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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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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.

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.

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.

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Millennials are aging, what's driving their snack purchase decisions now?

When data on marketing food and beverages to Millennials first came out, they tended to portray this age group as adventurous (and broke) twenty-somethings. But members of this generation have aged, and their purchasing drivers have changed, according to one generational expert. 

Study: Shoppers go to the deli section for fresh heat-and-eat products

FMI/Nielsen's "Power of Fresh Prepared/Deli 2017" report found in order to lure shoppers to the deli department, grocers need to position the segment like a restaurant, according to The Shelby Report. 

Study: Millennials drive the better-for-you snacking trend

Marketers tend to pay a lot of attention to millennials, and with good reason. The demographic includes consumers aged about 18-34, a group that represents about 23.4% of the U.S. population.

Consumers are confused about food labeling, but are most concerned about growth hormones

There are so many labels and designations for food these days it’s tough to keep track of what they mean and how they can help you stay healthy. 

Soda, beer and chips end up in carts — despite shoppers' desire for healthy food

Grocery Headquarters' annual State of the Industry Almanac found that carbonated beverages were the top-selling supermarket category with $10.6 billion in sales, despite the bottled water segment's 8% sales increase. 

GMO labeling remains a ‘front-panel’ issue for brands

In recent years, public awareness campaigns have aimed to inform consumers of the presence of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), but stopped short (so far) of eliminating them. According to Mintel Reports, consumers do not avoid GMOs on quite the same level as artificial preservatives, flavors and sweeteners.

Study finds water bottle labels are awash in confusion

A new study from market research provider ZappiStore showed an array of on-pack claims made by bottled water brands is confusing for consumers, according to FoodBev Media.

Nutrition label readers choose 'better' food

Nutrition label readers are a special bunch. Although they eat pretty much the same amount of food as non-nutrition label readers, they choose better, higher quality foods.

Food quality, not quantity, matters to label lovers

People who pay attention to nutrition labels are more concerned with the quality of the food they eat, choosing to eat more fruits, vegetables and beans, and shunning potatoes and refined grains.

Survey reveals consumer confusion about food labels

Modern millennial moms are fortunate to have an abundance of choices when it comes to what they want to feed their young families. This can be seen as both a blessing and a curse because with all of these choices comes a myriad of questions, concerns, doubts and mom guilt.

Nutritional literacy sorely lacking despite abundant info

Americans are consuming food information from more sources than ever before, yet nutritional literacy is sorely lacking — and health may be suffering as a result. This was among the findings of the International Food Information Council Foundation’s (IFIC) 12th annual "Food & Health Survey."


Nutrition label readers favor food quality over quantity

People who closely eyeball nutrition labels tend to eat differently from less-discerning diners in one key regard, according to research from a University of Illinois expert in food and nutrition policy and consumer food preferences and behaviors.

Nutrition Labels May Reduce the Risk of Diabetes

An article recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition deduced that there is a negative association between the use of nutrition labels and one’s future risk of diabetes.

Millennials are 'the most health-conscious generation ever,' says report by The Halo Group

From certification seals to romance text to website blog posts, many packaged food and beverage brands put a lot of thought (and resources) into creating convincing nutrition-related arguments to persuade buyers. But among millennials, only 26% of them actually pay attention to these. 

Where in the world is this food from? Traceability initiatives let consumers know

Today’s consumers want to know where their food came from, how it was produced, and be able to follow a product’s journey from farm to fork.

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