Guiding Stars Makes Its Quebec, Canada Debut

Nutritional Guidance Program Now Available In French

Portland, ME (August 13, 2013) – Making healthier food choices just got easier for Quebec shoppers with the introduction of Guiding Stars at select Loblaw Companies Limited banner stores across the province.  As of August 1st, all Loblaws®, Provigo®, and Provigo Le Marche® stores in Quebec will feature Guiding Stars®, an impartial, nutrition navigation program, providing at-a-glance nutritional ratings for foods found in every store aisle. Appearing in 108 stores across the province of Quebec, Guiding Stars will reach millions of shoppers helping to take the guess work out of identifying nutritious foods.

Already featured in 259 Ontario based Loblaw Companies Limited banner stores, Guiding Stars’ expansion into Quebec required translation of all store signs and customer materials into French.  Additionally, a new French language website was developed to assist French-speaking customers.

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“This is a major milestone for Guiding Stars in Canada,” said Jim McBride, Director of Operations.  “Combined, the program is now in 367 stores in Ontario and Quebec, and is bilingual in English and French.  We are excited to demonstrate that Guiding Stars translates well across borders and in multiple languages.”

The Guiding Stars® program is designed to complement existing nutritional data such as the nutrition facts table, on-package product labels, and Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating.  Guiding Stars is an impartial, patented food rating system that rates food based on nutrient density using a scientific algorithm grounded in the most current dietary guidelines and recommendations of national regulatory and health organizations.

Foods are rated based on a balance of credits and debits. In Canada, foods are credited for vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre, whole grains, and Omega-3 fatty acids, and debited for saturated fats, trans fats, added sodium and added sugar. Products can earn up to three stars. Rated foods are marked with easy-to-follow tags indicating 1, 2, or 3 stars, with 3-stars being the highest rating an item can receive.  If a food has been rated and has no stars, it did not meet the nutrition criteria for a Guiding Star.

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About Guiding Stars Licensing Co.

Since 2006, Guiding Stars has been leading the way in helping consumers make nutritious food choices and has received patents in both the U.S. and Canada for its nutrition rating algorithm. The Guiding Stars nutrition guidance program is a simple, easy-to-understand tool for making good nutrition choices and is designed to make a positive and lasting impact on public health. Guiding Stars is currently found in more than 1,800 supermarkets including Hannaford, Food Lion, Sweetbay, Homeland, Marsh, as well as Loblaw’s Supermarkets in Ontario and Quebec. Guiding Stars has also expanded into public schools, colleges and hospitals and appears on the Shopper mobile iPhone application. Additional information can be found at


Maya Pattison

SS|PR for Guiding Stars

(781) 894-1739