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With new labeling program, Brewers Association makes craft beers clear

The beer industry group, which represents small-scale beer-makers, is now offering up a seal to its members. The label comes at a time when there is increasing confusion around craft beers in the marketplace.

Plant-based food producers look at alternative terminology for non-dairy product labeling

Plant-based food producers don’t want to be forced to drop words such as “milk,” “cheese” or “ice-cream” from the labels of their products, so they are looking for solutions that would allow them to resolve labeling challenges on their own terms.

FDA Extends Menu-Labeling Comment Period

The Food and Drug Administration has extended until Aug. 2 the comment period for its interim final rule on menu labeling in restaurants and other food retail establishments, including grocery and convenience stores.

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USDA Publishes Questions to Facilitate Drafting of GMO Labeling Requirements

As previously reported on this blog, legislation requiring labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods and food ingredients was signed into law on July 29, 2016.

Clean label trend goes bananas with new fruit-based flour

International Agriculture Group has introduced green banana flours, which the firm says could help companies clean up labels and reduce sugar, according to FoodNavigator-USA.

Hamming it up? Supermarket label changes colour to help cure food waste

A major UK supermarket is launching a new “smart” label on packets of its own-brand ham in a bid to reduce waste by telling consumers how fresh it is.

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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.

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.

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.

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7 Ways to Leverage the FDA Nutrition Facts Label Update to Your Advantage

Follow these 7 steps to turn the required Nutrition Facts Update redesign into a consumer-pleasing recipe for packaging success.

Clean Labeling: An Opportunity to Reconcile with the Past and Refocus on What Consumers Really Want

Boomers, Millennials, Gen Z. Across generations and demographics, there’s no doubt of the collective shift in attitude people are demonstrating when it comes to healthy lifestyle choices. 

5 Steps to Enable Your Brand to Gain Control of the Digital Shelf

To get your share of a rapidly expanding e-commerce market, you need to provide customers with an online experience that’s as true as possible to the product they choose at the physical store shelf. 

Larger serving sizes on food packs could reduce intake & fight obesity

Larger serving sizes on a food’s packaging encourage people to eat less, US researchers have found, as consumer groups in Europe put pressure on policymakers to help food manufacturers set realistic portion sizes.

How the FDA's Proposed Food Labeling Regulation Can Deepen Brand Meaning

For the first time in nearly 20 years, the FDA is proposing updates to its iconic Nutrition Facts label, giving manufacturers and brand owners a valuable opportunity to educate consumers and refresh and grow their brands.

FDA modernizes Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods

Refreshed design and relevant information will help consumers make healthy food choices.

How to Adapt to Consumers' Need for Greater Transparency: 3 Brands Doing it Right

For the first time in nearly 20 years, the FDA is proposing updates to its iconic Nutrition Facts label, giving manufacturers and brand owners a valuable opportunity to educate consumers and refresh and grow their brands.

A Golden Opportunity: How to Leverage New Label Regulations to Optimize E-Commerce Content

U.S. and European regulatory bodies are handing brand owners a prime opportunity to grow their brands.

Senate Panel Advances Bill Blocking State GMO Labeling Rules

A Senate panel voted Tuesday to advance legislation that would block states from imposing labeling requirements for genetically modified foods.

FDA to Redefine What 'Healthy' Food Really Means

How is it possible a sugary cereal could be considered healthy but not almonds, avocados and salmon?

6 Steps to Leverage the FDA's Nutrition Facts Panel Update

Smart brands know that the root cause of the nutrition facts panel update is not political. It’s consumer-driven. There’s a groundswell need for greater transparency and education surrounding the food industry.

FDA Delaying Enforcement (Again) for Menu Labeling Final Rule

The FDA issued a statement on March 9 indicating that, as a result of language in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill enacted December 18, 2015, it is delaying enforcement of the Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments Final Rule.