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Food Contact Materials

Food Contact Materials

By | Cosmetic and Food Regulations, Labeling and Packaging Management | No Comments

Food Contact Materials (FCMs) are materials that are already or are intended to be in contact with food and beverages. These materials’ molecules could migrate to the food during direct or indirect contact, and alter quality in food manufacturing. It concerns every step of the supply chain from production to serving, as a product can be in contact with various packaging, machinery and containers. FCMs include various types of materials, such as plastic, aluminum, coatings, and metal. As a result, many countries have implemented regulations to ensure food safety.

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How to Facilitate Your Product Development in a Global Regulatory Environment

By | Cosmetic and Food Regulations, Labeling and Packaging Management, New Product Development and Innovation | No Comments

Food laws and regulations are continually evolving with significant differences from one country to another, impacting each and every department of a company. In fact, those regulations impact every step of a product development, from R&D to marketing through procurement and quality. Non-conformity in product composition, labeling or claims can be both costly and damaging to a brand image.

To ensure an efficient product development with a fast go-to-market for targeted countries, it is essential to set up and follow regulatory frameworks to comply to local rules all along the product life cycle . It requires an international network of regulatory experts in order to share structured information, ensure data continuity from suppliers to consumers, and elaborate an efficient collaboration facilitated by optimized processes.

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Making Sense of the Clean Label Concept

By | Formulation and Recipe Management, Labeling and Packaging Management, New Product Development and Innovation | No Comments

Clean Label is there to stay. As said by Lu Ann Williams, Innova Market Insights: “It’s not really a trend anymore, it’s the new rules of the game”. Over the past few years, consumers have been looking more and more for products with cleaner label. It has been a wake-up call for the food industry to create or re-formulate some of their products that fit in consumers' wants. This desire for cleaner label might also go in pair with actions undertaken by governmental authorities to help customers better understand what they are exactly consuming, such as the new Nutrition Fact Label set by the FDA in the US.

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3 Tips To Better Manage Food Allergens

By | Labeling and Packaging Management | No Comments

Food allergens are a real concern in the US. According to the FDA, about 2% of adults and 5% of infants and young children suffer from food allergies. Each year, it is estimated that approximately 30,000 people need emergency room treatment. For the same period, food allergies cause the death of about 150 individuals.
With millions of Americans affected by food allergies, it is crucial for the food and beverage manufacturers to, firstly, understand what exactly food allergens are; and, secondly, implement processes to control and manage all types of allergens in their products.

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4 Trends in Food and Beverage Formulation

By | CPG News, Formulation and Recipe Management, New Product Development and Innovation | No Comments

The food and beverage industry has been very dynamic in following trends in order to stay ahead of the game. Taking into consideration those trends, companies largely invest in new product development or re-formulation. Indeed, the need to develop new products through new or re-formulated recipes is supported by strong competition and demanding consumers – especially Millennials. Recently, there has been a great focus on reformulating or developing new product with healthier ingredients and cleaner labels. Formulators have been challenged to find new ways and ingredients to simplify labels while meeting expectations in term of nutrition, function and taste.

Here are some trends that should be embraced to stay relevant with consumers:

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Food Labeling: Food Companies Urged to Simplify Food Date Labels

By | Labeling and Packaging Management | No Comments

The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) – a network of 400 members across 70 countries – has urged food companies to simplify food date labels by 2020 in an effort to reduce consumers’ confusion related to “used/sell by” dates, and to prevent food waste. CGF has, among its members, some of the biggest manufacturers and retailers in the world, such as Tesco, Walmart, Target, Campbell Soup and Unilever. In a recent article, they highlighted their project and commitment.

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