Open Food Facts Press Kit

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Press Contacts

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Anca Luca Anca Luca, president of Open Food Facts association
Stéphane Gigandet Stéphane Gigandet, founder of the Open Food Facts association
Pierre Slamich Pierre Slamich, co-founder of the Open Food Facts association


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Get the Nutri-Score with Open Food Facts

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Key Facts about Open Food Facts

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Open Food Facts is a food information database unique in the world:

  • collaborative : comparable to Wikipedia, it has 16,000 contributors
  • international and no limit to size and products: born in France, it now contains 700,000 products in more than 180 countries - 16 countries have more than 1,000 products, 8 more than 8,000
  • freely reusable (open data): dozens of companies, researchers, innovators freely reuse the data for their own use
  • strictly independent of agribusiness, it is run by an association under French law, law of 1901.

With 100,000 users/day, Open Food Facts has already become, in 6 years only, the reference for food information in several countries. It supports research and public policies aimed at a healthier diet.

The 5 major success stories of Open Food Facts

Creating the first freely reusable global database on food products
More than 700,000 products identified by more than 16,000 contributors. The Open Food Facts data is also published on the official French open data portal, data.gouv.fr.

Informing the general public and professionals
The consumer app is installed on more than 750,000 phones or tablets. The site and the application are used by 100,000 users / day and 6 million users per year.

Promoting nutritional quality indicators
For 3 years, Open Food Facts has been supporting the roll out of Nutri-Score in 5 European countries. In France, Open Food Facts has been displaying the Nutri-Score since 2015, before its officialization. In Spain and Belgium, Open Food Facts also precedes the adoption of Nutri-Score by these countries. Open Food Facts also includes other indicators such as the NOVA classification.

Creating and maintaining an ecosystem of uses and research
Since its creation, Open Food Facts has developed a real ecosystem of reuse of its data. Since the Open Food Facts data is freely reusable, several information sites, start-ups, research laboratories, teachers, etc., have started their activity and / or use the Open Food Facts data daily: Yuka, Foodvisor, Scaneat, Ya Quoi Dedans (What’s inside) (Super U), Buy Or Not, nopalm.org, My Nutritional Info…

Change the practices of manufacturers
For 2 years, Open Food Facts has helped to change the practices of the food industry; they know and rely on Open Food Facts to compare and improve their products. Many companies spontaneously communicate the data of their products on the platform: Fleury Michon, Super U, Carrefour, Casino, etc.

Who uses the Open Food Facts data?

It would be too long to name all the organizations that build on the Open Food Facts platform.

  • More than 100 applications for mobile phones that meet the needs of various audiences: diabetes (VeryDiab), allergies, food balance via artificial intelligence (FoodVisor), disabilities, and more. Our base also allowed the creation of Yuka.
  • Many websites: HowMuchSugar.in, MadeNear.me…
  • Data-journalists: Le Monde's Decoders, BFMTV
  • Researchers in nearly 100 scientific articles
  • Food banks and solidarity stores: Data For Good project in the continuity of a pilot project initiated by the French Red Cross, integration into the cash management of a small food cooperative.
  • Established companies: Terraillon to bring its connected kitchen scales to life.
  • Programming schools (Simplon, Open Classrooms) have integrated Open Food Facts as a motivating project in their curriculum.

Open Food Facts in numbers

Those numbers might help convey the large, direct and indirect, impact of Open Food Facts

A number of products growing exponentially

1 million

products, contributed by volunteers and producers alike

Open Food Facts has more than 1 000 000 products in 182 countries

182

Number of countries where Open Food Facts contributors have already added products.

Open Food Facts, on top of App Store rankings

1,5 million

Number of people directly using our website, Android, iPhone or Windows Phone app to scan barcodes, get informed and contribute pictures of products.

Many apps made possible by Open Food Facts

200

apps and services enabled by Open Food Facts

Some of the many scientific papers made possible by Open Food Facts

57

number of scientific papers based or citing Open Food Facts

For everyone - Open data

25.000

Active contributors that ensure the quality of the Open Food Facts database


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Selected Open Food Facts media appearences

2013 - Le Monde

Food: facing doubt, netizens are organizing (in French). Interview of Open Food Facts in Le Monde.

2015 - Envoyé Spécial on sugar

We were featured on Envoyé Spécial in 2015, on a segment on light products. Envoyé Special is the #1 investigative show in France, similar to BBC Panorama.

A food products database

2019 - C'est En France - The Scan Revolution

We presented Open Food Facts on France 24 as part of a segment on the food revolution we kickstarted in France (French version).

More media coverage

Open Food Facts media mentions

All media mentions we could find between 2012 and now.

(In French) Full press review about Open Food Facts

Screenshots of the iPhone and Android version of Open Food Facts

iPhone and Android