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2017 Food trends: Keep it lean and clean

As with anything in the food industry, it is the consumer who ultimately drives trends that retailers pass back up the chain to processors.

Multinationals join forces to create nutritional value label

Six major multinationals, including Coca-Cola, Mars and Mondelez, are working on a new label to inform consumers about their products' nutritional value.

USDA announces revision of Nutrition Facts label for meat and poultry

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is proposing a change to the nutrition labeling requirements for meat and poultry.

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Preparedness +

Implications of EU Ingredient Labeling Proposal for US Suppliers

On March 13, the European Commission approved a report that calls on members of the alcohol beverage industry to develop a comprehensive self-regulatory system of ingredient and nutritional labeling for beer, wine, and distilled spirits.

Packaging plays role as food safety tool

Packaging will play a central — and in some cases, active — role as the produce industry moves forward with its food safety efforts, said Jim Gorny, vice president of food safety and technology for the Newark, Del.-based Produce Marketing Association.

Coming clean in baked foods

KANSAS CITY — Achieving a clean label in baked foods may involve removing artificial flavors, colors and preservatives. It also may mean omitting complex multi-syllablic words from the ingredient list or avoiding the use of bioengineered/G.M.O. ingredients.

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Health Advocates Argue for a Tax on Sugary Drinks in Canada to Save Lives and Healthcare Costs

Twenty-four public health advocates and organizations are calling on the Canadian government to levy a significant tax on manufacturers of sugary drinks to discourage consumption and help fund healthy living initiatives. 

Grocery Industry Launches New Initiative to Reduce Consumer Confusion on Product Date Labels

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) In a new industry-wide effort to reduce consumer confusion about product date labels, grocery manufacturers and retailers have joined together to adopt standard wording on packaging about the quality and safety of products.

Grocery Industry Clarifies Date Labels to Cut Food Waste

WASHINGTON, DC, February 25, 2017 (ENS) – When shoppers look at their food purchases today they could see any of these warning phrases alerting them when a food is no longer safe to eat: Sell By, Use By, Expires On, Best Before, Better if Used By or Best By … confused yet?

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New active food label combats food fraud and boosts consumer confidence

With food safety and traceability issues increasingly in the spotlight, a Bristol technology company has come up with an innovative label to provide consumers with detailed information about where their food comes from and how it has been processed.

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. 

Consumers emphasizing ingredients when it comes to food labels

For years, health advocates have urged the public to read the ingredients and ignore the marketing. For years, consumers have ignored the health advocates.

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.

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.

 

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