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.

Marketing Nutrition That Makes “Superfood” the Brand Hero

Superfood. It’s a word that catches your attention. As consumers, we like things that promise to be super. Super easy. Super affordable. Super healthy. But decades of quick-fixes and fad diets have taught us to be wary of too-good-to-be-true claims. So slapping a buzzword on your product simply isn’t enough. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s all about education. When you think “superfood” you might think, Sure, goji berries and kale. But what does the term actually mean? According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a superfood is “a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial [...]

A Nutrition Marketing Story That’s a Damn Good Catch

“Fish story,” in case you’re one of the four people who don’t know, is a euphemism for stretching the truth. I guess because fisher people are famous for enthusiastically overestimating the size of their catches. And while I’ve never caught a fish of any length, I can spot the branding equivalent of a fish story a nautical mile away. This brings me to Good Catch, a company striving to create and market a line of plant-based foods that look and taste like seafood. Should you follow their example, or swim the other direction? Follow. Really, seriously follow. These guys [...]

Nutrition Marketing That Wins by Zagging

Plant-based foods are all the rage — especially burgers. Why? Because everyone loves a burger, and vegetarians and vegans feel super left out when all their buddies are mowing away while the plant eaters are relegated to, what, a salad? Double burger without the burger? And the plant-based burger was born. And what’s the holy grail of the plant-based burger? You got it, the plant-based burger that’s just like a beef burger! Enter Good Seed Burgers. They’re apparently pretty good — but a look at their store locator says, they’re pretty darn small. Why? Maybe they don’t really truly [...]

Nutrition Marketing That Reduces Food Fear

You’ve seen the obesity statistics, right? It’s staggering — like I just drank a whole bottle of vodka for breakfast, staggering. Based on that, you’d think my entire notion of people being afraid of food would be, poppycock. But according to her article, which used the advent of sugar-free diets to make a larger point, The Conversation’s Tara Leong insists we are indeed afraid of food, mainly because diets are, “…restrictive, with lists of ‘allowed’ foods (such as whole grains, blueberries and grapefruits) and ‘not allowed’ foods (such as white bread, bananas and raisins). This inadvertently promotes a diet [...]

Nutrition Marketing for a Supercharged Demo

Yes, the number one rule of marketing any food brand should be: Get it in people’s mouths. But with so many new brands, with new claims and new miracle ingredients, I’d argue, when you get someone to taste your product, you’re only taking the first bite out of the overall problem. And that problem is, people are more confused than ever about what to eat. So let’s look at some ways to make the lowly demo demonstrate a greater ROI. Why? The demo is the near-perfect time to make a personal impression on a potential consumer It’s also a [...]

Nutrition Marketing That Wins Hearts Through Minds

“I know enough to be dangerous.” When it comes to today’s food consumers, truer words were never spoken. Here are a few things they “know.” Organic is automatically good, even if it’s from a country with questionable organic standards Any new ingredient (i.e. adaptogens) called out on the front of a package is good — got to have that Some ingredients, buried on the back panel — specifically for this story — guar, locust bean and other “gums” are weird and bad, causing certain brands to get extra credit by saying, we don’t use those nasty gums All of [...]

Six Nutrition Marketing Steps to Help You Get Full Price

Yeah, I know, you have to go on sale from time to time — retailers like to show value to their customers and guess who pays that freight? Yes, your brand. But this story isn’t about how not to go on deal, it’s about how to keep velocities high when your competition’s price gets slashed. Here are my six tips for getting what you’re worth, even when the other guy is on deal, working backwards from the shelf: One — Dissect the competition’s packaging: Find the gaps where those other brands are blowing it by consumers — then go [...]

What does IRI’s New Product Pacesetters Tell us About Nutrition Marketing?

According to IRI, these ten products fared best in 2017 (there’s a separate list for convenience, but I’m sticking with MULO (moo-low), or Multi Outlet sales. First let’s look at the winners: 2017 New Product Pacesetters: Top 10 new food and beverage launches (MULO) Halo Top: $324.2m GOOD THiNS: $87.0m Dunkin' Donuts Iced Coffee: $67.1m Nestlé Splash: $55.2m LIFEWTR: $50.4m SMARTMADE by Smart Ones: $49.3m HERSHEY'S Cookie Layer Crunch: $47.7m Hillshire Snacking: $47.5m Well Yes!: $47.3m Cracker Barrel Macaroni & Cheese: $46.6m What do all these hot brands have in common? There’s nothing weird — no bone broth, collagen [...]

Better Nutrition Marketing by Meeting Consumers Where They Are

There’s a lot of “blow it by them” happening in food marketing these days. For instance, at Expo West, I saw so many brands touting a single ingredient as if that was enough to get people to buy: Now with Adaptogens Now with Collagen protein Now with Turmeric Now with, “Huh?” I mean, we all know consumers get hooked by the latest buzz-ingredient — and it’s easy to just slap that magic whatever on the label and call it a day. But according to this article by FoodNavigator-USA Editor, Elaine Watson​​, there’s a better way to connect with consumers. [...]

Want Better Nutrition Marketing? Copy.

Every new brand, and every brand that decides it’s time for a rebrand starts with a case of writer’s block — staring at a nearly blank page, with only three unhelpful words at the top: Who are we? But why deal with the frustrating struggle to find originality when you can ask a different question: Who else is like us? It’s true; it’s incredibly valuable to compare yourself to brands that have already done the hard work and heavy lifting of becoming great at what they are. Why? •You’ll instantly gain insights as to what your tone could be [...]