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Calcium: A Quick Guide to this Nutrient of Concern

Published on Apr 23, 2019 By: Watson Team

If there’s one mineral Americans know a lot about, it’s calcium. Thanks to the long-running “Got Milk?” campaign, we know calcium is important for strong bones and that milk contains plenty of it. So why are Americans falling short on this important nutrient? Learn everything you need to know about calcium and the new FDA regulations that affect calcium labeling.

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Tags: nutrition, food labeling


RDA vs. RDI vs. DV: How Are They Different?

Published on Apr 4, 2019 By: Watson Team

There’s RDA, RDI, DV, and more—when it comes to understanding nutrition, it can seem like they’re feeding you alphabet soup! Here we break down the differences among these important nutrient guidelines and see how they impact the nutrition label.

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Tags: nutrition, food labeling


Top 8 Breakfast Table Trends for 2019

Published on Mar 7, 2019 By: Watson Team

Although anything can be eaten at breakfast, traditional foods like cereal, toast, yogurt, eggs, and bacon hold a special place in people's hearts when morning comes. Comfort and familiarity are highly valued at this eating occasion, but consumers’ growing demand for healthy nutrition and convenience means manufacturers have to get creative. Check out this year’s breakfast table trends, which include a fresh focus on plant proteins and whole grains, keto and paleo breakfasts, and flax and chia seeds everywhere!

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Tags: nutrition, food labeling


Exploring the Plant-Based Protein Trend for 2019

Published on Feb 25, 2019 By: Watson Team

Plant-based product claims increased by a whopping 62% globally between 2013 and 2017, according to Innova Market Insights, with plant-based proteins playing a key role.1 Plant-based proteins have pushed beyond meat and dairy alternatives, vegan nutrition bars, and protein-fortified beverages into mainstream products like chips, pasta, and frozen meals. This year manufacturers can expect to see growth in pea protein-fortified products, as well as the emergence of new proteins like lupin and water lentils.

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Tags: food labeling


A Look Ahead at 2019 Cereal Trends

Published on Dec 12, 2018 By: Watson Team

As features like non-GMO and gluten-free become mainstream in cereal, cereal manufacturers continue working hard to get ahead of the next trends. New themes include cereal designed by kids for kids, new grains like Kernza, meat and veggie cereal bars, snacking granola, and the addition of functional ingredients like collagen for skin health and choline for brain health. Taste, health, and convenience are key drivers for these emerging trends.

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Tags: food labeling


How Consumers' Commitment to Sustainability is Impacting the Dairy Industry

Published on Nov 7, 2018 By: Watson Team

Environment-friendly nutrition will be trending big this year across the dairy industry, according to market research firm Infiniti Research.1 From reducing greenhouse gas emissions to recycling food waste, dairy companies are finding that environmental sustainability also makes good financial sense.

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What Does Clean Label Mean for Dairy?

Published on Nov 5, 2018 By: Watson Team

When Kraft Mac & Cheese was revamped to exclude artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives, we had to admit that clean label had gone mainstream. As the meaning of clean label continues to expand, simply removing undesirable ingredients may no longer be sufficient to satisfy consumers—especially for dairy products.

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How Frozen Foods Made a Comeback

Published on Jul 11, 2018 By: Watson Team

Have consumers finally stopped giving frozen foods the cold shoulder? Frozen meals and appetizers are experiencing their highest growth in five years. Clean label reformulations, updated packaging, and innovative products are some of the strategic efforts being made by manufacturers to make frozen foods cool—even to millennials.

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Consumer Demands for Transparency Are Impacting the Food Industry: Here's How

Published on May 3, 2018 By: Watson Team

Food purchasing decisions have, traditionally, been based on taste, price, and convenience. While these aspects continue to be important, evolving drivers such as transparency are becoming critical to many consumers. Transparency is one of the biggest buzzwords in the food business today; it encompasses a broad range of values including health, safety, free from GMO or secret ingredients, social impact, environmental responsibility, charitable causes, humane treatments of workers, and many others. 

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New Date Label Changes Expected to Reduce Food Waste

Published on Apr 11, 2017 By: Blake Powers

Can simplifying food date labels help cut down on waste? That's the hope. Food manufacturers and retailers are making an effort to reduce food waste by adopting new voluntary product labeling standards. These changes are meant to clarify for consumers what expiration dates on food packages actually mean, thereby reducing the amount of food consumers toss because they mistakenly believe the food has become unsafe to eat.

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