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Does FDA's Calorie-Disclosure Rule Apply To Coin-Op? Bulk Venders (Yes), Amusement Machines (No)

Just like their full-line counterparts, bulk vending operators who have 20 or more machines on location are required to comply with the Food and Drug Administration's calorie-disclosure rule that goes into effect on Dec. 1. 

At IFT, Fiber Suppliers "Confident" FDA Will Define Their Ingredients as Dietary Fibers

Fiber-ingredient suppliers have been on high alert for more than two years ever since FDA announced its intention to revamp U.S. Nutrition Facts labels. Along with those label changes, the agency finally created a definition for a dietary fiber—one that may leave many fibers out in the cold.

FDA Revises Guidance on Dietary Supplements

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a revised draft guidance to improve new dietary ingredient (NDI) premarket safety notifications to the agency. 

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MEPs raise concerns (again) in relation to traffic light labels

Around 100 members of the European Parliament MEPs have requested that the European Commission investigate the commercial impact of the UK’s front-of-pack traffic light labelling scheme.

How the GMO labeling law could lead to increased transparency

The new mandatory GMO labeling law may have ignited a revolution centered around more aggressive transparency efforts across the food and beverage industry.

Sugar Shock: American Heart Association Recommends Dramatically Reducing “Added Sugar” Intake

The American Heart Association recommends dramatically reducing "added sugar" intake among children 2 to 18 to promote heart health.

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Health-minded shoppers want easy-to-read label information

Quick-fire label information is needed to capture the growing majority of health-minded consumers, suggests a survey commissioned by colouring foods supplier.

Study: Consumers would pay more for product transparency

Label Insight study says 73 percent of consumers would pay for more complete nutritional, manufacturing information.

Teens Less Likely to Select Sugary Drinks With Health Warning on the Label

Health warning on the label matters a lot for teenagers when it comes to buying sugary beverages, a new study indicates.

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.