Cereal FACTS 2012: A Spoonful of Progress in a Bowl Full of Unhealthy Marketing to Children

This report quantifies changes in cereal-company marketing to children. We examined the nutritional quality of 261 cereals from 12 companies in May 2012, including children’s cereals (products marketed directly to children), family cereals (marketed to parents to serve their children), and adult cereals (marketed to adults for their own consumption). We also used syndicated market research data and independent analyses to quantify young people’s exposure to marketing on TV and the internet.