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Canada Finalizes Changes to Nutrition Facts Label Requirements

By way of background, on October 24, 2016, Canada’s Minister of Health launched the Healthy Eating Strategy for Canada. Part of this strategy involves revising Canada’s food labeling requirements over the next 2 years in consultation with Canadians and stakeholders.

Confused about added sugar? FDA issues draft guidance on Nutrition Facts changes

The FDA has attempted to clear up some of the confusion over defining and calculating added sugar, in new draft guidance designed to help firms get to grips with the key changes it is making to the Nutrition Facts panel. 

FDA Issues Two Guidance Documents on Nutrition Facts Label and Serving Size Final Rules

As our readers are well aware, in May 2016, FDA issued final rules to implement changes to the nutrition and dietary supplement labeling and serving size regulations.

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FDA Issues Draft Guidance on New Nutrition Facts Label

In hopes of clarifying questions from food and dietary supplement manufacturers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a draft of its guidance on the updated Nutrition and Supplement Facts label announced last year.

France begins 2-year test for county-of-origin labeling

A two-year trial period for mandatory country-of-origin labeling is getting underway in France, but it’s not as likely to conflict with international trade rules as the U.S. COOL program did in recent years because it’s tied to the European Commission’s work on the issue.

FDA efforts to redefine 'healthy' could hit a roadblock under Trump

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday announced it is extending the feedback period for comments about use of the word "healthy" on food packaging.

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The Cost of Food Influences Your Perception of How Healthy It Is

Healthy food can be expensive. Just think about all those $8 (or more!) juices and smoothies you've bought in the past year—those add up. But according to a new study published in the Journal of Consumer Research, something really funky is going on with how consumers view the health level of a food relative to its price.

The clean label trend is growing, but do consumers actually read them?

Nutrition labels are the best way for manufacturers to share their ingredient content with consumers, yet a recent Bernstein survey revealed that 48% of consumers said they distrust food labels, according to C&R Research.

Transparent labeling could boost sales, consumer loyalty, Label Insight survey finds

Providing transparent, accurate information about products that go beyond what is legally required can boost sales, market share and consumer loyalty, suggests new reserach by Label Insight. 

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How meat manufacturers can benefit from the clean label trend

Consumers' interest in "clean label" meat has caused sales growth for those products to outpace that of conventional meat, according to recent Nielsen data.

Presidential candidates talked about many things, but not food policy

If you blinked, you missed it. Food policy has been noticeably absent from the debate and headlines. So why has a political topic that has made major headlines this year — from GMO labeling to Nutrition Facts panel regulations — seemingly been forgotten by the two major party candidates now dominating national news? 

Three steps to plan for the FDA’s new food label rules

In May 2016, the FDA released its final rules for the updated food and beverage labels. These changes are revisions to the National Labeling Education Act (NLEA) of 1990. Most packaging professionals and producers will be required to adhere to the new rules within two years (2018), though producers that earn less than $10 million per year in revenue will have until 2019 to meet the changes.

Opinion: QR codes not a smart move for GMO labeling

In July, President Obama signed into law a bill that for the first time will establish a national standard when it comes to labeling food products containing GMOs. The legislation compels manufacturers to disclose if a product contains genetically modified ingredients through the use of a text label, symbol or electronic code readable by a smartphone such as a QR code.

Food Business News: The good news and bad news of formulating clean label beverages

LAS VEGAS — The good news is interest in the development of clean label beverages is high. The bad news is bottlenecks in the supply chain make it a challenge to develop products with hard-to-find ingredients or that require specific certifications.

Replace and Reduce: Formulating Food and Beverage Products for Today’s Consumers

Over the past two decades, consumers’ food and beverage (F&B) preferences and consumption habits have changed significantly. One of the biggest ongoing trends is the move toward informed consumption: Consumers want more information about the food and beverage products they buy, so they can make educated choices that align to their values and fit their health goals.

Can better nutrition labelling curb Canada’s sugar consumption?

Researchers at the University of Toronto are calling for better nutrition labelling after finding high levels of hidden sugar in the Canadian food supply.

Getting Nutrition Education in the Hands of Health Professionals

(DALLAS, TX) The American Heart Association is introducing the newest in a series of Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses designed to promote healthier habits for Americans. 

Ninth Circuit: Food Manufacturers May be Liable for Misleading Consumers if They Label Foods Containing Synthetic Citric and Ascorbic Acid “Natural”

On September 30, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed in part a district court decision granting summary judgment to Dole Packaged Foods, LLC (“Dole”), finding that a reasonable fact finder could conclude that Dole’s description of its products as “All Natural Fruit” is misleading to a reasonable consumer.

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. 

Consumers value origin labelling - but not necessarily for processed meat, say researchers

Consumers do value country of origin labelling (COOL) for meat products, say the authors of a recent study, but mostly for unprocessed meat that already has mandatory labelling in the EU. 

Stop-Go Signals Could Help With Food Choices

Researchers from Bonn University in Germany and Ohio State University collaborated to investigate the possibility of aids to change food choices and published their results in the journal Judgment and Decision Making. According to these authors, previous research has identified traffic light (TL) labeling as an effective means of conveying the healthfulness of food products to consumers.

Fast-food calorie labeling unlikely to encourage healthy eating, finds study

Researchers from New York University show why fast-food menu calorie counts do not help consumers make healthy choices in a new study published in the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing.


Clean label — a $180 billion global opportunity

LAS VEGAS — Global sales of clean label food and beverage products may reach $180 billion by 2020, said Ewa Hudson, the global head of health and wellness, nutrition and ethical labels research for Euromonitor. In 2015, the market research firm estimated global sales of clean label products to be $165 billion, with North America generating $62 billion of that sales total.

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. 

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