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Drought costs in California

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Drought in California California is an important food-producing region. Continued strong global demand and prices for many of its fruits, nuts and vegetables has helped sustain the farm economy. But the 4 year drought has had a severe impact on agriculture in California. It has already squeezed about 30% of the workers and cropland out of production in 2015 compared to 2014.

In 2015, the state’s agricultural economy will lose about $1.84 billion and 10,100 seasonal jobs because of the drought, with the Central Valley hardest hit.

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Label conscious consumers

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Ensuring food safety is a shared responsibility between governments, producers, industry and consumers. Food labeling is one way in which consumers can get knowledge about the food they consider buying.

In the past, nutritional labels were only required on grocery food items. But last year, this requirement was extended to restaurants and food sold outlets and vending machines in the U.S.

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RFI, LLC selects Lascom to better forecast new product costs

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RFI, LLC, U.S developer of natural innovative ingredients, selects Lascom to better forecast new product costs while innovating and easing certification processes

Lascom today announced that its CPG Solution has been selected by field-to-formula driven, natural products company, RFI, LLC to facilitate its demanding certification process and assist R&D teams in new product development.

San Diego, September 22, 2015 Lascom works with local and global companies to help them to better manage new product development (NPD), product specifications consistency and product lifecycle (PLM).

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Is INCO regulation only a costly and time-consuming constraint?

By | Cosmetic and Food Regulations | No Comments

Consider the new regulation as an opportunity.

Consumers increase their level of information. This Regulation protects consumer health by establishing common rules on food information. Consumer information is enhanced and reinforced by making nutrition labeling mandatory, by reinforcing any cases in which the origin must be indicated, and by specifying rules for information legibility as well as rules of fair practice regarding labeling, etc. This text also reinforces consumer safety by requiring allergen labeling for non-prepackaged food.

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Manage customers’ complaints

By | Cosmetic and Food Software | No Comments

By speaking out when they believe they have not received their money's worth, consumers give businesses an opportunity to correct the immediate problem and restore goodwill. Experience shows that consumers who complain about products and services continue to frequent the businesses and buy the products they complain about if they believe the complaint was resolved fairly.

When consumers send a complaint to retailers, they expect a follow-up with some sort of claim traceability.

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Use INCO to anticipate further regulations such as FSMA

By | Cosmetic and Food Regulations | No Comments

plm and regulation compliance

The U.S. is in the process of establishing its own changes to labeling laws. In February 2014, the FDA, whose mission includes protecting and promoting public health by supervising and regulating food safety, partnered with First Lady Michelle Obama and introduced the new proposed food labels.

The new labels are expected to establish common rules on food and beverage product information, helping consumers to make healthier choices within the broad range of options available in today's marketplace. A concerted effort has also been made to present information that reflects current trends. With larger portions the norm, the suggestion is to update calorie counts to account for today's “real life” servings. Other modifications include a clearer display of added sugars and other components such as vitamins and allergens.

This new labeling is part of a more general plan known as the FSMA. FSMA first discussions began in 2011 and are still on-going. In 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was allocated an additional $27.5 million for food safety activities, and, under the president's budget proposal for fiscal year 2016, the agency would get another $109.5 million to help implementing the act.

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Innovation in Food and Beverage

By | New Product Development and Innovation | No Comments

Competition and pricing continue to be top areas of concern for the Food and Beverage industries, and raw material costs persist as an ongoing worry. Yet, in spite of the challenges, the industry is optimistically predicting continued increases in sales, more product offerings and larger workforce through innovation.

Innovation is the new key word in FMCG. For many years, Food and Beverage companies increased growth and margins by improving efficiency in production processes. But now, productivity is not enough.

Brands compete for prime in-store real estate more than ever. For that reason, innovation, speed, accuracy and visual appeal are critical to achieve success. Indeed, innovation is an essential lever for competitiveness. Innovation is one of the best means to add value to products, to get in new market places and to best answer consumers' needs and wants. To remain competitive, it is important for companies to evaluate their business models and offerings frequently and change it if needed.

The graphic below displays the advantages of innovation in the Food and Beverage market.

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Scope of 1169 INCO regulation

By | Cosmetic and Food Regulations | No Comments

“With US exports of prepared Foods and Beverage to the E.U. totaling more than $1 billion*, it's critical for the industry to manage this new regulation as smoothly and seamlessly as possible. Changes regarding legibility, allergens, nutritional information and product origins are certainly the trickiest part of the new INCO regulation,” said
Jean-Christophe Calmejane, Vice President of Lascom Solutions. “We're dedicated to helping our customers meet the challenge of this new regulation with state-of-the-art features that help minimize any disruption to their business.”

* Source: http://www.ustr.gov/countries-regions/europe-middle-east/europe/european-union

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