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Watching a Good Idea on Streamlined Product Code Date Labels Become a Reality »

September 20, 2017

By: Jim Flannery, Senior Executive Vice President, GMA and Mark Baum, Senior Vice President of Industry Relations, FMI

There is an undeniable satisfaction that comes with seeing a really good idea move from the realm of the imagined and into the concrete world of reality.  The grocery industry’s Product Code Date Labeling initiative – with its goal of helping consumers better understand and use produce date labels – is beginning to elicit that glow of gratification. 

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Modernizing NAFTA to Preserve U.S. Jobs and Consumer Choice »

June 28, 2017

By: Melissa San Miguel, Senior Director, Global Strategies- Multilateral Affairs

A former boss (who had toiled away on trade negotiations for decades) used to joke that trade was in the news for about five minutes every five years.  If he’s reading this blog post now, I hope he’s happy that trade is finally getting its moment in the spotlight!  Certainly, in the lead up to the U.S. presidential election and now during the first few months of President Trump’s administration, trade has been a hot topic – and for all the right reasons.  “Trade” might seem remote, but the unique opportunities and challenges of the modern, global marketplace deserve attention to get the benefits right for U.S. families and workers.

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Date Labeling Reform »

June 14, 2017

By: Meghan Stasz, Senior Director, Sustainability

The food, beverage, and consumer products industry is committed to helping consumers make informed choices about the products they buy every day. One issue that’s been causing a lot of confusion among shoppers and households are date labels. Those “sell by,” “freshest by,” “best if used by,” and myriad other phrases are leaving consumers confused about what to do with a product at or after the date on the package. Groups ranging from the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic to the Institute for Food Technologists released studies over the past years indicating that, not only are U.S. consumers confused, but this confusion is also causing food to be thrown away unnecessarily. 

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Helping Consumers Avoid Nutrition Confusion »

June 5, 2017

By: Robbie Burns- Vice President, Health and Nutrition Policy

It’s “chaos” out there.

That’s how one industry executive described widespread consumer confusion  today  about nutrition This state of confusion is only exacerbated by a surge in some information resources, all at the fingertips of the consumer, that are at best misleading and at worst inaccurate.

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Turn it Teal-Allergen Awareness Week »

May 19, 2017

By Kristen Spotz, Senior Manager, Food Safety & Quality Assurance

If you were one of the million New Yorkers roaming the street of New York on Sunday evening, May 14, you might have noticed that the Empire State Building was teal.  This is to kick-off Food Allergen Awareness week which is May 14-20 and this year it celebrates its 20th anniversary.  The purpose of the efforts this week is to raise awareness about the severity of food allergies and anaphylaxis.

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Getting Started with SmartLabel™: Three Common Questions by Companies »

April 6, 2017

By Jim Flannery, Senior Executive Vice President, Operations and Industry Collaboration

The new SmartLabel™ digital transparency initiative is growing rapidly, with more companies and brands using this digital platform to give consumers access to more information than could ever fit on a package label.

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