Trusting in Food

By Sullivan Higdon & Sink, Special for  USDR

Only one third of consumers think the agriculture community and food companies are transparent, according to new research from Sullivan Higdon & Sink (SHS) FoodThink. The research appears  in”

“Food marketers should know that consumer perceptions of transparency in the food industry are consistently improving but there is plenty of room to grow,” said Erika Chance, senior FoodThink researcher. “The good news is that consumers are turning to food companies and grocers for more information because they do have an interest in learning more about the food they  eat.”

Insights from the white paper reveal a consumer desire for more information from specific trustworthy  sources:

  • 65% think it’s important to know how their food is produced.
  • 60% think farmers and ranchers are trustworthy, making them one of the most trusted sources for information on food production.
  • Steady trend of consumers turning to these three sources since 2012: food companies, grocers and food retailers and bloggers/social media.

“Consumers today are very perceptive and have access to more information than ever. Many are taking the initiative to read up on the issues facing food production,” said Chance. “It’s important for the industry to be proactive in their efforts to help educate the public because they have the power to continue to build that  trust.”

The research paper is a comparative analysis of consumers’ changed food production perceptions since SHS Food Think’s white papers “Building Trust in What We Eat” (2012) and “Emerging Faith in Food Production”  (2014).

FoodThink white papers are built on proprietary research conducted in 2016 and utilize the responses from more than 2,000 U.S. consumers of diverse demographic  backgrounds.

Download a free copy of the white paper with key implications for food marketers, and follow the blog at  shsfoodthink.com.

About Sullivan Higdon & Sink’s FoodThink: Sullivan Higdon & Sink is a full-service advertising and marketing agency with a focus on food value chain marketing – promoting products all along the farm-to-table  spectrum.

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