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New FDA Nutrition Facts Label Rules

FDA Nutrition Facts Label Updates for Food, Beverage & Supplements 

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FDA Nutrition Facts Label requirements are being updated and require companies to modify their food, beverage and supplement panel. Companies earning >$10m must comply by 1/1/2020. Companies earning <$10m must comply by 1/1/2021. Learn more about the required updates, format for compliance,  and how the new standards impact your business. The standards were announced on May 20, 2016, and the deadline for compliance is fast approaching. 

 

Major Changes

 

  • New label design to highlight calories and serving sizes
  • Removal of “Calories from Fat”
  • Added sugars now required on label
  • Updated Daily Values for several nutrients like Sodium,
  • Dietary Fiber, Vitamin D
  • Vitamins and Minerals amounts required on label
  • Changes in required nutrients (Vitamin D & Potassium) versus no longer required (Vitamin A and C)
  • Definition of fiber and allowable fibers
  • Changes to Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed (RACCs) and serving sizes
  • Dual Column label for packages that contain 200% and up to and including 300% of the standard serving size

 

Published Final Rules

Food Labeling for Food & Supplements: https://federalregister.gov/a/2016-11867

Serving Sized and Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed: https://federalregister.gov/a/2016-11865

 

At a Glance: Highlights of the Final Nutrition Facts Label

The FDA today finalized the new Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods to reflect new scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease. The new label will make it easier for consumers to make better informed food choices.

Features a Refreshed Design

  • The “iconic” look of the label remains, but we are making important updates to ensure consumers have access to the information they need to make informed decisions about the foods they eat. These changes include increasing the type size for “Calories,” “Servings per Container,” and the “Serving size” declaration, and bolding the number of calories and the“Serving size” declaration to highlight this information.
  • Manufacturers must declare the actual amount, in addition to percent Daily Value of vitamin D, calcium, iron and potassium. They can voluntarily declare the gram amount for other vitamins and minerals.
  • The footnote is changing to better explain what percent Daily Value means. It will read: “*The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.”

 

Reflects Updated Information about Nutrition Science

  • “Added sugars,” in grams and as percent Daily Value, will be included on the label. Scientific data shows that it is difficult to meet nutrient needs while staying within calorie limits if you consume more than 10 percent of your total daily calories from added sugar, and this is consistent with the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
  • The list of nutrients that are required or permitted to be declared is being updated. Vitamin D and potassium will be required on the label. Calcium and iron will continue to be required. Vitamins A and C will no longer be required but can be included on a voluntary basis.
  • While continuing to require “Total Fat,” “Saturated Fat,” and “Trans Fat” on the label, “Calories from Fat” is being removed because research shows the type of fat is more important than the amount.
  • Daily values for nutrients like sodium, dietary fiber and vitamin D are being updated based on newer scientific evidence from the Institute of Medicine and other reports such as the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report, which was used in developing the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Daily values are reference amounts of nutrients to consume or not to exceed and are used to calculate the percent Daily Value (% DV) that manufacturers include on the label. The % DV helps consumers understand the nutrition information in the context of a total daily diet.

 

Updates Serving Sizes and Labeling Requirements for Certain Package Sizes

  • By law, serving sizes must be based on amounts of foods and beverages that people are actually eating, not what they should be eating. How much people eat and drink has changed since the previous serving size requirements were published in 1993. For example, the reference amount used to set a serving of ice cream was previously ½ cup but is changing to ⅔ cup. The reference amount used to set a serving of soda is changing from 8 ounces to 12 ounces.
  • Package size affects what people eat. So for packages that are between one and two servings, such as a 20 ounce soda or a 15-ounce can of soup, the calories and other nutrients will be required to be labeled as one serving because people typically consume it in one sitting.
  • For certain products that are larger than a single serving but that could be consumed in one sitting or multiple sittings, manufacturers will have to provide “dual column” labels to indicate the amount of calories and nutrients on both a “per serving” and “per package”/“per unit” basis. Examples would be a 24-ounce bottle of soda or a pint of ice cream. With dual-column labels available, people will be able to easily understand how many calories and nutrients they are getting if they eat or drink the entire package/unit at one time.

For more information about the FDA’s Nutrition Facts Label updates or to request assistance updating your label artwork please contact sales@imageteklabels.com or call (866) 403-5223.

 

  

Leverage the FDA’s Nutrition Facts Panel Updates – 5 Simple Steps

The FDA’s nutrition facts panel updates are consumer driven. Consumers are demanding transparency from their preferred brands so they can make more informed buying decisions.

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The FDA’s nutrition facts panel update represents a fantastic opportunity for food brands who want to capture market share by educating consumers about their products and their nutritional value.  We’ve gone ahead and made a short-list of things you can do to leverage the nutrition label updates and turn a burdensome regulation into a marketable opportunity.

5 Simple Steps to Get the Most of Nutrition Panel Updates 

1.    Know what your customers expect from your brand 
Pay close attention to the required changes to the nutrition panel, they offer valuable consumer insights. Determine which of your products speak to nutritional attributes and talk about it. Do your products compete in certain categories better than your competitor products do? Are they lower in calories? Made with natural or organic ingredients? Do they meet gluten-free, Keto, or Paleo lifestyle attributes? If so, make sure to list it on your packaging. Shoppers are checking specialty food labels now, more than ever before. Are you well aligned?

2.    Anticipate changes to serving sizes
Serving sizes must be updated to reflect an ‘actual’ serving size. After all, who eats exactly 28 nuts?  No-one. What will those changes look like for your brand? How will consumers respond to your nutrition label when the nutritionals reflect true to life serving sizes? Smart brands are getting ahead of these changes now and some are reformulating better-for-you recipes in preparation for the serving size nutrition panel changes.

3.    Revamp your labels and redesign them once 
Determine if other label design changes can be made at the same time you are updating your nutrition panels. Which of your packaging elements are critical to your product? What attributes can be removed? Does your label design speak to health-conscious consumers looking for products that fit their lifestyle? Today’s consumers want clean labels, short ingredients panels and food that is flavorful and nutritious.

4.    Assemble the right team
Get all the stakeholders on board and work as a team. Being able to coordinate all the packaging components is a group effort. Make sure your quality assurance team is working in tandem with your designers, marketing department and label printers to stay ahead of curveballs, lessen lead times, and meet compliance regulations.

5.    Request printed label proofs before you place an order
Packaging changes can be exciting. Nothing feels better than seeing the finished product hit store shelves with updated packaging but resist the urge to rush. Nutrition labels can be intricate and crisp lettering is imperative to consumers who want to find the information easily. There is no better way to make sure your design translates well, and is legible, than to request a digitally printed label proof before you place your order.

For expert advice on printing custom labels for specialty foods that meet the FDA’s standard of compliance please contact sales@imageteklabels.com.

Food Labeling Update: Standardized Date Labels Take Effect by 2020

Food LabelingFood Labels: ‘Best if Used by’ and ‘Expiration Date’ Changes

Leading food and beverage companies from across the globe have joined forces in their pledge to standardize date labels on food and beverage products by 2020, in an effort to lessen consumer confusion, and give the industry a more eco-friendly footprint.

Today, food and beverage manufacturers have the option of dating their products with ‘sell by’, ‘use by’, ‘best before’ and ‘display until’ labels to indicate expiration dates, and the broad terminology has proven to be confusing for customers who are throwing away products before they’ve expired.

Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) to Cut Food Waste in Half by 2020

The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) – a network of more than 400 of the largest consumer goods companies in the world, comprised of industry leaders like Campbell Soup, Nestlé, and Kellogg, have approved the labeling update.

CGF is committed to cutting food waste in half by 2020. The organization estimates the average American household throws away roughly $1,500.00 of food still within the use-by date, every year. CGF stated: “Food waste is a major contributor to climate change, emitting 8% of annual greenhouse gases.” The standardized labeling update will lessen consumer waste, in turn lessening the food industry’s impact on global climate change over time.

New Food Labeling Standards: Steps Towards Compliance

The new standards mean food and beverage producers need to take the required steps towards compliance. Moving forward, there will be one expiration date format for perishable items (e.g. ‘use by’) and one food quality indicator for non-perishable items (e.g. ‘best if used by’). Changes to your format, product packaging, and quality procedures should be made now, in advance of the deadline. You can learn more about the food labeling standard by reading the case of federal regulation published by the Food Law & Policy Clinic at Harvard University.

In addition to updating product labels, producers are encouraged to educate consumers about the shelf life and stability of their products on their website and in their marketing materials. Educating consumers about how to properly interpret expiration date information will result in less overall food waste, saving consumers money and helping to make the food manufacturing industry more sustainable.

For more information about the food and beverage labeling updates visit the Food & DrugAdministration’s (FDA) website.

New England Made Giftware & Specialty Food Show

New England Made Giftware & Specialty Food Show

The New England Made Show
The Best Juried Wholesale Show in the Region

The Portland Sports Complex, March 16-18, 2019  – Portland, Maine

The New England Made Show is back again! Featuring locally made giftware, specialty foods and home furnishings, attendees come from all over the region to buy and sell locally made products. The show attracts over 350 exhibitors every year, who come to network and connect with qualified, wholesale buyers looking to shop New England-made items for resale in their stores. Nothing is imported and all items are unique and artisan crafted. This curated exposition features fresh, new specialty food products and hundreds of quality, hand crafted creations.  Show sales have reached more than three million, making this event one of the largest wholesale buying shows in the nation.

The New England Made Show is a must-attend event for ImageTek Labels. We get to see many of our existing customers and learn about their products first-hand. It also gives us a chance to connect with dozens of new customers, by offering to hand-deliver, complimentary label samples at the show. It’s a fun weekend with so many local businesses under one roof.

New England Made Show Schedule

Saturday, March 16, 2019

10am – Show Opens

5pm – Show Closes

5pm – 6:30pm – Welcoming Reception

Sunday, March 17, 2019

10am – Show Opens

5pm – Show Closes

5pm – 6:30pm – Networking Reception

Monday, March 18, 2019

9am – Show Opens

3pm – Cash & Carry begins

4pm – Show Closes

Learn more about the show by visiting the event website. 

View a list of participating exhibitors here. 

Variable Designs – Perfect for Seasonal Label Printing

Autumn is the Perfect Time for Variable Label Designs 

With ImageTek Labels state of the art digital printing technology, variable designs are a breeze. Don’t pay extra for custom plate charges, uses are limited only by the imagination.

Create inspired designs, play with color palettes, or print personalized labels to support your marketing efforts. Custom labels allow you to test products and markets cost effectively, and are are proven to boost sales and attract new customers.

No Tooling Charges with Variable Label Printing!

With ImageTek Labels state of the art digital printing technology, variable designs are a breeze. Don’t pay extra for custom plate charges, uses are limited only by the imagination. Create inspired designs, play with color palettes, or print personalized labels to support your marketing efforts. 

Custom labels allow you to test products and markets cost effectively, and are are proven to boost sales and attract new customers.

Working with ImageTek Labels Means:

  • No set up or tooling charges
  • No additional cost for color
  • Custom printed labels shipped in 5 days or less
  • Complimentary online label proofs
  • Personal Service – no cookie cutter label programs here

To save big on variable labels, contact us at sales@imageteklabels.com or call (866) 403-5223.

Free Custom Samples on NEW Orders and 20% Off Your Purchase

Spring into Savings! (1)

There are all kinds of ways to take advantage of ImageTek Label’s Spring Savings Promotion! Whether you have a new seasonal label design, you’re introducing new products to an existing line or you’ve simply never done business with us,
you can cash in on quality labels!

FREE custom label samples on all first-time label orders & new designs! That would be our first-time, not yours.
If we’ve never printed your label design, you qualify.

If you place your order within 14 days of receiving your custom label samples you get 20% off your purchase.

No catch – just a deadline. All sample requests must be placed by 5pm on Friday, March 17, 2017.

To order your custom label samples, contact us at sales@imageteklabels.com or call (866) 403-5223.

A Proud Sponsor of the VSFA Fall Meeting

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ImageTek Labels is proud to sponsor the VSFA Fall Meeting held on Friday, November 1, 2016. VSFA is the nation’s oldest and most highly regarded specialty food association. The Annual Fall Meeting gives members and attendees the opportunity to connect with Vermont food producers who share the vision of promoting Vermont’s specialty foods.

Educational sessions will be hosted by Retail Insights, Lake Champlain Chocolates, City Market, SCORE – Free Small Business Counseling, Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing, Associated Buyers, Vermont Roots and Vermont Specialty Food Association.

The VSFA Fall Meeting itinerary is as follows:

  • 8:30 – REGISTRATION & NETWORKING
  • 9:00 – On the Trail to Find New Customers
  • 9:45 – Gen Shift and the Vermont Brand
  • 10:30 – NETWORKING BREAK
  • 11:00 – Marketing the State of Vermont
  • 11:45 – NEW VSFA Listserve
  • 12:00 – LUNCHEON / Featured Speaker: City Market
  • 1:00 – SCORE, Small Business Advice for Growing
  • 1:45 – Distributors & Brokers: Who, what, when, where and why (title subject to change).

For more information about attending the fall meeting, registering for workshops or becoming a VSFA member please visit http://www.vermontspecialtyfoods.org

Summer Labeling Woes: Beat the Heat & Humidity

e4e759ed6112791acc31684d9dd7d998With the warmer months fast approaching, producers are gearing up for seasonal product labeling. Heat is an important factor to considering labeling warm weather products. High temperatures and humidity can adversely affect your product labels, causing them to fade, lift and curl. Keeping a few tips and tricks in mind will ensure your labels stand up to the summer months and last the life cycle of your product.

Label Adhesive:

  • Soft pressure adhesives can fail as temperatures increase, causing the binding to liquefy, smear or fail. Adhesives that react adversely to heat can also affect your printers and auto labeling equipment, leaving residue build up that will damage print heads and other components.

Some label stocks are better suited for printing and applying at cooler temperatures. Be sure to use a label stock that is approved for heat and humidity and has a wider application range for warm weather product labeling.

Labels Substrates & liners:

  • Quick changes to temperatures can cause label stock to curl and peel. This occurs because the liner absorbs more moisture than the substrate, making labels harder to apply and increasing the risk of label failure. Film substrates with paper liners are most susceptible to such problems. To avoid potential risks, try testing paper labels on polypropylene liners. The more resistant the liner is to moisture and humidity, the less likely your labels are to lift.

Label Transportation  & Storage

Labels can be exposed to extreme temperatures during shipping. Non-climate controlled shipping containers can often reach heights of over 170 degrees Fahrenheit. To avoid receiving a shipment of labels that are destined for disaster, try sourcing climate controlled shipping methods that protect your labels while they are in route.  Lastly, store your labels in a controlled environment once they arrive at your facility. This ensures your labels will be ready for peak performance when it’s time to apply them to your products.

If climate-controlled transportation and storage are not available, follow these simple steps:

  • Place your product labels in plastic bags or shrink-wrap to protect them from temperature fluctuations.
  • Store your labels on low racks and shelves that are closest to the floor. Do not double stack your labels and make sure to leave a few inches of space between each container and pallet.
  • Acclimate your labels to your environment before applying them to your products. Generally, labels can acclimate within 24 hours. For best results, labels should be stored in locations that do not exceed 70 degrees Fahrenheit and 50% humidity.

Labels with heavy coat weight adhesives and textured surfaces may require special care. If you are experiencing label failure commonly associated with high temperatures and humidity, please contact sales@imageteklabels.com for assistance.

ImageTek Labels to Attend the NH Grocers Association Fall Conference & Exposition

Nh Grocers ImageTek Labels Join ImageTek Labels for the NH Grocers Association Fall Conference & Exposition on Wednesday, October 21st. This is by far the associations’ largest annual event, held at the Executive Courthouse Banquet Facility in Manchester, N.H. Suppliers from New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts participate to exhibit their products to an exclusive audience made up of the NHGA’s retail member business owners and decision makers, for independent and chain retail locations throughout New Hampshire.  The program also includes seminars and engaging speakers who will address topics that will help make running your business more productive and prosperous.

 

NH Grocers Exposition Event Registration

Event attendees must submit an entry form prior to the event. Registration is FREE for Retailers. Full Registration includes a continental breakfast, morning & afternoon sessions, luncheon and drawing entry. Follow the links below for event details.

Download Registration Form. 

Download Sponsorship & Advertising Form.

Download Exhibitor, Sponsor & Advertising Form.

Click Here for more information. Contact Us to request label samples for delivery at the event.

For more information about The NH Grocers Association Fall Conference & Exposition please visit the www.grocers.org website.

To contact ImageTek Labels prior to the event for label samples and/or press proofs, please email sales@imageteklabels.com or call (866) 403-5223.

 

Labels Stock – What type should you be using?

When people talk about labels, they are often referring to the type of material the

label is manufactured from, when in fact, label stock is comprised of many layers of

media, that when put together provide solutions to various types of substrates.

Simply put, label stock is the sum of the ingredients found within the labels layers.

The combination of layers produces different performance characteristics

depending on what types of ingredients are used and how the layers are put

together. As important as the label media itself is the carrier, which is generally

coated on one side with adhesive and printed on the other side. Coating not only

carries the adhesive but additional properties that allow the adhesive to stick to the

topcoat (the label) and release from the bottom layer (the carrier).

Most manufacturers concern themselves with the topcoat when determining what

type of label media to use. The topcoat is made from a variety of papers, plastics and

nylon blends. However, certain industries find themselves having to dive a little

deeper to find label stock solutions that meet very stringent standards. These

standards are often in place to maintain peak performance in production or to offer

solutions for extreme environments like chemical exposure or high temperatures.

In order to ensure your choosing label stock that suits your application and will

survive the manufacturing process or product lifecycle, you must first know what

types of stocks are available.

Common label stocks include:

Paper

A variety of papers and paperboards can be used as labels. Paper stock

material is manufactured in thin sheets from the pulp of wood or other fibrous

substances. Paper labels don’t last for long periods of time and are generally cost

effective making them a great solution for consumable products. The fiberous

material soaks up ink and offers brilliant color reproduction.

Nonwoven Fabric – This material offers extra durability and is manufactured in

sheet or web structures bonded together by entangling fiber or filament

mechanically, thermally, or chemically. They are flat, porous sheets that are made

directly from separate fibers or from molten plastic or plastic film. This label stock

can be printed on and cut to size. Nonwoven labels can offer a more ridged solution

with various levels of flexibility depending on the mil thickness of the film.

Latex

This lithographic stock with some added latex makes labels more water

resistant. An ideal solution for applications that require extreme flexibility and can

contour around curled objects

Plastics

The most common alternative to paper label stock solutions. Plastic

stocks, also known as vinyl and PET film, offers strength, stiffness and

transparency. Known for being more resistant to tearing plastic label stock is

commonly used for applications that require UV cured coatings for printing

process or to produce durable labels that will be exposed to extreme sunlight

and/or high temperatures.

Foil

This material comes in a variety of colors. Commonly used for wine and

beverage labeling or label designs with distinct graphics that need to shine or

sparkle. Foil labels are extremely durable and resistant to high temperatures.

Foil label stock is a premium media than more common stocks primarily due its

multi step manufacturing process and unique visual benefits.

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