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.

A Nutrition Marketing Story That’s a Damn Good Catch

Even if you don’t have a disruptive food product, Good Catch is a great example of how to get on message, educate confused eaters and cast the widest possible consumer net.

“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

Your brand has so many competitors — but you can beat them all by finding a point of difference that leads to a story that leads to repetition and differentiation.

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 [...]

Better Nutrition Marketing Through Puffed-Up Passion

Your amazingly innovative food brand needs more than great taste — find either a point of passion that connects to the founder, a foil to roil against — or both. And open more doors, minds and mouths.

Oh man, do I love a puff. That light, airy, barely-there texture is something I’ve always been willing to dive head first into. Preferred the puffy Cheetos to the crunchier version. Never minded the cheese fingers. And now, really hate the fact, the vast majority of these magic pillows of flavor are made with corn. And that hate offers up one of two possible story lines for a new brand I’m really excited to jam into my gob. It’s Spudsy, a yet-to-be-launched, better-than-ever puff made primarily of sweet potatoes. If you visit the site, you’ll find a nice, albeit [...]

Using Netflix to Help Market Your Nutrition Brand

How the Many Food Shows of Netflix Can Inform How Your Brand Should Talk to Consumers

Ah, Netflix. Home of day-long TV binges, forgotten blockbusters, countless hours of my life and now, a sneaky amount of delicious food porn. From baking competitions to travel programs to gourmet docu-series, your favorite streaming service has quietly become a titan of food-related entertainment. The people at Netflix have obviously seen the interest confused consumers have in learning about what they eat and are capitalizing on that interest, one show at a time. So, why can’t we, as marketers, use this information to our advantage as well? Now that we know what people are watching, let’s take a look [...]

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Nutrition Marketing That Wins Through Partnerships

Teaming up with a well known lifestyle brand that endorses your food brand gives you an immediate leg up on the competition.

I credit CrossFit (the high intensity workout methodology for those living under rocks) with being the impetus for changing me from a dad bod, nutrition aimless, appropriately aging guy — in other words, I could have dropped dead at any minute. So when my sport aligns itself with a food brand, guess how I’ll feel about that brand — you got it, pretty damn hungry for that brand. And that’s what CrossFit has done. According to Food Dive author Patti Zarling, “Exercise giant CrossFit has teamed with meat company Strauss Food to market a selection of grass-fed beef and [...]

Nutrition Marketing That Reduces Food Fear

Reassure your consumers that ALL food is beneficial, or your brand could be the next to be avoided.

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

Instead of just handing out samples, figure out what’s confusing your potential consumers at your demos — you’ll start winning loyalty right then and there.

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

Consumers hear and know enough to make them skeptical about everything. But a little explanation turns that skepticism into love.

“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

Help consumers see a relatable difference between you and the guys sitting next to you, and get in the cart even when you’re not on deal

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?

Thinking about innovating your product portfolio? Take a lesson from the top sellers from 2017.

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 [...]