Mandatory changes are coming to packaging for the food & beverage industry. Are you ready? Issued by the Food and Drug Administration, these will be the most extensive changes we’ve seen since the Nutrition Label was introduced back in 1990. These mandatory FDA-compliant nutrition facts label changes won’t be implemented until the summer of 2018. Though it’s wise to start planning now.
Let’s take a look at what you’re going to see and how you can plan ahead with proper packaging solutions.
By July 26, 2018, all food manufacturers with more than $10 million in annual sales must implement the new FDA-compliant nutrition facts label as outlined below. Manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual sales have until July 26, 2019 to comply. Mean to bring a stronger focus on ingredients and how they impact consumers. Here are five things that you can expect to see from the mandatory changes:
The new label will need to be redesigned with larger type size, bolded font and more prominent placements. That way it can focus more on calories and servings per container.
Manufacturers must now declare the actual amount (in addition to Daily Value DV percentage) for vitamin D, calcium, iron and potassium. Vitamin A & C are no longer required, but are allowed. An added statement will explain what DVs mean.
The recommended serving sizes will need to replicate a more realistic representation of what consumers are actually eating in a serving, not what they should be eating. For example, soda reference serving size is changing from 8oz to 12oz.
Brands will require a dual column label for certain products that indicate the nutrition information on both a “per serving” as well as “per package” basis.
Manufacturers must declare sugars not occurring naturally in food, (added sugars) as a required nutrient under a section for Added Sugars. They must display grams as a percent.
Driven partially by consumer feedback, these new nutrition label changes also open the doors to making additional changes to your packaging. View it as an opportunity to implement a better design, sustainable packaging or offer flexible packaging solutions to really give your customers what they want.
The biggest mistake food manufacturers can make is to delay. Food and beverage manufacturers who get prepared to meet the deadline now will be in a stronger position to get products on the shelf in stores when the changes take effect.
Don’t wait another moment! Now is the perfect opportunity to get ahead of your competition, re-evaluate and refresh your brand’s packaging. Contact the packaging experts at Hughes Enterprises to help make the transition as smooth as possible. Then Contact us to find out how we can create a custom packaging solution that will work for your business.
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