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Andrew Hollar
Andrew HollarCo-Founder @ Fig

From the Founder: March 2023 Update

Published on March 14, 2023

Dear Fig Members,

Happy Pi Day! I’m excited to share what the Fig team has been working on for the past few months. As always, our mission is to make it easier for everyone to find food they can eat. THANK YOU for helping us do that.

First off, our ingredient transparency movement is gaining steam! The petition we launched calling on food manufacturers to clearly list ALL ingredients has reached 35,000 signatures. We even heard directly from one food brand that the petition swayed them NOT to include “natural flavors” in their products. This is a testament to the power of community and the impact we can make together. If you haven’t already, please sign the #everyingredient petition and pass it along to your friends, family and followers!

POPSUGAR also recently recognized Fig as the Best Nutrition App of 2023. How cool! Our team was humbled by the award, but we know there’s still so much more that needs to be done.

Speaking of work to be done, I’m excited to share what’s new and coming soon to the Fig app (and I have something I’d love your thoughts on at the end!):

Enhanced Product Information

One of the most common questions about products is: “Why does this product not fit my Fig?”

Now, you can tap the “Learn more” button when viewing a product and see precisely why it may or may not fit your Fig.

On this screen, you can also see if a product is labeled or certified as gluten free, vegan, etc. We don’t have 100% product coverage yet, so if you come across a product that needs updating, please do let us know by clicking the “Report Issue” button. This will help us improve Fig for everyone 😊

If you’re a seasoned label reader, stay tuned! Our team is working on even more features to give you information beyond what’s on the label. More to come on this soon!

More Dietitians on Board

We’ve also partnered with six new dietitians over the past few months to ensure Fig is giving you the most accurate information possible. I couldn’t be more thankful for the help of these extraordinary professionals in advancing the Fig mission:

  • Stephanie Wells – a vegan dietitian
  • Niki Strealy – a celiac dietitian
  • Sara Shorey – a gluten free dietitian
  • Courtney Dunn – a dietitian with eosinophilic esophagitis
  • Callie Krajcir and Beverly Leveque – dietitians with interstitial cystitis (the IC diet is coming to Fig very soon!)

What’s coming next?

Over the next few months, you’ll see more highly requested features in Fig. These include multiple Fig profiles (in case you need to navigate dietary restrictions for more than one person), better searching within the Fig app (I know it can really use improvement!), and international store coverage.

I also want to thank everyone who has supported Fig financially, either by subscribing to Fig+ or through donations. A tremendous amount of effort and resources go into keeping Fig as accurate and helpful as possible, and your contributions will help us do that work and add new features for years to come.

One Last Thing

As part of our commitment to making Fig as useful and easy to use as possible, I have one question for you:

What’s one thing keeping you from using Fig more?

You can reply directly to this e-mail. Be as brutally honest as you’d like – trust me, after living with IBS for ~10 years, I can handle anything 😆

– Andrew from Fig

P.S. We believe that everyone should be able to find food that fits their needs regardless of their financial situation. I’m thrilled to share that more than 4,000 people in financial need have gotten access to Fig+ through the Fig Uplift Program. This couldn’t have been done without the fantastic folks who have joined Fig+, the donations from the Fig community, and everyone who has shared the app with others! THANK YOU AGAIN 😊