FAQ - Program Criteria and Shelf Tags

How does SimpleNutrition work?
SimpleNutrition streamlines the process of finding what's best for you and your family. Tags on qualifying items throughout the store call out a product's nutrition or ingredient attributes. There are 15 different attributes highlighted in SimpleNutrition.
What are the 15 different attributes highlighted in SimpleNutrition?
The SimpleNutrition program encompasses two groups of attributes: 2 that meet lifestyle or dietary needs, and 13 that meet specific nutrition or ingredient criteria.

• The 2 attributes for lifestyle/dietary needs are: Gluten Free and Organic.
• The 13 attributes with specific nutrition or ingredient criteria are: Carb Choices, Sugar Free, Made with Whole Grains, Good Source of Fiber, Low Sodium, Sodium Smart, Fat Free, Low Saturated Fat, Low Fat, Good Source of Protein, Good Source of Vitamin C, Good Source of Vitamin A and 100% Juice.
How do you determine which products qualify as SimpleNutrition items?
All the items, including both national brands and our own store brands, are screened against health agency guidelines. Generally, to qualify for a SimpleNutrition nutrient attribute, products must first pass the SimpleNutrition criteria restricting fat, sodium, sugars, saturated fat and cholesterol content. The product must also provide at least 10% of the Daily Value for key beneficial nutrients in the diet. These criteria were chosen to limit the levels of nutrients which may negatively impact health, and to ensure the presence of beneficial ingredients that support a healthier lifestyle. Qualifying items receive a shelf tag highlighting one key nutrient or ingredient attribute and the number of Carb Choices in a serving. In addition, items may receive a Gluten Free or Organic tag because they meet a specific lifestyle or dietary need.
Why do qualifying products display only one key attribute plus Carb Choices?
Limiting attributes to one on each tag makes it easier and quicker for our customers to shop for products that meet the SimpleNutrition criteria. Through research, we learned that including too many nutrient or ingredient attributes on a tag can make them difficult to read and overwhelming to consumers.

Although a product may qualify for more than one key nutrient or ingredient attribute-, the SimpleNutrition tag displays the attribute that is most relevant for that particular product. For example, beans are an important source of fiber, so many beans receive the tag when eligible. We provide Carb Choices for each item to assist customers who are monitoring their carbohydrate intake.
Why do similar products sometimes display nutrient attributes that are related but different, such as one soup tagged Low Sodium and another tagged Sodium Smart?
The SimpleNutrition program includes two sodium-related attributes: Low Sodium (≤140mg Sodium per serving) and Sodium Smart (≤480mg Sodium per serving).

First, we assess eligible products to see if they qualify for the stricter Low Sodium attribute. If so, they receive the Low Sodium tag. If not, they may receive the Sodium Smart attribute, which allows more sodium per serving, but is still a "smarter" choice for sodium than some other products in the category.
Where can I learn more specifics about the criteria used to develop SimpleNutrition shelf tags?
Visit our website Safeway.com/SimpleNutrition to learn more about the detailed criteria behind SimpleNutrition, and about the definitions behind the key nutrient or ingredient attributes displayed on tags.