Get Smarter: An Update on What's Coming in Nutrition Labeling


Regina Hildwine, Senior Director, Science Policy, Labeling and Standards is the GMA liaison between the industry and government agencies on food labeling technical and policy subjects. Ms. Hildwine joined GMA in 1982. She answers numerous questions from GMA members about labeling regulations, and many in the food industry consider her a point source of information on food labeling rules. In the international arena, Ms. Hildwine has participated on the U.S. delegations to three Codex Alimentarius committees, and has participated for nearly 20 years on the Codex Committee on Food Labeling.

Ms. Hildwine is a Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude graduate of Trinity University, Washington, DC, and holds a MA from the University of Maryland, with further graduate study at Princeton University.

Robert "Robbie" Burns, Vice President, Health and Nutrition Policy at the Grocery Manufacturers Association oversees the development of positions on health and nutrition labeling.  Prior to joining GMA in 2011, he had a consulting business, Nutrition Implications, LLC, which helped food organizations develop strategies, research programs and communications for nutrition and wellness.  Before consulting, his professional experience included nutrition leadership roles in Cadbury Schweppes and Mead Johnson Nutritionals.  In both organizations, he worked with cross-functional business and technical partners to leverage nutrition science and deliver business objectives.  He has an extensive knowledge of nutrition, health, public policy and food regulations, and the ability to use this knowledge to drive changes which positively impact human health and nutrition.

Dr. Burns has a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry and a B.S. in Biochemistry, both from Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland.  Subsequent to his graduate studies, he conducted postdoctoral research fellowships at Nottingham University, U.K., and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.