The 33rd Annual
FOOD LABEL CONFERENCE
Main Conference - June 7 - 8, 2021
           and
Continuing Conference - through 2022

Food Label Conference Overview

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Food technologies and related claims continue to evolve dramatically – from bio-engineering, to CBD to plant-based foods and cultured meat. All this is happening amidst a new administration, increasing litigation and a global crisis of mistrust in institutions. It is increasingly difficult for labeling professionals to keep pace with these wide-spread and accelerating forces within our industry. Our 2021 Food Label Conference will address these trends with government regulators and industry thought leaders who can unpack the latest changes and give insight into their legal and regulatory implications. Come join us to learn, explore, dialog and network with the best this industry has to offer!

COVID-19 UPDATE - Due to the current health crisis, we have decided to once again host the Food Label Conference virtually. The core goals - first established 33 years ago - are the same - to keep our community informed on the latest developments in label regulations, and to provide professional development opportunities to labeling professionals. We hope this plan balances our industry's need to stay up to date with our concern to not risk anyone’s health unnecessarily. In the meantime, our thoughts are with everyone impacted by the virus.
Stay safe out there!


MAIN CONFERENCE - the Food Label Conference brings together government policy makers and industry experts in a collaborative exchange of trends, ideas and best practices.  Our 8 main conference sessions will still take place over 2 half-day, live sessions on June 7 - 8, 2021. These sessions will highlight current and former government officials giving insight into government priorities and enforcement actions for the upcoming year.


CONTINUING CONFERENCE
- This year, we expect many changes from the new administration and have restructured our content to be more sensitive to developing policy as well as being conducive to stay-at-home work schedules. So we are excited to announce that the Main Conference will be followed by a series of 10 Continuing Conference sessions. Continuing Conference sessions will take place on the first Wednesday of each month from July of 2021 through April of 2022. Topics are subject to change as regulatory updates are bound to occur. Sessions will be available On-Demand for a limited time for those that are unable to attend the live event.


ADD-ON SEMINARS* - The Food Label Conference will also include optional Additional intensive seminars for hours more of content. These sessions are encouraged if you are looking for a more in-depth training on any of our relevant topics. We're excited to introduce a few new topics to our list this year, including half-day seminars on Nutrient Content Claims and Mexico Labeling.

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June 2 & 3, 11:00a - 2:00p
June 2, 2:30p - 5:30p
June 3 & 4, 2:30p - 5:30p
June 4, 11:00a - 2:00p

June 14 & 15, 11:00a - 2:00p
June 14, 2:30p - 5:30p
June 15 & 16, 2:30p - 5:30p
June 16, 11:00a - 2:00p

FDA Labeling Basics  (two 3 hour sessions)
Mexico Labeling Update  NEW (half day)
USDA Labeling Basics
 (two 3 hour sessions)
Nutrient Content Claims  NEW (half day)

Labeling and Marketing Claims  (two 3 hour sessions)
USDA Generic Labeling  NEW (half day)
Canadian Labeling  (two 3 hour sessions)
Bioengineered Label Disclosure (half day)

* optional; additional fees apply - all times are Eastern Standard Time

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 Sylvester
Special Counsel - Wiley Rein LLP

ATTENDEE 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
Vice President of Operations
Chief Quality Officer

Retailers
Ahold Delhaize
Albertsons/Safeway
Aldi
Amazon.com  
Food Lion
H-E-B
Kroger
Publix Super Markets
Supervalu
Sysco
Target
Topco
Trader Joe's
Walgreens
Walmart
Wegmans Markets
Whole Foods Market

Companies
Advanced Fresh Concepts Corp.
AFI
Agri-Food Export Group
Ahold Delhaize USA
Ajinomoto Foods North America
Ambassador Meat
Ameriqual Foods  
Amick Farms, LLC.
At Last!  Gourmet Foods Inc.
B and D Foods
B.I. FOODS
BCI Foods inc.
Bellisio Foods
Boar's Head
Bob Evans Farms
Bonduelle Fresh Americas
Brakebush Brothers
Campbell Soup
Cargill
Case Farms
Cavendish Farms
Chelten House Products, Inc
CK Development Services, LLC
Colorado Premium Foods
Corvus Blue LLC
Crest Foods Co., Inc.
CTI Foods, LLC
Custom Culinary, Inc.
Custom Foods of America Inc.
Custom Made Meals


Dairy Farmers of America
Day-Lee Foods, Inc
DeValk Consulting
DiLuigi Foods
Direct Plus Deli Group
Dunkin Brands
Ed Miniat
Eddy Packing
Exceldor Coopérative
Fairmont Foods, Inc.
FB Packing
FG Deli Group Ltd.
Fieldale Farms Corp.
Flagstone Foods
Foley & Lardner LLP
FONA International
FoodMinds
Fresca Foods Inc.
Fresh Mark, Inc.
Freshly
Frozen Specialties, Inc.
Gehl Foods
General Mills, Inc.
George's Inc
Godshall's Quality Meats, Inc.
Golden State Foods
Great Lakes Cheese
Griffith Foods
Groupe export agroalimentaire
Harry and David
HB Specialty Foods
Hearthside Food Solutions
Home Market Foods
Indiana Packers Corporation
ITO EN (North America) INC.
J.R. Simplot Company
J & J Snack Foods
Jack Link Snacks
Jaindl Turkey Sales
Jennie-O Turkey
John Soules Foods
Johnsonville
JSL FOODS, INC.
JTM Food Group
Junior's Smokehouse
Kabobs, Inc.
Kayem Foods
Kellogg Company
Keller and Heckman LLP
Kemps LLC
Kent Quality Foods


Kerry Inc.
Kettle and Fire
Knowledge Bank
KraftHeinz Foods
Kunzler & Company
Kwikee
Lakeview Farms
Lamb Weston
Land O Lakes, Inc.Lee Kum Kee
LifeSpice Ingredients
Litehouse Inc.Lone Star Bakery
Lopez Foods, Inc.
Maple Leaf Farms
Maple Leaf Foods
Manage Artworks
Maple Leaf Foods
Mattson
Maxi Canada Inc
McCain Foods
McDonald’s
McKee Foods
Medifast, Inc.
Melissa's WVP
Mistica Foods LLC
Mom's Meals
Monogram Food Solutions, LLC
Monogram Meat Snacks LLC
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
Morinaga America,
NAMI
Nardone Bros Baking
Nestle USA
New Seasons Market
Noodles & Company
NSF Canada
NSF International
Oberto Brands
OFW Law
Organic Valley
Palermo's Pizza
Peco Foods, Inc.
Pederson's Natural Farms
Perdue Foods
Phillips Resources
Pilgrims Pride
Politico
Quaker Maid Meats
Ragozzino Foods, Inc.
Request Foods, Inc.
Reser's Fine Foods
Retail Business Services, LLC


Richelieu Foods, Inc.
Rise Baking Company
River Run Foods
Robins Kaplan LLP
Rosina Food Products
Russ Davis Wholesale
SAMPCO
Sanderson Farms, Inc.
Saratoga Food Specialties
Sargento Foods Inc.
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
Schwan's
Seaboard Foods
Senior Food Industry Professional
sgsco
SK Food Group
Smith Provision Company, Inc
Smithfield
Sopakco Packaging
Soup Bases Loaded
Southeastern Mills
Sovos Brands
Standard Meat Company
Strategic Nutrition Communications
Sugar Foods Corporation
Sun-Maid Growers of California
Surlean Foods
TechLink International
The Original Cakerie
The Perfect Bite Co
The Suter Company
Thomas Foods USA
Thousand Hills
Transnational Foods
Truitt Bros., Inc.
Tucson Tamale Wholesale Company
Unilever
United Dairy Industry of Michigan
Vanee Foods Company
Vienna Beef
Volpi Foods
Wayne Farms LLC
Weaver Popcorn Manufacturing
Wellshire Farms
Where Food Comes From

MAIN CONFERENCE

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"Meat" the Press - Food Trends with FoodNavigator

Elaine Watson, Editor, FoodNavigator-USA
If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck… is it a duck, an imitation duck, a cell-cultured duck, a plant-based duck, a ‘Flora-made’ duck, or a hybrid duck? And now that the tech bros are in the kitchen, are things about to get a lot more complicated for consumers and food marketers?  Join FoodNavigator-USA editor Elaine Watson to take you on a journey exploring the next generation of meat, eggs, cheese, milk and honey, and how key stakeholders from the dairy and cattle lobby to the media, ‘alt protein’ startups, activists, federal regulators and nonprofits are trying to drive the conversation.

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Bioengineered Labeling: Updates and Enforcement Priorities

Trevor Findley, Deputy Director, Food Disclosure & Labeling, AMS, USDA
Mandatory compliance is less than one year away. Many FDA and USDA labels will need to disclose food's bioengineered BE status on packages by 2022. This session will cover the specifics of the new rule, the options for disclosing this information and any new critical updates to meet the deadline for this new law.

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Federal Trade Commission: Labeling Triggers and Enforcement

Elizabeth Sanger, Staff Attorney, Division of Advertising Practices, FTC
Novel claims, advertising, and products often face scrutiny by the Federal Trade Commission. Understand how regulators approach new trends and hear an important update regarding FTC enforcement priorities and government intent regarding new rules.

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Demand Letters and Class Actions - Mitigating Litigation Risk

Ivan Wasserman & Jennifer Adams, Amin Talati Wasserman
Plaintiff litigation and demand letters are becoming one of the primary risks to consider in developing product marketing strategies. Learn how to navigate the shark tank with this discussion of the current litigation landscape, how to best protect your company, and what to do if and when your product becomes a target.

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    Meeting the Challenges of Marketplace Innovation in Today's Policy Landscape

    Dr. Robert Post, CEO and Principal, FoodTrition Solutions, LLC
    Today, food companies are faced with real challenges for approaches to innovating their production, products, and marketing, which are compelled by two factors.  One is the need for innovation to address consumer values that are driving demand in the marketplace, like trust, transparency, corporate social responsibility, personalized nutrition, and customized wellness.  Another is the need to adapt to  national health and nutrition policies that are establishing new requirements and promoting more foods in the marketplace which are “better-for-you” and meet Dietary Guidelines recommendations.  Food companies who realize and navigate these challenges successfully are likely to find growth and resilience in the years to come.

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      USDA Policy: Nutrition Label Reform, Future of Generic, & Other Emerging Issues

      Jeff Canavan, Deputy Director, Labeling & Program Delivery Staff, USDA, FSIS, OPPD
      2021 promises a major update to labeling policy within FSIS. Hear and discuss the latest updates on the recent Proposed Rule to update Generic Approval and the long-awaited rollout of FSIS Nutrition Label Reform. Interactive Q&A with Labeling and Program Delivery Staff during the session.

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

      Paul Wolseley, Executive Associate for Regulatory Operations, 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.

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      Legal Perspective: Predictions for the New Administration

      Bob Hibbert, Wiley Rein LLC & Tony Pavel, Cargill
      What will a Biden administration mean for the food industry in a year marked with regulatory changes and lasting challenges from the COVID pandemic? Two leading DC legal minds share their perspective on expected changes, emerging trends and risks, food standard controversies, and marketplace trends and technologies.

      ADD-ON TRAININGS

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      FDA Labeling Basics

      June 2nd & 3rd (11:00 am - 2:00 pm EST - 6 hours in two, 3-hour sessions)
      Tracks: FDA 
      Instructor: Lisa Weller Ashton, 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.

      • 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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      Mexico Labeling Update - NEW

      June 2nd (2:30 pm - 5:30 pm EST - one, 3-hour session)
      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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      USDA Labeling Basics

      June 3rd & 4th (2:30 pm - 5:30 pm EST - 6 hours in two, 3-hour sessions)
      Tracks: USDA 
      Instructor: Lisa Weller Ashton, 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 approval 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

      June 14th & 15th (11:00 am - 2:00 pm EST - 6 hours in two, 3-hour sessions)
      Tracks: Marketing, FDA, USDA, Expert 
      Instructor: Lisa Weller Ashton, 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!

      This important session is designed to help determine new potential claims for your items, and how to apply them within FDA and USDA requirements.

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        Nutrient Content Claims - NEW

        June 4th (11:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST - one, 3-hour session)
        Tracks: Nutrition
        Instructor: Caitlin Diederich, Prime Label Consultants

        As shopping habits and consumer interests evolve, nutrition continues to be a top priority. Keeping products competitive in the market involves leveraging nutrition attributes in a relevant and compliant manner. This session will walk through the FDA and USDA requirements for nutrient content claims and cover the difference between expressed and implied claims, such Low Fat, High Fiber and “Healthy” as well as other nutrition-related statements, relative claims and health claims.

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          USDA Generic Labeling - NEW

          June 14th (2:30 pm - 5:30 pm EST - one, 3-hour session)
          Tracks: USDA
          Instructors: Jesse Zuehlke, Prime Label Consultants

          The expansion of generic approval means less time waiting on USDA label approval, but a greater burden on food companies to ensure compliance. Understand when and how to use generic approval to get your products to market faster. The three hour session will cover:

          • FSIS prior label approval
          • Eligibility for generic approval
          • Common label compliance errors
          • Record keeping requirements and best practices
          • Inspection program personnel (IPP) enforcement
          • Future changes to the generic approval program

          This session is designed to give you the background and the confidence to implement this new standard efficiently and effectively.

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          Canadian Labeling

          June 15th & June 16th (2:30 pm - 5:30 pm EST - 6 hours in two, 3-hour sessions)
          Tracks: Expert 
          Instructor: Erin Taraborrelli, NSF International

          Canada has recently updated its food labeling requirements. In addition, it is up to food manufacturers to ensure their product labels are compliant before they go to market, and the regulations can be difficult to interpret. Learn the regulations that govern food labeling in Canada, the differences with US labeling and CFIA enforcement. This seminar covers:

          • The regulations that govern food labeling in Canada
          • Mandatory label features including compliant common names
          • Regulations on claims including nutrient content, organic, Non-GMO
          • Standardized and non-standardized products
          • Differences with US labeling
          • Upcoming changes to the labeling regulations
          • CFIA enforcement

          ...and much more!

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          Bioengineered Label Disclosure

          June 16th (11:00 am - 2:00 pm EST - one, 3-hour session)
          Tracks: Nutrition, FDA, USDA, Expert
          Instructor: Jesse Zuehlke, Prime Label Consultants

          After diving into the specifics of the new National Bioengineered Disclosure Standard, this seminar will focus on agency updates and best practices for record keeping, supply chain management and making BE claims. The three hour session will cover:

          • Overview of the Bioengineered Disclosure Standard - requirements, timeline & enforcement
          • Regulated entities, covered foods, detectability & thresholds
          • Disclosure options - pros & cons of online vs. packaged label options
          • Refinement & testing protocols
          • Considerations for tracking ingredient data & record keeping best practices
          • Planning the transition across supply chain interdependencies
          • BE vs non-GMO claims

          This session is designed to give you the background and the confidence to implement this new standard efficiently and effectively.

          LOGISTICS

          Pricing*

          Main Conference: June 7 - 8, 2021
          Continuing Conference: July 2021- April 2022

          $1,695 Early Bird Registration (before January 31, 2021 - use Coupon Code: EARLYBIRD)
          $1,895 Regular Registration
          (after January 31, 2021)
          $2,045 Late Registration (after May 15, 2021)

          Add-On Trainings: June 2021

          $895/day (6 hour training)
          $495/day (3 hour training)
          (savings of $100 off the second or more training)
             
          * Limit one discount per attendee