Plant-Based Meat Labeling Standards Released      

The first-of-its kind standard for the labeling of plant-based meat alternatives has been released by the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA), the trade association representing more than 160 plant-based food companies.

The goal of the voluntary standard is to promote consistency in labeling across the plant-based meat category, which grew by over 10% last year in grocery stores.

PBFA’s meat alternative standards allow for references to the type of animal-meat (i.e. “meat, “chicken,” “hamburger,” etc.) and the form of the product (i.e. “nuggets,” “burger,” etc.) along with a qualifier that clearly indicates that the food is plant-based or vegetarian. These qualifiers include: “plant-based,” “vegan,” “meatless,” “meat-free,” “vegetarian,” “veggie,” “made from plants,” and other similar phrases.

As plant-based foods continue to grow in popularity, so do political threats from special interests. PBFA is hard at work making sure our members can label their foods in a way that consumers understand. In addition to the voluntary labeling standards, PBFA is also actively engaged in policy battles at the federal and state level to defend its members constitutional rights to common sense labeling. This includes vigorously lobbying against “The Real MEAT Act,” which seeks to unjustly codify the definition of “meat” for labeling purposes and would require the use of “imitation” on labels for plant-based meats. It also aims, in an unprecedented power grab, to expand jurisdiction of the labeling of plant-based foods to USDA if the FDA fails to act.

GMA Endorses Bills to Curb Recycling Crisis

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is supporting two key pieces of bipartisan federal legislation aimed at promoting better recycling programs and reducing landfill waste: the Realizing the Economic Opportunities and Value of Expanding Recycling (RECOVER) Act and the Recycling Enhancements to Collection and Yield through Consumer Learning and Education (RECYCLE) Act.

“Bipartisanship is rare these days, and it’s encouraging to see legislators come together around an issue that Americans, regardless of political affiliation, care about deeply,” said GMA President and CEO Geoff Freeman.

Research conducted by GMA found that Americans want further leadership from the government in improving the country’s recycling system. Findings include:

  • Nearly eight-in-ten (77%) Americans believe the federal government needs to take a leading role in tackling packaging waste, similar to the leadership role it played in the Apollo space project.
  • Eighty-six percent of Americans agree that the world is facing a plastic and packaging crisis.
  • Seventy-seven percent of Americans view recycling as a public service, not a business.
  • Ninety-three percent of Americans believe national recycling standards will alleviate confusion.

“Our recycling infrastructure is in crisis and the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry commends the attention recycling is now getting in Congress,” said Freeman. “This industry is continuously innovating its packaging, making it more recyclable every day. Each of the top 25 CPG companies has made commitments to increasing recyclable content, minimizing packaging or reusing material — but that recyclable packaging has increasingly fewer places to go as more cities and counties retreat from recycling programs.”

New Data Center Elevates Food Safety Efforts

ReposiTrak has moved its data center operations from Salt Lake City to a new facility in Las Vegas to enhance security and provide additional capacity for anticipated growth. The company is considered the industry leader in solutions for out-of-stock replenishment, sourcing, food safety and risk management for the retail supply chain,

The new data center provides enhanced security and uses renewable energy with standby power for continuous runtime. The center improves IT performance to customers, and features the physical separation and isolation of customer data in a private cloud.

“We are making a substantial investment in this new center to maintain our leadership position in providing solutions for managing compliance, fixing out-of-stocks, and finding complaint suppliers,” said Randy Fields, Chairman and CEO of ReposiTrak. “This ensures our customer’s data security while at the same time gives us the IT performance and capacity required to serve our customers now and in the future.”

New CEO for Label Insight
Todd Morris has been named Chief Executive Officer of Label Insight, which provides package data on more than 80 percent of top-selling food, pet and personal care products. Morris, formerly Global President of Catalina, will lead the company’s rapid growth as the new attribute-driven search and discovery engine for CPG products in a digital, ecommerce world.

Morris joins the company as Label Insight dramatically expands its role in helping CPG manufacturers and retailers realign their product, ecommerce and digital strategies to connect with consumers around their individual dietary, health, sustainability and other product attribute preferences.

The company’s patented technology and data platform incorporate some 24,000 product attributes for more than 80 percent of all CPG products sold in US stores and online. By pairing online consumer search with its deep product attribute insights, Label Insight can help shoppers find the products they need and retailers and brands grow their customers and sales.

“Ecommerce is the new engine for growth in the CPG industry,” said Morris. “But consumers want an online experience that includes greater product transparency, with the ability to search for and discover products based on their individual motivations and needs, including their personal dietary, allergen, sustainability and other preferences.”



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