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New York City Agrees to Postpone Menu Calorie Counts

New York City has agreed not to move forward with its plan to begin enforcing federal guidelines requiring restaurant chains and retail food outlets to post calorie counts on menus ahead of the government's May 2018 enforcement date.

US: FDA promises more menu labeling guidance by year-end

28 Aug 2017 The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has pledged to provide further guidance on menu labeling requirements by the end of this year to address concerns from the eating-out sector.

Restaurant menus now likely to contain calorie counts by 2018

The Affordable Care Act is intact, Bill de Blasio is on hold, and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is on board. That means big restaurants’ menus might yet be required to include calorie counts under federal regulations.

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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. 

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. The decline, however, is attributed almost entirely to the collapse of corn syrup.

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Can We Bring Meaning Back to the Term ‘Natural Foods’?

Over the past several years, the term “natural” has appeared on everything from cereal bars containing as much sugar as candy to oats boasting the “all-natural” unlisted ingredient of glyphosate herbicide. These “natural foods” are anything but, but this begs the question: what does “natural” really mean when it comes to food?

Digital GMO disclosure faces significant but manageable challenges, USDA study

Food and beverage manufacturers must work with the government and other stakeholders to overcome significant, but not insurmountable, challenges if they want to use QR codes or other digital technology to convey when products include genetically modified ingredients, according to research released earlier this month by the US Deparment of Ariculture.

Nutrition density on food labes could boost healthy choices — research

Researchers have suggested that the addition of Nutrient Rich Food Indices to food labels could help consumers make healthier purchasing decisions.

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Research Indicates Consumers Want Transparency in Food Labeling

American consumers want more transparency in the food they buy. That trend is confirmed by the Food Marketing Institute’s 2017 Grocery Shopper Trends research which reveals shoppers want more than just information. 

Study: Only 7% of eligible food products advertise they don't have artificial ingredients

A new Nielsen study revealed that approximately 50% of U.S. households are seeking out products made without artificial ingredients, according to Supermarket News. According to the firm's data, shoppers spent $18 billion on items that advertised a lack of artificial ingredients on their packaging.

GMO labeling remains a ‘front-panel’ issue for brands

In recent years, public awareness campaigns have aimed to inform consumers of the presence of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), but stopped short (so far) of eliminating them. According to Mintel Reports, consumers do not avoid GMOs on quite the same level as artificial preservatives, flavors and sweeteners.

Study finds water bottle labels are awash in confusion

A new study from market research provider ZappiStore showed an array of on-pack claims made by bottled water brands is confusing for consumers, according to FoodBev Media.

Nutrition label readers choose 'better' food

Nutrition label readers are a special bunch. Although they eat pretty much the same amount of food as non-nutrition label readers, they choose better, higher quality foods.

Study: Nearly 4% of Americans suffer from food allergies

A new study found about 4% of Americans suffer from food allergies and intolerances, the most common of which are allergies to shellfish such as fish and lobster, according to Health Day.

Swedish shoppers' baskets filled with healthier foods, survey finds

Consumers in Sweden are eating healthier compared to five years ago as a survery finds an overall decrease in sugar and salt intake whilst consumption of healthy fats and vitamin D have increased.

Nutritional literacy sorely lacking despite abundant info

Americans are consuming food information from more sources than ever before, yet nutritional literacy is sorely lacking — and health may be suffering as a result. This was among the findings of the International Food Information Council Foundation’s (IFIC) 12th annual "Food & Health Survey."


Nutrition label readers favor food quality over quantity

People who closely eyeball nutrition labels tend to eat differently from less-discerning diners in one key regard, according to research from a University of Illinois expert in food and nutrition policy and consumer food preferences and behaviors.

Nutrition Labels May Reduce the Risk of Diabetes

An article recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition deduced that there is a negative association between the use of nutrition labels and one’s future risk of diabetes.

Time to rethink nutrition labelling, say scientists: Food is not just the sum of its nutrients

It's time to move beyond the single nutrient model that looks only at individual fat, sugar or protein content, says scientists. Foods are eaten whole and so their effect on health must alaso be considered in a more holistic manner.

Millennials are aging, what's driving their snack purchase decisions now?

When data on marketing food and beverages to Millennials first came out, they tended to portray this age group as adventurous (and broke) twenty-somethings. But members of this generation have aged, and their purchasing drivers have changed, according to one generational expert. 

Study: Shoppers go to the deli section for fresh heat-and-eat products

FMI/Nielsen's "Power of Fresh Prepared/Deli 2017" report found in order to lure shoppers to the deli department, grocers need to position the segment like a restaurant, according to The Shelby Report. 

Study: Millennials drive the better-for-you snacking trend

Marketers tend to pay a lot of attention to millennials, and with good reason. The demographic includes consumers aged about 18-34, a group that represents about 23.4% of the U.S. population.

Consumers are confused about food labeling, but are most concerned about growth hormones

There are so many labels and designations for food these days it’s tough to keep track of what they mean and how they can help you stay healthy. 

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