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Walmart marks healthy options with its own “Great for you” icon

February 16, 2012

Punchline: Walmart moms want to buy healthier foods for their families, but are over-whelmed by nutrition labels and options. To simplify the buying process and promote healthier eating, Walmart has made a “Great for you” icon for its healthy products.

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Excerpted from brandchannel.com, “Walmart’s “Great for You” Icon Promotes Healthier Food Choices

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A year after pledging to develop a front-of-pack label that would give its customers an easier way to identify healthier food, and a month after a public commitment with First Lady Michelle Obama to putting nutrition front and center in its stores, Walmart, the nation’s largest food retailer this week unveiled a “Great For You” icon to create a visual system to educate customers ..

Walmart says it will adapt to whatever the FDA’s regulations are whenever that list actually is produced, but will for now add the icon to products with lower levels of fat, sugar, and artificial additives. Plus, the seal will appear on signage in the fruits and vegetable section of its grocery area.

“It helps customers see very, very quickly what healthier choices are for them,” stated Andrea Thomas, SVP of sustainability for Wal-Mart Stores …

“Walmart moms are telling us they want to make healthier choices for their families, but need help deciphering all the claims and information already displayed on products,” said Andrea Thomas, senior vice president of sustainability at Walmart. “Our ‘Great For You’ icon provides customers with an easy way to quickly identify healthier food choices. As they continue to balance busy schedules and tight budgets, this simple tool encourages families to have a healthier diet” …

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Quick: How much tea do Americans drink?

January 12, 2012

No, it’s not a case interview question, but it could be. 

Answer: In 2010, 3 billion gallons of tea was consumed by 154 million folks in the U.S.  That’s about half of the U.S. population drinking a bit under a half-gallon per week per drinker..

Some other factoids from the Tea Association of the USA:

  • tIn 2010, the US imported more tea than the UK
  • Southerners and Northeasterners are the most likely tea drinkers.
  • The split is about 80-20 between black and green tea.
  • The split is about 85-15 between iced and hot.
  • So-called herbal teas aren’t really teas … they’re leaves, roots, bark and/or flowers.

Recent reports have touted tea’s health benefits, especially cardiac health:

“People who drink more tea do appear to have less risk of heart disease, and for those who have developed some cardiac event like a heart attack, those who are tea drinkers seem to have a lower incidence of a second event.”

Researchers suspect that natural components in tea, particularly a class of polyphenol antioxidants known as flavonoids, are responsible for tea’s health benefits

How much tea is needed for good health?

Researchers say 3 to 5  cups per day  is where you start to see benefits.

Tips for maximum health benefits:

  • Ready-to-drink and instant teas are diluted, so you’re not getting as strong a dose of flavonoids as you would from a cup of freshly brewed hot tea,.
  • For optimum flavonoids, drink tea soon after it’s brewed.
  • When you add sugar or buy it sweetened, you turn a zero-calorie beverage that’s great for hydrating the body and has half the caffeine of coffee into a drink loaded calories.

Excerpted from USAtoday.com, “Reading the tea leaves is easy: A brew can be beneficial

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