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Changes in Beverage Availability and Targeted Marketing Associated with the Philadelphia Beverage Tax

The goal of this study is to provide much needed scientific evidence about whether the Philadelphia beverage tax is associate with changes in beverage availability and targeted marketing, with a focus on drinks commonly consumed by children ages 0-5 and Black and Latinx households with young children. Specific aims include: (1) Compare changes in retail More

Date: April 2021

Resource Type: Grant Summary

Focus Areas: Beverages Early Childhood Food Marketing Food Retail

Supermarkets in Cyberspace: Assessing Online Food Retail Marketing Practices

The goals of this research are to: 1) refine a conceptual framework for the hypothesized influence of the online food retail environment on food choices and 2) conduct a mixed-methods content analysis of the leading online food retail platforms. Related to the first goal, the research team will refine the conceptual model by conducting key More

Date: April 2019

Resource Type: Commissioned Research Project Summary

Focus Areas: Food Marketing Food Retail

Identifying the effect of shelf nutrition labels on consumer purchases: results of a natural experiment and consumer survey

Shelf nutrition labels provide summary information on the overall nutritional quality of a food product. They provide cues to shoppers and may be effective in promoting healthy food choices at the point of purchase. The objective of this study was to explore the impact of NuVal Labels, a shelf nutrition label that rates the nutritional More

Date: April 2018

Resource Type: Journal Article

Focus Areas: Food Marketing Food Retail

Analyzing Supermarket Retailers’ Motivators for and Barriers to Promoting Healthy Products

This study aims to analyze supermarket retail practices and identify retailers’ motivators for and barriers to promoting healthy products. The research team will engage in semi-structured and qualitative interviews with 16-20 supermarket managers (or key decision-makers), at least 10 of which will be in New York City and 6 in rural areas in New York More

Date: March 2016

Resource Type: Commissioned Research Project Summary

Focus Areas: Food Marketing Food Retail

Minimum Stocking Levels and Marketing Strategies of Healthful Foods for Small Retail Food Stores

The healthfulness of foods and beverages found in retail food stores differs widely across the United States, both by location of the store as well as by store type. Some communities have limited access to stores that carry healthful staple foods such as fruits and vegetables, whole grain-rich foods, and low-fat dairy products, and these More

Date: February 2016

Resource Type: Expert Panel Report

Focus Areas: Food Access Food Marketing Food Retail

Analyzing the Associations between Price Promotions and Health Claims on the Nutrient Profile of Food Purchases

Despite substantial literature on how to improve the food environment for children, there has been little work examining how price promotions, nutrient-related claims, and their interactions might be associated with the nutrient profile of food purchases, particularly for lower-income and racial/ethnic minority populations. This study will address these gaps using 2008-2012 data for a demographically More

Understanding Current Trends, Policy Opportunities, and Legal Limits of Using Pharmacies to Promote Healthy Food Retail

This project will use legal and policy analysis to understand how the presence of pharmacies in food retail settings could be used to improve the availability and marketing of healthy foods and beverages in these outlets. Analysis will focus on current trends, legal limits, and policy opportunities to support healthy retail, and will be used More

Date: July 2015

Resource Type: Commissioned Research Project Summary

Focus Areas: Food Marketing Food Retail

Shopper Response to Front-of-Package Nutrition Labeling Programs: Potential Consumer and Retail Store Benefits

Many front-of-package (FOP) nutrition labeling systems have been developed by food retailers and manufactures to help consumers identify more healthful options at the point of purchase. This paper examines how two alternative FOP nutrition labeling systems – reductive and evaluative – affect shoppers’ product evaluations, choices, and retailer evaluations. Reductive FOP systems extract a reduced More

Date: March 2014

Resource Type: Journal Article

Focus Areas: Food Marketing Food Retail

Lessons Learned from Small Store Programs to Increase Healthy Food Access

This paper presents the experiences and lessons learned from small food store interventions in four U.S. cities – Baltimore, Md.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Burlington, N.C.; and Philadelphia, Pa. Experiences from these four communities indicate that small store interventions face a variety of challenges that impact feasibility, acceptability, and long-term success. Particularly challenging issues included: understanding and More

Date: March 2014

Resource Type: Journal Article

Focus Areas: Food Access Food Marketing Food Retail

Community-Based Interventions in Prepared-Food Sources: A Systematic Review

Foods purchased from prepared food sources (ready-to-eat foods that can be eaten outside the home or brought back or delivered to the home to eat) are now a major part of the American diet and are linked to increased rates of overweight and chronic disease. Prepared food sources may be an important venue for obesity-prevention More

Date: October 2013

Resource Type: Journal Article

Focus Areas: Food Access Food Marketing Food Retail