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Adoption of voluntary front of package nutrition schemes in UK food innovations

D.J. Van Camp (Department of Food Marketing, Saint Joseph's University, Philadlephia, Pennsylvania, USA)
N.H. Hooker (Department of Food Marketing, Saint Joseph's University, Philadlephia, Pennsylvania, USA)
D.M. Souza‐Monteiro (Kent Business School, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK)

British Food Journal

ISSN: 0007-070X

Article publication date: 15 June 2010

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to determine the response of manufacturers and retailers to voluntary UK front of package (FOP) schemes through food product innovations.

Design/methodology/approach

A food innovation database (Global New Products Database) was used to track all food products released in the UK from January 1, 2002 to December 31, 2008. Meal, bakery and breakfast cereal products were classified into two groups, according to whether the food category was targeted by the Food Standard Agency (FSA) for FOP labelling. Analysis includes descriptive statistics and cross‐tabulations of factors such as product category, type of FOP scheme, company, and year.

Findings

Private label brands dominate food innovations in the UK. The use of FOP labels is selective among companies and across food categories. Guideline daily allowance (GDA) labelling is more widely adopted than the traffic light labelling system (TLS). Both systems have been more broadly adopted in target food categories when compared to non‐target food categories.

Research limitations/implications

The database used to conduct this research provides detailed data on food product innovations released in the UK. However, this is not linked to sales data and therefore cannot be used to analyse changes in consumption due to FOP labelling systems. Nevertheless, the response of food manufacturers and retailers in their innovation strategies is a critical piece to understanding how voluntary labelling polices may impact public health.

Originality/value

The paper presents evidence of dynamics of supply‐side responses to increasing consumer demand for healthier foods.

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Citation

Van Camp, D.J., Hooker, N.H. and Souza‐Monteiro, D.M. (2010), "Adoption of voluntary front of package nutrition schemes in UK food innovations", British Food Journal, Vol. 112 No. 6, pp. 580-591. https://doi.org/10.1108/00070701011052673

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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