Numr recently conducted a survey¹ about Ingredient and Nutrition labels, enquiring if people glance at them prior to purchasing a product.
The production and sale of pre-packaged and ‘Ready to consume’ products has witnessed a huge surge in the last few decades in India. Prolonged work hours, longer commutes, generational shift from a joint to a nuclear family have made Indian urbanites the busiest they have ever been. Consequently, packaged products have become a significant addition to the Indian household.
Labels, therefore, have become increasingly important since they convey key information about the product at the point of sale.
93% Indians claim to read the labels on packaged foods. However, further inquiry revealed that for most of the respondents, reading labels is mostly confined to the brand name, price and the Date of Expiry.
Numr’s nutrition label survey also uncovered that for 41% of people, ‘Added sugar’ is the biggest deterrent while for another 22%, it’s ‘Preservatives’. Meanwhile, 15% respondents ranked ‘Palm Oil’ as the first ingredient they look for in packaged products. The devastating environmental effects of Palm Oil are just beginning to be known by the general population. As concern about physical health rises, so does concern about the environment.
A total of 500 respondents across various demographics were surveyed. These respondents all belonged to the top 8 cities, namely Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad and Chennai and were at least 22 years of age, at the time of answering the survey. These respondents were affluent, tech savvy urbanites who routinely use OTT platforms, are extremely health conscious and keenly aware of changing market trends.