DAY TWO | WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12

8:30 REGISTRATION & WELCOME COFFEE

 

8:50 CHAIRPERSON’S OPENING REMARKS

 

9:00 CASE STUDY: DECLARING FOOD ALLERGENS ON PRODUCTS LABELS 

  • FDA guidelines to list ingredients under FALCPA
  • Decision to include “contains” statement on label
  • Labeling cross contamination with “may contain”

Jane Upritchard, PhD, Global Director Choice Architecture, Nutrition & Wellness
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9:30 LEGAL PERSPECTIVE: REGULATORY LANDSCAPE & USE OF CBD IN FOOD PRODUCTS

  • Highlighting key concerns for state regulations
  • Labeling requirements for CBD in food products
  • Long term regulation of cannabis as an ingredient
  • Leading industry concerns around CBD in food

Brian Malkin, Counsel, ARENT FOX LLP

 

10:15 COFFEE AND NETWORKING BREAK

 

10:45 BREAKOUT GROUPS: CONSIDERATIONS FOR EMERGING CONSUMER TRENDS & LABEL CLAIMS
Consumer focus and buying habits continue to evolve and food labeling teams are tasked with not only maintaining constant awareness but also collaborating with marketing functions to update product packaging with appropriate claims. Companies are currently focused on trends such as natural, organic, and healthy in order to appeal to a more conscious customer group and in some instances are deciding to reformulate or release new products to remain at the forefront of the industry. This peer-to-peer learning session allows labeling executives to dive deeper into the concerns and best practices surrounding specific consumer interests as well as the requirements to support claims.

GROUP 1:
Natural: Elizabeth Bertram, Regulatory Affairs Manager, BUNGE NORTH AMERICA

GROUP 2:
Healthy: Kathy Sisson, Director of Quality Assurance, GOOD FOODS GROUP

 

11:30 CASE STUDY: CONSUMER INTEREST FOR CLEAN LABELS & INDUSTRY IMPLEMENTATION OF THE INITIATIVE

  • Practices to avoid misleading names & ingredients on packages
  • Differences between minimally processed & ultra-processed
  • Achieving clean label status for plant based food products
  • Consumer perceptions of clean labels & impact on sales

Kimberly Raigns, Labeling Manager, BOAR’S HEAD

 

12:15 LUNCHEON FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS

 

1:15 WORKSHOP: PRODUCT LABELING DISCLOSURE FOR ONLINE AND E-COMMERCE PLATFORMS
Manufacturers must present consistent information to consumers across all platforms so that the label provided on the shelved package matches the data displayed online. Depending on the communication channel and point of sale such as an e-commerce website or providing additional nutritional content on media platforms, the information that companies are mandated to list varies greatly. This workshop gives attendees the opportunity to collaborate in small groups while discussing hypothetical commerce scenarios and methods to effectively share labeling information online, with time allotted to reconvene and report back on solution methods with the group as a whole.

Jennifer Dadak, Sr. Regulatory Program Manager, Research & Development, CAMPBELL SOUP COMPANY

 

2:00 CASE STUDY: SUPPLY CHAIN OVERSIGHT & COMMUNICATION TO ESTABLISH ACCURATE LABELS
To correctly label the final product and comply with regulatory requirements, manufacturers must ensure all information from suppliers and sub-tier vendors is precise and promptly provided. Food labeling executives are updating supplier oversight methods and assessment documents in order to increasing monitoring around compliance risks such as allergen contamination and GMO implications. In addition, consumers are becoming increasingly attentive to the source of food products and the overall environmental footprint, compelling companies to reevaluate manufacturing practices and the effect on public brand perception.

  • Obtaining accurate supplier data in a timely manner
  • Crucial points to address on supplier assessment forms
  • Vetting suppliers for risk & impact on final product line

Kathy Sisson, Director of Quality Assurance, GOOD FOODS GROUP

 

2:45 CASE STUDY: SHELF LIFE & EXPIRATION DATE LABELING FOR FOOD PRODUCTS

  • Differences in “Best if used by” vs. “best by” wording choice
  • FDA & USDA shelf life recommendations for manufacturers
  • Considerations for voluntary initiatives to label product dates

Ben Austro, Label Compliance Manager, WORLD FINER FOODS

 

3:30 END OF CONFERENCE