Point-of-Purchase Food Labeling Systems

Point-of-Purchase Food Labeling Systems

Listed below are the most frequently seen point-of-purchase shelf-tag labeling and front-of-pack food labels designed to aid consumers in making healthy food choices.

Name Web Site Nutrients to Encourage Food Groups to Encourage Nutrients to Limit Threshold or Scoring System? Grocery Retail Locations*
Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (ANDI) www.eatrightamerica.com Calcium, Beta Carotene, Alpha Carotene, Lutein & Zeaxanthin, Lycopene, Fiber, Folate, Glucosinolates, Iron, Magnesium, Niacin, Selenium, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Zinc, ORAC N/A N/A Scoring Whole Foods
AHA Heart Check www.americanheart.org Vitamins C and A, protein, fiber, Ca, Fe Whole grains, fiber, oat-soluble fiber (for specific symbols) Fat, saturated or transfats, cholesterol, sodium Threshold Food labels
Guideline Daily Amounts Various company web sites None None Calories, sugars, fat, saturated fat, salt Threshold Food labels
Guiding Stars® www.guidingstars.com Vitamins, minerals, fiber Whole grains Trans or saturated fats, cholesterol, added sugars, added sodium Scoring Hannaford, Food Lion, Kings Super Market, Bloom, Sweetbay
Healthy Ideas www.giantfood.com
www.stopandshop.com
Vitamins A and C, Fe, Ca, protein, fiber Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free / low-fat milk products, lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, nuts Saturated or transfats, cholesterol, sodium, added sugars Scoring Giant, Stop & Shop
Nutrition Keys www.gmaonline.org
www.fmi.org
Potassium, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, calcium, iron, protein N/A Calories, saturated fat, sodium and sugar Threshold Members of Grocery Manufacturers Association and Food Marketing Institute
NuVal™ www.nuval.com Fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, D, E, B-12, and B-6, n-3 PUFA, bioflavonoids, carotenoids, K, Ca, Zn, Mg, Fe, protein; Protein, carbohydrate, fat quality N/A Saturated or transfats, sodium, sugar, cholesterol Scoring Big Y, Brookshire’s, Coborn’s, Festival Foods, Food City, Hy-Vee, Market Street, Meijer, Price Chopper, Super 1 Foods, United Supermarkets
Nutrition IQ www.nutritioniq.com Fiber, Ca, protein Whole grains Sodium, saturated fat, calories Scoring Albertson’s, Acme, Cub, Farm Fresh
Simple Nutrition www.safeway.com Fiber, calcium, vitamins A and C, iron, antioxidants, potassium, folate, protein Fruits, vegetables, 100% juice, whole grains Fat, saturated and trans fats, sodium, sugar, cholesterol Threshold Carrs, Genuardi's, Safeway, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Vons
Whole Grain Stamp www.wholegrainscouncil.org Fiber Whole grains None Threshold Food labels

* Some systems are also used in food service settings. For other settings and the latest updates to locations, see the Web sites.

Cheryl Toner, MS, RD, is the Owner of CDT Consulting, LLC, which provides communications and food policy services to food-related organizations. She is also a Fellow of the National Cancer Institute.