TraceGains Food Industry Categories Impacted by Food Labeling Such as Gluten-Free
Westminster, CO -- (SBWIRE) -- 07/23/2013 -- Some of the food industry categories which have observed significant benefits using TraceGains include baking mixes, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, snack foods, confectionery, dairy, salad dressings, herbs & seasonings, flavors, dips, glazes & marinades, cheese processing and manufacturing, frozen foods, breakfast cereals, dietary supplements, Meals Ready to Eat (MREs), convenience foods, and restaurant chains.
Motivation through menu labeling was profiled in Food Business News by Eric Schroeder. He suggests, while menu labeling has thus far not affected the average nutritional content of fast-food menu items, it may motivate restaurants to increase the availability of healthier options, according to an exploratory study conducted by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study examined seven years of nutritional data, from 2005 through 2011, from five chain restaurant companies operating in areas requiring nutrition labeling on menus (case restaurants) and four chain restaurant companies operating in areas that do not require nutrition labeling (control restaurants).
TraceGains, Inc. recently hosted a webinar on the topic of labeling with Elizabeth Johnson of the advisory firm Food Directions. The webinar presentation focused on three themes including the food labeling landscape, FDA agenda, and Industry Initiatives. Food labeling is a salient topic in the food industry. An array of important topics were discussed such as gluten-free and the menu labeling. The FDA has proposed a rule for consistent labeling for gluten-free products expected out in the next couple of months. The Affordability Act requires labeling on all restaurants and vending products expected out by the end of the year. To view the webinar in its entirety, click this link: http://www.tracegains.com/labeling-webinar.html
TraceGains (http://www.tracegains.com) is for quality, purchasing, product development, and other departments, that are burdened with manually managing suppliers and documents. TraceGains delivers full-service supplier, compliance, and regulatory document management solutions, including FSMA and GFSI. Unlike manual, ERP, or traditional document systems, TraceGains extracts data from documents and automatically takes action. TraceGains is proven to empower people to quickly solve problems, speed audits, and simplify continuous product improvement.
Supplier documentation storage, whether in file cabinets or in digital formats, may satisfy regulatory retention requirements, but does little to systematically unlock the wealth of business, compliance, and regulatory information they contain and you require on a daily basis to operate successfully.
By automatically analyzing and scorecarding supplier-provided documentation as it is received—such as certificates of analysis, qualification questionnaires, audit documents and their results, certifications (Kosher, Organic, etc.), insurance certificates, allergen questionnaires, and other import requirements (COOL, C-TPAT, FSMA, GFSI), among others—TraceGains helps food and nutraceutical manufacturers and ingredient processors automate document management, meet regulatory and industry compliance requirements, identify best and worst suppliers, source better with less risk, automatically raise product quality, and painlessly perform or participate in audits, all without needing to involve the IT department to help with complex technology.
TraceGains customers experience on average a 56% reduction in out-of-spec lot receipts, and a 20% reduction in attribute variability, resulting in enhanced continuous improvement, better performing ingredient and raw material inventory, improved cash flow, and long-term brand protection. Follow TraceGains on Twitter at @tracegains.
Marc Simony, Director of Marketing