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Changing Product Labels Could Drastically Reduce Food Waste

By now, it’s no secret that we waste billions of tons of food every year. There are a lot of factors contributing to our food waste problem, but one that’s easy to fix is the date that companies print on packaged foods.

Food and drink companies to standardise date labels by 2020

The world’s largest food and beverage companies have pledged to standardise food date labels globally by 2020.

The ABCs of GMO Disclosure in the United States

On July 29, 2016, President Obama signed the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law, establishing a nationwide standard for disclosing the presence of foods and ingredients from genetically engineered (GE) crops.

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A New Food Label Is Coming Soon and It Goes 'Beyond Organic'

Conscious consumers won't have to wait much longer for clear guidance on how to buy food and other products that are not only certified organic, but also certified regenerative.

Gottlieb Tweets New Nutrition Labeling Compliance Date Extension “Closer to 18 Months”

In May 2016, FDA issued final rules to implement changes to the nutrition labeling and serving size regulations. Mandatory compliance with the new nutrition labeling requirements for food products was initially slated for July 26, 2018 (or July 26, 2019 for manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales).

GMA: SmartLabel usage is on track and growing

SmartLabel is gradually gaining consumer acceptance, and information is now available on about 14,000 different food products via QR codes, Julie Savoie, director of industry affairs for the Grocery Manufacturers Association, said earlier this month during a GMA meeting in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, according to Food Business News.

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Nielsen: Organic products are getting cheaper and more accessible

Eighty-eight percent of U.S. households purchased organic food and beverages in the last year, according to Nielsen.

Survey: What does 'natural' mean to consumers?

In order to be considered "natural," food products must be free from preservatives as well as artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners, according to an online survey of 5,175 people from 10 countries by GNT Group.

The Results Are In: Sugar Is Out

42% of adults specifically look for “sugar” on nutritional labels, which is 2.2% higher than in 2006.

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A New Food Label Is Coming Soon and It Goes 'Beyond Organic'

Conscious consumers won't have to wait much longer for clear guidance on how to buy food and other products that are not only certified organic, but also certified regenerative.

FDA too busy with 'competing priorities' to weigh into plant milk debate

The FDA has finally weighed into the debate over labeling conventions in plant-based foods and beverages, but only in the form of a letter to the Good Food Institute (GFI) explaining that it hasn't had time to address its petition on this topic owing to 'competing priorities.'

Clarity needed in clean labeling

NEW YORK — The “why” and “how” behind a product have become as important as the product itself, according to new research from the Nielsen Co. 

Clearer food labelling on the cards with new whole grain food definition

An academia-industry collaboration has agreed on a definition that makes the whole grain content in foods clearer in its labelling, with the aim of providing clarity for consumers and manufacturers. 

GM Labeling Rule Update – USDA Extends Deadline for Stakeholder Input

Legislation requiring labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods and food ingredients was signed into law on July 29, 2016.  This law directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop regulations and standards to create mandatory disclosure requirements for bio-engineered foods by July 2018.

Gottlieb Tweets New Nutrition Labeling Compliance Date Extension “Closer to 18 Months”

In May 2016, FDA issued final rules to implement changes to the nutrition labeling and serving size regulations. Mandatory compliance with the new nutrition labeling requirements for food products was initially slated for July 26, 2018 (or July 26, 2019 for manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales).

Can A Clean Label Help You Achieve Brand Love?

We are in the midst of a food renaissance. Food is no longer just an aspect of our individual lives; it's increasingly a central part of our culture.

Snack companies may label macadamia health benefits following FDA approval

The labeling of macadamia nuts' health benefits, including reducing the risk of coronary heart disease, may appear on snack packaging having received FDA approval, said Royal Hawaiian Macadamia Nut.

Manufacturers reformulate with sugar as consumers sour on corn syrup

The U.S. Department of Agriculture finds the consumption of sweeteners, including sugar and corn syrup, is down 15% during the past 17 years, according to Bloomberg.

Changes to menu labeling law advance from House committee

The Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act, which would amend the federal menu labeling law, advanced out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday, according to a release from the Food Marketing Institute.

GMA: SmartLabel usage is on track and growing

SmartLabel is gradually gaining consumer acceptance, and information is now available on about 14,000 different food products via QR codes, Julie Savoie, director of industry affairs for the Grocery Manufacturers Association, said earlier this month during a GMA meeting in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, according to Food Business News.

Italy to extend country of origin labelling to tomato products

The Italian ministry of agriculture declared its intention on Monday (4 September) to include the origin of primary ingredients on the labels of tomato-based products, drawing criticism from the European food and drink industry for “undermining the EU single market for food.”

Manufacturers reformulate with sugar as consumers sour on corn syrup

The U.S. Department of Agriculture finds the consumption of sweeteners, including sugar and corn syrup, is down 15% during the past 17 years, according to Bloomberg. The decline, however, is attributed almost entirely to the collapse of corn syrup.

Hunger for organic food continues to grow

Despite the heftier price tag, sales of organic food items continue to rise. USA Today reports sales of organic food is up 8.4% over the previous year, hitting a record 43 billion in sales in 2016.

Demand for clean label, non-GMO products on the rise

When the Netherlands-based Innova Market Insights announced its Top Ten Trends list for 2017, clean label was highlighted as the No. 1 trend of the year.

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