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New Food Labeling Health Claim Approved by FDA

Health claims on food have become a tricky business lately, as consumers are now more aware of what they are eating and require more transparency from manufacturers.

USDA Nutrition Facts Rule Placed on “Inactive” List

On January 19, 2017, USDA’s Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) released a proposed rule to revise its nutrition labeling requirements for meat and poultry products to reflect current scientific research and dietary recommendations.

What will grocery shopping look like in the future?

As consumer values continue to evolve beyond price and convenience, grocers have raced to meet increasingly nuanced demand for healthy, environmentally sustainable and ethically created food. 

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Hunger for organic food continues to grow

Despite the heftier price tag, sales of organic food items continue to rise. USA Today reports sales of organic food is up 8.4% over the previous year, hitting a record 43 billion in sales in 2016.

GM Labeling Rule Update – USDA Extends Deadline for Stakeholder Input

Legislation requiring labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods and food ingredients was signed into law on July 29, 2016.  This law directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop regulations and standards to create mandatory disclosure requirements for bio-engineered foods by July 2018.

Changes to menu labeling law advance from House committee

The Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act, which would amend the federal menu labeling law, advanced out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday, according to a release from the Food Marketing Institute.

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NAMA Joints Fight to Delay Front-of-Pack Labeling Compliance

Continuing NAMA's positive work on Calorie Disclosure, the association co-led a recent effort with Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA);  SNAC International; National Association of Confectioners (NCA) and American Beverage Association (ABA) on a joint letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requesting a limited extension on compliance.

Botanicals breakthrough: Spicing up natural ingredients for clean label claims

01 Aug 2017 One food trend that is undeniably shaping 2017 is botanicals – how substances obtained from plants are giving a major boost to new products across multiple platforms.

Clean labeling: What food manufacturers need to know

As the industry transitions to a time when information is paramount and consumers scrutinize the labels on their food, it only makes sense that clean label trends are taking hold.

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NAMA Joints Fight to Delay Front-of-Pack Labeling Compliance

Continuing NAMA's positive work on Calorie Disclosure, the association co-led a recent effort with Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA);  SNAC International; National Association of Confectioners (NCA) and American Beverage Association (ABA) on a joint letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requesting a limited extension on compliance.

Consumers have trouble reading food labels

A new poll finds that many American consumers are having issues with date labels on their food products.

Diageo Expands Nutritional Labels to Include Guinness

06 Jul 2017 British multinational alcoholic beverages company, Diageo has expanded its nutritional labeling initiative to Ireland's number one selling beer making Guinness the first brand to supply full information about nutrition and alcohol on 500ml cans in the Republic of Ireland. 

Consumers still struggling with 'clean label' concept

LAS VEGAS — More than half of consumers report they’re familiar with “clean label,” but just 38 percent indicated a strong understanding of its exact definition, according to preliminary results of new research by Kerry Group, Beloit, Wisconsin.

8 in 10 consumers check the origin of their food when purchasing products

This is according to a new survey from Elementar UK, the stable isotope ratio mass spectrometry manufacturer formerly known as Isoprime, which showed that the origin of food and the accuracy of food labelling is very important to today’s shoppers.

Botanicals breakthrough: Spicing up natural ingredients for clean label claims

01 Aug 2017 One food trend that is undeniably shaping 2017 is botanicals – how substances obtained from plants are giving a major boost to new products across multiple platforms.

US Consumers favour country-of-origin labelling

Almost nine out of 10 US consumers are in favour of country-of-origin labelling for fresh meat, according to a recent survey.

Study: Nearly all consumers find transparency in food and beverage important

Consumers are overwhelmingly interested in more transparency in food products, according to a new study from Response Media.

Study: How health factors into consumer decisions

WASHINGTON — In its 2017 Food & Health Survey, the International Food Information Council (IFIC) seeks to outline the health beliefs and behaviors of U.S. consumers regarding food.

Sodium in Packaged Foods Drops Over 15-Year Period in US Households

The amount of salt in packaged foods and drinks purchased in the United States has been steadily decreasing, according to a study that tracked household sodium over a 15-year period.

 

Clean labeling: What food manufacturers need to know

As the industry transitions to a time when information is paramount and consumers scrutinize the labels on their food, it only makes sense that clean label trends are taking hold.

Syngenta Settles Farmer's Contamination Suit Ahead of Trial

Syngenta AG reached a confidential settlement with a Nebraska farmer who claimed the company mishandled marketing of its genetically modified seed, causing U.S. corn prices to plummet.

Confusing Ingredients Lead People To Pay More For Less-Daunting Food, Study Finds

CHICAGO — What the heck is maltodextrin? Simply not understanding the ingredients in a food product may lead a consumer to purchase a more expensive and easily identifiable option, a new study finds.

Survey: A majority of consumers are confused by food ingredients

A large majority of consumers (83%) are confused at least some of the time about food ingredients, and 64% are willing to switch brands if they find one with ingredients they better understand, according to a survey from Label Insight.

Giving vegetables ‘cool’ names may increase consumption

Giving vegetables labels that are flavourful, exciting and attractive, could increase their consumption, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

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