Let CapnCrunch sail, Prinzen be charming, and Frostie be cool: No junk food branding bans

The Consumer Choice Center Says Food-Labeling for Junk Food to Protect Kids Isn’t the Way to Go


Luca Bertoletti

European Affairs Manager

Consumer Choice Center

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Brussels, Belgium— The Consumer Choice Center criticizes BEUC’s proposal to ban the use of familiar cartoon characters in cereal and candy brands and promotion.

“The proposed ban on using cartoon characters in food ads and brands, suggested in a BEUC paper, is another example of paternalistic overreach against consumer choice. The proposal would attempt to remove childhood heroes such as CapnCrunch, Frostie or Prince Charming from breakfast cereals and other sugary products. Although curbing unhealthy choices for minors is a noble goal, eliminating the decade-long testimonials of brands is a gross overstep and a wrong approach by so-called consumer advocate groups. We truly believe European institutions will not take this proposal into consideration and will preserve consumers’ rights to make choices and commit to a free society that does not seek to ban brands. Ultimately, we as society need to focus on education and empowering parents to ensure their children make healthy choices,” said European Affairs Manager Luca Bertoletti.


The CCC represents consumers in over 100 countries across the globe. We closely monitor regulatory trends in Ottawa, Washington, Brussels, Geneva and other hotspots of regulation and inform and activate consumers to fight for #ConsumerChoice. Learn more at consumerchoicecenter.org.


About Fred Roeder

Fred Roder has been working in the field of grassroots activism for over eight years. He is a Health Economist from Germany and has worked in healthcare reform and market access in North America, Europe, and several former Soviet Republics. One of his passions is to analyze how disruptive industries and technologies allow consumers more choice at a lower cost. Fred is very interested in consumer choice and regulatory trends in the following industries: FMCG, Sharing Economy, Airlines. In 2014 he organized a protest in Berlin advocating for competition in the Taxi market. Fred has traveled to 100 countries and is looking forward to visiting the other half of the world’s countries. Among many op-eds and media appearances, he has been published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Wirtschaftswoche, Die Welt, the BBC, SunTV, ABC Portland News, Montreal Gazette, Handelsblatt, Huffington Post Germany, CityAM. L’Agefi, and The Guardian. Since 2012 he serves as an Associated Researcher at the Montreal Economic Institute.