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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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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.

Survey: A majority of consumers are confused by food ingredients

A large majority of consumers (83%) are confused at least some of the time about food ingredients, and 64% are willing to switch brands if they find one with ingredients they better understand, according to a survey from Label Insight.

8 in 10 consumers check the origin of their food when purchasing products

This is according to a new survey from Elementar UK, the stable isotope ratio mass spectrometry manufacturer formerly known as Isoprime, which showed that the origin of food and the accuracy of food labelling is very important to today’s shoppers.

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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.

USDA publishes questions to help craft GMO labeling regulation

The U.S. Agriculture Department's Agricultural Marketing Service has started the process of figuring out how to write the guidelines for the GMO labeling law signed nearly a year ago after it published Tuesday a list of 30 questions for stakeholders to answer and comment on.

FMCG Giants To Promote Healthier Diets With 'Evolved Nutrition Labelling Scheme'

The Coca-Cola Company, Mars, Mondeléz International, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever have joined together to promote healthier diets and balanced lifestyles in the EU by focusing on nutritional labelling on products.

Food Production Transparency Is Expected in the Future

Consumers are demanding to know what, exactly, is in their food. The call for transparency is a call to repair trust in food production practices and ingredient names that have been shortened to fit on a small label space. What exactly are those mysterious “artificial flavors,” anyway?

Futuristic packaging changes colors when food spoils

Braskem, a thermoplastic resin producer, has joined with universities in the U.S. and Brazil to develop fresh food packaging that will change color when food is hazardous to consume, according to Food Navigator.

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.

Food labelling: A natural opportunity to reducing sugar intake

In the age of information, details matter. In almost no industry is that more obvious than in food manufacturing. Consumers aren’t satisfied with a mystery cocktail of processed substances and, if given the choice, will always opt for the clear list of specific ingredients in a product.

Standardized language for expiration dates should help reduce food waste, according to GMA

According to the nonprofit Feeding America, 126 billion pounds of food is wasted each year in America a staggering number that prompted USDA and EPA to challenge producters, manufacturers and consumers to help reduce food loss and waste by 50% by 2030. 

Hungarian law to require "distictive warning" labels on foods with inferior ingredients

As Bulgaria's prime minister slams dual quality foods as 'apartheid', a draft law by Hungary would see warning labels on foods with a different ingredient composition outside the country, but experts say it's on shaky legal ground. 

Clean label drive spurs innovation in texturizers, preservatives

The challenges of clean label formulation might hit hardest at the humblest of ingredients, texturizers and preservatives — those behind-the-scenes stage hands that do the dirty work of making food formulations platable and shelf stable. 

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.

Avocados have labels and use-by dates lasered onto their skin in new scheme to save energy by doing away with traditional food stickers

Food labels are to be tattooed on to the skin of avocados with lasers in a move that will save 10 tonnes of paper and five tonnes of glue every year.

Sugar concerns spur alternative sweetener development

Poor perception of sugar and artificial sweeteners could open opportunities for new sweeteners and sweetener blends, according to Food Business News.

The attack on sugars ramp up

The non-profit group, the Union of Concerned Scientists has filed a petition with the FDA to prohibit foods that are high in sugars to make health or nutrient claims such as “healthy” or “high in fiber.”

Canada GMO label vote splits industry, campaigners

The defeat in the Canadian parliament of an attempt to make the labelling of genetically modified foods sold in the country mandatory has drawn contrasting reactions from industry and environmental organisations.

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