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Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative

The Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI) was created to improve the landscape of food advertising to children under age 12. Under CFBAI, participants voluntarily commit that, in advertising primarily directed to children, they will either not advertise foods or beverages to children at all or advertise only products that meet CFBAI’s strict Uniform Nutrition Criteria. Participants also do not advertise in elementary schools.

Program Impact

Nineteen leading food, beverage, and quick-service restaurants participate in CFBAI by developing individual pledges that set out how the company will meet the requirements of CFBAI’s Core Principles. Since CFBAI began in 2007, participants have reduced nutrients to limit, like added sugars or sodium, and added more food groups or important nutrients like calcium and Vitamin D in foods advertised to children. Some participants no longer advertise to children.

 

 

Broad Industry Representation

CFBAI’s 19 participants represent the majority of child-directed food advertising expenditures in the United States and most of the food advertising on children’s TV programming.

Extensive Media Coverage

The Core Principles cover child-directed advertising on TV, digital and mobile media (websites, video and computer games, apps, YouTube, product placements and integrations, and influencers), radio, print, and word of mouth.

Strict Uniform Nutrition Criteria

Foods advertised to children by CFBAI participants must meet CFBAI’s Uniform Nutrition Criteria, which set limits on calories, saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars, and minimum requirements for important food groups and key nutrients.

Strong Compliance Oversight

CFBAI monitors and evaluates the participants’ compliance with their pledge commitments, and companies also submit annual self-assessments. CFBAI publishes an annual report on compliance and progress.

Core Principles


CFBAI’s Core Principles set requirements regarding media coverage and nutrition criteria for food advertising to children under 12. CFBAI has evolved over the years to respond to changes in the children’s advertising landscape. The most recent enhancements to the Core Principles more strictly define what constitutes a child-directed audience, formally expand digital media coverage to cover platforms like YouTube and influencer communications, and incorporate the Uniform Nutrition Criteria, 2nd ed. These updates are in effect as of January 1, 2021.
                 

 

   

News & Blog

Press Release

18 Leading Food, Beverage, and Restaurant Companies Adopt Revised, Stronger Uniform Nutrition Criteria for Foods Advertised to Children

The 18 companies that participate in the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI) have agreed to strengthen the Category-Specific Uniform Nutrition Criteria that apply to foods advertised to children. CFBAI announced that all of its participants -- leading U.S. food and beverage and quick...

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Press Release

Keurig Dr Pepper Joins CFBAI

Arlington, VA – Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI) is pleased to welcome Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) as the newest program participant. Earlier this year, KDP agreed to advertise only foods that comply with CFBAI’s Uniform Nutrition Criteria in advertising directed to children under age 12. KDP’s CFBAI pledge went into effect in July 2019.

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Blog

CFBAI and CCAI Published the 2020 Annual Report on Participant Compliance and Program Progress

BBB National Programs has released the CFBAI and CCAI 2020 Annual Report, which includes findings on CFBAI and CCAI participant compliance with their commitment to advertise only foods that meet CFBAI’s strict Uniform Nutrition Criteria or to not engage in advertising primarily directed to children under age 12. The Report indicates excellent compliance by the 19 CFBAI participants and the eight CCAI participants in 2020.
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Blog

Companies Agree to Strengthen their Children’s Advertising Commitments with CFBAI’s Updated Core Principles

The nation’s 19 leading food, beverage, and quick service restaurant companies today have agreed to strengthen their voluntary commitments for responsible food marketing to children with the adoption of the BBB National Programs Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI) 2021 Core Principles.
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