The 33rd Annual
FOOD LABEL CONFERENCE
Main Conference - June 7 - 8, 2021
           and
Continuing Conference - through 2022

Food Label Conference Overview

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Food technologies and related claims continue to evolve dramatically – from bio-engineering, to CBD to plant-based foods and cultured meat. All this is happening amidst a new administration, increasing litigation and a global crisis of mistrust in institutions. It is increasingly difficult for labeling professionals to keep pace with these wide-spread and accelerating forces within our industry. Our 2021 Food Label Conference will address these trends with government regulators and industry thought leaders who can unpack the latest changes and give insight into their legal and regulatory implications. Come join us to learn, explore, dialog and network with the best this industry has to offer!

COVID-19 UPDATE - Due to the current health crisis, we have decided to once again host the Food Label Conference virtually. The core goals - first established 33 years ago - are the same - to keep our community informed on the latest developments in label regulations, and to provide professional development opportunities to labeling professionals. We hope this plan balances our industry's need to stay up to date with our concern to not risk anyone’s health unnecessarily. In the meantime, our thoughts are with everyone impacted by the virus.
Stay safe out there!


MAIN CONFERENCE
- the Food Label Conference brings together government policy makers and industry experts in a collaborative exchange of trends, ideas and best practices.  Our 8 main conference sessions will still take place over 2 half-day, live sessions on June 7 - 8, 2021. These sessions will highlight current and former government officials giving insight into government priorities and enforcement actions for the upcoming year. There will be seven speakers and one networking workshop on Marketing Claims, drawn from the following potential topics and invited speakers:


CONTINUING CONFERENCE
- This year, we expect many changes from the new administration and have restructured our content to be more sensitive to developing policy as well as being conducive to stay-at-home work schedules. So we are excited to announce that the Main Conference will be followed by a series of 10 Continuing Conference sessions. Continuing Conference sessions will take place on the first Wednesday of each month from July of 2021 through April of 2022. Topics are subject to change as regulatory updates are bound to occur. Sessions will be available On-Demand for a limited time for those that are unable to attend the live event. These sessions will be selected from the following topics:

  • Added Sugar Labeling and Claims
  • Allergen Legislation & Regulation Trends
  • Animal Welfare Claims
  • CBD and Cannabis Regulation (FDA speaker)
  • Cell Cultured Meat & Plant-Based Trends
  • Child Nutrition Labeling (USDA speaker)
  • Ecommerce & Online Labeling Trends
  • Expert Witness Perspective on Claims and Clean Labeling
  • FDA GRAS Determination & Tips
  • Flavor Labeling Trends and Case Studies
  • Food Litigation Trends
  • Food Marketing Trends
  • Framework for Evaluating Undefined Claims
  • Global Labeling Trends
  • Keto, Paleo, and Diet Trends
  • Organic Labeling Update (USDA speaker)
  • Product Naming Trends
  • Prop 65 and State Labeling Trends
  • State Departments of Agriculture and Small Business Collaboration
  • USDA Export (USDA speaker)
LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD ...

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ADD-ON SEMINARS* - The Food Label Conference will also include optional Additional intensive seminars for hours more of content. These sessions are encouraged if you are looking for a more in-depth training on any of our relevant topics. We're excited to introduce a few new topics to our list this year, including half-day seminars on Nutrient Content Claims and Mexico Labeling.

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June 2 & 3, 11:00a - 2:00p
June 2, 2:30p - 5:30p
June 3 & 4, 2:30p - 5:30p
June 4, 11:00a - 2:00p

June 14 & 15, 11:00a - 2:00p
June 14, 2:30p - 5:30p
June 15 & 16, 2:30p - 5:30p
June 16, 11:00a - 2:00p

FDA Labeling Basics  (two 3 hour sessions)
Mexico Labeling Update  NEW (half day)
USDA Labeling Basics
 (two 3 hour sessions)
Nutrient Content Claims  NEW (half day)

Labeling and Marketing Claims  (two 3 hour sessions)
USDA Generic Labeling  NEW (half day)
Canadian Labeling  (two 3 hour sessions)
Bioengineered Label Disclosure (half day)

* optional; additional fees apply - all times are Eastern Standard Time

What Our Attendees Say

I can’t recommend coming to this conference enough - whether you’re early in your career, mid-career, or late career, because there’s always something new to learn . . .  USDA employees and Prime Label employees can get back to you, and that’s fantastic.
Karen Creswick
Compliance & Labeling Specialist - JMH International
Prime Label is the one source of truth, so I think it’s really important to attend a conference like PLC’s.
Marriott Winchester
Principal - MWW Advisors
It’s not only informative [for] the annual updates, ... the value add that information provides, and the solice you get from speaking directly with the USDA or FDA, ... but it’s really the comradery and the relationships you establish with all the other people that have like questions ... you gain the understanding that everyone is suffering from the same uncertainty and you know that you can actually reach out to not only FSIS but your fellow friends that have the same issues.
Seth Dodds
Regulatory Specialist - Plumrose
I am really excited to be here and to be able to geek out on regulatory.
Elaine Chao
Regulatory Affairs Technologist - Kagome
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.
Lamar Hendricks
Director of Regulatory Compliance and Food Safety - Sara Lee Corporation (Retired)
This conference is excellent for networking ...[and] keeping up on the administrative rulings that are coming out, as well as final rules and proposed rules.
Justin Crews
Regulatory and Compliance Manager - Wellshire Farms
I decided to attend the Prime Label Conference this year for the first time because ... I really wanted to get an insight in how companies are thinking through some of the trending regulatory issues facing the food industry today. It is giving me some ideas about how I am going to work with my clients going forward.
Brain Sylvester
Special Counsel - Wiley Rein LLP

ATTENDEE TITLES

REPRESENTATIVE COMPANIES

Corporate Marketing Manager  
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Director of Regulatory & Labeling 
Executive Brand Manager 
Regulatory & Nutrition Manager
Labeling Specialist 

International Marketing Specialist 
Graphic Engineer 
Document Control Administrator 
Global Product Compliance Mgr 
HACCP Coordinator 
Executive Director of R&D
Menu Labeling Manager

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
Vice President of Operations
Chief Quality Officer

Abbott Nutrition 
ADM / Wild Flavors
Advanced Food Systems 
AdvancePierre 
Agra Informa 
Ajinomoto Windsor
Albertsons/Safeway
Amazon.com  
Ambassador Meat
Ameriqual Foods  
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 
Campbell Soup
Cargill 
Cavendish Farms 
Classic Foods 
Columbus Foods 
ConAgra Foods 
Congressional Offices 
Cooper Farms 
Creminelli Fine Meats 
CTI Foods
Cuisine Solutions 
Custom Culinary 
Custom Made Meals 
Damascus Bakery 
Diestel Turkey Ranch 
Dunkin Brands
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 
FTC
Gamay Food Ingredients
General Mills 
Gerber 
Giorgio Foods 
Givaudan 
Flavors 
GNP Company 
Golden State Foods 
Griffith Laboratories 
Hans Kissle 
Harry and David
H-E-B
Hillshire Brands 
Hormel 
Hot Mama's Foods 
Illes Seasonings & Flavors 
Indiana Packers 
Int'l Flavors & Fragrances 
ILSI 
InterTribal Buffalo Council 
J & J Snack Foods
Jack Link Snacks 
Jennie-O Turkey  
JMH International 
Johanna Foods 
Johnsonville Sausage 
Jones Dairy Farm 
JRS USA
JTM Food Group
Kayem Foods 
Kellogg Company 
Kerry
Ketchum
Keystone Foods

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

Reinhart Foodservice 
Request Foods 
Reser's Fine Foods 
Rich Products 
Ruiz Food Products 
Sanderson Farms 
Sargento Foods
Schwan's 
Seaboard Foods 
Sensient Flavors 
Settlers Jerky 
SGK 
sgsco
Skyline Chili 
Smithfield Foods 
Sopakco Foods 
Southeastern Mills 
Stampede Meat 
Subway
Sun-Maid
Supervalu
Sysco
Target 
Taylor Farms 
The Suter Company 
Topco
Trader Joe's
Twinings
Tyson Foods 
Unilever 
USDA/AMS 
USDA/FSIS
Vantage Foods 
Vaughan Foods 
Vienna Beef 
Walmart
Wayne Farms 
Wegmans Markets 
Wellshire Farms
Where Food Comes  
Whitsons Culinary 
Whole Foods Market 
Wild Flavors 
Windsor Foods 
Wisdom Natural

ADD-ON TRAININGS

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FDA Labeling Basics

June 2nd & 3rd (11:00 am - 2:00 pm EST - 6 hours in two, 3-hour sessions)
Tracks: FDA 
Instructors: Jesse Zuehlke & Lisa Weller Ashton, Prime Label Consultants

FDA label requirements can be confusing, and trends change at a fast pace. In addition to stringent content and 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 basics of FDA labeling rules and keep up with the latest developments.

  • Required label features and formatting
  • Product naming - standardized, descriptive, fanciful, and required flavor qualifiers
  • Intricacies of ingredient statement, net weight, address line, and allergen declaration
  • Introduction to nutrition labeling and the nutrition facts panel
  • Specific ingredient requirements, including flavors, colors, oils, and spices
  • Insight into a variety of special statements and claims
  • Requirements for font prominence, feature placement, and relative size rules

...and much more!

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Mexico Labeling Update - NEW

June 2nd (2:30 pm - 5:30 pm EST - one, 3-hour session)
Tracks: Expert
Instructor: Phil Daniel, TechLink International

Mexico has recently updated their food labeling requirements and all food labels need to compliant with the latest requirements by 2021.  This is a substantial change where every food item will need to be updated to meet the new standard.  This seminar covers:

  • Differences between current labeling requirements and new labeling requirements
  • New front labeling requirements
  • New product description requirements
  • Nutritional panel guidance
  • Labeling requirements for individual units

...and much more!

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USDA Labeling Basics

June 3rd & 4th (2:30 pm - 5:30 pm EST - 6 hours in two, 3-hour sessions)
Tracks: USDA 
Instructor: Lisa Weller Ashton & Callie Kambanis, Prime Label Consultants 

USDA labeling can be very confusing with many different sources for rules, policies, and regulations. Stakes can be high with generic labels no longer having FSIS's stamp of approval. In addition, local inspectors are giving added scrutiny to labels, and the risk of Noncompliance Records is greater than ever. Learn the fundamentals of USDA labeling in this seminar. Our seminar covers:

  • Details of required and optional label features
  • How to obtain the appropriate type of approval - sketch, generic, or temporary
  • Essential record keeping ​practices and completing the 7234​-1​ ​form ​to assure rapid approval and successful ​label ​audits
  • Picking a product name - standardized, common or usual, descriptive, and fanciful​ - and ​required ​product name qualifiers
  • Intricacies of ingredient statement, net weight, handling statement, safe handling instructions, address line, and inspection legend
  • Introduction to nutrition labeling and the current regulatory status for USDA

...and much more!

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Labeling and Marketing Claims

June 14th & 15th (11:00 am - 2:00 pm EST - 6 hours in two, 3-hour sessions)
Tracks: Marketing, FDA, USDA, Expert 
Instructor: Lisa Weller Ashton, Prime Label Consultants

Ensuring compliance and substantiation of new product claims can be challenging. Labeling and marketing claims represent some of the best opportunities to differentiate and promote your product, but there is always a risk of warning letters and other enforcement when not managed correctly. Learn best practices from Prime Label’s visibility into emerging market trends, and leave with an understanding of a variety of FDA and USDA regulated claims claims. Our seminar covers:

  • Enforcement and risk mitigation framework
  • Nutrient, health, structure/function, diet, and immunity claims
  • Natural, “clean label,” ingredient, and allergen claims
  • Bioengineered, organic, and non-GMO statements
  • Animal raising and grading claims, and third party certifications
  • Plant-based, vegan, and blended meat/vegetable products
  • Sustainability, transparency, geographic, and environmental claims
  • Considerations for novel products such as functional foods, CBD items, and innovative snacks

...and much more!

This important session is designed to help determine new potential claims for your items, and how to apply them within FDA and USDA requirements.

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    Nutrient Content Claims - NEW

    June 4th (11:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST - one, 3-hour session)
    Tracks: Nutrition
    Instructor: Caitlin Diederich, Prime Label Consultants

    As shopping habits and consumer interests evolve, nutrition continues to be a top priority. Keeping products competitive in the market involves leveraging nutrition attributes in a relevant and compliant manner. This session will walk through the FDA and USDA requirements for nutrient content claims and cover the difference between expressed and implied claims, such Low Fat, High Fiber and “Healthy” as well as other nutrition-related statements, relative claims and health claims.

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      USDA Generic Labeling - NEW

      June 14th (2:30 pm - 5:30 pm EST - one, 3-hour session)
      Tracks: USDA
      Instructors: Callie Kambanis, Prime Label Consultants

      The expansion of generic approval means less time waiting on USDA label approval, but a greater burden on food companies to ensure compliance. Understand when and how to use generic approval to get your products to market faster. The three hour session will cover:

      • FSIS prior label approval
      • Eligibility for generic approval
      • Common label compliance errors
      • Record keeping requirements and best practices
      • Inspection program personnel (IPP) enforcement
      • Future changes to the generic approval program

      This session is designed to give you the background and the confidence to implement this new standard efficiently and effectively.

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      Canadian Labeling

      June 15th & June 16th (2:30 pm - 5:30 pm EST - 6 hours in two, 3-hour sessions)
      Tracks: Expert 
      Instructor: Erin Taraborrelli, NSF International

      Canada has recently updated its food labeling requirements. In addition, it is up to food manufacturers to ensure their product labels are compliant before they go to market, and the regulations can be difficult to interpret. Learn the regulations that govern food labeling in Canada, the differences with US labeling and CFIA enforcement. This seminar covers:

      • The regulations that govern food labeling in Canada
      • Mandatory label features including compliant common names
      • Regulations on claims including nutrient content, organic, Non-GMO
      • Standardized and non-standardized products
      • Differences with US labeling
      • Upcoming changes to the labeling regulations
      • CFIA enforcement

      ...and much more!

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      Bioengineered Label Disclosure

      June 16th (11:00 am - 2:00 pm EST - one, 3-hour session)
      Tracks: Nutrition, FDA, USDA, Expert
      Instructor: Jesse Zuehlke, Prime Label Consultants

      After diving into the specifics of the new National Bioengineered Disclosure Standard, this seminar will focus on agency updates and best practices for record keeping, supply chain management and making BE claims. The three hour session will cover:

      • Overview of the Bioengineered Disclosure Standard - requirements, timeline & enforcement
      • Regulated entities, covered foods, detectability & thresholds
      • Disclosure options - pros & cons of online vs. packaged label options
      • Refinement & testing protocols
      • Considerations for tracking ingredient data & record keeping best practices
      • Planning the transition across supply chain interdependencies
      • BE vs non-GMO claims

      This session is designed to give you the background and the confidence to implement this new standard efficiently and effectively.

      LOGISTICS

      Pricing*

      Main Conference: June 7 - 8, 2021
      Continuing Conference: July 2021- April 2022

      $1,695 Early Bird Registration (before January 31, 2021 - use Coupon Code: EARLYBIRD)
      $1,895 Regular Registration
      (after January 31, 2021)
      $2,045 Late Registration (after May 15, 2021)

      Add-On Trainings: June 2021

      $895/day (6 hour training)
      $495/day (3 hour training)
      (savings of $100 off the second or more training)
         
      * Limit one discount per attendee