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F.D.A. gives bakers options in listing added sugars

WASHINGTON — Manufacturers have two options in declaring the amount of added sugars in a baked food when sugar is added for fermentation during the leavening process, according to a Food and Drug Administration draft guidance issued Jan. 4

 

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.

COOL provisions changed to add venison meat

Once finalized, retailers and suppliers would be required to keep records and provide their customers with notification of the country of origin of muscle cuts and ground venison they sell.

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Should foods high in added sugar be disqualified from making nutrient content and health claims?

High levels of added sugar should disqualify foods from being able to make health claims, or nutrient content claims such as 'healthy' or 'high fiber,' argues a citizen's petition filed last week by the nonprofit advocacy group the Union of Concerned Scientists. 

2017 Food and Beverage Industry Outlook

This year, perhaps for the first time in history, the fortunes of the U.S. food and beverage industry may depend upon the president of the United States.

Food Rules Gnaw at C-Store Operations

There’s no shortage of pundits who assert that compliance with governmental rules and laws is a greater encumbrance on small companies than large ones, thwarting small business formation, growth and job creation.

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Exercise labels are more effective than standard nutrition info for healthy eating, say researchers

'Exercise labels' that say how much physical activity is needed to burn off the calories in food are significantly more effective in encouraging healthy eating than standard nutrition information, according to a new study. 

Decline in sugary drink consumption stalls, CDC finds

For years, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines urged Americans to drink less sugary beverages. And for years, many Americans listened. But after a decade of falling consumption, rates have stalled at well above the recommended limit, according to statistics released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The clean label trend is rising in retail bakeries

Many supermarket bakery departments are simplifying their ingredients list and removing fats and hydrogenated oils from their recipes, according to Supermarket News.

 

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Study shows why the clean label trend is worth pursuing

A survey of 1,300 consumers across North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region done by Ingredient Communications found more than half (52%) were willing to pay 10% more on a food or drink product containing known, trusted ingredients, according to a report in Grocery Headquarters.

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. 

USDA proposes changes to Nutrition Facts panel as industry seeks to delay it

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service has proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts panel, particularly for meat and poultry products that fall under the organization's purview, Meat + Poultry reported.

How Athletes Read Nutrition Labels

It can be difficult to interpret food labels, especially since athletes tend to have different requirements and restrictions than the rest of the population. But if done right, you’ll find a wealth of information that will help you make better choices with your training diet.

Generic no more: How private label products compete with national brands

Decades ago, private label products were easy to pick out on grocery store shelves. While national brands had colorful packages with pictures and words describing product quality, private label brands were called "generic," with bland packaging and branding. Consumers then often considered private label products to be of inferior quality compared to the national brands they stood next to.

 

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.

On-pack food claims must be carefully weighed and deftly positioned

While U.S. grocery shoppers continue to seek tasty, nutritious food, the impact of food labels appears to be waning. 

What Food Industry Experts Forecast Will Be Trending in 2017

At the end of every year, food industry analysts all make their predictions about what will be the next hot product or trend in the coming year. 

Comments in FDA docket reveals consumers’ shifting perceptions of ‘healthy’

If the FDA's decision to wade into the 'natural' debate seemed like an act of sadomasochism, its decision to re-examine the criteria underpinning 'healthy claims on food labels looks set to be equally painful, judging by the first wave of public comments filled in the docket. 

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.

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.

Cracking the Code to Making Sugar Reduction Taste Just as Good

Reducing sugar content in food and beverages has been a hot-button issue for years as health advocates point to sugar consumption as one of the major factors for global obesity. Sugar also was thrust into the spotlight earlier this year when the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) recommended consumers eat less than 10 percent of daily calories from added sugars.

Future of Nutrition Facts, menu labeling & food safety are unclear under Trump, CSPI says

While President-elect Trump's position on food policy is relatively unclear still, changes to the exhaustively researched and intensely debated Nutrition Facts label, menu labeling rule and food safety regulations could all be on the chopping block under the new administration, warns a top nutrition policy expert. 

Health star ratings is the world's best food labelling system, say experts

There's confusion, doubt and lack of trust among Australian shoppers about our two-year-old health-star rating system, but experts say it's the world's best. Alexandra Jones from Sydney University said her analysis of 18 front-of-pack nutrition labelling systems used in 50 countries found the health-star rating system was most effective and Australia was on the right path towards improving diets.

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.

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