PepsiCo introduced the Smart Spot? symbol designed to help consumers identify
more than 100 of the company's food and beverage choices that contribute to healthier
lifestyles. Products displaying the Smart Spot? meet nutrition standards based
on authoritative statements from the FDA and the National Academy of Sciences.
The symbol designates that products are fortified and contain other wholesome ingredients, or meet limits for fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium and added sugar, or are reformulated to reduce ingredients, such as fat, sodium or sugar, or are reformulated to have specific health or wellness benefits.
Frito-Lay has also partnered with Kenneth Cooper, founder of The Cooper Aerobics Center, to further develop better-for-you snacks.
- Kraft Foods Inc. has introduced its Sensible Solution labeling program, featuring a prominent on-pack "flag" for food and beverage products that meet specific, "better-for-you" nutrition criteria that Kraft has established for each category of products. The Sensible Solution flag, which will help consumers more easily identify Kraft's "better-for-you" choices, will appear on qualifying products in April.
- Hershey Foods Corp. has introduced Smartzone snacks. This consists of classic
Hershey's flavor mixed with the research that Dr. Barry Sears' Zone Diet is built
Adhering to Dr. Sears' proven ratio of carbs, proteins and fat, a Smartzone bar helps balance the body's blood sugar levels.
- General Mills Wholesome Snack Choices include one or more of the following nutritional benefits: an excellent or good source of whole grain, calcium, and vitamin C, or naturally cholesterol free. Also, many snacks meet the school nutrition standards suggested in California SB19 and the school nutrition standards adopted by the Texas Department of Agriculture. General Mills Wholesome Snacking Choices in vending include: Nature Valley? Crunchy Granola Bars, Nature Valley? Chewey Granola Bars with Yogurt Coating; Chex Mix? Snack Mix; Gardetto's? Reduced Fat Original Snack-Ens; Big G Cereals; Sunkist? Fruit and Grain Bars; Milk 'n Cereal Bars; Fruit Shapes; Pop Secret? Light Popcorn; and Yoplait? and Colombo? Yogurts.
Third-party certification programs
Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center (500 Club), 608-782-7300
Heart Smart International Inc., 480-948-7631
Snack Essentials, 866-955-5553
Kids First, 401-751-4503
Low Carb Vending, LLC,
National Automatic Merchandising Association,
American School Food Service Association,
Mecklenburg County, N.C.
Health Dept. (Fit City),
Nutrition for Kids,
Columbus Childens Hospital (Snackwise),