Food Labeling: Evolving Regulatory Compliance Workshop Intensive

August 9, 2018 | Chicago, IL

Hilton Garden Inn Magnificent Mile

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AUGUST 9, 2018 | WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

8:15 REGISTRATION & WELCOME COFFEE

8:45 OPENING REMARKS & ICE BREAKER ACTIVITY

9:15 FDA UPDATES MASTER CLASS: FORECASTING AGENCY FOOD LABELING PRIORITIES
As the FDA continues to work towards the mission of ensuring the safety of food and beverage products for US consumers, through oversight and action aligned with USDA and EPA policies, manufacturers look to understand policy direction and future trends that will impact food labels, in order to ensure continued compliance. With numerous projects in development, including new timelines for compliance with updates to the Nutrition Facts Label, evolving regulation surrounding labeling of genetically engineered items and plans to improve consumer literacy, the agency has much to share with manufacturers. While specific answers related to compliance deadlines are not readily available, industry thought leaders will share current perspectives and policy making initiatives, providing insight and leadership for the food industry.

David T. Biderman, PartnerPERKINS COIE

 

10:15 COFFEE & NETWORKING BREAK

 

10:45 WORKSHOP MULTI-PART MODULE: IMPLEMENTING NUTRITION FACTS LABEL REQUIREMENTS AND NEW PROVISIONS POST FDA EXTENSION
Released in May of 2016, the FDA Final Rule: Revision of the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels regulation provided an updated regulatory framework for packaged foods and beverages, with tiered implementation deadlines based on annual revenue, and a compliance deadline of July 2018. On May 3, 2018, regulators announced that food and beverage companies will now have an additional 18 months to implement and align the requirements and processes. The announcement also included guidance clarifying ambiguous definitions such as “fiber” and “added sugar” for specified products. The following learning module will include legal analysis, best practices from early an early industry adapter, as well as discuss the responses from consumers.

 

MODULE 1: LEGAL PERSPECTIVE
Caroline Hudson, AssociateLOEB & LOEB LLP

 

11:15 MODULE 2: GROUP DISCUSSION ON CONSUMER PERSPECTIVES

 

11:45 HOT TOPIC ROUNDTABLE: INDUSTRY CONCERNS SURROUNDING GMO LABELING
The USDA recently closed off public comments on the proposed National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard and is working to finalize the new law, as many labeling executives are currently working towards relabeling products to show its genetic rearrangement. A growing concern for many labeling executives is the lack of consumer education surrounding genetically modified ingredients and will potentially drive negative assumptions. Executive leaders will gain a better understanding of the complexities within the Biotech Disclosure regulation as well as necessary knowledge to effectively comply.

  • Overview of consumer education research
  • Understanding complexities of regulation
  • Best practices for mandatory compliance

DISCUSSION LEADER: Karen Jensen, REILY FOODS COMPANY

 

12:15 LUNCHEON FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS

 

1:30 WORKSHOP MULTI-PART MODULE: CLEAN LABELING INITIATIVES IN THE FOOD & BEVERAGE INDUSTRY
Consumer knowledge and interest surrounding ingredients contained within food and beverage products has vastly expanded in recent years, resulting in a shift towards products with reduced or minimal levels of processing, free from artificial flavors, and containing recognizable ingredients. Without a consistent interpretation of clean labeling across the industry, and a lack of consensus on definitions surrounding natural, many manufacturers face the challenge of aligning product labels with clean label trends. Making the decision to re-label in a clean label style often results in partial or total reformulation, use of higher cost ingredients raising the total product cost, as well as loss of some functions including shelf-life, all of which must be carefully considered and weighed when electing to re-label with under clean labeling guides.

MODULE 1 CASE STUDY: MANUFACTURERS’ ROADMAP TO CLEAN LABEL SUCCESS

  • Interpretation of clean label guides through a business lens
  • Steps taken to align with clean label initiatives
  • Considering the cost and functionality of clean ingredients
  • Impact of clean labels on consumer perceptions & sales

Julie Froelich, Director, Regulatory, Labeling and Creative ServiceJOHNSONVILLE SAUSAGE

 

2:00 MODULE 2 PANEL: ACHIEVING CLEAN LABEL STATUS AND MEETING CONSUMER TRENDS AND DEMANDS

  • Products appropriate for clean label utilization
  • Identification of additives to be removed
  • Established best practices from early adopters
  • Maintaining quality & affordability with clean labels

PANELISTS
Paul Patel, Director of Regulatory, EDLONG CORPORATION

Karen Jensen, Senior Manager Regulatory Affairs, REILY FOODS COMPANY

Julie Froelich, Director, Regulatory, Labeling and Creative Service, JOHNSONVILLE SAUSAGE

 

2:30 COFFEE & NETWORKING BREAK

 

2:45 CASE STUDY: FUTURE OF FOOD & BEVERAGE LABELING: EXPANDING THE UTILIZATION OF SMARTLABEL®
As packaged food manufacturers consider the future of product labels and consumer engagement, many look towards the integration of digital solutions, enabling rapid updates and changes to product data, increased levels of transparency, as well as provision of detailed nutritional and ingredient facts desired by many consumers. The Trading Partner Alliance’s SmartLabel® Transparency Initiative is bridging the gap between manufacturers, retailers and consumers, providing a platform to go beyond the label and many more product details than could ever fit on a package. With over 40 major companies and over 700 brands now participating in the program, you will hear about the origin of the program, lessons learned from SmartLabel® early adopters, and best practices for implementation if company is thinking about participating. SmartLabel® is a great solution for

  • Increasing transparency related to GMO, allergens and food origins
  • Rapidly updating and evolving product data for consumers
  • Fostering brand engagement and loyalty
  • Complying with the new bioengineered food disclosure requirements

Deb Arcoleo, Director, Product TransparencyTHE HERSHEY COMPANY

 

3:30 INDUSTRY PANEL: RISK-BASED APPROACHES TO INTEGRATION OF PRODUCT CLAIMS ON FOOD LABELS

  • Use of certifiable claims on product labels
  • Label claims with ambiguous definitions
  • Recent litigation stemming from claims
  • Risk-based approaches to claim integration

PANELISTS
David T. Biderman, PartnerPERKINS COIE

Paul Patel, Director of Regulatory, EDLONG CORPORATION

Caroline Hudson, Associate, LOEB & LOEB LLP

 

4:00 CLOSING REMARKS & WORKSHOP CONCLUSION