The Top Consumer No-No Ingredients for Meat by Generation

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Consumers want to know and learn more about the ingredients they consume. Ingredient selection has become a priority, as consumers are straying away from unfamiliar ingredients when purchasing food and beverages. Meat has played a prominent part in the Clean Label movement with many ingredients such as nitrites, nitrates, and MSG making it to the top of the no-no list for lunch meats and hot dogs/sausages.

75% of Consumers Read Ingredient Labels1

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1Kerry Proprietary Clean Label Consumer Research – Beyond the Label, 2017

Top Ingredients for Meat Preferred Not to Consume by Generation

Millennials (21-37)

Gen X (38-53)

Baby Boomers (54-73)

Seniors (74+)

Nitrites and Nitrates

High Fructose 
Corn Syrup

MSG

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