Inside food & drink manufacturing

Sectors > Ambient foods

FoodDrinkEurope welcomes new EU nutrition labelling rule

1 comment
Matt Atherton

By Matt Atherton+

Last updated on 14-Dec-2016 at 13:08 GMT2016-12-14T13:08:45Z

Nutrition labelling of prepacked foods is mandatory from December 13
Nutrition labelling of prepacked foods is mandatory from December 13

New mandatory nutrition labelling rules of prepacked food have been welcomed by FoodDrinkEurope, after they came into effect this week (December 13), under the EU’s Food Information to Consumers Regulation (FIR).

Information on energy content and key nutrients – fat, saturates, carbohydrates, sugars, protein and salt – would now be visible on packaging. The new regulation would help shoppers to make healthier choices, FoodDrinkEurope said.

“This comprehensive nutritional information will empower consumers to compare products and make food choices that better fit their individual dietary needs,” it said in a statement.

“Europe’s food and drink sector has been working hard over the past years to get ready for the implementation of the new rules in due time, and remains committed to providing clear, accurate and valuable food information to consumers to enable them to make informed choices about their foods.”

Food producers must now be fully compliant with the EU Food Labelling Regulation 1169/2011.

However, labelling experts feared that many small companies in particular, by accident or design, were likely to be in contravention of the new rules.

In contravention of the new rules

Concerns were raised by Mike Peters, strategy consultant for Nutrition Information Solutions at the Institute of Food Research in Norwich, about some small companies using cheap “do-it yourself” software to comply with the new rules.

However, NiceLabel, a developer of label and marking productivity software, developed a free, simple software system, which it claimed was specifically designed to help food suppliers achieve compliance with the new regulation.

It was also said to involve minimum effort and few changes to companies’ existing procedures.

The “out-of-the-box-solution” from NiceLabel enabled users to start printing compliant allergen and nutrition labels in minutes, it claimed.

It included a predesigned label template, a printing approach pre-configured for the streamlined printing of allergens and nutrition labels, and a database management form for the management of all product data.

NiceLabel’s approach allowed authorised staff to manage data in a simple interface without them needing to invest in complex database solutions, it said.

‘Under a lot of scrutiny’

“Food producers are under a lot of scrutiny because of some past incidents,” said NiceLabel vice president for marketing Ken Moir.

 “The regulatory requirements keep changing and they will continue to do so in the future. This is challenging, particularly for small companies that do not employ compliance departments and IT staff that can tackle these challenges.

“We created a solution that even companies with no IT resources can use to be compliant easily.”

The NiceLabel nutrition facts labelling system could be used without a software licence for 30 days. Even after the trial period, there is no charge for the nutrition facts table component of the software, said the company.

To help food manufacturers achieve compliance easily, NiceLabel created a free e-book ‘Guide to the EU Nutrition Labels’ for the on-demand printing of EU food labels. The e-book explains the four steps companies must complete to become compliant.


New EU labelling regulation – at a glance
  • Nutrient information must be visible on prepacked foods
  • Rule would help shoppers’ dietary needs
  • FoodDrinkEurope welcomed decision

Post a comment

Comment title *
Your comment *
Your name *
Your email *

We will not publish your email on the site

I agree to Terms and Conditions

These comments have not been moderated. You are encouraged to participate with comments that are relevant to our news stories. You should not post comments that are abusive, threatening, defamatory, misleading or invasive of privacy. For the full terms and conditions for commenting see clause 7 of our Terms and Conditions ‘Participating in Online Communities’. These terms may be updated from time to time, so please read them before posting a comment. Any comment that violates these terms may be removed in its entirety as we do not edit comments. If you wish to complain about a comment please use the "REPORT ABUSE" button or contact the editors.

1 comment


Riveting food pyramid government guideline diversion

Report abuse

Posted by CovertDivertAlert
07 January 2017 | 02h222017-01-07T02:22:59Z

Related products