You are what you eat…but only 38 per cent of Canadians know what’s in their food

According to a recent national survey, the majority of Canadians (65 per cent) always read food labels but only 38 per cent recognize all the ingredients in the food they buy. Maple Leaf commissioned this Leger Marketing survey to highlight the growing trend toward simple, preservative-free foods and introduce their newest product innovation – Natural Selections – deli meats made with natural ingredients and no added preservatives.

More than half of the survey respondents (58 per cent) are unable to pronounce the ingredients in the foods they buy regularly. To help consumers make healthy choices Maple Leaf ensured that each variety of Natural Selections deli meat – oven-roasted turkey, oven-roasted chicken, baked deli ham and black forest ham – has no more than nine easy-to-recognize ingredients.

Consumers are responding positively to the back-to-basics trend and are seeking out products made with natural ingredients to feed their families. In fact, about one in four Canadians (27 per cent) only buy products made with natural ingredients. Food labels on everyday products are becoming easier to read and the ingredients are even easier to pronounce.

We want to provide our customers with foods free of added preservatives and artificial ingredients they can feel good about feeding their families," said David Grachnik, Marketing Manager for Natural Selections. "So we launched Natural Selections by Maple Leaf, made with our finest cuts of meat plus simple, pronounceable ingredients like vinegar, lemon and sea salt."

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