Increase Visibility of Your Private Label Lines in the USDA Branded Foods Database to Strengthen Nutrition Research and Public Policy
With owned brands offering value to retailers and consumers alike, RDBA has recently highlighted opportunities for retail RDs to promote private label in their healthy living programs, events and services. Another option to bring heightened visibility to owned brands is participation in the USDA Global Branded Food Products Database (GBFPD) – a publicly available database used for research and policy purposes by government, academic researchers, health professionals, and the food industry.
The retail dietitian role continues to evolve, making it an interesting and varied career path. As I talk to individual RDs, I’m amazed at the opportunities (and challenges, if I’m being honest) that emerge. Recently, three retail RDs have gotten involved with acquisitions by their companies, and I had the opportunity to connect with them on the dietitian’s role in these moves.
Meal planning services are one of the many reasons customers seek out the help of a dietitian. Although this task can be time-consuming for dietitians, creating meal plans that are tailored to each unique customer’s needs can greatly increase their overall success with their nutrition goals and satisfaction with your retailer’s nutrition services.
For the past 20 years, nutrition researchers have found that strawberries may reduce the risk of a heart attack and stroke in women, reduce total and LDL (the bad) cholesterol, and improve blood pressure. Now, a new study builds on that research by demonstrating that the equivalent of one cup of berries reduced total and LDL cholesterol in overweight and obese men and women.
Millennials were born between 1981 and 1996 and are now aged 26 to 41. In numbers, they are a close second to the baby boomers – with approximately 72 million millennials here in America. A powerful food consumer. According to a report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in February of this year, millennial households are buying more unprocessed foods, like fruits and vegetables, rather than processed foods such as pasta and chips.