Food Lion adopts Guiding Stars nutritional scale

NEW YORK A supermarket chain in the south is giving customers a quick way to judge the nutritional value of their food.

Food Lion recently launched its “Guiding Stars Nutrition Navigation System” at its stores. The system rates the nutritional value of food using one to three stars, three stars indicating the highest value.

The system uses information from the Nutrition Facts labels for packaged foods and Department of Agriculture data for unpackaged food. Foods with fewer than five calories per serving are not rated.

The system is in place at all of Food Lion’s 1,200 stores. It began at Hannaford Bros., a grocery chain in the Northeast with the same parent company as Food Lion, Belgium-based Delhaize Group.

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