during my most recent trip to the 800-pound gorilla in the food trade show world, Natural Products Expo West, I saw the same product over and over, in every aisle, in every category. I call this product, “Huh?” Of course, it wasn’t one product — but it seemed that way, thanks to the fact that, while the vast majority of exhibitors have gotten [...]

Nutrition Marketing That Creates a Good Culture

You’ve made (or remade) a food to be better, you’ve set a mission with which few if any could argue. You’re on the shelf — how to you stave off the inevitable competition and keep from being one of a number of “good” options in your set? Do what the other guys won’t — go beyond helping people through your one line. And reap loyalty.

I’d forgotten about cottage cheese, but when I re-realized this stuff could fill some holes in my protein game, I went looking and found, in my shiny-happy Whole Foods, good culture (lower case intentional), a new, better, bright light. And I gobbled it up. good culture, while its lower case font wreaks havoc with my computer’s auto-correct, is really as the name says, “good.” Love the taste, the story, the peel off paper wrap that contains more info — pretty much everything. But since my thing is all about how food brands can increase loyalty by reducing food confusion, [...]

Nutrition Marketing That’s Less Evil in Every Way

There’s never been more competition in the “healthy snacking” space. That means, you need to be truly, honestly different — from your story to everything that backs it up. Lesser Evil has some lessons for you.

I LOVE Lesser Evil Paleo Puffs — especially the “No Cheese” Cheesiness variety. Apparently, lots of people feel good about every variety of the brand’s miraculous grain-free extrusions, since, whenever I arrive at what’s become my favorite Whole Foods facings, it looks as though some enormous, puff-loving creature has taken a swipe through the entire set. And the good goes so far beyond the stuff in the package. So pull open a bag and let’s dig in to everything that makes Lesser Evil so much less evil: Their story goes beyond what’s become trite (albeit true) and commoditized storytelling [...]

Nutrition Marketing That Gets by Giving

You should definitely use your brand to help people during natural disasters, and as Kraft demonstrates, during a prolonged government shutdown. These things are kind — and they result in consumer loyalty. But why wait? Make every day a way to give something MEANINGFUL to your consumers and see how much you get in return.

Skeptics will look at what Kraft is doing (and what I’m doing by writing about it) and say, “Oh, they’re just trying to get people to buy more of their products.” I say, “So what?” We’re all in the business of persuading consumers to buy our stuff, which means we’re all looking for opportunities to stand out. And thankfully, opportunities like this don’t come around every day. So while Kraft is putting itself out there to help an estimated 800,000 people/families affected by this government shutdown — and now, asking other brands to pitch in, what could this awful [...]

Nutrition Marketing with Heart and Soul

With all the competiton in the natural channel; with all the authentic brands getting gobbled up (and in many cases, ruined) by Big Food, it’s never been more important to make your consumers FEEL something. BeeFree gets that part, and other parts, right.

The folks at BeeFree reached out, asking if I’d like to try their products — what followed was a BIG box of their Warrior Mix and the offer of more. Could my miniscule blog help them? I don’t think they really cared — maybe they were simply being, as their name suggests, sweet. The story is authentic and human. Jennifer Wiese’s oldest son had just been diagnosed with Autism. And while these kids are said to be “on the spectrum,” I’d imagine Jennifer and her husband were too — on an emotional spectrum between disbelief and desperation. Jennifer decided [...]

Nutrition Marketing Without All the Suffering

If you want people to truly understand (and yes, love) your brand, find a unique story that creates an advocacy position for your consumer, connect that story to everything you do and suffer a whole lot less to succeed.

Let’s get a little boozy with Sufferfest, a line of beers that’s different because they’re “Celebrating Athletes.” Great line. First, it says exactly who the brand wants to be for. Secondly, it says it’s for athletes who are celebrating super hard workouts. So what’s Sufferfest doing really well? They know why they started this brand, and who they started it for. When you put your consumer at the center of the story, you make people feel special — people like that. They have specific reasons to believe. Their beer is “Crafted to remove gluten.” They likely know a lot [...]

Marketing Nutrition Needs a Strong Story at the Core

You have a passionate mission, super-clean ingredients and a diverse product portfolio. You need to wrangle all that into a cohesive, well-explained story or what’s the use?

I noticed something new — and in a way, old — yesterday at my Whole Foods. Core Bar from Core Foods. I’ve known this brand for years, but only for their Core Meal, which was for the longest time, the only brand sitting next to Perfect Bar. I wanted to know more about the story, so I grabbed a bar and started digging in. What I found was a combination of cool, curious and confusing. All adding up to a “C” for Core. First, what is the brand doing well, from a story perspective? They have a great name [...]

Nutrition Marketing That Uses Its Noodle

We eat way too many carbs and not enough of those carbs are made up up vegetables. Cece’s Noodle Company is helping to solve both those problems — how can your brand help further solve this issue?

Some put it at two-thirds, others say 70%. I’ll estimate the whole thing down and say, more than half of us are overweight or obese. End of story.Could brands like Cece’s Noodle Co., be the beginning of a new story. One in which we get our carbohydrate consumption under control? One that features people eating more vegetables, which offer a host of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, life-saving, waist shrinking properties?I sure hope so. Because I’ve been fat and it sucks. Now that I’m the fittest I’ve ever been, the two-part success I can point to is, getting my carbs balanced with my [...]

Taking the Junk out of Nutrition Marketing

Part of gaining loyalty for your food brand involves having a clear mission on behalf of your consumers — if part of that mission is helping people eat better, take a look at what SnackNation has done, and apply those lessons.

The mission of some food brands is laser-focused. Enter SnackNation, who states it very clearly: “We got started with this crazy idea of making healthy food more convenient than junk food, and we’ve been on an epic ride ever since.” Perfect, especially when so many offices feature the old, boring source of super-junky-junk food — vending machines. If you don’t already know, SnackNation curates healthier snack foods for a ton of brands they personally vet, boxes it all up and sends it to your office (or home). Simple. My office has been a subscriber for around a year and it’s great [...]

Nutrition Marketing That Makes the Truth Easy to Swallow

Your food brand has to decide between truth and spin, between helping people and only helping yourself — take a page out of The New Primal’s book if you’re deciding on the former rather than the latter.

There’s never been a better (or worse?) time for content. Anyone with a url or social media account, including me, can churn the stuff out. But ever since I met them at Expo West 2018, the guys at The New Primal have helped keep this wanna be wanting to help. They know I need to make a living, but they’ve engaged with my dumb little blog, never categorizing me as a guy trying to make a sale. What’s the point? It’s simple: their people-ness is the same as their brand — honest, helpful and just damned nice. Look at [...]