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The 29th Annual
FOOD LABEL CONFERENCE
June 5 - 6, 2017  |  Washington D.C.

Food marketers and processors are facing their greatest challenge in two decades - to adjust to sweeping new Nutrition rules for packaged products, restaurants and schools. Learn more about the business impact of regulatory practices and the latest market trends, as food manufacturers interact with top government and industry experts at the 29th Food Label Conference in Washington DC. This is a two-day conference you can't afford to miss, as it brings together everything you need to know about food labeling:

  • Real-world implications of the new Nutrition rules on marketing and compliance teams
  • FDA, USDA, FTC regulators' and industry experts' take on government intent, regulation policies and enforcement priorities
  • Hands-on, in-depth break-out sessions on a wide variety of specialized subjects
  • Valuable networking opportunities with regulators, industry experts, and peers to delve deeper into the latest trends in food marketing and labeling
  • Optional training on nutrition labeling, transition strategies, basic USDA & FDA labeling, and more

And since PLC believes in having fun while we learn and work, we include sightseeing, music and other entertainment in optional evening programs, located at the heart of Washington DC. 
Brochure coming soon...

Attendees

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

Abbott Nutrition 
Advanced Food Systems 
AdvancePierre 
Agra Informa 
Amazon.com     
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 
Cargill 
Cavendish Farms 
Classic Foods 
Columbus Foods 
ConAgra Foods 
Congressional Offices 
Cooper Farms 
Creminelli Fine Meats 
Cuisine Solutions 
Custom Culinary 
Custom Made Meals 
Damascus Bakery 
Diestel Turkey Ranch 
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 
General Mills 
Gerber 
Giorgio Foods 
Givaudan 
Flavors 
GNP Company 
Golden State Foods 
Griffith Laboratories 
Hans Kissle 
Hillshire Brands 
Hormel 
Hot Mama's Foods 
Illes Seasonings & Flavors 
Indiana Packers 
Int'l Flavors & Fragrances 
ILSI 
InterTribal Buffalo Council 
J. Rettenmaier 
Jack Link Snacks 
Jennie-O Turkey  
JMH International 
Johanna Foods 
Johnsonville Sausage 
Jones Dairy Farm 
Kayem Foods 
Kellogg Company 
Keystone Foods

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

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

Testimonial

“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. Personally, I highly recommend that any individual interested in food labeling attend the annual conference."

LAMAR HENDRIKS
Sara Lee Corporation (Retired)
Former Director of Regulatory Compliance and Food Safety

AGENDA

Agenda*

Add-On Training
Sunday June 4

9:00 am - 4:00 pm
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Main Conference Day 1
Monday June 5

8:00 am – 9:45 am 

10:00 – 11:45 am 

Lunch
1:10 pm - 2:00 pm 
2:10 pm - 3:00 pm 
3:10 pm - 4:00 pm 
4:10 pm - 5:00 pm 

Market Trend Report: The Emerging Power of Food Evangelists
FDA Nutrition Labeling & Regulations Update
FTC Labeling Enforcement Priorities 
Best Practices for Converting to the New Nutrition Facts - Industry Panel 
Topic Tables 
Breakout session 1 
Breakout session 2 
Breakout session 3 
Breakout session 4

Main Conference Day 2
Tuesday June 6

8:00 am – 9:45 am 

10:00 – 11:45 am 

Lunch
1:10 pm - 2:00 pm 
2:10 pm - 3:00 pm 
3:10 pm - 4:00 pm 

USDA Nutrition Labeling & Regulations Update  
USDA Q&A
GMO Labeling Update 
Reading the Tea Leaves: Food Policy in a Trump Administration
Topic Tables 
Breakout session 5 
Breakout session 6 
Breakout session 7 

Add-On Training
Wednesday June 7


Brochure coming soon...
*preliminary agenda           
**optional add-on seminar; additional fees apply

Tracks: 4 Day Packages

Nutrition

FDA

USDA

Marketing

Expert /
Manager

This year we have 5 tracks to help guide your conference and training experience. Sign up for one of our professional tracks and enjoy 4 days of stimulating content at a substantial discount! 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 and Management - is designed to be a la carte for maximum customization. Attendees signing up for our 4 Day Track Packages will enjoy a significant savings off the regular list price.

   

Sunday

Main Conference Breakouts

Wednesday

Nutrition

Choose 7 Breakouts:
  • Allergen/Gluten-Free Labeling
  • Canadian Labeling
  • Data Collection for the New NFP
  • EZ Form Software
  • FDA Market Trends
  • FDA Labeling Q&A
  • Menu Labeling Q&A
  • Natural Labeling
  • Navigating the New NFPs - Changed Serving Size, Dual Columns & More
  • New NFP Added Sugar Rules & Strategies
  • New NFP Dietary Fiber Rules & Strategies
  • Nutrient Claims & the New Nutrition Facts
  • Nutrient Data and the New NFP: Lab vs. Calculation
  • School Lunch (CN) Labeling
  • USDA Market Trends
  • USDA Labeling Q&A

FDA

Choose 7 Breakouts:
  • Allergen/Gluten-Free Labeling
  • Best Practices for Marketing - Regulatory Collaboration
  • Clean Labeling
  • Data Collection for the New NFP
  • EZ Form Software
  • FDA Labeling Q&A
  • FDA Market Trends
  • FDA Product Naming, Ingredient & Flavor Labeling
  • FTC: Advertising & Claims
  • GMO Labeling
  • Menu Labeling Q&A
  • Natural Labeling
  • Navigating the New NFPs - Changed Serving Size, Dual Columns & More
  • Nutrient Claims & the New Nutrition Facts
  • Online Labeling & Marketing
  • Organic Claims
  • Recalls, Warning Letters & Enforcement Actions
  • School Lunch (CN) Labeling

USDA

Choose 7 Breakouts:
  • Best Practices for Marketing - Regulatory Collaboration
  • Clean Labeling
  • Data Collection for the New NFP
  • EZ Form Software
  • FTC: Advertising & Claims
  • GMO Labeling
  • Natural Labeling
  • Navigating the New NFPs - Changed Serving Size, Dual Columns & More
  • Nutrient Claims & the New Nutrition Facts
  • Online Labeling & Marketing
  • Organic Claims
  • Recalls, Warning Letters & Enforcement Actions
  • School Lunch (CN) Labeling
  • USDA Animal Production & Grading Claims
  • USDA Export Labeling
  • USDA Generic Labeling Update
  • USDA Labeling Q&A
  • USDA Market Trends
  • USDA Product Naming, Ingredient & Flavor Labeling

Marketing

Choose 7 Breakouts:
  • Allergen/Gluten-Free Labeling
  • Best Practices for Marketing - Regulatory Collaboration
  • Canadian Labeling
  • Clean Labeling
  • FDA Market Trends
  • FDA Product Naming Ingredient & Flavor Labeling
  • FTC: Advertising & Claims
  • GMO Labeling
  • Graphics Impact of the New NFP
  • Natural Labeling
  • Navigating the New NFPs - Changed Serving Size, Dual Columns & More
  • Nutrient Claims & the New Nutrition Facts
  • Online Labeling & Marketing
  • Organic Claims
  • Streamlining Label Design & Pre-press
  • USDA Animal Production & Grading Claims
  • USDA Market Trends
  • USDA Product Naming
  • Ingredient & Flavor Labeling

Expert / Manager

Choose 7 Breakouts:
  • Canadian Labeling
  • Clean Labeling
  • Data Collection for the New NFP
  • EZ Form Software
  • FDA Labeling Q&A
  • FTC: Advertising & Claims
  • GMO Labeling
  • Menu Labeling Q&A
  • Natural Labeling
  • Navigating the New NFPs - Changed Serving Size, Dual Columns & More
  • New NFP Added Sugar Rules & Strategies
  • New NFP Dietary Fiber Rules & Strategies
  • Nutrient Data & the New NFP
  • Online Labeling & Marketing
  • Organic Claims
  • Recalls, Warning Letters & Enforcement Actions
  • School Lunch (CN) Labeling
  • State & Local Labeling Laws
  • Streamlining Label Design & Pre-press
  • USDA Animal Production & Grading Claims
  • USDA Export Labeling
  • USDA Labeling Q&A

Breakout Sessions*

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Allergen/Gluten-Free Labeling

Tracks: Nutrition, Marketing, FDA 
Discover the different requirements of the FDA and USDA for labeling allergens, the major source of recalls in the United States. Learn when allergens need to be declared and when they don’t, including the subtleties of containing statements. Dive into the regulations on gluten-free labeling and some considerations of its pros and cons.

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Best Practices for 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 – ensure products are in compliance while keeping them competitive in the marketplace.

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Canadian Labeling

Tracks: Nutrition, Marketing, Expert 
Learn the basics of labeling requirements for Canada, including standardized products, nutrition labeling and bilingual labeling. Discuss the subtleties of formulating products for Canada and some of the special issues that apply.  Understand what sources are available to help and what documentation is required for Canada.

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Clean Labeling

Tracks: Marketing, FDA, USDA, Expert 
Discover best practices in clean labeling. This workshop will explore how to clean up your labels and what makes a label “clean.” These questions will be explored from an ingredient perspective.

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Data Collection for the New NFP

Tracks: Nutrition, FDA, USDA, Expert 
The impact of nutrition label reform has begun to reverberate through the food industry and new data needs are putting a strain on progress across the supply chain. This session will highlight the data-driven dependencies and best practices for collecting nutrition information to facilitate an effective transition to the new NFP.

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EZ Form Software

Tracks: Nutrition, FDA, USDA, Expert 
Discover how this powerful software can streamline your labeling process by providing required forms, labels and camera-ready 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 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, your specific questions will be answered. Led by a senior FDA consultant.

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FDA Market Trends

Tracks: Nutrition, Marketing, FDA 
Take a peek at the latest FDA labeling trends arriving on shelves. Distinguish those that are “bleeding edge” from those that are “leading edge,” and understand the subtleties of compliance and enforcement of FDA regulations.

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FDA Product Naming, Ingredient & Flavor Labeling

Tracks: Marketing, FDA 
Explore FDA regulations on product naming & ingredients labeling. Find out the difference between common, usual, descriptive, standard & fanciful names and what conventions are required for each. Discover the intricacies of declaring ingredients, including choosing a composite ingredient listing. Dive into the complex details of flavor labeling.

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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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GMO Labeling

Tracks: Marketing, FDA, USDA, Expert 
GMO labeling is one of the fastest progressing and most controversial trends in labeling. Explore the latest developments in this area, discover the difference between GMO and GE, and discuss how the different regulatory jurisdictions of the FDA and USDA impact this labeling.

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Graphics Impact of the New NFP

Tracks: Marketing 
While the iconic look of the nutrition facts label remains, designers and production artists may need to navigate tricky territory when it comes to implementing the new rules. From type size to dual columns, this session will cover the impact the regulations have on graphic elements of the new NFP and how to troubleshoot when issues arise during label development.

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Menu Labeling Q&A

Tracks: Nutrition, FDA, Expert 
Discuss the new menu labeling regulations in effect May 2017 and what needs to be done to prepare for these changes. Bring your questions on menu label requirements for food service and retail products. 

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Natural Labeling: USDA vs. FDA

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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Navigating the New NFPs - Changed Serving Size, Dual Columns, More

Tracks: Nutrition, Marketing, FDA, USDA, Expert 
Beyond updates to the information within the nutrition facts panel, serving sizes and dual column labeling rules prompt an interdependent web of compliance requirements. This case study driven session will illustrate how nutrition takes center stage (for better or for worse) when implementing the new rules and opportunities to mitigate negative impact.

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New NFP 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 plans to release additional guidance to facilitate implementation of the rules. This session will use 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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New NFP Dietary Fiber Rules & Strategies

Tracks: Nutrition, Expert
The definition of Dietary Fiber resulted in a limited list of approved ingredients to meet the FDA’s new rules for nutrition labeling. While more fibers may be added to the definition, manufacturers have been forced to consider the impact on their product formulas, compliance timelines and marketing claims. This session will use case studies to illustrate the impact of the dietary fiber definition, propose best practices for troubleshooting data collection and summarize decisive factors driving product reformulations.

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Nutrient Claims & the New Nutrition Facts

Tracks: Nutrition, Expert 
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, Marketing, FDA, USDA
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

Tracks: Marketing, FDA, USDA, Expert 
Do you post product information on your website? Not sure about the nuances between labeling information and ecommerce label requirements? Learn the latest FDA and USDA guidance along with best practices, trends and innovations for connecting online.

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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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Recalls, Warning Letters & Enforcement Actions

Tracks: FDA, USDA, Expert 
FDA has multiple initiatives for monitoring manufacturer compliance and communicating violations of FDA regulations. Learn more about key tools the FDA uses to ensure compliance, trends in enforcement and the impact on brand integrity.

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School Lunch (CN) Labeling

Tracks: Nutrition, FDA , USDA, Expert 
Moderator(s): Staff of USDA-AMS CN group  
Discover the ins and outs of Child Nutrition labeling from the administrators themselves. Explore how CN labeling works and its advantages. Step through a CN label application and discuss whole-grain-rich criteria.  Find out where to obtain information and discuss some frequently asked questions.

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State & Local Labeling Laws

Tracks: Expert 
While food and beverages sold in US are subject to federal regulations, state and local agencies can also enforce rules that apply to the same goods. Learn about the complexities of state and local regulations and key strategies to streamline interstate commerce.

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Streamlining Label Design & Prepress

Tracks: Marketing, Expert 
The new NFP ruling will greatly challenge the label development & design pipeline. You will need to optimize for efficiency and effectiveness in order to transition all of your labels by the FDA due date. In this workshop, learn best practices and what tools, outside resources and procedures are available for streamlining your process.

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USDA Animal Production & 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 other important factors.

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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 Labeling Q&A

Tracks: Nutrition, USDA, Expert
Moderator(s): Staff of Prime Label Consultants 
Explore the ins and outs of USDA labeling - such as product names & 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.

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USDA Market Trends

Tracks: Nutrition, Marketing, USDA 
Discover the latest innovations in USDA labeling. From animal welfare claims to genetically engineered ingredients, you will delve into the subtleties of new trends and how to manage the dialog with USDA-FSIS regulators.

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USDA Product Naming, Ingredient & Flavor Labeling

Tracks: USDA, Marketing 
Explore USDA regulations on product naming & ingredients labeling. Find out the difference between common, usual, descriptive, standard & fanciful names and what conventions are required for each.  Learn about the components of identity statements including many types of qualifiers. Discover the intricacies of declaring ingredients, including choosing a composite ingredient listing and labeling flavors and spices.


*preliminary breakout sessions

Networking Events

Sunday June 4

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Monday June 5

12:00 noon 
5:30 pm – 6:45 pm  
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm 
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm  

Lunch Topic Tables 
Networking Reception: Mingling with Music 
Blues Alley Jazz Club*
Distinctive Dining

Tuesday June 6

12:00 noon 
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm 

Lunch Topic Tables 
Distinctive Dining*

* additional cost

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Illuminated Bus Tour of Washington DC

Sunday June 4, 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Witness Washington's magnificent monuments and federal buildings at the most dramatic time of day. We'll enjoy the commentary and insights of an experienced guide while riding aboard a luxury motorcoach. A boxed snack and full complement of beverages is included. Step off the coach and visit the memorials by night as well as the Kennedy Center.

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Blues Alley Jazz Club

Monday June 5, 6:30 pm - 9:00pm
Experience "the nation's finest jazz and supper club", according to the New York Times. Monday evening we will caravan to Georgetown to dine on authentic Creole cuisine, steak and seafood dishes in an atmosphere reminiscent of the jazz clubs of the 1920's and 30's. Blues Alley is the nation's oldest continuing jazz supper club, having showcased internationally renowned artists such as Dizzy Gillespie and Eva Cassidy in a small intimate setting. Afterwards, stroll through historic Georgetown or join our famous Georgetown pub crawl.

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Distinctive Dining

Monday & Tuesday June 5 & 6, 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Take in the complete DC experience and get to know other attendees in small groups at some of our favorite local restaurants. We'll have a variety of cuisines to choose from and all are within walking distance from the hotel. Dinner is Dutch treat.

Invited Speakers & Moderators*


*preliminary list of speakers & moderators

Dr. Daniel Engeljohn, USDA Assistant Administrator FSIS

Dr. Paula Trumbo, Director of Nutrition Programs, FDA

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

Jeff Canavan, Deputy Director of LPDS, USDA-FSIS

Labeling and Program Delivery Staff, USDA-FSIS

April Kates, FDA Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition

Lynn Szybist, FDA Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition

Elizabeth Sanger, Bureau of Consumer Protection, FTC

Richard Boyd, USDA-AMS, Child Nutrition Division

Betty Campbell, EAS Consulting

Robert Hibbert, Morgan Lewis

Tony Pavel, Cargill

Jesse Waller, Cargill

Linda Eatherton, Ketchum

Patricia Phillips, Phillips Resources

Bill Brodegard

Carol Zweep, NSF Canada

Marriott Winchester, SGS Co.

Penny Hennessy, Rich Foods

James Riva, Where Food Comes From

Dorothy Clemmer, Maple Leaf Farms

David Eaheart, Seaboard Foods

Curtis Rath, J. Rettenmaier USA

Jill Konecnik, Tyson Foods

Justin Crews, Wellshire Farms

Richard Young, JTM Food Group

Josh Peters, Organic Valley

Nancy Brown, Fast & Healthy Nutrition

Amy Hiller, Eddy Packing

Dr. Jesse Zuehlke, Prime Label Consultants

Ames Perry, Prime Label Consultants

Fred Mosher, Prime Label Consultants

Celia Yau, Prime Label Consultants

Melody Tilford, Prime Label Consultants

Caitlin Diederich, Prime Label Consultants

Lisa Weller, Prime Label Consultants

ADD-ON TRAINING*


*preliminary add-on training sessions

FDA Labeling Basics, Claims & Trends

Sunday June 4th 
Tracks: Marketing & FDA 
Instructor: Dr. Jesse Zuehlke, Prime Label Consultants 
FDA label requirements can be confusing and trends change at a fast pace.  Learn the basics of FDA labeling and keep up with the latest developments.  In addition to stringent content / 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 details of preparing and drafting out a regulatory compliant label before sending it to be printed. This course includes detailed instruction for:

  • Required label features
  • Nutrition label formats and requirements
  • Special statements and claims
  • Product naming - standardized, descriptive and fanciful
  • Special ingredient requirements, including flavors, colors, oils, spices....
  • Requirements for font prominence, feature placement, relative size rules

...and much more!

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USDA Labeling Basics

Sunday June 4th 
Tracks: USDA 
Instructor: Ames Perry, Prime Label Consultants 
USDA labeling is confusing with many different sources for rules and regulations.  Stakes can be high with generic labels no longer having FSIS's stamp of approval.  Local inspectors are giving added scrutiny to labels and the risk of Noncompliance Records is greater than ever. Learn the fundamentals of USDA labeling; this seminar covers:

  • The details of required and optional label features
  • Essential record keeping and Form 7234 to assure rapid approvals and successful audits
  • Product name — standardized, fanciful and descriptive - and product name qualifiers
  • Information panel features: Nutrition Facts, ingredient statement & address line
  • Intricacies of net weight, handling statement, safe handling instructions & inspection legend
  • Generic approvals
  • Restricted ingredients — calculating levels to assure compliance

...and much more! Includes PLC’s Essential Guide to USDA Labeling manual ($335 value).

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Leading vs Bleeding Edge Labeling and Marketing Claims

Wednesday June 7th 
Tracks: Marketing, FDA, USDA, Expert 
Instructors: Robert Hibbert, Morgan Lewis and Anthony Pavel, Cargill 
With the explosion of product claims and the trends toward clean labeling, publishing compliant, competitive claims can be challenging. Learn the latest on what the USDA & FDA allow & what enforcement actions they are taking. This seminar is appropriate for marketing, labeling & legal staff and will cover:

  • Nutrient & health claims, requirements & common pitfalls
  • Organic, animal production & grading claims
  • Allergens, natural & ingredient claims
  • Product naming trends & processing claims
  • Romance copy, vignettes & website best practices

...and much more!

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Canadian Labeling

Sunday June 4th 
Tracks: Expert 
Instructor: TBD NSF Canada 
Several years ago CFIA eliminated prior approval, and now food manufacturers are on their own in Canada; this seminar covers:

  • Required label features
  • Standardized and non-standardized names
  • Product name qualifiers
  • Differences with US labeling
  • Risk management organization
  • Best practices for getting product across the border
  • CFIA enforcement

...and much more!

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School Lunch (CN) Labeling

Wednesday June 7th
Tracks: Nutrition, FDA, USDA, Expert 
Instructor: Patricia Phillips, Phillips Resources 
CN labeling is even more complicated with the new Child Nutrition regulations. This full day workshop is relevant for new employees responsible for CN labeling, or for a company just exploring the school lunch market. In this workshop you will learn the how and why of CN labeling:

  • 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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Nutrition Label Reform: Optimization & Transition Strategies

Sunday June 4th
Tracks: Nutrition, Marketing, FDA, USDA, Expert 
Instructors: Christina Bechtold & Lisa Weller, Prime Label Consultants 
FDA's changes to the Nutrition Facts Panel, are having repercussions throughout the packaged food industry. From brand image, label design and format, and additional onerous record keeping requirements - companies must decide whether to simply relabel products, or to repackage, reformulate or remove them from shelves. This seminar will cover specific impacts of changing serving information, added sugars, carbohydrates, vitamins, daily values and dietary fiber.  It will explore strategies for developing a timeline and project plan - to proactively react to the new regulations and position products in the best light. This seminar will focus on:

  • 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
  • Decisive factors driving product reformulations
  • Getting accurate data across the food supply chain to ensure product integrity
  • Cost-considerations in relabeling products and strategies to streamline expenses
  • Best practices for cross-functional stakeholder involvement and resource acquisition to prepare a budget, timeline & project plan
  • New definitions of added sugars, dietary fiber, and folate & managing the ingredient supply chain

...and much more

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Nutrition Labeling for FDA & USDA Foods

Wednesday June 7th
Tracks: Nutrition, FDA, USDA, Expert 
Instructor: Ames Perry, Prime Label Consultants 
This comprehensive course gives participants a thorough understanding of nutrition labeling for food products under federal regulation - the result: nutrition labeling that meets federal requirements, helps consumers, and puts your product in the best light. Includes PLC’s, A Course in Nutrition Labeling ($335 value); this seminar covers:

  • Recent changes to the iconic Nutrition Facts Panel
  • Requirements for nutrition labeling & selecting the correct program
  • Methods of nutritional analysis
  • Determination of serving size and servings per container
  • Proper declaration of mandatory and optional nutrients
  • Nutrition Facts Panel formatting
  • Nutrient claims, approvals, other key processes

...and much more!

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Using EZ Form Software to Convert to the New Nutrition Rules

Wednesday June 7th 
Tracks: FDA, USDA, Nutrition, 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!

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Label Graphics Training

Wednesday June 7th 
Tracks: Marketing 
Instructors: Prime Label Consultants 
Learn the graphics requirements for labeling foods in the United States. FDA and USDA food label regulations not only have stringent content requirements, many of the features must comply with size, color, language, and location rules. In addition, about half of all existing nutrition facts panels in the market contain format errors, with another significant portion missing out on space-saving opportunities. The new nutrition facts panel is 5% to 100% larger than existing formats, which threatens available label space and leads to some troubling application on small and innovative packaging. Learn the details of preparing and drafting out a regulatory compliant label before sending it to be printed. Given that the FDA has specified an intent to to monitor the marketplace to ensure the proper nutrition facts label format is used, the graphics component of label compliance is undeniably important. This half day course includes detailed instruction on:    

  • FDA & USDA mandatory label formatting requirements
  • Requirements for font prominence, feature placement, 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
  • Nutrition Info Presentation - quantitative amounts, %DV, abbreviations
  • Claims formatting
  • Options to leverage the laws (and still be compliant!)

...and much more!

LOGISTICS

Pricing

Main Conference: June 5 - 6, 2017

$1,890 Regular Registration  (after February 1, 2017) 
$2,090 Late Registration (after May 1, 2017)

Add-On Training: June 4 & 7, 2017

$945/day Full Day Seminars
$545/day Half Day Seminar

* Limit one discount per attendee                 Coming soon: brochure

Hotel

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

Reservations: 
Please click here to register for Prime Label Consultants' exclusive discount on rooms for the conference. 

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

Nearby:
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Things to do in Washington, DC

Sponsors

Sponsor Opportunities

As Prime Label is committed to providing our attendees with the best labeling information and resources available, PLC is offering value-added labeling vendors the opportunity to become a sponsor-resource at the conference. Several different levels of sponsorship are available - from table displays to receptions or full-day sponsorship. Please email us at conferencesponsor@primelabel.com for more information.   

(As the overall attendee experience remains our core concern, PLC will only accept a limited number of sponsors and reserves the right to evaluate & accept or decline individual sponsor applications.)