Skip to main content

Consumer acceptability and understanding of front‐of‐pack nutrition labels

Buy Article:

$51.00 plus tax (Refund Policy)

Abstract:

Abstract
Background

Front‐of‐pack (FOP) nutrition labelling has been proposed as a tool for helping consumers make healthy choices. Before determining its effects on consumer behaviour, factors involved in its use must be elucidated, i.e. understanding and acceptability on the part of the consumer. Among five FOP labels, we sought to determine which formats were most easily understood and accepted by a large sample of adults.
Methods

Among 39 370 adults who participated in the French Nutrinet‐Santé cohort study, understanding and indicators of acceptability (attitude, liking, visual attractiveness and perceived cognitive workload) were measured for five FOP labels: The currently used ‘multiple traffic lights’ (MTL) and ‘simple traffic lights’ (STL), and the ‘colour range’ logo (CR), the ‘green tick’ and the PNNS logo. We investigated the contribution of the different elements to consumer perception of FOP labels using multiple correspondence analyses.
Results

Over half of the sample population showed a high level of understanding and perceived no discomfort in terms of the different logos. Label formats were positioned along an acceptability gradient ranging from acceptance to rejection, consisting of ‘liking’, ‘attractiveness’ and indicators of perceived cognitive workload. MTL was significantly more often liked and was viewed as reliable and informative. MTL, STL and the green tick performed better than the CR and PNNS logos in terms of ease of identification and comprehension. CR was clearly the least appreciated and it had the most complex format.
Conclusions

Consumers prefer FOP labels which give complete, reliable and simplified information on the nutrient quality of foods.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jhn.12039

Publication date: October 1, 2013

bsc/jhnd/2013/00000026/00000005/art00012
dcterms_title,dcterms_description,pub_keyword
6
5
20
40
5

Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more