Mrs. Leann Saunders - Consumer and Food: Perceptions, Realities and Steps Towards Instilling Confidence
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Consumer and Food: Perceptions, Realities and Steps Towards Instilling Confidence - Mrs. Leann Saunders, Where Food Comes From, from the 2013 NIAA Symposium Bridging the Gap Between Animal Health......

Consumer and Food: Perceptions, Realities and Steps Towards Instilling Confidence - Mrs. Leann Saunders, Where Food Comes From, from the 2013 NIAA Symposium Bridging the Gap Between Animal Health and Human Health, November 12-14, 2013, Kansas City, MO, USA.

Mrs. Leann Saunders, President of Where Food Comes From, Inc., states that consumers rely on media for vast majority of their information and have constant confusion over what is right, healthy, cost effective, safe, or green. Mrs. Saunders offers that verified and branded information can help consumers understand and trust the traceability and source verification behind a food product.

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  • 1. Consumers and Food: Perceptions, Realities and Steps Towards Instilling Confidence Leann Saunders President Where Food Comes From, Inc.
  • 2. The Consumer Dynamic Today consumers…  Rely on media for vast majority of their information  Have constant confusion over what is right/healthy/cost effective/safe/green…
  • 3. Begins at the Source Humanizing our food.  The average consumer is at least 3 generations removed from the farm or ranch Making the connection
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  • 5. “What can I feed my family that is safe and nutritiou s?”
  • 6. The Consumer Dynamic Today consumers…  Food is often an emotional purchase  We feed our families and “how” we feed our families can dictate our health, how we learn and our future  It is an important decision  Perceptions of health can drive decisions because ,“We aren’t in the paperclip business”.  Today’s consumers are very diverse
  • 7. Research Recap Today consumers…  Over 60% of consumers are reading product labels  61% of consumers think our food system is “Safe” or “Very Safe”  50% of consumers think its “Important” or “Very Important” to know if an animal was treated with antibiotics when purchasing meat, dairy and egg products  50 – 84% across retailers said that source verification was important to them
  • 8. What we are doing Where Food Comes From® began with the consumer in mind.
  • 9. Begins at the Source Where Food Comes From® is a consumer brand dedicated to communicating the traceability and source verification behind a food product.
  • 10. Our Collective Responsibility We can choose to disregard and discredit or we can see this as great opportunity To communicate transparently and honestly It is all about trust…in all relationships it is about trust We have to provide retailers with tools for effective communication We must walk in a Mother’s shoes Because at the end of the day consumers don’t have to to purchase meat protein, there are other options Today’s consumers are very diverse So we must not get into a “group think” mentality on the production side There is room for various kinds of production systems