Are you a phytogenic fan? If you are not yet, you will be after reading the latest survey results.

Christoph Hartinger

2 minutes | 14. February 2019
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U.S. millennials: Positive label messages impact their brand choice

Consumers prefer clear and positive label messages. A good reason that retailers, farmers and even more distant value chain members like feed millers should integrate these messages into their communication strategy. This is just one of the interesting results that showed a recent study about label messaging for poultry meat. 

However, often absence label claims, like “cage-free”, “gluten-free” or “no added hormones” have been misused as a fear-mongering tatic (1). How could you use label messages the right way? 

A chick fed a blend of phytogenic actives © Delacon© Delacon


Nearly half of U.S. millennials say that knowing their meat or poultry was fed phytogenic ingredients would make a very positive impact on their brand choice.

Who are millenials?

Millenials (also known as “Generation Y”) are people, which were born in the 1980’s and later up to mid 1990’s.

Those people are the most active subjects of the economy right know and they represent the most purchasing power.

Who is a phytogenic fan?

Phytogenic Fans are a consumer segment that is already making careful food choices, and phytogenic messages appear to influence their purchase behavior. This segment of U.S. millennial consumers (from age 26 to 36), responded very positively to the phytogenic message.

From several tested label messages “fed phytogenic ingredients to be environmentally friendly” was the top performing.

Phytogenic Fans said seeing the term “environmentally friendly” was attention getting, important and unique. 

This just one of the reasons because food retailers should overthink their approach on negative label messaging and instead empower consumers with information that describes specifically what is present in the chicken’s environment or diet.


This is only one interesting outcome of a recent survey, conducted by Delacon.

(1): Vilsack, Tom. “Stop the Food Label Fear-Mongering.” U.S. News and World Report, 30 Jan. 2018.