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Press Release: Study Shows 69% of US Consumers Demand Verification of Retailer & Brand Claims About Sustainability 

Fairtrade America, Marine Stewardship Council, and the Non-GMO Project Partner to Launch "Little Labels, Big Impact" Campaign in January 2023

Press Release: Study Shows 69% of US Consumers Demand Verification of Retailer & Brand Claims About Sustainability 

Fairtrade America, Marine Stewardship Council, and the Non-GMO Project Partner to Launch "Little Labels, Big Impact" Campaign in January 2023
Fairtrade America, Marine Stewardship Council, and the Non-GMO Project Partner to Launch "Little Labels, Big Impact" Campaign in January 2023

WASHINGTON – Jan. 11, 2023 – Fairtrade America, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), and the Non-GMO Project have partnered to launch the “Little Labels, Big Impact” campaign to draw attention to third-party certification labels on food products that help build more sustainable and resilient food systems for people and the planet. Nearly 70% of American seafood consumers demand that retailers’ and brands’ claims about sustainability and the environment be clearly labeled and third-party verified (GlobeScan 2023).

Little Labels, Big Impact encourages American shoppers to look for little labels when grocery shopping to support products that support their values. The campaign, which runs throughout January, highlights the value of third-party certification programs and the importance of market-based solutions in driving critical environmental and social change in our food systems. This is especially important as consumers increasingly demand third-party verification of products with a recent survey showing that about half (49%) of American seafood consumers say ecolabels on products raise their trust and confidence in the brand (GlobeScan 2023).

In January and beyond, shoppers can look for the Fairtrade Mark, MSC blue fish, and Non-GMO butterfly in aisles around their local grocery stores. 

• The blue and green Fairtrade America label can be found on items like coffee, tea, chocolate, bananas and other produce, cotton and more. 

• The MSC blue fish can be found on wild-caught seafood in the canned or pouched fish aisle, on frozen seafood, at the seafood counter, and even pet food and supplements. 

• The orange butterfly label by the Non-GMO Project can be found on fresh and packaged foods — especially those containing corn, soy and sugar derivatives — dairy, meat and eggs, fruit and vegetables, snack foods, vitamins and supplements, vegetable oils, body care products and more.

“Joining with Fairtrade America and Non-GMO Project is not only a great way to amplify the important work of our certification programs on sustainable food systems. It is an opportunity to encourage consumers to pay attention to the labels on food products they’re buying or already have in their kitchens,” said Nicole Condon, US program director, Marine Stewardship Council. “A lot of dedicated time and effort went into those labels — from the harvesters to the auditors, to the brands themselves — so that shoppers have a clear option to shop their values among products with trusted third-party verification. Looking for these three labels is a great way to start the new year on a positive foot, for both people and the planet.”

Fairtrade America, Marine Stewardship Council, and the Non-GMO Project are all driven by their collective mission to change how food is harvested or traded. The three labels each represent rigorous standards with requirements that certified companies need to follow to be able to use the mark. This requires third-party audits and may include laboratory testing and supply chain accountability that allows for “identity preservation” as well as      strict segregation of ingredients or products that are compliant with the standards from ingredients that are not. 

The nonprofits publish their standards on their websites to give shoppers full transparency. Brands both large and small voluntarily showcase this compliance by including the Fairtrade, MSC, or Non-GMO Project certifications on their packaging. 


• The Fairtrade Mark works towards rebalancing trade. By choosing Fairtrade, you are choosing to prioritize the farmers and workers behind our everyday purchases. You are choosing products that are certified to meet the rigorous Fairtrade Standards developed in partnership with producers.  

• The MSC blue fish label is an ecolabel that helps shoppers and diners identify seafood that is wild-caught and that has been independently verified for environmentally sustainable fishing practices. By purchasing products with the MSC blue fish label, consumers are directly supporting well-managed fisheries that have been assessed by a third party on their impacts on wild fish populations and the ecosystems they're part of.

• GMOs (or genetically modified organisms) are living organisms whose genetic material has been manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering, creating combinations of plant, animal, bacteria, and/or virus genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods. Non-GMO Project verification means that a product is compliant with the Non-GMO Project Standard, the most rigorous third-party standard for GMO avoidance, which includes stringent provisions for ingredient testing and traceability and the most up-to-date definitions around new GMO techniques.

By choosing products with the Fairtrade, MSC and Non-GMO Project labels, shoppers' small steps at the grocery store can make a big positive impact. By purchasing certified products, shoppers are supporting the people all along the supply chain working hard to make our planet a better place. 


About Fairtrade America

Fairtrade America works to create more equitable and sustainable trade in collaboration with nearly 2 million farmers and workers by inspiring businesses to implement ethical production practices and assisting shoppers in making informed purchasing decisions. Fairtrade America is the U.S. chapter of Fairtrade International, the original and global leader in fair trade certification with over three decades of experience working to make trade fair in more than 100 countries across the globe. A nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, Fairtrade America is the world's largest and most recognized fair trade system, part of a global movement for change. Learn more at

About the Marine Stewardship Council

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is a global, science-based nonprofit organization helping to protect the ocean and safeguard seafood supplies for the future. For over 25 years, the MSC has been working with scientists, fisheries, seafood companies, industry experts, retailers, conservation groups, and other nonprofits to improve the way our ocean is fished through the MSC Fisheries Standard and Chain of Custody Standard. The MSC program incentivizes and rewards sustainable fishing practices globally. Through the use of the MSC blue fish label, the MSC makes it easy for everyone to identify and choose sustainable, wild-caught seafood from a certified source. Learn more at

About the Non-GMO Project 

The Non-GMO Project is a mission-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to building and protecting a non-GMO food supply. The Non-GMO Project Verified seal remains North America’s most trusted third-party verification for GMO avoidance. Backed by our rigorous Standard, the Butterfly label is a meaningful way for brands and retailers to show their commitment to non-GMO choices and the food transparency that shoppers seek. Learn more at


For Immediate Release

Media Contact Jackie Marks

202 689 5957

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