96% of people say they want to eat “healthy.” But, they’re actually baffled about what that really means.
People are confused when it comes to what to eat and why. So they bounce around from brand to brand and trend to trend. You will gain loyalty and get beyond impulse trial if you help them. And here’s where I come in. Yes, I’m a marketing guy with a full-service agency behind me (LRXD.com). Do I want you to hire me and us? Of course, and you should because we’re a bunch of brilliant, results-driven people. But instead of shouting, “choose me,” I’m gonna earn your trust by giving away everything I know about food marketing. So we can all win, starting with the people that need to win the most, your consumers.

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 [...]

Get Creative with Your Nutrition Brand Marketing and Enjoy Sweeter Success

Smart Sweets proves, getting creative and knowing your audience is the way to hearts (and pantries). What can you learn here, sugar?

Nutritious candy is a rising trend with the Whole Foodies. One of my personal favorites is Smart Sweets, a gummy bear, etc. brand with 85% less sugar than the normal stuff. Don’t worry kids — your Halloween candy is still safe. These snackable bags taste just like your favorite sweet treats, minus the sugar freak out. The brand was created by then-23-year-old Tara Bosch who experimented in her kitchen to cook up a candy that could satisfy her cravings without all the sugar. She and her brand may be young, but it’s this youth and innovation (plus some super-colorful [...]

Nutrition Marketing That Puts Some Skin in the Game

If you really, truly, passionately believe your food or beverage product offers a big benefit to people, go all in, take the consumer’s side in a big way. And watch interest grow into fervor.

I try to do double duty with these articles — be super respectful toward someone’s life’s blood while offering suggestions that might help their brand and yours. But this time, especially given Vital Proteins’ Collagen Peptides is a cow-based product, I might just step in it. Here goes. We’ve come a long way since “glucosamine.” You know, the stuff that was supposed to help our joints get some young back in ‘em. RIP old school, long live Collagen Peptides. New, better, sexy name and the promise of additional good stuff for hair, skin and nails — all kinds of [...]