The 29th Annual Federal Food Regulatory Conference
FOOD LABEL CONFERENCE
June 5 - 6, 2017  |  Washington D.C.

The 2016 conference was the most succesful yet.
Stay tuned for next year's agenda!  Until then, take a look at 2016 highlights:

Food marketers and processors are facing their greatest challenge in two decades, as the new Nutrition Facts Panel became law in May 2016. Learn more about the business impact of regulatory practices and the latest market trends, as food manufacturers interact with top government and industry experts at the 28th Food Label Conference in Washington DC. This is a two-day conference you can't afford to miss, as it brings together everything you need to know about food labeling:

  • Real-world implications of the new Nutrition Facts Panel (NFP) changes on marketing and compliance professionals
  • USDA and FDA regulators and industry experts' take on government intent, regulation policies and enforcement priorities
  • Hands-on, in-depth, interactive break-out sessions in specialized subjects
  • Valuable networking opportunities with regulators, industry experts, and peers to delve deeper into the latest trends in food marketing and labeling
  • Optional training on transitioning to the New NFP, nutrition labeling, Basic USDA & FDA labeling, and more

And since PLC believes in having fun while we learn and work, we include sightseeing, music and other entertainment in optional evening programs, located at the heart of Washington DC. Download and print brochure.

Attendees

TITLES

REPRESENTATIVE COMPANIES

Corporate Marketing Manager  
Director of Regulatory & Labeling 
Executive Brand Manager 
Labeling Specialist 
International Marketing Specialist 
Graphic Engineer 
Document Control Administrator 
Global Product Compliance Mgr 
HACCP Coordinator 
Executive Director of R&D 
Laboratory Director 
General Counsel 
Director of Quality Assurance 
Labeling & Nutrition Program Leader 
Manager - Graphic Process 
Chief Science Officer 
New Product Manager   
Food Technologist / Scientist 
Food Safety Manager  
R&D-Tech Services  
Chief Flavor Officer 
Regulatory Affairs Project Leader  
Label & Claim Substantiation Mgr 
Technical Services Supervisor  
USDA Food Technologist

Abbott Nutrition 
Advanced Food Systems 
AdvancePierre 
Agra Informa 
Amazon.com     
Athens Foods 
ATK Foods 
Bellisio Foods 
Berks Packing 
Bernardi Italian Foods 
Boar's Head 
Bob Evans Farms 
Bob's Red Mill  
Buddy's Kitchen 
Burke Corporation 
Butterball 
Cargill 
Cavendish Farms 
Classic Foods 
Columbus Foods 
ConAgra Foods 
Rosa DeLauro's Office 
Cooper Farms 
Creminelli Fine Meats 
Cuisine Solutions 
Custom Culinary 
Custom Made Meals 
Damascus Bakery 
Diestel Turkey Ranch 
EAS Consulting Group 
Ed Miniat 
Eddy Packing 
Engelhart Gourmet
FDA/CFSAN 
Flying Food Group

FoodMinds 
Fresh and Easy 
Fresh Creative Foods 
Fresh Mark 
Frisch's Restaurants 
Frontera Foods 
Frozen Specialties 
General Mills 
Gerber 
Giorgio Foods 
Givaudan 
Flavors 
GNP Company 
Golden State Foods 
Griffith Laboratories 
Hans Kissle 
Hillshire Brands 
Hormel 
Hot Mama's Foods 
Illes Seasonings & Flavors 
Indiana Packers 
Int'l Flavors & Fragrances 
ILSI 
InterTribal Buffalo Council 
J. Rettenmaier 
Jack Link Snacks 
Jennie-O Turkey  
JMH International 
Johanna Foods 
Johnsonville Sausage 
Jones Dairy Farm 
Kayem Foods 
Kellogg Company 
Keystone Foods

King Arthur Flour  
Koch Foods 
Kraft Foods 
Krogers 
Lifespice Ingredients 
Little Lady Foods 
Lopez Foods 
Lower Foods 
Luvo 
Malt-O-Meal 
Maple Leaf Farms 
McKee Foods 
MegaMex Foods 
Meijer 
Morgan Foods 
Morgan Lewis & Bockius 
National Beef 
Nestle 
Newly Weds Foods 
Niman Ranch 
Noodles & Company 
NAMI 
Nosherei 
Oberto Brands 
Organic Valley 
Overhill Farms 
Pacific Natural Foods 
Paige Food Service 
Perdue Farms 
Phillips Resources 
Pilgrim's Pride 
Pinnacle Foods 
Plumrose USA 
Politico 
Quaker Maid Meats 
Ready Pac Foods

Reinhart Foodservice 
Request Foods 
Reser's Fine Foods 
Rich Products 
Ruiz Food Products 
Sanderson Farms 
Sargento Foods 
Seaboard Foods 
Sensient Flavors 
Settlers Jerky 
SGK 
Skyline Chili 
Smithfield Foods 
Sopakco Foods 
Southeastern Mills 
Stampede Meat 
Target 
Taylor Farms 
The Father's Table 
The Suter Company 
Tyson Foods 
Unilever 
USDA/AMS 
USDA/FSIS/LPDD 
USDA/FSIS/OPPD 
Vantage Foods 
Vaughan Foods 
Vienna Beef 
Wayne Farms 
Wegmans Markets 
Where Food Comes  
Whitsons Culinary 
Whole Foods Market 
Wild Flavors 
Windsor Foods 
Wisdom Natural

Testimonial

“This conference provides General Sessions with expertise from both Regulators and the Food Industry. In addition, individually tailored small sessions on various issues are explored in detail. The conference has always been a valuable tool for training staff and for interactions with other industry members. Personally, I highly recommend that any individual interested in food labeling attend the annual conference."

LAMAR HENDRIKS
Sara Lee Corporation (Retired)
Former Director of Regulatory Compliance and Food Safety

AGENDA

Agenda

Tracks

Breakouts

Networking Events

Invited Speakers

Agenda*

Add-On Training
Sunday May 22

9:00 am - 4:00 pm FDA Labeling Basics, Claims & Trends** 
9:00 am - 4:00 pm USDA Labeling Basics for Regulatory Professionals** 
9:00 am - 4:00 pm Leading vs Bleeding Edge Labeling and Marketing Claims - Legal Outlook**
9:00 am - 4:00 pm Best Practices for USDA Generic Approval
9:00 am - 4:00 pm Canadian Labeling** 
9:00 am - 4:00 pm School Lunch (CN) Labeling** 
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm Main Conference Registration

Main Conference Day 1
Monday May 23

8:00 am – 9:45 am New FDA Nutrition Facts & Labeling Regulations Update 
Food Safety Modernization Act: FSMA Impact on Labeling 
10:00 am – 11:45 am FTC Labeling Enforcement Priorities 
Leading Edge vs Bleeding Edge Marketing Claims 
Lunch Topic Tables 
1:10 pm - 2:00 pm Breakout session I 
2:10 pm - 3:00 pm Breakout session II 
3:10 pm - 4:00 pm Breakout session III 
4:10 pm - 5:00 pm Breakout session IV

Main Conference Day 2
Tuesday May 24

8:00 am – 9:25 am New USDA Labeling & Regulations Policies  
USDA Generic Labeling & Enforcement 
9:40 am – 10:50 am USDA Q&As 
Panel: Brand Impact of the New Nutrition Regulations 
11:00 am - 11:50 am Breakout session V 
Lunch Topic Tables 
1:10 pm - 2:00 pm Breakout session VI 
2:10 pm - 3:00 pm Breakout session VII 
3:10 pm - 4:00 pm Breakout session VIII

Nutrition 2016 Add-On Day
Wednesday May 25

8:30 am - 3:30 pm New Nutrition Facts Panel Transition Strategies** 
8:30 am - 3:30 pm USDA/FDA Nutrition Labeling** 
8:30 am - 3:30 pm Automating the New NFP with EZ Form Software** 

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*preliminary agenda           
**optional add-on seminar; additional fees apply

Tracks: Add-On Training

Tracks: Breakout Sessions

Networking Events

Sunday May 22

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm Registration @ Wine & Cheese Reception 
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm Illuminated Bus Tour of the Monuments*

Monday May 23

12:00 noon Lunch Topic Tables 
5:30 pm – 6:45 pm Networking Reception: Mingling with Music 
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm Distinctive Dining
6:15 pm – 9:30 pm Networking Packages - Blues Alley or Nats Baseball Game*

Tuesday May 24

12:00 noon Lunch Topic Tables 
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm Distinctive Dining*

* additional cost

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Illuminated Bus Tour of Washington DC

Sunday May 22, 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Witness Washington's magnificent monuments and federal buildings at the most dramatic time of day. We'll enjoy the commentary and insights of an experienced guide while riding aboard a luxury motorcoach. A boxed snack and full complement of beverages is included. Step off the coach and visit the memorials by night as well as the Kennedy Center.

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Blues Alley

Monday May 23, 6:30 pm - 9:00pm
Experience "the nation's finest jazz and supper club", according to the New York Times. Monday evening we will caravan to Georgetown to dine on authentic Creole cuisine, steak and seafood dishes in an atmosphere reminiscent of the jazz clubs of the 1920's and 30's. Blues Alley is the nation's oldest continuing jazz supper club, having showcased internationally renowned artists such as Dizzy Gillespie and Eva Cassidy in a small intimate setting. Afterwards, stroll through historic Georgetown or join Liz's famous Georgetown pub crawl.

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Washington Nationals Baseball Game (vs the Mets)

Monday May 23, 6:15p meet, 7:05p game 
Plan to root on your team and watch the Nats play the iconic Mets at National's Ballpark by the Navy Yard. We'll set you up with tickets, Metro, and a $15 concession food/drink voucher. After meeting at registration we'll go to the ballpark as a group via the Metro (conveniently located beneath the hotel). PLC has reserved a group block for 25. First pitch is at 7:05 pm.

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Distinctive Dining

Monday & Tuesday May 23 & 24, 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Take in the complete DC experience and get to know other attendees in small groups at some of our favorite local restaurants. We'll have a variety of cuisines to choose from and all are within walking distance from the hotel.

Invited Speakers & Moderators

Dr. Daniel Engeljohn, USDA Assistant Administrator FSISDr.

Paula Trumbo, Director of Nutrition Programs, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Rosalyn Murphy-Jenkins, Jeff Canavan & LPDS staff, USDA-FSIS-OPP

Joann Givens, Deputy Regional Food and Drug Director, Office of Regulatory Affairs, FDA

April Kates, FDA Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition

Lynn Szybist, FDA Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition

Elizabeth Sanger, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission

Richard Boyd, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, Child Nutrition Division

Betty Campbell, EAS Consulting, former Acting Director in the FDA’s Office of Food Labeling

Robert Hibbert, Morgan Lewis

Tony Pavel, Cargill

Jesse Waller, Cargill

Patricia Phillips, Phillips Resources

Bill Brodegard

Carol Zweep, NSF Canada

Marriott Winchester, SGS Co.

Penny Hennessy, Rich Foods

James Riva, Where Food Comes From

Dorothy Clemmer, Maple Leaf Farms

David Eaheart, Seaboard Foods

Curtis Rath, J. Rettenmaier USA

Jill Konecnik, Tyson Foods

Justin Crews, Wellshire Farms

Richard Young, JTM Food Group

Josh Peters, Organic Valley

Nancy Brown, Fast & Healthy Nutrition

Amy Hiller, Eddy Packing

Melissa Grzybowski, Food Labeling & Nutrition Consulting

Dr. Jesse Zuehlke, Prime Label Consultants

Ames Perry, Prime Label Consultants

Fred Mosher, Prime Label Consultants

Celia Yau, Prime Label Consultants

Melody Tilford, Prime Label Consultants

Michelle Lee, Prime Label Consultants

Callie Kambanis, Prime Label Consultants

Breakout Session Descriptions

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Allergen/Gluten-Free Labeling

Tracks: Marketing, FDA Regulatory, USDA Regulatory 
Discover the different requirements of the USDA and FDA for labeling allergens, the major source of recalls in the United States. Learn when allergens need to be declared and when they don’t, including the subtleties of containing statements. Dive into the regulations on gluten-free labeling and some considerations of its pros and cons.

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Canadian Labeling

Tracks: Marketing, Expert 
Learn the basics of labeling requirements for Canada, including standardized products, nutrition labeling and bilingual labeling. Discuss the subtleties of formulating products for Canada and some of the special issues that apply.  Understand what sources are available to help and what documentation is required for Canada.

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Clean Labeling

Tracks: Marketing, FDA Regulatory, USDA Regulatory, Expert 
Discover best practices in clean labeling. This workshop will explore how to clean up your labels and what makes a label “clean.” These questions will be explored from an ingredient perspective.

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EZ Form Software

Tracks: FDA Regulatory, USDA Regulatory, Expert 
Discover how this powerful software can streamline your labeling process by providing required forms, labels and camera-ready Nutrition Facts Panels, updated for the new rule. Learn how EZ Form's smart checks and record keeping can save you time and increase your compliance. Get access to EZ Form's programmer to answer your advanced questions, and learn tips and tricks for optimizing this powerful label compliance tool.

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FDA Labeling Q&A's

Tracks: Marketing, FDA Regulatory, Expert 
Find out the answers to those nagging questions about your FDA labels. From product naming to claims and allergens, your specific questions will be answered. Led by a senior FDA consultant.

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FDA Market Trends

Tracks: Marketing, FDA Regulatory 
Take a peek at the latest FDA labeling trends arriving on shelves. Distinguish those that are “bleeding edge” from those that are “leading edge,” and understand the subtleties of compliance and enforcement of FDA regulations.

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FDA Product Naming, Ingredient & Flavor Labeling

Tracks: Marketing, FDA Regulatory 
Explore FDA regulations on product naming & ingredients labeling. Find out the difference between common, usual, descriptive, standard & fanciful names and what conventions are required for each. Discover the intricacies of declaring ingredients, including choosing a composite ingredient listing. Dive into the complex details of flavor labeling.

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Food Safety, Quality, Traceability & FSMA

Tracks: FDA Regulatory, USDA Regulatory 
In this round-table workshop, you will discuss best practices to insure the safety of your products. Explore HACCP quality programs, the impact of the new FSMA regulations, support programs, reasons for recalls, and strategies for traceability. Dive into the regulations and learn strategies to mitigate risk.

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FTC: Advertising & Claims

Tracks: Marketing, FDA Regulatory, USDA Regulatory, Expert 
Learn about the FTC rules on advertising and how they apply to your food package artwork and claims. Find out what the FTC's enforcement priorities are and learn the subtleties of online marketing and social media.

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GMO Labeling: USDA/FDA differences

Tracks: Marketing, FDA Regulatory, USDA Regulatory, Expert 
GMO labeling is one of the fastest progressing and most controversial trends in labeling. Explore the latest developments in this area, discover the difference between GMO and GEI, and discuss how the different regulatory jurisdictions of the USDA and FDA impact this labeling.

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Icons & Logos - A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words...

Tracks: Marketing 
From front-of-pack nutrition keys to verified program stamps to branding icons from the manufacturer; new icons are being applied to more labeling than ever before. Learn types of icons currently in use and what  requirements for application might be. Finally, see what your icons might really be saying and whether there are implied claims to consider…

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LSAS Label Approval

Tracks: USDA Regulatory 
Learn how to use the USDA's remote label approval tool. See the demo, ask clarifying questions and share strategies with the group.

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Menu Labeling for Food Service and Vending

Tracks: Marketing, FDA Regulatory, USDA Regulatory 
Discuss the new menu labeling and vending machine regulations going into effect December 2016 and learn what you should be doing to prepare for these changes. Understand how label requirements change for food service vs. retail products. Explore whether labels ought to change for experimental products vs. samples sent to clients and tradeshows?

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Natural Labeling: USDA vs. FDA

Tracks: Marketing, FDA Regulatory, USDA Regulatory, Expert 
Understand the ins and outs of Natural labeling. Explore the differences between USDA and FDA definitions of “Natural”. Discuss the impact on retail, restaurants and customer perception, and explore the pros and cons of this contentious claim.

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Nutrient Claims & the New Nutrition Facts

Tracks: Marketing, FDA Regulatory, USDA Regulatory 
Understand the FDA and USDA requirements for this well-defined set of claims and how the new NFP rule will impact them. Dive into expressed versus implied claims, such as Lean, Low Fat, Sodium, and Omega claims, amongst others. Explore relative claims and Front of Package nutrient claims and the subtleties of their different requirements.

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Nutrient Data and the New NFP: Lab vs. Calculation

Tracks: FDA Regulatory, USDA Regulatory, Expert 
Explore the integrity of the Nutrition Panel by understanding the differences between calculated and analytical methods of producing nutrient data. Discuss the various sources of nutrient data, different classes of ingredients, and issues of nutrient variability. Understand how the new NFP rule will impact lab analysis and your record-keeping systems.

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Online Marketing: Labeling Information versus Point of Sale Label

Tracks: FDA Regulatory, USDA Regulatory, Expert 
Do you post product information on your website? Not sure about the nuances between labeling information and ecommerce label requirements? Learn the latest FDA and USDA guidance along with best practices, trends and innovations for connecting online.

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Organic, Certified & Verified Claims

Tracks: Marketing, FDA Regulatory, USDA Regulatory, Expert 
Explore the intricacies of Organic, Certified, and Verified claims, including the certification process, documentation, types of claims and the subtleties of this labeling.

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Prepping for the New NFP

Tracks: Marketing, FDA Regulatory, USDA Regulatory, Expert 
Two final rules are scheduled to be released by the FDA in March 2016, forcing the largest change in nutrition labeling in 20 years. Companies will need to decide to re-label, re-package, reformulate or remove their products from shelves.  Learn the specifics of the proposed rule (new formats, serving sizes, nutrients, vitamins & daily values) and what you can do to help your company navigate this massive change.

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Redefining Nutrition Policy for the New NFP

Tracks: Marketing, FDA Regulatory, Expert 
The new NFP rules will have a major impact on the brand identity of your products. Changes to the Nutrition Facts will cascade to claims, front-of-pack labeling and will impact the graphic story of your label.  This roundtable will discuss not only the impact of these two far-reaching rules on product identity, but how you can turn it to your advantage. This is a high-level collaborative strategy session for marketing & nutrition professionals.

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School Lunch (CN) Labeling

Tracks: FDA Regulatory, USDA Regulatory, Expert; 
Moderator(s): Staff of USDA-AMS CN group  
Discover the ins and outs of Child Nutrition labeling from the administrators themselves. Explore how CN labeling works and its advantages. Step through a CN label application and discuss whole-grain-rich criteria.  Find out where to obtain information and discuss some frequently asked questions.

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Streamlining Label Design & Prepress

Tracks: Marketing, Expert 
The new NFP ruling will greatly challenge the label development & design pipeline. You will need to optimize for efficiency and effectiveness in order to transition all of your labels by the FDA due date. In this workshop, learn best practices and what tools, outside resources and procedures are available for streamlining your process.

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USDA Export Labeling

Tracks: USDA Regulatory, Expert 
Discover the latest in USDA export requirements, including the intricacies of labeling, customs documentation, online resources & systems, and other important factors.

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USDA Generic Labeling Update

Tracks: USDA Regulatory 
Find out the latest enforcement priorities, requirements and best practices for the expanded generic rule. Explore generic eligibility and compliance, and discuss enforcement subtleties with FSIS.  Understand what you need to do to keep thorough records and discuss strategies to reduce risk.

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USDA Labeling Q&A's

Tracks: USDA Regulatory, Expert
Moderator(s): Staff of Prime Label Consultants 
Explore the ins and outs of USDA labeling - such as product names & qualifiers; undefined RACC and nutrient claims; negative, uncured, organic and natural claims...  Bring your specific questions on the subtleties of labeling to our industry and PLC experts.

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USDA Market Trends

Tracks: Marketing, USDA Regulatory 
Discover the latest innovations in USDA labeling. From animal welfare claims to genetically engineered ingredients, you will delve into the subtleties of new trends and how to manage the dialog with USDA-FSIS regulators.

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USDA Product Naming, Ingredient & Flavor Labeling

Tracks: USDA Regulatory 
Explore USDA regulations on product naming & ingredients labeling. Find out the difference between common, usual, descriptive, standard & fanciful names and what conventions are required for each.  Learn about the components of identity statements including many types of qualifiers. Discover the intricacies of declaring ingredients, including choosing a composite ingredient listing and labeling flavors and spices.

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Using Regulatory with Marketing to Drive Innovation

Tracks: Marketing, FDA Regulatory, Expert 
Discuss the latest organizational trend in labeling - to merge regulatory into the marketing department as an expert resource. This smart strategy leverages scarce resources and reduces errors and additional re-work further down the pipeline. This roundtable is intended for managers of both regulatory and marketing to explore best practices.

ADD-ON TRAINING

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FDA Labeling Basics, Claims & Trends

Sunday May 22nd 
Tracks: Marketing & FDA Regulatory 
Instructor: Dr. Jesse Zuehlke, Prime Label Consultants 
FDA label requirements can be confusing and trends change at a fast pace.  Learn the basics of FDA labeling and keep up with the latest developments.  In addition to stringent content / wording requirements, food labels must also comply with size, color, language, and location rules. Claims are also a moving target with many subtleties in wording and design. Learn the details of preparing and drafting out a regulatory compliant label before sending it to be printed. This course includes detailed instruction for:

  • Required label features
  • Nutrition label formats and requirements
  • Special statements and claims
  • Product naming - standardized, descriptive and fanciful
  • Special ingredient requirements, including flavors, colors, oils, spices....
  • Requirements for font prominence, feature placement, relative size rules

...and much more!

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USDA Labeling Basics

Sunday May 22nd 
Tracks: USDA Regulatory 
Instructor: Ames Perry, Prime Label Consultants 
USDA labeling is confusing with many different sources for rules and regulations.  Stakes can be high with generic labels no longer having FSIS's stamp of approval.  Local inspectors are giving added scrutiny to labels and the risk of Noncompliance Records is greater than ever. Learn the fundamentals of USDA labeling; this seminar covers:

  • The details of required and optional label features
  • Essential record keeping and Form 7234 to assure rapid approvals and successful audits
  • Product name — standardized, fanciful and descriptive - and product name qualifiers
  • Information panel features: Nutrition Facts, ingredient statement & address line
  • Intricacies of net weight, handling statement, safe handling instructions & inspection legend
  • Generic approvals
  • Restricted ingredients — calculating levels to assure compliance

...and much more! Includes PLC’s Essential Guide to USDA Labeling manual ($335 value).

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Leading vs Bleeding Edge Labeling and Marketing Claims - Legal Outlook

Sunday May 22nd 
Tracks: Marketing, FDA Regulatory, USDA Regulatory, Expert 
Instructors: Robert Hibbert, Morgan Lewis and Anthony Pavel, Cargill 
With the explosion of product claims and the trends toward clean labeling, publishing compliant, competitive claims can be challenging. Learn the latest on what the USDA & FDA allow & what enforcement actions they are taking. This seminar is appropriate for marketing, labeling & legal staff and will cover:

  • Nutrient & health claims, requirements & common pitfalls
  • Organic, animal production & grading claims
  • Allergens, natural & ingredient claims
  • Product naming trends & processing claims
  • Romance copy, vignettes & website best practices

...and much more!

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Best Practices for USDA Generic Approval

Sunday May 22nd 
Tracks: USDA Regulatory, Expert 
Instructor: Jesse Waller, Cargill 
Now that Generic labeling applies to the majority of products, learn how to stay compliant and share lessons learned with your peers. Understand how to satisfy USDA's generic requirements while maximizing performance in the new environment. The seminar will cover:

  • What qualifies as Generic?
  • Complying with all required label features
  • Complexities of product name & qualifier statements
  • Generic claims compliance
  • Choosing the lowest risk approval process
  • Record keeping systems
  • Navigating enforcement & appeals

...and much more!

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Canadian Labeling

Sunday May 22nd 
Tracks: Expert 
Instructor: Carol Zweep, NSF Canada 
Several years ago CFIA eliminated prior approval, and now food manufacturers are on their own in Canada; this seminar covers:

  • Required label features
  • Standardized and non-standardized names
  • Product name qualifiers
  • Differences with US labeling
  • Risk management organization
  • Best practices for getting product across the border
  • CFIA enforcement

...and much more!

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School Lunch (CN) Labeling

Sunday May 22nd 
Tracks: USDA Regulatory, FDA Regulatory, Expert 
Instructor: Patricia Phillips, Phillips Resources 
CN labeling is even more complicated with the new Child Nutrition regulations. This full day workshop is relevant for new employees responsible for CN labeling, or for a company just exploring the school lunch market. In this workshop you will learn the how and why of CN labeling:

  • Writing, revising & monitoring the required quality control program
  • Obtaining a CN number
  • Applying for & streamlining your CN label approvals
  • What is required on the CN label and 7234 form
  • Documentation requirements for purchased ingredients
  • Calculating the CN (meat, vegetable & bread) label credit
  • Updates on unpublished changes in policy

...and much more!

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New Nutrition Facts Panel: Transition Strategies

Wednesday May 25th 
Tracks: Marketing, FDA Regulatory, USDA Regulatory, Expert 
Instructors: Betty Campbell, EAS Consulting, Dr. Jesse Zuehlke, Prime Label Consultants 
Changes to the Nutrition Facts Panel, anticipated in March 2016, will have repercussions throughout the packaged food industry. From brand image, label design and format, and new, potentially onerous record keeping requirements - companies must decide whether to simply relabel products, or to repackage, reformulate or remove them from shelves. This seminar will cover specific impacts of changing serving information, added sugars, carbohydrates, vitamins, daily values and dietary fiber.  It will explore strategies for developing a timeline and project plan - to proactively react to the new regulations and position products in the best light. This seminar will focus on:

  • New definitions of added sugars, dietary fiber, and folate & managing the ingredient supply chain
  • Case studies highlighting impact on product identity of new serving sizes, panel formats, added sugars, etc.
  • Strategies for calculating and labeling added sugars, dietary fiber, new vitamins & daily recommended values
  • Considerations across the food supply chain to ensure product integrity
  • Impact on nutrient & marketing claims
  • Decisive factors driving product reformulations
  • Cost-considerations in relabeling products and strategies to streamline expenses
  • Best practices for cross-functional stakeholder involvement and resource acquisition to prepare a budget, timeline & project plan

...and much more

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FDA & USDA Nutrition Labeling

Wednesday May 25th 
Tracks: FDA Regulatory, USDA Regulatory, Expert 
Instructor: Ames Perry, Prime Label Consultants 
This comprehensive course gives participants a thorough understanding of nutrition labeling for food products under federal regulation - the result: nutrition labeling that meets federal requirements, helps consumers, and puts your product in the best light. Includes PLC’s, A Course in Nutrition Labeling ($335 value); this seminar covers:

  • Recent changes to the iconic Nutrition Facts Panel (proposed or final rule expected March 2016)
  • Requirements for nutrition labeling & selecting the correct program
  • Methods of nutritional analysis
  • Determination of serving size and servings per container
  • Proper declaration of mandatory and optional nutrients
  • Nutrition Facts Panel formatting
  • Nutrient claims, approvals, other key processes

...and much more!

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Automating the New NFP with EZ Form Software

Wednesday May 25th 
Tracks: FDA Regulatory, USDA Regulatory, Expert 
Instructors: Fred Mosher & Michelle Lee, Prime Label Consultants 
Learn how to create or convert your current Nutrition Facts Panels to the new regulations using EZ Form Software.  This class will have two tracks - a beginning track for new or prospective EZ Form users and an advanced track for experienced EZ Form users.  The beginner track will cover:

  • EZ Form Basics: set up, FDA, USDA & Canada modes, product records & regulation libraries
  • Nutrition Navigator: building your ingredients deck, database lookup, serving sizes & new NFP formats
  • Claims Calculators: Nutrient, Health, & Organic claims wizards
  • Records: Creating Spec sheets & record keeping best practices that will withstand audits by your USDA inspector

The advanced track will cover:

  • New NFP: additional data requirements & converting your current product records
  • Automating with LSAS: intelligent workflow to easily create, store, collaborate, and route labels for approval
  • Advanced Wizards: Generic approval, Child Nutrition, Safe Handling, ADA Exchange wizards
  • Collaborating and interfacing software systems
  • Advanced tips & tricks and free form Q & A

...and much more!

LOGISTICS

Pricing

Hotel

Things to do in DC

Sponsors

Pricing

Main Conference: May 22-23, 2016

$1,695 Early Bird Discount*  (if registered & paid by February 1, 2016 - use Promo Code: EARLYBIRD) 
$1,795 Regular Registration  (after February 1, 2016) 

Returning Attendee Discount*: 15% off 
($1,525) as a Thank You! to our loyal attendees from the past 25 conferences

Add-On Training: May 22 & 25, 2016

$895/day

Full Package discount* of $2995 for all 4 days (when booked together- use Promo Code: 2016ALL4DAYS) 

* Limit one discount per attendee                 Download brochure.

Hotel

Grand Hyatt Washington DC: 
1000 H Street NW      
Washington, D.C., USA, 20001     
+1 202 582 1234 +1 202 582 1234 
grandwashington.hyatt.com 

Reservations: 
Please click here to register for Prime Label Consultants' exclusive discount on rooms for the conference. 

Directions: 
Conveniently located at Metro Center - on the Red, Orange, Blue & Silver lines. 

Nearby:
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Things to do in Washington, DC

Sponsors

Sponsor Opportunities

As Prime Label is committed to providing our attendees with the best labeling information and resources available, for the first time in 28 years, PLC is offering value-added labeling vendors the opportunity to become a sponsor-resource at the conference. Several different levels of sponsorship are available - from table displays to receptions or full-day sponsorship. Please email us at conferencesponsor@primelabel.com for more information.   

(As the overall attendee experience remains our core concern, PLC will only accept a limited number of sponsors and reserves the right to evaluate & accept or decline individual sponsor applications.)