I’ve been sharing data from a recent IBM survey, which reveals Americans are increasingly concerned about food safety, and they’ve changed the way they shop at their local grocery stores.
Researchers also found:
- 77% of consumers want more information about the content of the food they buy.
- 76% are interested in foods’ origins.
- 74% seek more data on how food products are grown, processed and manufactured.
- Consumers now spend more time reading food labels to analyze ingredients, and they’re questioning supermarkets and manufacturers about product details.
- More are checking foods’ expiration dates and doing “background checks” on specific brands.
- As younger, Internet-savvy Americans become primary grocery purchasers, they will demand more information about the food they buy.
- Despite industry efforts to share these details, there’s still a significant gap between consumer expectations and the information that retailers and manufacturers provide.
Chalk all of this up to a failing food industry, which is responsible for 76 million cases of foodborne illness each year, with 5,000 deaths. Can you think of a better reason to switch to natural and organic food?