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Int Food Agribus Manag Rev 2014;17(A):7-23

Simulating the Potential Effects of a Shelf-Tag Nutrition Information Program and Pricing on Diet Quality Associated with Ready-to-Eat Cereals

Lin BH, Guthrie J, Rahkovsky I, Lin CT, Lee JY


Previous research has shown that the Guiding Stars Program (TM) (GSP), a shelf-tag nutrition information system used in some supermarkets in the United States (US), increases consumer demand for ready-to-eat (RTE) breakfast cereals that the program considers more nutritious. Further, consumer demand for cereals is found to respond to price. Here we simulate potential changes in RTE cereal consumption predicted by estimated demand if a GSP or a 10% price manipulation were in effect nationwide in the US, and measure the impact on intakes of whole grains, added sugars, sodium, and calories. We find small effects for the GSP and somewhat larger ones for a 10% price intervention.

Category: Journal Article
Includes FDA Authors from Scientific Area(s): Food
Entry Created: 2014-03-30