We are excited to be celebrating Prime Label’s 50th anniversary at this year's Food Label Conference, and grateful that we can do it in person, during the beauty of springtime in Washington D.C.

Despite COVID, Congress, the USDA, and the FDA have kept busy drafting new legislation and introducing new rules and guidelines. From Sesame to Standards to Bioengineering to Nutrition to Generic to Country of Origin labeling, much has changed in the past year. At the same time, consumer scrutiny of undefined claims is at its height, with demand letters and litigation being filed over an increasing number of label claims.

This year we are combining the best of the past two virtual conferences with the fellowship of an in-person event. General sessions will cover regulatory changes, breakouts will offer a forum to dive into practical solutions, seminars will deliver in-depth training, and the Continuing Conference will provide updates throughout the year.

Come hear from government regulators, lawyers and industry experts as they attempt to make sense of this dynamic time. Learn about the latest trends and best practices, and network with your peers across the food industry supply chain. You can't afford to miss this two-day conference as it brings together everything you need to know about food labeling!

BENEFITS
  • FDA, USDA, and industry experts' take on government intent, regulation policies and enforcement
  • In-depth, hands-on, interactive breakout sessions on a wide variety of specialized topics
  • Valuable networking opportunities with regulators, experts, private label brands and peers
  • Virtual 'Continuing Conference' sessions to keep you updated on the latest throughout the year
  • Optional training on USDA & FDA labeling, claims, international labeling and more
  • Sightseeing and other entertainment in optional evening programs, located in the heart of DC
  • Renew old friendships and make new ones!

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 P. Sylvester
Covington & Burling LLP

ATTENDEE TITLES

REPRESENTATIVE COMPANIES

Food Safety Manager  
Registered Dietitian
Manager of Regulatory Affairs
Director - Quality and Food Safety
Specification & Compliance Manager
Senior Counsel
Research and Development
Director Marketing/New Products
Food Scientist
CEO/ President
QA Supervisor
HACCP and Labeling Coordinator  
Labeling Specialist
Technical Services Manager   
Regulatory & Documentation Specialist
Marketing Manager    
Packaging and Compliance Specialist  
Document  Management Specialist
Director - Technical Services    
Plant Operations Manager    
Director of Food Labeling
Director of Food Safety and  Quality
Staff Attorney    
Managing Partner
Director - Foods and  Supplements    
Sr. VP Business Development &  Finance
Product Development Manager
Scientific & Regulatory Affairs Director
Nutrition & Regulatory Specialist

Senior Director - Nutrition

Ahold Delhaize
Albertsons/Safeway
Alston & Bird LLP
Amazon.com     
Ambassador Meat
American Soy Prod.
Amin Talati Wasser.
Applegate
At Last Gourmet
Aunt Millie's Bakeries
Bar-S Foods a Sigma
Bell & Evans
Bellisio Foods 
Bonduelle Fresh
Brakebush Brothers
Burke Corporation 
Campbell Soup
Cargill 
Chelten house
CJ Foods
CK Development Serv.
Clemens Food group
Columbus Craft meats
Cooper Farms 
Covington & Burling
CTI Foods
Custom Culinary 
Custom Made Meals
Direct Plus Deli Group
Don Lee Farms 
Eddy Foods
Fannie May
FTC
Flagstone Foods
FONA International
FSIS/ USDA
FoodMinds

FoodNavigator-USA
Foodspace Tech.
FoodTrition Solutions
Fresh Mark, Inc.
Gamay Food Ing.
General Mills 
Gerber Poultry
Godshall's Meats
Great Lakes Cheese
Greenleaf Foods
Griffith Foods
H-E-B
Harry and David
Home Market Foods
Hy-Vee Fresh Comm.
IHS Markit
Illes Seasonings
Indiana Packers Corp.
Iowa Meat & Poultry Inspection Bureau
John Soules Foods
Johnsonville
JPG Resources
JSL Foods, Inc.
JTM Food Group
Kellogg Company 
Kerry
Keuirg/Dr. Pepper
Kiolbassa Provision
Kraft Heinz 
Krogers 
Label Compliance Sol.
Pilgrim's Pride Co.
Pillers Fine Foods
Plenus Group, Inc.
Pulmuone USA
Label Insight

Publix Super Markets
Lamb Weston
Litehouse Inc.
LKK (USA) Foods
Lopez Foods, Inc.
LPDS/ USDA
Lyons Magnus
Maple Leaf Farms 
McCain Foods
McDonald's
Medifast
Meijer
Michael Foods
Mistica Foods LLC
Monogram Foods
Morinaga America
Nardone Bros Baking
Nation Pizza & Foods
NOP / USDA
Nestle 
New Seasons Market
Newly Weds Foods 
NAMI 
NSF International
Oberto Brands 
Orca Bay Foods
OSI Group, LLC
Pacific Inter. Marketing
Palermo's Pizza
Patterson TMP
Peapod Digital Labs
Peco Foods, Inc.
Pederson's Natural
Rembrandt Foods
Renaissance Food Grp
Request Foods, Inc.
Riba Foods

Reser's Fine Foods 
Rich Chicks
Richelieu Foods, Inc.
Russ Davis Wholesale
Sanderson Farms 
Saratoga Food
Sargento Foods 
Seaboard Foods 
Sigma Foods
Simmons Prep. Food
SK Food Group
Smithfield
Sovos Brands
Specialty Foods Group
Starbucks Coffee
Sun-Maid
Sweet Candy Co.
Swift Prepared Foods
Sysco
Tall Tree Foods
Target 
Taylor Farms 
TechLink International
TH Foods
Classic Jerky Co.
The Original Cakerie
The Suter Company 
Trader Joe's
TreeHouse Foods
US Foods
Vanee Foods
Walgreens
Walmart
Wayne Farms 
WG Provisions
World Variety Produce
Whole Foods Market 

AGENDA

Agenda*

Add-On Training
Sunday April 24

8:00 am - 9:00 am

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

9:00 am - 4:00 pm
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Main Conference Day 1*
Monday April 25

8:00 am - 9:00 am

9:00 am – 9:45 am
 
9:45 am - 10:30 am
10:45 am – 11:30 am 
11:30 am - 12:15 pm
Lunch
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm 
2:30 pm - 3:20 pm 
3:30 pm - 4:20 pm 

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Main Conference Day 2*
Tuesday April 26

7:30 am - 8:30 am

9:00 am – 10:00 am
10:00 am – 11:00 am
 
11:15 am- 12:15 pm
Lunch
1:30 pm - 2:20 pm 
2:30 pm - 3:20 pm 

Add-On Training
Wednesday April 27

8:00 am - 3:00 pm 
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Continuing Conference

July 2, 2022
November 2, 2022
March 1, 2023

Trending Topic: To Be Determined
Trending Topic: To Be Determined
Trending Topic: To Be Determined


* sessions subject to change
** optional; additional fees apply

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Tracks

Nutrition

FDA

USDA

Marketing

Expert

This year we have 5 tracks to help guide your conference and training experience. If you are new to Regulatory, choose between FDA or USDA tracks. Dietitians and nutrition specialists will find our Nutrition track appropriate, while Product Marketing managers and Graphics Design professionals will want to sign up for the Marketing track. Our final track - for Experts - is designed to be a la carte for maximum customization.

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General Sessions *

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The Food Label Conference brings together government policy makers and industry experts in a collaborative exchange of trends, ideas and best practices.  Our 7 general sessions will take place over 2 half-day, live sessions on April 25 -26, 2022. These sessions will highlight current and former government officials giving insight into government priorities and enforcement actions for the upcoming year.

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Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2021

Invited - Congressional Offices
FLMA, now under review with the US House of Representatives, would require FDA to mandate Front of Pack nutrition labeling; define natural, healthy, and other claims; update Standards of Identity and allergens, and require manufacturers to submit all product information to a new public database. Hear why this is important, how consumers will benefit, and what to expect from this important new bill.

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FDA Nutrition Innovation Strategy & Sodium Reduction Goals

Invited - Food & Drug Administration Staff
In October of 2021 FDA issued Final Guidance for industry on Voluntary Sodium Reduction Goals. This session will provide critical context to fully understanding this FDA initiative, determining what it means to your business, and gaining perspective on the future approach as FDA monitors and evaluates sodium reduction progress and continues to engage with stakeholders.

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The FASTER ACT - Mandatory Sesame Allergen Labeling

Invited - Food & Drug Administration Staff
Under the FASTER Act, signed into law in April of 2021, sesame is being added to FALCPA as the 9th major food allergen. The new law is effective January 1, 2023. Learn the new labeling requirements for sesame and sesame ingredients, discuss the implementation timeline, and cover best practices for your business as labeling of sesame is adopted.

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International Labeling Developments

Labeling requirements around the globe are constantly changing. Stay up to day on key food labeling and nutrition policy developments and proposals in this global session. From changes in CODEX to mandatory FOP warning labels in Mexico and Latin America, this session is essential for anyone exporting products from the U.S.

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Legal Perspective: Updates and Predictions for the Next Year

Robert Hibbert, Wiley Rein LLP and Tony Pavel, Perfect Day Foods
Two leading DC legal minds share their perspective on expected changes, emerging trends and risks, food standard controversies, and marketplace trends and technologies.

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USDA Policy: NFP Reform, Generic Approval, COOL & Other Emerging Issues

Invited - Labeling and Program Delivery Staff, FSIS, USDA
With significant updates in FSIS policy to generic approval and nutrition label reform, this session will cover recent regulatory changes and share insight on what to expect in the year ahead. Dialog with the Labeling Policy and Delivery Staff for guidance on your most challenging labeling issues.

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FSIS Local Inspectors: Labeling Oversight and New Non-Compliance Trends

Invited - Office of Field Operations, FSIS, USDA
The Office of Field Operations is responsible for guiding activity and priorities of the FSIS Establishment Inspection around the country. Learn more about Inspectors role in reviewing labeling and labeling records, and non-compliance trends from the field.

Breakout Sessions*


Tentative list of breakouts (speakers TBD) - typically we have over 25 of these small group, interactive sessions.

  • Best Practices for Claim Substantiation
  • BE Disclosure: Update & Enforcement
  • Canadian Labeling
  • Child Nutrition Labeling Overview
  • Complying in a Global Food System
  • Dietary Guidelines 2021: Updates & Next Steps
  • Flavor Labeling
  • Heart Health Claims
  • Mandatory COOL Legislation
  • Natural Labeling Complexities
  • NFP Calculations: Serving Sizes, DVs & Rounding
  • Nutrition Facts Panel Optimization
  • Organic Labeling Update
  • Pet Food: Functional Ing. for 4 Legged Friends
  • Legal Risks: Demand Letters & Litigation Trends
  • FDA Product Trends
  • USDA Product Trends
  • Ingredient Product Trends
  • Q&A on FDA Compliance
  • Q&A on USDA Compliance
  • USDA Generic Approval
  • Seltzer, Cider & Alcohol in Food
  • Structure Function Claims
  • Sustainability in Food and Diet Trends
  • Third Party Certifications & Claims
  • USDA Animal Production, Raising Claims
  • USDA Export Requirements

Continuing Conference*


Keeping the best of our last two years' virtual conferences, we will have 'Continuing Conference' sessions to keep you updated on the latest quarterly (July, November, March) throughout the year. Topics will be decided at a later date as new regulatory actions or litigation trends evolve.

* sessions subject to change

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Breakout Sessions **


** Tentative list of breakouts (speakers TBD) - typically we have over 30 of these small group, interactive sessions.

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Added Sugar Rules & Strategies

Tracks: Nutrition, Expert 
The definition of Added Sugar has been vastly debated since the publication of FDA’s final rule for nutrition labeling. Since then, the agency has continued to release additional guidance to facilitate implementation of the rules. This session will use examples and case studies to explain the FDA’s definition of Added Sugars, propose best practices for troubleshooting data collection, and highlight strategies for optimizing nutrition facts panel sugar declarations.

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Allergen & Gluten Free Labeling

Tracks: Nutrition, FDA 
Most everyone is familiar with the Big 8 food allergens and labeling requirements, but there are some new food allergies emerging and there are concerns about use of advisory statements on foods. Learn about these and the differences between US and other countries’ requirements for allergen labeling and learn what things to be cognizant of when developing accurate allergen labeling on foods.

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Best Practices: Manufacturer - Ingredient Supplier Collaboration

Tracks: FDA, USDA, Expert 
Growth in rapid development and marketing of new product claims has added strain to the ingredient sourcing and regulatory workflow. Building effective and efficient communication paths is necessary to managing this critical coordination. This session will focus on the best practices for relationship management between manufacturer and ingredient supplier and highlight data-driven dependencies and record keeping strategies.

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Best Practices: Marketing - Regulatory Collaboration

Tracks: Marketing, FDA, Expert 
Turn conflict into creative compliance and position products in the best light. This session is intended to explore best practices for marketing and regulatory teams to fulfill a shared goal –  to ensure that products are in compliance while keeping them competitive in the marketplace.

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Best Practices: Private Label - Supplier Collaboration

Tracks: FDA, USDA, Expert 
With rapid growth in Private Label, Brand Owners as well as Manufacturers face a unique challenge to collaboratively revise all labels in a short time frame. Explore best practices for coordination and conflict resolution across the supply chain.

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Bioengineered Food Disclosure

Tracks: FDA, USDA, Expert 
An important follow-up to the USDA General Session overview of the new Bioengineered Food Disclosure requirements, this session will provide a legal perspective on the new regulation. An attorney will focus on the impact of this rule on industry, as well as risk considerations and implementation concerns.

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Cannabis & CBD in Food - the Law, the Science and the Hype

Tracks: Marketing, FDA, USDA, Expert 
Cannabidiol (CBD) is the newest food craze. Find out why CBD-infused products could hold both promise and peril, what we know about the science behind the hype, and what remains to be seen. Learn about the confusing legal and regulatory framework surrounding CBD, and the rules of the road about adding it to food products.

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Child Nutrition (School Lunch) Labeling Overview

Tracks: Nutrition, FDA, USDA, Expert 
Discover the ins and outs of Child Nutrition labeling from the administrators themselves. Explore how CN labeling works and its advantages. Learn about the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) quality control program and the CN label application process. Find out where to obtain information and discuss some frequently asked questions.

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Clean & Cultured Meat: Trends and Regulatory Implications

Tracks: Marketing, FDA, USDA, Expert 
Clean meat is meat that is grown in laboratories from animal cells and is born out of a desire to find environmentally friendly alternatives to animal husbandry. It is still in development, but start-ups working on it say it could be coming within the year. This session will explore the consumer drivers, technologies and regulatory impact of cell-based agriculture.

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Clean Labeling

Tracks: Marketing, FDA, USDA, Expert 
There is no regulatory definition for clean labeling. But the truth is, consumer demand for easy-to-understand ingredient statements and trustworthy labels isn't going anywhere. When it comes to meeting what consumers want, it is a lot easier said than done. This session will cover the technical realities associated with the concept of a “clean” label from an R&D and Regulatory perspective.

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Dietary Fiber Rules & Strategies for the New NFP

Tracks: FDA, Nutrition, Expert 
Dietary Fiber is one of the most complex aspects of labeling products with the new nutrition facts panel. While most commonly used fibers now meet the definition, manufacturers must still consider the impact on their product formulas, compliance timelines and marketing claims and how to deal with non-digestible carbohydrates that have not been approved. This session will address the intricacies of the revised Dietary Fiber Definition and how to translate this into labeling.

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EZ Form Compliance Software

Tracks: Nutrition, FDA, USDA, Expert 
Discover how this powerful regulatory software can streamline your labeling process by providing required forms, labels and 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 Product Labeling Q & A

Tracks: Nutrition, FDA, Expert 
Find out the answers to those nagging questions about your FDA labels. From product naming to claims and allergens, bring your specific questions to be answered by a PLC Consultant.

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Flavor Labeling

Tracks: Marketing, FDA, Expert 
Flavor labeling tops the charts as one of the most common complicated aspects of product labeling. This session will cover flavor descriptors and the laws governing labeling and specific situations including food allergens, flavoring agents, ingredient classifications, flavor categories, organic, kosher and halal.

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Food Service & Sample Product Labeling

Tracks: Marketing, FDA, USDA, Expert 
What are the differences between Food Service and retail? If your company sends samples to customers or trade shows - what are the USDA labeling requirements and FDA best practices? Dive into the different rules for exterior and interior product labeling, best practices for claims and the labeling of experimental products.

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FTC: Advertising & Claims

Tracks: Marketing, FDA, USDA, 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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Graphics Optimization for Food Labels

Tracks: Marketing
With available real-estate on the food label at a premium due to proliferation of new claims and regulatory requirements, fitting all of the features onto a package is a huge challenge. This session will cover best-practices for feature placement and fit, and how to troubleshoot graphics when issues arise. Bring your graphic design questions to the Q&A in this session.

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International: Canadian Labeling Revisions

Tracks: Nutrition, Marketing, Expert 
Understand new Canadian nutrition and ingredient labeling regulations and learn how they differ from labeling in the US, including the new Nutrition Facts Table format, ingredient list changes, and allergen declarations. Discuss the subtleties of formulating products for Canada and some of the special issues that apply. Understand what resources are available to you to ensure your Canadian labels are compliant.

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International: European Union Labeling

Tracks: Nutrition, Marketing, Expert 
Understand European Union nutrition and ingredient labeling regulations and learn how they differ from labeling in the US, including Nutrition Facts, ingredient lists, and allergen declarations. Discuss the subtleties of formulating products for the EU and some of the special issues that apply. Understand what resources are available to you to ensure your EU labels are compliant.

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International: Mexico and Latin America Labeling

Tracks: Nutrition, Marketing, Expert 
Understand nutrition and ingredient labeling regulations in Mexico and Latin America and learn how they differ from labeling in the US, including the Nutrition Facts, ingredient lists, and allergen declarations. Discuss the subtleties of formulating products for these markets and some of the special issues that apply. Understand what resources are available to you to ensure your labels for Mexico and Latin America are compliant.

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Marketplace Trends in FDA & USDA Product Claims

Tracks: Marketing, FDA, USDA, Expert 
Learn about the latest innovations in FDA and USDA product labeling trends. Discuss the consumer drivers behind these trends and how the food industry is responding. Delve into the subtleties of the newest food claims and explore alternatives to satisfy market demand.

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Meal Kits & Emerging Distribution Channels

Tracks: Marketing, FDA, USDA, Expert 
Meal kits, direct-to-consumer, and online marketplaces are increasingly popular. Without a clear definition or agency jurisdiction, industry has been left to fill in the gaps while regulators have been playing catch-up.This breakout will discuss recent regulatory guidance on meal kit labeling requirements, the retail store exemption and the interaction of USDA, FDA, state and local regulations on these products.

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 Natural Labeling Complexities

Tracks: Marketing, FDA, USDA, Expert 
Understand the ins and outs of Natural labeling. Explore the differences between FDA and USDA 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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Nutrition Facts Panel Optimization

Tracks: Nutrition, Marketing, FDA, USDA, Expert 
Nutrition Label Reform has upended two decades of NFP/packaged product optimization and revealed new labeling challenges with serving size changes and the new mandatory dual column requirement. Food companies are back at the drawing board to synchronize their nutrition labeling with their target markets. This case study driven session will illustrate how nutrition takes center stage when implementing the new rules and opportunities to mitigate negative impact.

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Nutrient Claims & the New Nutrition Facts

Tracks: Nutrition, Marketing 
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: Nutrition, 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 Labeling, Marketing and the Digital Shelf

Tracks: Marketing, FDA, USDA, Expert 
Engaging customers or selling products online through new distribution channels requires careful consideration. What makes a food label compliant on the web, social media, or on mobile - and who is enforcing the regulations? Learn requirements and best practices for e-commerce and managing compliance for digital product assets.

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Organic Claims

Tracks: Marketing, FDA , USDA, 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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Private Label Supplier Meetings

Tracks: FDA, USDA, Marketing, Expert 
Come meet the regulatory and packaging teams of Private Label brands and learn critical information about doing business with them. Topics covered may include (but are not limited to) NLR rollout expectations, labeling best practices, regulatory preferences and IT tips and tricks for submitting products. Stay tuned for Private Label brand schedules.

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Product Naming for FDA & USDA Foods

Tracks: FDA , USDA, Marketing
Explore USDA and FDA regulations on product naming and standards of identity. Find out the difference between common and usual, descriptive, standard, and fanciful names and what conventions are required for each. Learn about the components of identity statements, including many types of qualifiers.

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Proposition 65

Tracks: Expert 
For products sold in the state of California, compliance with the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, or Proposition 65, is essential to mitigate litigation risk. Come and learn the important challenges to the published list of substances, recent changes to the clear and reasonable warnings requirements, and how your food or packaging may be impacted.

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Recalls, Warning Letters & Enforcement Actions

Tracks: FDA, Expert 
FDA has multiple initiatives for monitoring manufacturer compliance and communicating violations of FDA regulations. Learn more about key tools available for compliance including blockchain technology, trends in enforcement, best practices for preparing for and responding to recalls and the impact of recalls on brand integrity.

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Third Party Certifications & Claims

Tracks: FDA, USDA, Marketing
With more and more consumers demanding independent validation, third party certification (including gluten free, non-GMO, process verification, and ingredient quality claims) is a growing trend. The session will provide an overview of how third party certification programs work, how to find a provider, and manage the process. Learn which claims can be certified and what common certification criteria looks like. Discuss best practices for a certification audit.

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USDA Animal Production, Raising & Grading Claims

Tracks: USDA, Marketing 
Discuss the complexity of Animal Production and Breed Raising claims such as Cage-Free Poultry, Free-Range, No Added Hormones or Antibiotics, Humanely Raised, Certified Angus and others. Find out the latest in USDA grading claims.

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USDA Export Labeling

Tracks: USDA, Expert 
Discover the latest in USDA export requirements, including the intricacies of labeling, customs documentation, online resources & systems, and the new PHIS export module.

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USDA Generic Labeling Update

Tracks: USDA 
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 Product Labeling Q & A

Tracks: Nutrition, USDA, Expert
Explore the ins and outs of USDA labeling - such as product names and 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.

Networking Events

Sunday April 24

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Monday April 25

Tuesday April 26

* additional cost

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Walking Tour of Washington DC *

Sunday April 24, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Witness Washington's magnificent landmarks in beautiful Springtime. Meander past top sites and discover the history of the city's unique neighborhoods with, just like a true native! The tour includes about 2 hours of walking with a Washington Walks guide. Tickets are limited.

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50th Anniversary Cocktail Networking Celebration

Monday April 25, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Join our team for a celebratory cocktail hour as we commemorate Prime Label Consultants' 50th anniversary. Network with conference attendees and the labeling and regulatory teams of PLC's private label retail partners during a complimentary cocktail reception. Join up into small groups afterwards and continue your conversations over dinner.

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Kennedy Center's "Shear Madness" *

Monday April 25, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
See Shear Madness, the second longest-running play in the history of American Theater, at the renown Kennedy Center. Shear Madness is an interactive comedy by Paul Pörtner. Set in present-day Georgetown, this comedy engages locals and visitors alike as armchair detectives to help solve the scissor-stabbing murder of a famed concert pianist who lives above the Shear Madness unisex hairstyling salon. Arrive early to tour the beautiful Hall of Nations or Hall of States or to dine at the Roof Terrace Restaurant. Tickets are limited.

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Hot Breakfast Session: Introducing PLC's Label-IQ

Tuesday April 26, 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Join the Prime Label team as we host a hot breakfast for those who want to learn more about our revolutionary software-enabled regulatory review service, Label-IQ. Label IQ is a technology-enabled service developed to improve the speed and accuracy of label compliance. Leveraging decades of software development, ingredient and nutrition expertise, Label IQ automates time consuming regulatory tasks and currently supports assessment of Bioengineered Labeling and Nutrition Facts Panels, checking for over 1000 bioengineered-derived ingredients and reviewing over 1300 regulatory data points related to nutrition. Limited Seating Available.

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Invited Speakers & Moderators*

Office of Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, CT

Office of Congresswoman Alma Adams, NC

Office of Congresswoman Grace Meng, NY

Trish Tung-Tayman, USDA-AMS, Child Nutrition Division

Erin Healy, NOP Division Director, NOP, USDA-AMS

Rosalyn Murphy-Jenkins, Director of LPDS, USDA-FSIS

Jeff Canavan, Deputy Director of LPDS, USDA-FSIS

Tammie Ballard, USDA-FSIS 

Melinda Mallon, USDA-FSIS

Tawana Harrington, USDA-FSIS

Janice Fabina, USDA-FSIS

Kierra Lucas, USDA-FSIS

Cindy Watkins, USDA-FSIS

Hannah Filloon, USDA-FSIS

Sally Jones, USDA-FSIS

Beth McKew, USDA-FSIS

Paul Wolseley, USDA-FSIS

James Chisholm, IEPDS, USDA-FSIS

Robert Hibbert, Wiley Rein LLP

Tony Pavel, Perfect Day Foods

Kantha Shelke, PhD, Corvus Blue LLC

Brian P. Sylvester, Covington & Burling LLP

Patricia Phillips, Phillips Resources
Lisa Cummins, FONA International Inc.

Phil Daniel, TechLinkUSA

Joe Baumert, Director of F.A.R.E

Evangelia Pelonis, Keller and Heckman LLP

Sarah Levy, FoodMinds

Mason Weeda, OFW Law

Erin Taraborrelli, NSF International

Michelle Anstey, NSF International

Christina Bechtold, Prime Label Consultants

Jesse Zuehlke, PhD, Prime Label Consultants

Fred Mosher, Prime Label Consultants

Lisa Weller Ashton, Prime Label Consultants

Emily Hendricks, Prime Label Consultants

Celia Yau, Prime Label Consultants

* Preliminary list of speakers & moderators - typically we have over 40 professionals from government and industry presenting topics at the Food Label Conference.

Private Label Partnership Program (PLPP)


PLC’s Private Label Partnership Program was created to maximize opportunities for Brand Owners to connect face-to-face with Private Label Suppliers at the annual Food Label Conference, the leading event for labeling and compliance professionals. We are excited to welcome a number of Brand Owners at this year's event. Stay tuned....

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ADD-ON TRAINING *

USDA Labeling Basics

Sunday April 24th / 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tracks: USDA 
Instructor: 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 approvals 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

Sunday April 24th / 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tracks: FDA, USDA, Marketing, Expert 
Instructor: Jesse Zuehlke, PhD, President, 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!

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Mexico Labeling

Sunday April 24th / 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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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Label Graphics: from NFPs to Names to Claims, and more

Sunday April 24th / 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tracks: Marketing
Instructors: To Be Determined

FDA and USDA food label regulations have stringent content requirements and must comply with size, color, language, and location rules. In addition, the new nutrition facts panel is 5% to 100% larger than existing formats, which creates challenges fitting all label features on a package. In this seminar, learn tips and tricks for graphic design of food labels in the United States:

  • FDA & USDA mandatory label formatting requirements
  • Requirements for font prominence, feature placement, and relative size rules
  • New NFP Graphics - type style and size, use of boldface, lines and bars, arrangement of Information, column headings, footnote, alignment and indentations
  • Claims formatting

...and much more!

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FDA Labeling Basics

Wednesday April 27th / 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tracks: FDA
Instructor: 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. Our content covers:

  • 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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School Lunch (CN) Labeling

Wednesday April 27th / 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tracks: Nutrition, FDA, USDA, Expert 
Instructor: Patricia Phillips, Phillips Resources 

This is the essential primer to understanding how products qualify (or credit) for school lunch program regulations. Learn the what, how and why of  CN Labeling and Product Formulation Statements in this full day seminar.  Optional confidential review of your QC Plan. This training is relevant for new employees responsible for CN labeling, or for a company just exploring the school lunch market.

  • Deconstructing School Lunch complexity
  • 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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USDA Generic Labeling

Wednesday April 27th / 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Tracks: USDA
Instructors: Jesse Zuehlke PhD, President and Emily Hendricks, Regulatory Consultant, Prime Label Consultants

USDA label approval procedures continue to evolve with a new rulemaking for generic label approvals. This seminar will review when you need to go to the USDA for approval and when you can do it yourself. It will also cover top hazards with label review and insider tips and tricks on how to manage the process to get to market faster. The three-hour session will investigate:

  • Eligibility for generic label approval
  • Record-keeping requirements and best practices
  • Insider's guide to label approval, claims and special statements
  • Future policy changes and predictions
  • USDA-LPDS required sketch label approval process and LSAS tips

...and much more!

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USDA Nutrition Label Reform

Wednesday April 27th / 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tracks: Nutrition, Marketing, USDA, Expert 
Instructor: Christina Bechtold, CEO, Prime Label Consultants

While USDA companies are starting to adopt Nutrition Label Reform, the absence of a final USDA nutrition rule makes this much more difficult. After three years and thousands of Nutrition Facts panels, Prime Label understands these nuances and subtleties and has a wealth of best practices to share. It is important to get it right - from brand image, label design and format, and additional onerous record keeping requirements - companies must decide how to relabel products, or to repackage, reformulate or remove them from shelves. In this session, we will explore the impact of these new rules, how to adjust to USDA requirements and proactively position products in their best light. Areas covered in this seminar will include:

  • Overview of Nutrition Label Reform changes and nuances for USDA products
  • New definitions of added sugars, dietary fiber, and other vitamins and minerals
  • Case studies highlighting impact on product identity of new serving sizes, panel formats, added sugars, etc.
  • Strategies for optimizing Nutrition Facts panel changes to your brand's advantage
  • Getting accurate data and synchronizing schedules across the food supply chain to ensure timely conversion
  • Workflow considerations and strategies to streamline processes

...and much more

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Label Compliance Software (EZ Form Training)

Wednesday April 27th / 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tracks: Nutrition, FDA, USDA, Expert 
Instructors: Fred Mosher, 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

Main Conference: April 25 - 26, 2022


$1,495.00 - 50th Anniversary Holiday Special Rate (before December 15, 2021 - No Coupon Code required)
$1,745.00 - Early Bird Registration
(before January 15, 2022 - Use Coupon Code: EARLYBIRD)
$1,995.00 - Regular Registration  (after January 15, 2022) 
$2,195.00 - Late Registration (after March 15, 2022)

Add-On Training: April 24 & 27, 2022


$995.00 for Full Day Trainings
$595.00 for Half Day Trainings
      

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Hotel


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

Reservations: Please click here to register for PLCs' exclusive discount on rooms for the conference. This deal expires April 1st or when the room block is full. Don't miss out on discounted rates!

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

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COVID Safety


The health and safety of all visitors to the Food Label Conference remain our top priority. We are closely monitoring government mandates and policy changes, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and public health advancements. As information pertaining to the virus continues to develop, we will adjust our approach as needed and keep you up to date with new developments to ensure a coordinated effort and a safe environment for all the Food Label Conference visitors.

As of now, masks are required indoors in Washington DC. If local requirements change prior to the Food Label Conference, we will update guidance accordingly.

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