At A Glance

Noteworthy Characteristics

  • Provides complete package-level detailed ingredient and nutrition data and images for tens of thousands of products.
  • Information on new products added each week.
  • Provides brand-specific information.
  • Data and images have been linked with universal product code (UPC).



To collect data about ingredient content and nutrition labels for packaged food and beverage products sold in the United States (US).

Target Population

Products sold in the US.


Began in 1999. Conducted weekly. Ongoing.


Gladson, Inc.

Special Note(s)

The Gladson Nutrition Database may contain some outdated information, as food and beverage products are constantly updated.

Paul Waldron
Phone: +1 (630) 435-2224


Sample Design

Panel survey of products sold in the US and worldwide. For further information on sampling design, contact Gladson.

Source of Information

2,000 new products processed each week.

Sample Size

Approximately 1,000,000 stock-keeping units (distinct products that can be purchased) in 2010.

Key Variables


Product ingredients
Product nutrition labeling information
Product package dimensions
Product package images
Serving size information (household unit and gram weight)

Data Access and Cost

Data Availability

Data can be obtained by contacting Gladson.



Special Note(s)

Gladson, Inc. is a private company that sells product data and images.


Geocode Variable(s)

Not applicable.

Existing Linkages

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to link Gladson Nutrient Database data on brands with nutrient information from other databases. Learn more.

Selected Publications


Byrd-Bredbenner C, Bredbenner CA. Assessing the home food environment nutrient supply using mobile barcode (Universal Product Code) scanning technology. Nutrition and Food Science 2010;40(3):305-313.


None noted.