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How Should FDA Define the Word Natural? Should It Be Different from Organic? Or Non-GMO?

Take a stroll down any aisle in the grocery store and you’ll find one marketing term used as much as or more than any other: natural. Thousands of U.S. food and beverage companies parade their products under the banner of natural, but with no official definition for the word, each one is free to march to the beat of its own drum.

 

FDA Publishes Guidance on New Nutrition Facts Label

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a Nutrition Facts label Industry Resources web page to help businesses comply with the requirements of the final rules, which were issued in May 2016.

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. 

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FDA could be gearing up to finally define the term 'natural'

FDA released a reminder to consumers that they should always read the labels of the products they buy, according to a news release.

Will new Sugarwise certification gain a foothold?

A new certification program for added sugars in foods is now available in the U.S.

Making Sure 'Healthy' Means What It Says on Food Packages

With final rules on the Nutrition Facts label published, consumers soon will see an updated label on food packages that makes the calories and serving sizes of products easier to see and that gives them additional nutrition information, such as added sugars, vitamin D, and potassium.

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Three trends driving sales of 100% juice even as sugar debate rages

Rather than viewing the ongoing demonization of sugar as a potential threat to sales of 100% juice, manufacturers in this space could spin the trend as a growth opportunity even though their products are high in naturally occurring sugar, according to new market data analysis from Tetra Pak. 

In the age of clean label, are consumers in developed markets losing interest in fortified foods?

With clean label now "the most dominant trend in food and drink," many food and beverage manufacturers are moving away from fortifying foods with minerals, vitamins and other nutritious ingredients, says Euromonitor International. 

Warning labels on soft drinks may affect purchasing decisions of teens: study

Teens are more than 15% less likely to purchase soft drinks or other sugary beverages that have warning labels, according to a new study by researchers from the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Three trends driving sales of 100% juice even as sugar debate rages

Rather than viewing the ongoing demonization of sugar as a potential threat to sales of 100% juice, manufacturers in this space could spin the trend as a growth opportunity even though their products are high in naturally occurring sugar, according to new market data analysis from Tetra Pak. 

Setting the record straight on clean labels - what do consumers actually believe?

In the past two years, humans have created more data than in the previous ten or so millennia. In an age where anyone with a smartphone and network connection can access a decent chunk of that data, you might think that individuals in 2016 are well-informed on every topic under the sun. Unfortunately, because so much information is produced each day, and so little of it is fact-checked, people are often duped by poor research or simply wrong "evidence."

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.

Ingredient manufacturers and suppliers comment on reformulation trends

We spoke with manufacturers of ingredients that have been removed from packaged food products, such as autolyzed yeast extract and carrageenan, to hear what they think of the 'clean label' movement.

College Kids Mostly Blow Off Food-Label Use, Study Finds

In the hopes that students will make use of them, many college dining halls post nutrition information near their food selections. The question arises — do the students even notice the labels, and if so, do they use them?

In the age of clean label, are consumers in developed markets losing interest in fortified foods?

With clean label now "the most dominant trend in food and drink," many food and beverage manufacturers are moving away from fortifying foods with minerals, vitamins and other nutritious ingredients, says Euromonitor International. 

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.

Efforts to inform consumers about bad nutrition are helping

A new study shows that the public health push to educate and warn consumers about bad eating and drinking habits is working.

The GMO Labeling Fight Is Not Industry Versus Consumers

In late July, President Obama signed a bill requiring some form of labeling of foods containing genetically engineered materials. 

American Heart Association weighs in on the issue of added sugars

DALLAS — The American Heart Association is recommending children between the ages of 2 and 18 should eat or drink less than 25 grams, or six teaspoons, of added sugars daily. The recommendation comes as the Food and Drug Administration is in the process of revamping the Nutrition Facts Panel to include the listing of added sugars.

Warning labels on soft drinks may affect purchasing decisions of teens: study

Teens are more than 15% less likely to purchase soft drinks or other sugary beverages that have warning labels, according to a new study by researchers from the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Study: Consumers would pay more for product transparency

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

How private label segmentation could impact brand manufacturers

Private labels are taking cues from branded product manufacturers by embracing different value tiers in product varieties within the same category, top officials from TreeHouse Foods told Food Business News.

Consumers losing trust in product labels

HOUSTON — Consumers today are passionate about food — some because they want to be and others because they have to be — and it’s led to a culture of diligent label reading. 

More pictures, less numbers: FSA advises on healthy food labelling

In a new study, the FSA (Food Standards Agency) claim food labels are often ignored when buying 'the usual' groceries in the weekly shopping list.