The Smart Shopper’s Guide to Understanding Package Symbols

Symbols on food packages have become more prominent since the 1970’s as manufacturers and health organizations looked for ways to help consumers easily understand the characteristics of the food inside. These symbols or statements, are a great way to identify products that meet a specific criteria.

This guide, created by ChefsBest, is an easy-to-use resource for understanding what common food packaging symbols mean. While some symbols or statements are required by the FDA, there are many additional symbols that can be included on a package. These symbols can be related to nutrition, dietary preference, corporate responsibility or even taste.

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Case Studies

  • Case Study: Dannon

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  • Case Study: Dole


Creamy and dense mouthfeel, often evident in foods containing high amounts of butter or cream.