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Changing Product Labels Could Drastically Reduce Food Waste

By now, it’s no secret that we waste billions of tons of food every year. There are a lot of factors contributing to our food waste problem, but one that’s easy to fix is the date that companies print on packaged foods.

Food and drink companies to standardise date labels by 2020

The world’s largest food and beverage companies have pledged to standardise food date labels globally by 2020.

The ABCs of GMO Disclosure in the United States

On July 29, 2016, President Obama signed the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law, establishing a nationwide standard for disclosing the presence of foods and ingredients from genetically engineered (GE) crops.

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A New Food Label Is Coming Soon and It Goes 'Beyond Organic'

Conscious consumers won't have to wait much longer for clear guidance on how to buy food and other products that are not only certified organic, but also certified regenerative.

Gottlieb Tweets New Nutrition Labeling Compliance Date Extension “Closer to 18 Months”

In May 2016, FDA issued final rules to implement changes to the nutrition labeling and serving size regulations. Mandatory compliance with the new nutrition labeling requirements for food products was initially slated for July 26, 2018 (or July 26, 2019 for manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales).

GMA: SmartLabel usage is on track and growing

SmartLabel is gradually gaining consumer acceptance, and information is now available on about 14,000 different food products via QR codes, Julie Savoie, director of industry affairs for the Grocery Manufacturers Association, said earlier this month during a GMA meeting in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, according to Food Business News.

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Nielsen: Organic products are getting cheaper and more accessible

Eighty-eight percent of U.S. households purchased organic food and beverages in the last year, according to Nielsen.

Survey: What does 'natural' mean to consumers?

In order to be considered "natural," food products must be free from preservatives as well as artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners, according to an online survey of 5,175 people from 10 countries by GNT Group.

The Results Are In: Sugar Is Out

42% of adults specifically look for “sugar” on nutritional labels, which is 2.2% higher than in 2006.

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Nielsen: Organic products are getting cheaper and more accessible

Eighty-eight percent of U.S. households purchased organic food and beverages in the last year, according to Nielsen.

Clean snacking trend bolsters confectionery category

ROCKVILLE, MD. — Consumers are becoming more health-conscious and knowledgeable about product ingredients, but they aren’t shunning confectionery in the process.

Can We Bring Meaning Back to the Term ‘Natural Foods’?

Over the past several years, the term “natural” has appeared on everything from cereal bars containing as much sugar as candy to oats boasting the “all-natural” unlisted ingredient of glyphosate herbicide. These “natural foods” are anything but, but this begs the question: what does “natural” really mean when it comes to food?

'Smart label' could tackle fraud, bolster food safety

Scientists have developed what they describe as a "low-cost, portable, paper-based sensor" that can be used to produce "smart labels" that detect food spoilage and contamination.

Food makers expected to deliver on health but trush lacking, survey finds

Nine-in-ten consumers believe the food industry has a responsibility to provide them with a healthy diet but consumers are also mistrustful of the sector as a source of nutritional information, a new study reveals.

Survey: What does 'natural' mean to consumers?

In order to be considered "natural," food products must be free from preservatives as well as artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners, according to an online survey of 5,175 people from 10 countries by GNT Group.

Stealth reformulation of private label food can cut calories, study finds

'Silent' product reformulation, where own-brand food products are modified without explicitly making the consumer aware, may be effective in reducing calorie consumption, say Danish researchers.

Digital GMO disclosure faces significant but manageable challenges, USDA study

Food and beverage manufacturers must work with the government and other stakeholders to overcome significant, but not insurmountable, challenges if they want to use QR codes or other digital technology to convey when products include genetically modified ingredients, according to research released earlier this month by the US Deparment of Ariculture.

Where are we on Defining ‘Natural’?

Like mosquitoes on a summer evening, lawsuits on the use of the term “natural” are stinging food companies. While it’s been suggested that an excess of regulations is suppressing industry growth, this is one instance where a regulatory definition might help.

Study: Most Americans eat enough salt daily to damage their heart

A new study from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia found the average American eats enough salt each day to damage the heart muscle and make it harder to pump blood, according to Reuters. The typical intake is roughly two teaspoons of salt a day.

The Results Are In: Sugar Is Out

42% of adults specifically look for “sugar” on nutritional labels, which is 2.2% higher than in 2006.

Demand for clean labels varies by generation, Nielsen study finds

Sales of conventional products are declining, while those advertising themselves as being simple, clean, sustainable and free of artificial ingredients are on the rise, according to recent Nielsen analysis.

Nutrition density on food labes could boost healthy choices — research

Researchers have suggested that the addition of Nutrient Rich Food Indices to food labels could help consumers make healthier purchasing decisions.

Nielsen Confirms 'Clean' Labels Boosting CPG Sales

Featuring “clean” product attributes on labels is paying off handsomely across a wide array of food, beverage and other CPG/FMCG categories, Nielsen data confirm.

Solving food date label confusion is a tricky situation

About 60% of Americans have discussed the meanings of date labels on foods in their household, according to a poll conducted by the Grocery Manufacturers Association

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